James W. Sewall News RSS feed /news en Michael Edgecomb joins Sewall as Business Development Manager. Mr. Edgecomb comes to Sewall after 36 years in the cable industry <p><img src="http://soap.siteturbine.com/siteturbine/shared_pages/thumbnail.jpg?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsewall.siteturbine.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fsewall.com%2Fimages%2FMichaelEdgecomb.jpg&amp;maxWidth=100&amp;maxHeight=146&amp;stretch=1" alt="" width="100" height="146" />James W. Sewall Company announces today that Michael Edgecomb has joined the firm&rsquo;s Utilities group as Business Development Manager. Mr. Edgecomb comes to Sewall after 36 years in the cable industry, with over 20 years negotiating cable TV franchises, and serving as the cable company&rsquo;s liaison to Maine and New Hampshire municipalities. At Sewall, his primary focus will be cable TV franchising and broadband planning for communities.</p> <p>Previously, Mr. Edgecomb worked for Time Warner Cable, where he served in various engineering and operational positions from 1980 &ndash; 1999.&nbsp; For the last 17 years, he served as their government relations director for Maine and New Hampshire, where he developed deep relationships with town managers and selectmen across the two states.</p> <p>A native of Limestone, Maine, and a veteran of the US Navy and Army National Guard, Mike currently serves as a member of the Wreaths Across America Advisory Board and Route Coordinator for Escort to Arlington Cemetery; a Trustee of the Loring Development Authority Board; as the Maine State Captain of the Patriot Guard Riders; and as a Trustee of the General Henry Knox Museum Board.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sewall Vice President Brian Lippold says, &ldquo;We are very pleased to welcome Mike to the team. His knowledge of the cable industry and his intimate understanding of the Cable TV Franchise Agreement negotiating process, will assist Sewall&rsquo;s growth in the municipal broadband and cable consulting arenas, and help to expand the availability of broadband to unserved and under-served areas.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mike will be based out of Sewall&rsquo;s Spruce Head and Old Town, Maine offices and can be reached at (207) 817-5530, or via email at <a href="mailto:michael.edgecomb@sewall.com">michael.edgecomb@sewall.com</a>.</p> <p>About Sewall: <br />Founded in 1880, Sewall is an international consulting organization specializing in natural resources, energy, and infrastructure. The company&rsquo;s diverse portfolio is based on 136 years' experience in surveying, forestry consulting, and civil engineering; 65+ years' in remote sensing; and 30 years' in GIS and other geospatial services.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.sewall.com/">www.sewall.com</a></p> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:41:16 -0400 Brian Lippold joins Sewall as Director of Broadband/Telecom Consulting. Mr. Lippold brings over 30 years of experience in planning, engineering, constructing and operating telecommunications networks <p><img src="http://soap.siteturbine.com/siteturbine/shared_pages/thumbnail.jpg?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsewall.siteturbine.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fsewall.com%2Fimages%2FBrianLippold.jpg&amp;maxWidth=100&amp;maxHeight=130&amp;stretch=1" alt="" width="100" height="130" />James W. Sewall Company announces today that Brian Lippold has joined the firm&rsquo;s Utilities group as Director of Broadband and Telecommunications Consulting. Mr. Lippold brings over 30 years of experience in planning, engineering, constructing and operating telecommunications networks to the team.&nbsp; At Sewall, Mr. Lippold will be responsible for developing new opportunities and guiding the expansion of our capacity to serve the broadband and telecom sector of our practice, with a particular focus on advising municipalities across New England to expand and improve broadband availability.</p> <p>Mr. Lippold previously held the roles of principal of Casco Bay Advisors, LLC, advising broadband/telecom clients across New England, EVP/COO of Integra Telecom, Inc. in Portland, Oregon and SVP of Network Planning &amp; Engineering at FairPoint Communications for northern New England.&nbsp; He also held executive leadership roles with Level 3 Communications and TelCove.</p> <p>Sewall Vice President Scott Graham, PE, says, &ldquo;We are especially pleased to welcome Brian to the team. His breadth of experience in business development and his knowledge of the telecommunications industry across the United States will be an asset to Sewall&rsquo;s growth in commercial and industrial markets nationwide.&rdquo;</p> <p>Brian will be based out of Sewall&rsquo;s North Yarmouth and Old Town, Maine offices and can be reached at 207-233-2976, or via email at <a href="mailto:brian.lippold@sewall.com">brian.lippold@sewall.com</a>.</p> <p>About Sewall: <br />Founded in 1880, Sewall is an international consulting organization specializing in natural resources, energy, and infrastructure. The company&rsquo;s diverse portfolio is based on 135 years' experience in surveying, forestry consulting, and civil engineering; 65 years' in remote sensing; and 30 years' in GIS and other geospatial services.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.sewall.com/">www.sewall.com</a>.</p> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:32:02 -0400 Sewall hires Joshua O’Neill as natural resource analyst/forester, brings experience in forest inventory and analyzing GIS, forest health, forest structure, and energy data <p><img src="http://soap.siteturbine.com/siteturbine/shared_pages/thumbnail.jpg?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsewall.siteturbine.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fsewall.com%2Fimages%2FJoshuaONeill_forwebsite.jpg&amp;maxWidth=100&amp;maxHeight=145&amp;stretch=1" alt="" width="100" height="145" /></p> <p>Sewall&rsquo;s Forestry &amp; Natural Resource Consulting group is pleased to welcome Joshua O&rsquo;Neill as Natural Resource Analyst/Forester. Mr. O&rsquo;Neill comes to us with six field seasons&rsquo; experience in forest inventory and three years analyzing GIS, forest health, forest structure, and energy data.