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Paul G. Grout is a Survey Coordinator for the Colorado Department of Transportation, (DOT) District 2, Pueblo, Colorado. Hired in September 1962 by the DOT after attending the University of Southern Colorado and the University of Colorado, he has been a project engineer on various bridge and roadway construction projects.

He has been instrumental in bringing electronic field surveying and positional tolerance into engineering at the highway department. Preliminary design survey data are now automated for digital terrain modeling. His district, under his guidance, is using the global positioning surveying (GPS) system for control surveys.

In spring 1990 Paul approached the United States Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) asking for help in locating the southeast corner of Colorado, a critical monument in the DOT'S global positioning system statewide network. The BLM agreed to assist the DOT and during the project recognized Paul's exceptional organizational abilities and efforts to improve cooperation among federal, state, and local government.

According to Darryl A. Wilson, Chief, Field Survey Section, Colorado State Office, BLM, the project's success has lead to the development of a cooperative agreement between the BLM and the DOT for the execution of cadastral surveys, which may be the first such agreement in the nation.

Richard S. Cohen, National Geodetic Survey, NOAA in Boulder, Colorado points out that Paul has been a driving force in geodetic surveying for several years in the DOT. He helped establish several calibration base lines for electronic distance measurement equipment in his district and got the DOT to generally support the placement of calibration lines throughout the state. He has followed an approach to control surveying that uses not just accuracy in the survey, but also the required monumentation, descriptions, and equipment calibration. The Colorado High Precision Network's completion is largely due to his leading support at the beginning of the project and his continued drive to get funding from state and federal agencies. This project will be the basis of DOT control surveying in the future and provides an accurate basis for surveys throughout the state using GPS equipment. He has assisted preservation of the existing horizontal and vertical control network through his district's mark maintenance effort. And the National Geodetic Survey's state adviser's program will soon be in place in the DOT through his efforts.

Paul has been among the driving forces to have the surveying profession recognized within the DOT. When Paul became a professional land surveyor 23 years ago, the DOT did not recognize a surveyor as a professional and there were no monetary benefits. It has only been recently that the DOT has created Units of Surveying with a professional surveyor as unit supervisor. According to Carl O'Loughlin, Colorado State Survey Coordinator, this was brought about through a Memorandum of Understanding between the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors and the DOT. Implementation has taken nearly seven years and is still not perfect, but the DOT survey program is now seen as a leader in the industry and not the brunt of criticism as in the past.

Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado honored Paul by selecting him 1990 Surveyor of the Year in Colorado. He is a charter member of the 6th Principal Meridian Surveyors, vice president for Southern Colorado Professional Land Surveyors, a member of the Colorado Department of Transportation Survey Activities Committee (a group overseeing surveying within the department), project manager for the Statewide GPS Network, surveying instructor for the department, chair for Colorado Section - American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, and a member of the Civil Technology Advisory Committee for Trinidad State Junior College and the University of Southern Colorado.

Paul is a second generation surveyor. His father retired from the engineering department of C. F. & I., where he worked as a surveyor. Outside his professional activities Paul is a past Elder and past chairman of the Deacons on the Board of Central Christian, served on regional committees for the Central Rocky Mountain Region Disciples of Christ (Christian) Church, a past chairman of the Board of Park Hill Christian Church in Pueblo, and past committee chairman for Boy Scout Troop 2, Rocky Mountain Council. He has been active in scouting as a leader or volunteer for various troops and packs since 1973. He is a member of Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado, Institute of Navigation, and Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge 90.
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Title Annotation:Colorado Department of Transportation Survey Coordinator Paul G. Grout
Publication:Public Works
Article Type:Cover Story
Date:May 1, 1992
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