Elevating GIS

GroundPoint Technologies, LLC

Who We Are

Benjamin H. Houston, P.E., PMP, GISP
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Houston has 20 years experience in topographic engineering and related engineering and mapping activities. He is co-founder of GroundPoint Technologies currently leads business development and strategic planning.

Mr. Houston spent 12 years as an Army Officer, first as a Topographic Engineer in the US Army Corps of Engineers and later as a Staff Officer, Public Health Engineer, and Special Operations Team Leader with the US Army Special Operations Command. He is a graduate of the US Army Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Defense Mapping Agency, and the JFK Special Warfare Center and School. Mr. Houston has also held various positions as an engineer and GIS analyst with both for-profit and non-profit consulting companies, and has held positions in various local government agencies at the County level including the Department of Planning, Department of Public Works, and the Department of Health. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York and has a broad background in public health engineering, public utilities infrastructure, and stormwater management. Mr. Houston specializes in raster based terrain analysis and GIS data integration. He is a certified Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a certified GIS Professional by the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI). He is a past Vice-President of the Genesee/Finger Lakes Region Geographic Information System Special Interest Group, and is currently an active member of the New York State GIS Association, the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), and the American Water Resources Association (AWRA).

Mr. Houston’s background enables him to uniquely understand local government user needs, and how to successfully apply advanced terrain mapping and GIS technologies to achieve project success. He has also been the author of a number of Publications and Presentations over the past 10 years.

Colorado School of Mines, Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering
North Carolina State University, Master of Science in Earth Science

 

Karen Kwasnowski, GISP
Chief Technical Officer
University of Rochester, Bachelor of Science in Earth Science

Mrs. Kwasnowski has 15 years experience as a senior GIS technologist with a broad range of LiDAR and other remote sensing and geospatial project experience. She is co-founder of GroundPoint Technologies and currently oversees all of GroundPoint’s technical production. She has successfully lead LiDAR and GIS projects for a range of government agencies at the County and State level, and for Federal Agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Her specialties include quality control and accuracy assessment of LiDAR data and the development of terrain products for GIS integration.

Mrs. Kwasnowski’s career began with the New York State Technology Enterprise Center (NYSTEC) as an incubator for high tech industries in New York, and continued as a senior technologist and project manager with the Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology (IAGT), a non-profit institute dedicated to the transfer of geospatial technologies for public benefit.

University of Rochester, Bachelor of Science in Earth Science

 

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