</p> <p>Mr. O&rsquo;Neill will assist Sewall clients who require forest inventory services and spatial information management for due diligence and ongoing management activities. He will provide support to various projects that include forest inventory, natural resource appraisal, forest management, and research. He will also work with Sewall&rsquo;s GIS team in developing geospatial solutions for natural resource managers.</p> <p>Mr. O&rsquo;Neill studied forestry and GIS at the University of Vermont, and earned his M.F. in Forest Health and GIS from the University of California at Berkeley.&nbsp; He has held research positions with the University of Vermont and University of Washington where he studied maple syrup production and forest health, respectively.&nbsp; Mr. O&rsquo;Neill has received awards for academic achievement and forest management research.&nbsp; Before joining Sewall, he worked as a GIS consultant.</p> <p>Bret Vicary, PhD, Vice President of Forestry and Natural Resources at Sewall, says, &ldquo;We are delighted to have Joshua on our consulting team. He brings a very diverse background to Sewall and our customers. Joshua&rsquo;s passion for learning will serve our clients well as Sewall continues to develop sophisticated GIS solutions for natural resource analysis and management. He will also provide substantial support to our growing due diligence and valuation business.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Mr. O&rsquo;Neill will work out of Sewall&rsquo;s Old Town, Maine, office. He can be reached at (207) 817-5427 | <a href="mailto:joshua.oneill@sewall.com">joshua.oneill@sewall.com</a> as of July 6.</p> <p>About Sewall: Founded in 1880, Sewall is an international consulting organization specializing in natural resources, energy, and infrastructure. Sewall forestry projects span five continents. The company&rsquo;s diverse portfolio is based on 135 years' experience in surveying, forestry consulting, and civil engineering; 65 years' in remote sensing; and 30 years' in GIS and application development. For information, please visit <a href="http://www.sewall.com/">www.sewall.com</a> or contact Bret Vicary at (207) 817-5447 | <a href="mailto:bret.vicary@sewall.com">bret.vicary@sewall.com</a>.</p> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:07:31 -0400 Sewall forester Tim Mack achieves real estate appraisal licensure in Minnesota. Senior Consultant and Biometrician Timothy Mack, ACF, recently earned his license as a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser (CGA) <p><img src="http://soap.siteturbine.com/siteturbine/shared_pages/thumbnail.jpg?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsewall.siteturbine.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fsewall.com%2Fimages%2FTim_Mack.jpg&amp;maxWidth=119&amp;maxHeight=165&amp;stretch=1" alt="" width="119" height="165" /></p> <p>Sewall is pleased to announce that Senior Consultant and Biometrician Timothy Mack, ACF, recently earned his license as a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser (CGA) in the State of Minnesota. His newest certification supports Sewall&rsquo;s forest and natural resource valuation and due diligence efforts.</p> <p>As a Senior Consultant in Forestry &amp; Natural Resources, Mr. Mack performs forest modeling, inventory, due diligence, and appraisal work throughout the world, from native tropical forests to pine and eucalyptus plantations in Australasia. He is widely regarded as a specialist in teak, having cruised, modeled, and appraised plantations throughout Central and South America. During his career, he has designed and built forest-level harvest schedule models and implemented their results on the ground. <br />&nbsp;<br />Bret Vicary, Vice President of Forestry &amp; Natural Resource Consulting, said of Mr. Mack&rsquo;s role at Sewall, &ldquo;Tim came to Sewall in 2004 with deep industry experience in forest modeling and inventory, became involved in forest valuation, and has become one of the most capable natural resource appraisers in the world. He combines high-level analytical skills with the kind of practical intuition that few consultants have. Our clients place tremendous trust in Tim, and they solicit his help with due diligence and appraisal across five continents. In addition, Tim is a delight to work with, undaunted by challenge, and cheerful under most any circumstance. He is a highly valued complement to Sewall&rsquo;s team, and becoming fully licensed as a Certified General Appraiser adds an important notch to his already impressive resume. As a member of the Association of Consulting Foresters, Tim typifies the high level of integrity and professionalism that ACF represents.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mr. Mack works out of Sewall&rsquo;s International Falls, Minnesota, office, and can be reached at (218) 331-2568 | <a href="mailto:tim.mack@sewall.com">tim.mack@sewall.com</a>.</p> <p>About Sewall: Founded in 1880, Sewall is an international professional consulting organization specializing in natural resources, energy, and infrastructure. The company&rsquo;s diverse portfolio is based on 135 years' experience in forestry and natural resource consulting, surveying, and civil engineering; 65 years' in remote sensing; and 30 years' in GIS and application development. For information, please visit <a href="http://www.sewall.com/">www.sewall.com</a> or contact Bret Vicary at (207) 817-5447 | <a href="mailto:bret.vicary@sewall.com">bret.vicary@sewall.com</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 May 2015 16:03:34 -0400 Sewall’s Tinia Graham Certified as Photogrammetrist by ASPRS. Mrs. Graham’s achievement will strengthen Sewall’s imaging and mapping capabilities <p><img src="http://soap.siteturbine.com/siteturbine/shared_pages/thumbnail.jpg?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsewall.siteturbine.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fsewall.com%2Fimages%2FTinia_Graham_CP.jpg&amp;maxWidth=100&amp;maxHeight=133&amp;stretch=1" alt="" width="100" height="133" /></p> <p>Sewall is pleased to announce that Senior Digital Imaging Technician Tinia Graham has passed the written examination and all other requirements for initial certification as a Certified Photogrammetrist (CP) through the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).&nbsp; Mrs. Graham&rsquo;s achievement will strengthen Sewall&rsquo;s imaging and mapping capabilities.