Industry Legend Jim Crabtree Retires from AeroMetric

Seattle, Washington, January 14, 2011 – Jim Crabtree to retire after four and a half decades as a professional land surveyor, certified photogrammetrist and manager. Active in survey since 1963, Crabtree has worked both nationally and internationally. He served Aerometric, Inc., in Virginia from 1965 to 1979, before leaving to work on projects in the Middle East and eventually become vice president of ITECH. He subsequently became operations manager of the geodetic division of John E. Chance and Associates, before rejoining AeroMetric in 1994 as vice president and regional manager in Seattle. In this role he was responsible for AeroMetric’s operations in the Western United States, providing mapping services for more than 100 airports, for scores of wind farms, and for a host of other applications within the private and public sectors.

Crabtree’s overseas experience included work in both Africa and the Middle East. In Egypt he served as chief geodetic surveyor providing irrigation improvement mapping along the Nile Valley. In Ethiopia, he was on-site project manager for surveys and aerial mapping of five airport sites and for a development site at the Blue Nile Falls. Crabtree oversaw mapping for power transmission and electrification projects in the Hail Region of Saudi Arabia, and was responsible for Doppler satellite and inertial surveying to locate offshore oil platforms and onshore pipeline routes. He also project managed mapping of the King Abdul Aziz International Airport. In the United Arab Emirates, Crabtree was in charge of surveys for a major Abu Dhabi transportation improvement project, and in Yemen he oversaw surveys in support of water system design mapping for the City of Ta’iz.

Crabtree has contributed extensively to his profession. He was director of photogrammetric applications for the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) from 2001 to 2002, and was a contributing author for the fourth edition of the Manual of Photogrammetry. He is currently editorial advisor and contributing author, for the national publication, “Professional Surveyor Magazine,” and continues to be associated with AeroMetric in the role of consultant for special projects.

Crabtree observed, “My years with AeroMetric have been enormously satisfying, working with my dedicated colleagues in our company, as well as the clients with whom I have had the pleasure of serving for decades. I leave knowing that the Seattle office will be in good hands with George Maalouli, vice president, overseeing the overall local operations, and Jeff Kenner, vice president handling account relationships and new work enquiries. While I will remain as a consultant and advisor to AeroMetric, I look forward to devoting time to travel and my personal interests.”

Pat Olson, president and chief executive officer of AeroMetric, said, “Jim Crabtree has devoted many years of service to AeroMetric, and has been an outstanding contributor to both the stability of our company, and to our profession. It has been a pleasure working with him, admiring his dedication and his extraordinary commitment to the growth of our organization.”

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