Hoffman began his surveying career back in 1978 when he worked for his uncle, Bernard Godfrey. After graduating from Paul Smith’s College, he worked his way from rod-man to transit-man and eventually party-chief. In 1988 when Adam received his Land Surveying license, he and Mr. Godfrey formed Godfrey-Hoffman Associates. After 12 years of a great partnership, Mr. Godfrey retired which left Mr. Hoffman with the entire business.

Hackathons Mine Engineering Minds

In the world of computers, the idea of hacking is met with various responses. Some look at hacking as a form of virtual terrorism and others look at hacking as an art form that can change the way computer systems and online media are used to enhance performance and usage of computers across the world. In a lot of ways, some hackers deserve to be lauded for their efforts.

A lot of hackers use their knowledge and abilities to alert corporations and software developers of bugs and holes in security programming. In this way, hackers are very useful to the safety of our personal and private data. Once a hole is discovered, the developers can go in and make a patch or rewrite a piece of code before the problem is discovered by malicious hackers.

That’s why University of Illinois students are hacking Facebook with permission. The Daily Illini has a story about how Facebook has set up a Hackathon at the university and a few others. What do Facebook developers hope to get out of this hacking? Some of the best Facebook features of the past few years:

“On Friday, students formed teams to work for 24 hours straight on hacks for new product ideas that could very well result in similar success. Hackathons are usually internal operations at Facebook where engineers get together to try and create innovative new products using the Facebook platform. It was at one of these hackathons that Facebook Video and other products such as Facebook Chat were invented.”

This kind of story proves how valuable that engineers can be in the landscape of the world, whether it is virtual or otherwise. While one Connecticut engineer is surveying an area for planning and zoning commissions, a computer engineer in California is inventing the next big social network.

Serious Shortage of Software Engineers

Engineers complete a variety of difficult, but essential tasks that make a lot of things possible in the world. That is why the education that all kinds of engineers go through is so rigorous and time consuming. Without engineers, buildings wouldn’t get built, roads would never get fixed and computers would never have any decent software and hardware systems.

In the world of software engineering, there is a serious demand for “decent engineers,” according to this article from the San Francisco Chronicle. At first glance, a shortage of software developers seems impossible, seeing as the media world is constantly expanding on a daily basis. According to the article, that is the precise problem: the tech bubble is growing so rapidly that there are not enough software engineers to take crucial positions in companies. Of course, there are software engineers out there, but they simply do not have the skills necessary to fit into these serious positions:

“The most obvious cause of increased software developer demand is that the Internet is still rapidly growing; the tech sector accounts for an ever bigger chunk of the economy. Young companies like Google have created thousands of new programming jobs. More recently, Twitter, Facebook, and Zynga have been throwing money at every engineer they can find.

But the problem is especially bad in the startup community, because of the surge in early stage funding. Getting new consumer web companies off the ground is vastly cheaper today than it was just a few years ago; as a result, venture capitalists and angel investors are increasingly focused on seed stage investments. Since such investments are much smaller than later round ones, that means far more companies are getting funded, and they all need engineers to get them up and running.”

Just imagine if a shortage of civil engineers occurred in the near future, particularly with a lot of stimulus money going towards road development and reconstruction. Engineering is a great skill to learn and if more of us don’t do so, we may be at a loss in the future.

MARIC BUILDERS OF FARMINGTON

 

Hodge LLC. was hired by Maric Builders in 2008 to complete a boundary survey and map all existing features of the property. We located the house, driveway and patio’s etc.  The house was a beautiful old 1920’s or 1930’s English Tudor with a lot of character, but quite rundown. The project began with designs, town approvals and the teardown of the original house. Hodge LLC. provided the layout to the foundation crew as well as information to the crews building the driveway, walls, patios and the pool. The homeowners, architects and Meric Builders had the vision to turn it into what we see here today. This project is currently nearing completion after several years but with many details to be tied up. Meric Builders has used Hodge LLC. for many of their projects and we look forward to many more in the future.