</p> <p>At least six years of experience in photogrammetry, with three of those years spent in a position of professional responsibility, are among the requirements for CP certification. Mrs. Graham has twelve years of experience at Sewall assisting in all aspects of photogrammetry, including analytical stereoplotting, softcopy work stations, and DAT/EM software collections, as well as orthoimagery production, from the initial QA/QC of captured imagery to airborne GPS/IMU data processing, orthophoto and mosaic creation, and final product delivery. She is particularly skilled at performing survey control checks and validation processes. Mrs. Graham is part of Sewall&rsquo;s DAT/EM workflow process team, where she researches and validates methods of collection for different mapping scales.</p> <p>Certified Photogrammetrists can officially sign off on photogrammetric work, which assures clients that products are of high quality and that the ASPRS Code of Ethics has been followed. They can validate flight layouts and control points to ensure that aerial imagery, airborne GPS/IMU data, ground control, flight lines, and aerotriangulation results can meet the required project accuracies. Mrs. Graham joins Sewall&rsquo;s professionally certified photogrammetrist team.</p> <p>David T. Edson, President/CEO of Sewall, states, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s wonderful to see individuals taking the initiative to receive professional accreditation. It speaks well for the individual, and Sewall is happy and proud to support these efforts.&rdquo;</p> <p>About Sewall: Founded in 1880, Sewall is an international professional consulting organization specializing in energy, infrastructure and natural resources. The company&rsquo;s diverse portfolio is based on 135 years' experience in surveying, forest appraisal and civil engineering; 65 years' in remote sensing; and 30 years' in GIS and application development. For information, please visit <a href="http://www.sewall.com/">www.sewall.com</a> or contact Diane Vatne at 207-817-5465; Email: <a href="mailto:diane.vatne@sewall.com">diane.vatne@sewall.com</a></p> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:53:07 -0400 Licensing tree appraisers. Bret Vicary, ACF, Ph.D., MAI, publishes article in The Consultant <p>Should individuals who appraise trees be subject to licensing requirements imposed by state regulatory agencies? There is reason to believe that this very issue may be examined by the Personal Property Resource Panel (PPRP) of the Appraisal Foundation (which publishes USPAP&mdash;the Uniform Standards for Professional Appraisal Practice). &nbsp;<a href="http://sewall.siteturbine.com/uploaded_files/sewall.com/files/Licensing_Tree_Appraisers.pdf">More</a>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 10:39:58 -0500 Success stories to learn from. Business advice from six ACF members. Sewall Vice President Bret P. Vicary, ACF is profiled in The Consultant <p>Bret Vicary describes himself as &ldquo;green as a cucumber&rdquo; when he launched into consulting forestry nearly 40 years ago. He barely managed to survive while he drew up management plans for landowners, did logging, even selling firewood and using his talents as a musician to make a little extra cash. <a href="http://sewall.siteturbine.com/uploaded_files/sewall.com/files/Bret_Vicary.pdf">More</a></p> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 10:36:45 -0500 Sewall advocates for water protection, forms water team. LaMarr Clannon educates Maine communities and institutions on benefits of using low impact development <p>LaMarr Clannon, Stormwater Engineer at James W. Sewall Company, is educating communities and institutions throughout Maine on the benefits of using low impact development (LID) techniques to protect clean drinking water, reduce stormwater impacts, and increase community resiliency to changing weather patterns. She joins a newly formed Water Team at Sewall that offers clients complete, integrated services and solutions that bridge the gap from project design to the maintenance and inspection of system assets.</p> <p>In partnership with NOAA and the Maine Coastal Program, Ms. Clannon discussed LID for community climate change resiliency at workshops held in Ellsworth and Wells; partnered with the Maine Drinking Water Program and EPA Region 1 on workshops to protect drinking water in Bangor, Lewiston and Presque Isle; presented to the planning board and downtown revitalization committee in Damariscotta on LID for redesigning the riverfront; and, in partnership with the Saco River Corridor Commission and partially funded by the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, presented on LID and local stormwater utilities in 16 towns along the Saco River to protect the River&rsquo;s drinking water and recreational resources.</p> <p>Ms. Clannon joins Sewall staff in forming the new Water Team, which combines three areas of expertise, including water/wastewater engineering, stormwater engineering and GIS/asset management capabilities. The team consists of Ms. Clannon, Mike Riley, PE, and Rick Martens, GISP. Ms. Clannon guides clients on MS4 permitting, low impact design, and stormwater utilities development. Mr. Riley specializes in water system design, utility master plans, and new source development. Mr. Martens consults and designs GIS and asset management systems to support both water and wastewater infrastructure, typically as part of a water engineering or stormwater project. The Water Team provides world-class, integrated services for water system/plant design, construction administration, and maintenance evaluation using the latest in technology and workflows.</p> <p>The Sewall Water Team will exhibit at the 2014 Maine Rural Water Association (MRWA) conference at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine, on December 9-11. For more information about the team and its services, call 207-817-5535 or e-mail waterteam@sewall.com.</p> <p>About Sewall: Founded in 1880, Sewall is an international professional consulting organization specializing in infrastructure, energy and natural resources. The company&rsquo;s diverse portfolio is based on 134 years' experience in civil engineering, surveying and forest appraisal; 65 years' in remote sensing; and 30 years' in GIS and application development. For information, please visit www.sewall.com or contact Rick Martens at 207-817-5535; Email: rick.martens@sewall.com.