ASCE has honored Ron Singh, R.L.S., M.ASCE, with the 2017 Surveying and Mapping Award for his detailed vision of the future as the Chief of Surveys for the Oregon Department of Transportation, where he helped implement new engineering automation technologies for operations, maintenance, and construction.
Singh has been a leader in his home state of Oregon and nationally in his stint as Chief of Surveys for ODOT. He led the charge that resulted in Oregon being the first state to adopt and legislate a statewide series of low-distortion map projections, known as the Oregon Coordinate Reference System. Senate Bill 877 was signed by the Governor in 2012, making Oregon the first State to legislate additions to the State Plane Coordinate System. Now, anyone surveying and mapping in any community of the state may work in a common coordinate system, saving time and reducing errors.
In 2005, Singh began working to create the Oregon Real-Time GNSS Network (ORGN). It has continued to develop, and today includes more than 95 GNSS-active stations spaced across Oregon providing real-time correctors to anyone with a GNSS rover. Engineers, Surveyors, GIS mappers, farmers, academia, and the public may freely measure locations and get coordinates aligned with the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS).
Singh saw the need for ODOT to promote the use of machine control so that contractors building Oregon’s highways could work seamlessly with electronic drawings and earth models, thereby saving labor, reducing error, and promoting the latest machine control measurement technology.
The Surveying and Mapping Award recognizes contributions to the advancement of surveying and mapping either in teaching, writing, research, planning, design, construction , or management.