</p> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 11:41:28 -0500 Sewall hires Connie Li Krampf as certified photogrammetrist/analyst. Ms. Krampf brings 29 years’ experience in all phases of photogrammetry <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://soap.siteturbine.com/siteturbine/shared_pages/thumbnail.jpg?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsewall.siteturbine.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fsewall.com%2Fimages%2FNewsStorm%2Fspotlight%2FConnie_DSC_0096_smaller.JPG&amp;maxWidth=100&amp;maxHeight=127&amp;stretch=1" alt="" width="100" height="127" /></p> <p>Sewall is pleased to announce the hire of Connie Li Krampf, CP, CMS, MSCS, as Certified Photogrammetrist/Analyst. Ms. Krampf will complement and strengthen Sewall&rsquo;s imaging and mapping capabilities.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ms. Krampf brings 29 years&rsquo; experience in all phases of photogrammetry as a Certified Photogrammetrist (CP) and Certified Mapping Scientist (CMS) in GIS/LIS.&nbsp; Previous experience includes serving as Certified Photogrammetrist/GIS Specialist at AECOM in Houston, Texas; Senior Estimator at Earthdata International in Frederick, Maryland; and as a photogrammetric engineer for the Center for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing of the Railway Ministry, Beijing, China.&nbsp; For the past three years, she has been Chief Geomatics Specialist at Quantum Spatial (formerly Aerometric) in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>At Sewall, she will be responsible for all technical aspects of the compilation and aerial triangulation processes that ensure the locational accuracy of maps, including planning, estimating, inspecting and implementing airborne GPS/IMU data, and assuring product quality. She will also oversee Sewall&rsquo;s softcopy photogrammetry systems, and supervise and train its digital stereoplotter operators.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>David T. Edson, President/CEO of Sewall, states &ldquo;We are very pleased to welcome Connie Krampf to the Sewall Team. Her expertise in up-to-date photogrammetric methods and practices will add considerable value to Sewall&rsquo;s 60+ years of deep experience in aerial imaging and mapping for the long-term benefit of our clients.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to a BS in civil engineering with an emphasis on photogrammetry, Ms. Krampf holds an MS in computer science from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She will work out of both Sewall&rsquo;s Old Town, Maine, and Sheboygan, Wisconsin, offices.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>About Sewall: Founded in 1880, Sewall is an international professional consulting organization specializing in energy, infrastructure and natural resources. The company&rsquo;s diverse portfolio is based on 134 years' experience in surveying, forest appraisal and civil engineering; 60 years' in remote sensing; and 30 years' in GIS and application development. For information, please visit <a href="http://www.sewall.com/">www.sewall.com</a> or contact Diane Vatne at 207-817-5465; Email: <a href="mailto:diane.vatne@sewall.com">diane.vatne@sewall.com</a></p> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 10:40:34 -0400 Sewall hires Philip Nash as global economist/consultant. Nash will provide macro-economic analysis of domestic and overseas timberland markets <p><img src="http://soap.siteturbine.com/siteturbine/shared_pages/thumbnail.jpg?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsewall.siteturbine.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fsewall.com%2Fimages%2FNewsStorm%2Fspotlight%2Fe9ce7363ff1cc3fe93172a5730f74c8f.jpg&amp;maxWidth=100&amp;maxHeight=135&amp;stretch=1" alt="" width="100" height="135" />Sewall is pleased to welcome Philip Nash as Global Economist/Consultant. With over 32 years&rsquo; experience in finance, the past 16 focusing on timberland investment and research, Mr. Nash will join Sewall&rsquo;s Forestry &amp; Natural Resource Consulting group, the oldest in North America. He will provide macro-economic analysis of domestic and overseas markets; conduct research, risk analysis, and investment counseling services for timberland investors; and support Sewall&rsquo;s forest and natural resource valuation and due diligence efforts.</p> <p>Before joining Sewall, Mr. Nash was the research director at two U.S.-based TIMOs &ndash; Forest Systems and Global Forest Partners (GFP) &ndash; during which time he was involved in analyzing timberland investments and markets throughout the Continental U.S., Central America, South America, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.&nbsp; He also oversaw outside appraisal processes for global timberland assets.</p> <p>Mr. Nash has focused on assessing market drivers and identifying sector trends and their implications for timberland investment regions, as well as for key global demand centers which consume paper and forest products.&nbsp; After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Philip started his career in commercial banking and investment banking where he engaged in real estate workouts, acquisition due diligence, fundamental equity analysis, risk analysis and asset valuations.&nbsp; He holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, is a current member of the Boston Security Analysts Society and a past member of the Boston Real Estate Finance Association.&nbsp; Philip served as a past Chairman of the NCREIF&nbsp; Timberland Committee and participated in NCREIF&rsquo;s Real Estate Information Standards (REIS) Committee.</p> <p>Bret Vicary, PhD, Vice President of Forestry and Natural Resources at Sewall, says, &ldquo;Phil&rsquo;s global expertise in timberland investments and research is already proving to be a tremendous addition to our consulting team. We are excited to have someone with his deep experience and reputation. Phil raises the quality and breadth of our services, and enables us to serve investors at the highest level.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mr. Nash will work out of Sewall&rsquo;s Thetford, Vermont, office. He can be reached at (207) 817-5486; Email: <a href="mailto:Philip.Nash@sewall.com">Philip.Nash@sewall.com</a>.</p> <p>About Sewall: Founded in 1880, Sewall is an international professional consulting organization specializing in natural resources, energy, and infrastructure. The company&rsquo;s diverse portfolio is based on 134 years' experience in surveying, forestry consulting, and civil engineering; 60 years' in remote sensing; and 30 years' in GIS and application development. For information, please visit <a href="http://www.sewall.com/">www.sewall.com</a> or contact Bret Vicary at (207) 817-5447; Email: <a href="mailto:bret.vicary@sewall.com">bret.vicary@sewall.com</a>.</p> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:38:34 -0400 Universal Service Fund (USF) Assessment: A Study on the Impacts and Opportunities of USF Reforms in Maine. A Sewall study commissioned by the ConnectME Authority <p>James W. Sewall Company announces today the release of the <em>Universal Service Fund (USF) Assessment: A Study on the Impacts and Opportunities of USF Reforms in Maine</em>. Commissioned by the ConnectME Authority in November 2013, Sewall conducted the study to evaluate the existing and potential impacts of the FCC&rsquo;s reforms on the USF in Maine; assess the strength of Maine&rsquo;s positioning for USF support, identifying the potential gap in Maine&rsquo;s future funding resources; and provide recommendations for the Authority and other stakeholder agencies to consider in developing Maine strategy, policy and programs that align with future USF funding opportunities. Funded under the Future Leading Practices component of the American and Reinvestment Act grant received by the Authority in 2009, the study drew upon the complex library of publicly available information and the guidance of several recognized experts in the various USF programs to complete the analysis and develop informed recommendations. The analysis, recommendations and any opinions expressed in the study are Sewall&rsquo;s alone. <br /><br /></p> <p>Maine receives approximately $46 million in annual funding from the USF to support affordable access to telecommunications services statewide. Distributed through the USF&rsquo;s four major programs&mdash;High Cost, Low Income, Schools and Libraries, and Rural Health Care&mdash;the fund provides Maine telecommunications carriers with a significant portion of their annual operating revenues. Since the 2010 release of the National Broadband Plan, the FCC has been in the process of modernizing these programs, shifting the focus on basic, ubiquitous telephone services to that of improving broadband access. The reforms have redirected and limited the various funds, establishing higher accountability and greater contribution, including significant investment, from carrier participants. As the reforms are fully implemented in the next few years, they are expected to create both opportunities and challenges for Maine rural providers, State policy makers, schools and libraries, rural healthcare facilities, and Maine citizens who benefit from this support.</p> <p>Based on research of federal USF materials and interviews with industry experts, the study finds that:</p> <ul> <li>Maine&rsquo;s eligibility and status as an USF recipient is high among New England states, with only Massachusetts receiving a higher annual average.</li> <li>FCC reforms to legacy programs are reducing the amount of annual support to Maine for telecommunications services, in some cases, without compensatory support for broadband.</li> <li>Uncertainty of funding has led some carriers in Maine to reduce broadband network investments and to focus new services in lower cost areas that promise higher return.</li> <li>Maine is benefiting from new programs for USF funding that support broadband, particularly from pilot and phase I programs.</li> <li>Funding from several USF programs, including the Low Income and Rural Health Care programs, remains a largely untapped resource for Maine. Maine can realize more benefit from the Schools and Libraries program by increasing the local contribution match.</li> <li>The development of cost-efficient, ubiquitous broadband in Maine is impacted by several factors, including the predominance of broadband DSL over copper, the limited amount of fiber network buildout, low standard broadband speed definitions in the state, and the lack of integrated, policy-based investment support.&nbsp;</li> <li>The ConnectME Authority is positioned to support and drive initiatives to fill funding gaps and to lead the development of broadband policies and programs that maximize USF funding opportunities.</li> </ul> <p>Based on these and more detailed findings in the report, the study makes the following recommendations to the Authority:</p> <ol> <li>Optimize untapped existing and new opportunities for USF support. Act as a clearinghouse of information.</li> <li>Encourage employing the Maine Universal Service Fund to support a redefined concept of universal service, rather than supporting voice provider of last resort (POLR) services, which will soon become obsolete.</li> <li>Encourage State and regulatory support for new business arrangements (consolidations, partnerships, service bundling, diversification) for local carriers to target funding and develop products that meet USF-supported broadband speeds.</li> <li>Raise the definition of broadband on an annual basis to competitive standards, and consider defining mobile as broadband. Continue to inventory speeds and develop more granular mapping to identify opportunities and close gaps in coverage.</li> <li>Encourage coordinated broadband efforts to save costs and help coordinate efforts of complementary public- and private-sector programs to share and maximize benefits.</li> <li>Advance definitions for those provider entities and their customers who will contribute to and qualify for future funding.</li> <li>Take the lead in developing Maine State policy for ubiquitous broadband, as outlined in State statute, integrating these recommendations and those of the Maine Broadband Strategic Plan.</li> </ol> <p>Phillip Lindley, Executive Director of the Authority, says, &ldquo;This study gives the Authority, State leadership and other State agencies a single, comprehensive resource on the USF reforms and their impacts in Maine. Drawing upon this study, our broadband mapping and planning assessments, and the Maine Broadband Strategic Plan, we look forward to developing collaborative approaches to funding broadband, as part of our mission to facilitate its universal availability in Maine.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>The ConnectME Authority&rsquo;s goals are increasing broadband availability to Maine residents, businesses, and community anchor institutions, and raising awareness of broadband benefits to Maine education, health, and economic development. Sewall is an international professional consulting firm headquartered in Old Town that specializes in natural resources, energy, and infrastructure.</p> <p>An executive summary of the study and the full report are available at <a href="http://www.maine.gov/connectme/about/news/news.shtml?id=625038">http://www.maine.gov/connectme/about/news/news.shtml?id=625038</a>. &nbsp;For additional information, contact: Phillip Lindley, Executive Director, ConnectME Authority, <a href="mailto:phil.lindley@maine.gov">phil.lindley@maine.gov</a>, 207-624-9970; or Lisa Schoonmaker, Consultant, Sewall, <a href="mailto:schl@sewall.com">schl@sewall.com</a>, 207-348-6082.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:21:41 -0400 Sewall and CAI Technologies announce new cooperative agreement. Clients to benefit from the professional expertise of two GIS companies <p>James W. Sewall Company of Old Town, Maine, and Cartographic Associates, Inc. (dba CAI Technologies) of Littleton, New Hampshire, have announced a new cooperative agreement whereby clients will benefit from the expertise of two GIS companies instead of one.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to the agreement, Sewall and CAI will market their combined services, knowledge and capacity to clients, providing them access to a full continuum of capabilities, including local, regional, and state mapping; GIS implementation, hosting and custom application development; civil and environmental engineering solutions; and forestry and natural resource consulting.&nbsp;</p> <p>David Edson, President/CEO of Sewall, says, &ldquo;Our two firms are very excited about our new relationship.&nbsp; Clients will benefit from the professional expertise of two companies instead of one while continuing to receive the high level of service they&rsquo;ve come to expect.&nbsp; This type of partnership will become ever more important to our clients as the range of and need for geospatial services rapidly increase in the digital age.&rdquo;</p> <p>Franco Rossi, President of CAI Technologies echoes Dave&rsquo;s comments.&nbsp; &ldquo;This relationship will allow both firms to focus on the services at which we each excel, to the benefit of our respective, and in some cases, common clients.&nbsp; I believe our common corporate philosophies and recognition of each other&rsquo;s strengths will enable us to share resources effectively and expand available services to our clients, allowing us to better serve them.&rdquo;</p> <p>Sewall, founded in 1880, offers engineering, forestry and geospatial services to clients in both the public and private sectors.&nbsp; Sewall has served municipalities in the eastern United States for decades by providing tax mapping services and, as the technology matured, a full spectrum of GIS services. With civil engineering and survey, aerial photography, remote sensing, photogrammetry, GIS, and software engineering (IT) professionals on staff, Sewall offers consulting services across the eastern United States and Maritime Provinces of Canada.</p> <p>CAI Technologies was founded in 1985 as a municipal mapping company. To meet clients&rsquo; growing needs since that time, CAI Technologies has become a leader in GIS solutions, while still providing a wide spectrum of mapping services. As an ESRI Business Partner, a plethora of tools and resources can be brought to bear to address specific client needs.&nbsp; Using CAI Technologies Query Manager Online web based GIS solution, hundreds of communities are realizing cost effective ways to distribute GIS information and tools, streamlining daily functions and analysis. Throughout its growth and expansion of services, the company has never lost sight of the importance of providing top-quality, cost-effective services. As a direct result of that guiding principle and the commitment of the entire CAI Technologies staff, the company serves nearly 400 local, regional and state governments, as well as large regional utilities.</p> <p>For more information, contact David Edson at 207-817-5426; <a href="mailto:edson@sewall.com">edson@sewall.com</a> or Franco Rossi at (800) 322-4540; <a href="mailto:frossi@cai-tech.com">frossi@cai-tech.com</a>.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:55:31 -0400 ConnectME Authority: Developing broadband in Maine: baseline update 2013. Sewall collaborates with Authority on new broadband availability and adoption study <p>The ConnectME Authority is pleased to announce the release of Developing Broadband in Maine: Baseline Update 2013, a new study on Maine broadband availability and adoption.&nbsp; Developed in collaboration with James W. Sewall Company, the study updates the baseline findings of the 2011 Broadband Needs Assessment, identifies factors driving recent broadband growth, and provides recommendations for use in strengthening the Authority&rsquo;s broadband strategies as outlined in the 2012 Broadband Strategic Plan.&nbsp; The study is part of the Authority&rsquo;s federally funded five-year Broadband Planning Project.</p> <p>Based on surveys of Maine broadband providers and consumers, the study finds that:<br />1.&nbsp;The general need and demand for higher levels of broadband service driven by social, economic, and technological factors are increasing.<br />2.&nbsp;Although Maine&rsquo;s coverage for basic broadband services has increased, current service levels in many locations are still too low to support the growing network demands of higher-level applications.<br />3.&nbsp;Lack of perceived value in computer use and internet adoption has solidified as the most significant factor for nonsubscribers of broadband services.<br />4.&nbsp;Maine&rsquo;s demographics continue to present a challenge to broadband advancement. Demographic factors that affect broadband use together with Maine&rsquo;s national ranking in these categories show that Maine continues to rank high in those areas that retard broadband uptake and low in those areas that accelerate it.&nbsp; For example:<br />&bull;&nbsp;Factors associated with increased broadband use are households with one or more children under the age of 18, households with more than three people, and small businesses in the finance and insurance industry.&nbsp; Maine ranks 48th out of 50 for all three.<br />&bull;&nbsp;Factors associated with decreased broadband use are households with annual incomes of less than $15,000, households comprised of people over the age of 64, and small businesses with fewer than five workers.&nbsp; Maine ranks 18th, 5th, and 9th, respectively, for those factors.<br />5.&nbsp;Mobile wireless service is more widely available and used by consumer and business communities to complement other internet technologies.</p> <p>To further broadband expansion in Maine, the study makes the following recommendations to the Authority:<br />1.&nbsp;Consider redefining minimum broadband service for grants at a speed level of 3 to 6 Mbps.<br />2.&nbsp;Encourage public-private partnerships to fund a complete build out of existing infrastructure, leveraging initiatives of healthcare, schools and libraries, business and the public safety broadband network.<br />3.&nbsp;Provide educational outreach on broadband&rsquo;s value proposition (the benefits for the cost), targeted to specific audiences within each stakeholder group, including older citizens and small businesses.<br />4.&nbsp;Embrace mobile technology as broadband and leverage its power as a demand generator to drive broadband adoption.&nbsp; Given its popularity and ease of use, mobile wireless can be a powerful digital learning tool, increasing access to, demand for, and adoption of broadband in Maine.</p> <p>Broadband availability statistics from the Baseline Update report:<br />&bull;&nbsp;93.1% of Maine street locations have access to broadband at speeds of 768 kbps or above &ndash; an increase of 2 percentage points from the June 2011 baseline report.&nbsp; 75.3% of Maine households subscribe to broadband.<br />&bull;&nbsp;84.9% of street locations have access to broadband at speeds of 3 Mbps or above &ndash; an increase of 71.6 percentage points.<br />&bull;&nbsp;43% of the geographic area of Maine has access to high-speed mobile broadband (4G) &ndash; an increase of 43 percentage points.</p> <p>Phillip Lindley, Executive Director of the Authority, says, &ldquo;The Update provides the most current information on broadband availability, use, and drivers of adoption in Maine.&nbsp; Although we have made significant progress in two years, we have much collaborative work to do, particularly in providing Maine communities with access to higher-speed broadband and with greater knowledge of the benefits it brings. This report gives us a sound set of recommendations that will focus our broadband strategies, as outlined in the Maine Broadband Strategic Plan, on accomplishing these key critical objectives.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p>The ConnectME Authority&rsquo;s goals are increasing broadband availability to Maine residents, businesses, and community anchor institutions, and raising awareness of broadband benefits to Maine education, health, and economic development.</p> <p><br />A summary brochure on the study and the full study with appendices are available at <a href="http://www.maine.gov/connectme/grants/ntia/planning.shtml">http://www.maine.gov/connectme/grants/ntia/planning.shtml</a> .&nbsp; For additional information, contact: Phillip Lindley, Executive Director, <a href="mailto:phil.lindley@maine.gov">phil.lindley@maine.gov</a>, 207-624-9970.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:14:43 -0400 County receives Digital Government Achievement Award. Long-term Sewall client Rockland County, NY, recognized for GIS Emergency Application. <p>County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef announced that the Rockland County Planning Department&rsquo;s Geographic Information System (GIS) team has received a National 2013 Digital Government Achievement Award in the Government-to-Government Category from the Center for Digital Government. More <a href="https://rocklandgov.com/files/8013/7936/0725/Digital_Government_Achievement_Award_FINAL_9-13.pdf">https://rocklandgov.com/files/8013/7936/0725/Digital_Government_Achievement_Award_FINAL_9-13.pdf</a></p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 16:18:47 -0400 Forest Inventory Basics, Part 2. VP Bret Vicary, PHD, publishes article in Brookfield Second Quarter 2013 Global Timberlands Research Report <p>When reviewing a potential timberland investment opportunity, a seller will generally provide potential buyers with a detailed forest inventory database, and a significant part of the due diligence process includes verifying the accuracy of this data. To fully appreciate what is involved in generating a typical forest inventory database...<a href="http://sewall.siteturbine.com/uploaded_files/sewall.com/files/2013-2QBrookfield.pdf">More</a></p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:03:41 -0400 Maine Gateway captures photo of Brett Hart, PE, at work in Sewall booth at AWEA Windpower <p>Bangor Region Development Alliance (BRDA) called on companies in the wind industry, both manufacturers and service providers, during the American Wind Energy Assoc. international conference...<a href="http://www.mainegateway.com/images/stories/Summer_2013.pdf" target="_blank">more</a></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 17:14:43 -0400 Forest Inventory Basics, Part 1. VP Bret Vicary, PHD, publishes article in Brookfield First Quarter 2013 Global Timberlands Research Report <p>Imagine for a moment that you are a real estate investor looking at an opportunity to acquire Class A office building in downtown Seattle. When evaluating a real estate investment, a key component of due diligence is verifying the physical attributes of the property, such as square footage, age, condition, location, etc. Investors may disagree about subjective factors like market supply, demand, and growth potential, but the physical attributes are relatively straight forward to measure and verify...<a title="2013-1QBrookfield.pdf" href="http://sewall.siteturbine.com/uploaded_files/sewall.com/files/2013-1QBrookfield.pdf">More</a></p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:25:35 -0400 Aroostook Resources, Inc., awards first phase of Bald Mountain assessment to Sewall. Maine company to lead evaluation of Aroostook County mineral deposit <p><img src="http://soap.siteturbine.com/siteturbine/shared_pages/thumbnail.jpg?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsewall.siteturbine.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fsewall.com%2Fimages%2FJDI_June_10_Aroostook.jpg&amp;maxWidth=750&amp;maxHeight=422&amp;stretch=1" alt="" width="750" height="422" /><br /><br />Aroostook Resources, Inc., part of the JD Irving Group of Companies, has chosen Maine engineering and natural resources consulting firm James W. Sewall Company of Old Town to develop a new mineral resource estimate for Aroostook County&rsquo;s Bald Mountain mineral prospect.&nbsp;</p> <p>Discovered in the mid-1970s by former Sewall geologist John Cummings on behalf of the Northeast Joint Venture, the deposit is being evaluated as a potential source of copper, zinc, gold, and silver.&nbsp; This is the second project related to the Bald Mountain prospect awarded by Aroostook Resources to a Maine firm.</p> <p>The project will use historical data to produce an estimate of mineral resources available at the site located near Ashland.&nbsp; No additional on-the-ground work will take place during this phase of the assessment.</p> <p>The project report will comply with modern industry standards that include evaluation of both the available resources and the best management practices for environmental protection.&nbsp; The report will identify next steps that could allow the Bald Mountain project to move to the next stage, which would generate additional jobs.&nbsp;</p> <p>Long-term, the project has the potential to create tens of millions of dollars in economic activity and hundreds of jobs over a multi-decade timeframe.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to David Edson, Sewall President/CEO, &ldquo;Aroostook Resources, Inc., has awarded this work to Sewall because of our long history of sustainable natural resource management for Maine.&nbsp;&nbsp; Because the project is already providing jobs for Maine, this contract is another example of Irving&rsquo;s commitment to Maine, and, in this instance, to the economic future of Aroostook County.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Edson points out that a full and careful evaluation of the resource available will encourage informed public discussion on all aspects of bringing this economic development to northern Maine.&nbsp; Maine mining regulations are presently being revised and are due to be released for public comment this summer.</p> <p>The Sewall team includes Northeast Geophysical Services of Bangor and Global Resource Engineering of New Hampshire and Colorado.&nbsp; Northeast Geophysical Services provides geological and geophysical surveying services in the northeast.&nbsp; Global Resource Engineering is an engineering company that has evaluated mineral deposits world wide.&nbsp; The capabilities of both firms will complement Sewall&rsquo;s expertise in natural resource management and engineering.&nbsp; The team includes geologists and engineers with broad experience in mineral deposit evaluation and knowledge of advanced mine design, including minimizing environmental impact.&nbsp; Two of the team&rsquo;s geologists worked at Bald Mountain in previous phases of investigation.</p> <p>Anthony Hourihan of Aroostook Resources says, &ldquo;We are especially pleased to employ venerable Sewall, which has played a historic role in the management of natural resources in Maine for more than 130 years. In particular, Sewall&rsquo;s expertise in state-of-the-art stormwater management and water quality monitoring will ensure that economic development and jobs will be balanced with protection of Maine&rsquo;s natural resources should this project move forward to additional stages of investigation.&rdquo;</p> <p>For more information, contact Dave Edson at 207-827-4456; <a href="mailto:edson@sewall.com">edson@sewall.com</a>.</p> <p>About Aroostook Resources: <br />Aroostook Resources, Inc., is a subsidiary of J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI) of Saint John, New Brunswick.&nbsp; Founded in 1882, J.D. Irving, Limited, operates in Eastern Canada and the United States with business units in forestry and forest products; transportation; shipbuilding and industrial marine; retail; industrial equipment, construction services and building materials; and consumer products.</p> <p>JDI sustains 1,800 direct and indirect jobs in Maine and has been doing business here for over 65 years.</p> <p>About Sewall: <br />Founded in 1880, Sewall is an international professional consulting firm headquartered in Old Town that specializes in natural resources, energy, and infrastructure. The company&rsquo;s diverse portfolio includes 133 years&rsquo; experience in surveying, forest appraisal and civil engineering; 60 years&rsquo; in aerial mapping; and 30 years&rsquo; in GIS and other geospatial products.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.sewall.com/">www.sewall.com</a>.</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 10:17:37 -0400 How the omnibus energy bill will benefit Maine. VP Andrew Sturgeon, PLS, publishes opinion piece on Maine omnibus bill in Bangor Daily News <p>There&rsquo;s no arguing Mainers are paying too much for energy &mdash; significantly more than elsewhere in the country. For some time, Gov. Paul LePage has been saying that he wants to lower electricity rates, promote the expansion of natural gas infrastructure, lower energy costs for businesses and consumers, and redirect resources toward lowering heating costs using new and expanded Efficiency Maine Trust programs. <a href="http://bangordailynews.com/2013/05/23/opinion/contributors/how-the-omnibus-energy-bill-will-benefit-maine/?ref=regionstate" target="_blank">More </a></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 15:38:07 -0400 Northern Maine Community College welcomes wind industry leaders. Sewall engineers Jan Murchison, PE, and Brett Hart, PE, recognized for contributions to the NMCC wind power technology program <p>Wind industry leaders from throughout the state, representing Maine, national and global companies, received a perrsonalized tour of the Northern Maine Community College Wind Lab to view the wind turbine recently installed for teaching purposes. <a href="http://sewall.siteturbine.com/uploaded_files/sewall.com/files/nmcc_pr.pdf" target="_blank">More</a></p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 15:26:22 -0400