Professional Qualifications and Experience of Michael W. Finkbeiner, LS

Professional Land Surveyor NY # 050352 CT # 16105

4 Maher Ave., Greenwich, CT 06830 Tel: 203 661-3897  E-Mail:

2006-2009 Earth Image added marine capability for hydrographic surveys. Utilizing both a hard-bottom RIB and soft-bottom Zodiacs (15 hp & 2 hp) , pre-and post-dredge volume and contour surveys are prepared, utilizing RTK signals broadcast from the Earth Image Reference Base Station.  Our base station feeds its RTK correction signal to the private “Superior Instruments”  Connecticut Real-time Precision Network. We also provided services for underwater land grant mapping in New York State, including expert court testimony, and compliance surveys for NY DEC and CT Office of Long Island Sound as-built documentation.  A number of large water-front construction projects were completed, with our participation in site plan development, hearings and permitting procedures, construction layout, as-built certification and regulatory compliance surveys and filings.

2003-2005 Formed Earth Image Dot Net for underground and underwater mapping, combining ground penetrating radar  (earth image as a play on words for earth=ground) and depth soundings with high precision GPS to assist in geophysical investigations for archaeology, mapping applications and underwater permitting and construction. Received certification from Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc in Theory and Practice of Applying Interface Radar in Engineering and Geophysical Investigations. Developed custom software multiplexer to integrate simultaneous signals of GPS satellite signals with subsurface returns. Added reflectorless fully robotic total station (Leica 1203 with SurvCE) for land-side survey work. This equipment integrates seamlessly with our Hiper+ (GPS + Glonass) real-time broadcast network. For 2002-2005, served as a director of the Westchester-Putnam Association of Land Surveyors, a chapter of the New York State Assoc. of Land Surveyors ( 

1999 - 2003  Partner/Owner in  J. A. Kirby Company LLP, a Port Chester, NY surveying and engineering company founded in 1871.  Acted as Chief of Surveying, with responsibility for computer networks, CAD configuration of hardware and software, and development of proprietary software for field-to-finish processing of surveying field data files.  Developed the Website, hosted on site by in-house web-server.  Organized electronic archive and retrieval databases for 130 years of paper mapping records and field book.  Daily activities included directing field crews

1998  Started  Resource Image and Mapping, Int'l (RIM) to develop software and field techniques to combine laser and other technology for imaging with ZCad programming to create non-traditional mapping products combining raster and vector data with photographic images to create presentation and exhibit maps.  Obtained license as Connecticut Forester # 00150.

1995-1997    Staff Land Surveyor at Redniss and Mead, Inc., Stamford, CT.  Participated in conveyance mapping of Olin Headquarters and Walden Books headquarters to G E Capital.  Mapped wetlands for Rockefeller Lands subdivison in Greenwich, CT. Part-time member of the Watchtower Education Center Regulatory Services Department at Patterson, New York.  Specialized in soil and vegetation analysis of nutrient cycling for a pilot study of New York State's first permits to utilize tertiary treated sewage effluent for agricultural irrigation in a public drinking watershed.   This involved using 30,000 gallons daily from the Watchtower Treatment Facility for campus landscape irrigation.  The New York City Dept. of Environmental Protection closely scrutinized this project for its beneficial downstream effects, in reducing nutrients in the watershed by vegetative uptake and fixing.  During this project, studied water recycling systems in Florida and California to learn the methodology of environmental analysis.

1991-1994   Land Surveyor/Partner at Ahneman Associates PC, Greenwich, CT.  Utilized Zcad programs to automate field-to-finish drafting for Topcon equipment. Projects included photogrammetry and master planning for the John D. Rockefeller III estate in Sleepy Hollow.

1989-1990   Consulting Forester/ Prof. Land Surveyor based at 309 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, Connecticut.  Developed Zcad lisp programs for AutoCad mapping functions.  Spent 80 working days as staff programmer at Watchtower Society, Brooklyn, NY developing surveying relating  applications for the Watchtower CivilCad tablet.  This was installed in over 300 Society engineering workstations worldwide to assist in construction and planning efforts.

1987-88 Partner in Hammons & Finkbeiner, Surveyors and Foresters. Mapped wetlands and boundary for Rockefeller lands, Colman & Blake property, Pommeranz/Tuchman property, and other large parcels of open space/forestry land. Cemetery mapping projects in NY,  Conn. and the iconic Mount Auburn Cemetery photogrammetry controls in Cambridge, Mass

1984-86 Estate of G. Rockefeller.  Worked on mapping and planning for development of Rockefeller Property.  Developed and marketed  Survey.WIZ program for Tandy Model 100 .

1978-1983  worked for Godfrey Rockefeller and his  family office at 500 Fifth Ave., New York. (Land Management in Vermont, Maine, Fla. & Conn. and Fortran programming for Indian Rock Corp & Asset Records, Inc.) 

1975-1978 Consulting Forester, specializing in mapping applications.  Editor of Newsletter of Conn. Wood Producers Association (sawmills and loggers).  Again worked with Tim Mellon, then at Timcor in forest resource procurement for rebuilding the NE rail corridor.

1975  Developed and copyrighted Canon Calculators "Surveyor" software package, which was marketed as a desktop system worldwide by Canon.   

1974 –75 Taught surveying and photogrammetry at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science.  

1973 Began consulting work for Wang Labs, New Haven office, developing additions to land surveying modules.

1971 Completed Yale Master of Forest Science degree. Pursued interest in mapping systems, and began development of Yale Computer Center Fortran COGO (coordinate geometry computations system).  During Summer 1970 worked for Yale Forests in Keene, New Hampshire and Union, Conn. maintaining on-going research projects and performing boundary surveys and mapping updates under direction of Prof. David M. Smith. In Mar. '71 began employment with J. R. Codespoti, Land Surveyor, Stratford, Conn. while providing computational consulting for land surveying/sub-division work on IBM 360 system, first at Yale, then through Tim Mellon, Guilford,Ct.

1969  Completed Yale BS degree in economics, with thesis/project on commercial paper markets under Prof. Joseph Stiglitz.  After graduation, obtained employment at Cowles Foundation for Economic Research as Fortran Programmer in lead/lag investment analysis of 100 sectors of the U.S. econometric model, assisting Prof. Bischoff.   Mathematical model building done in collaboration with Yale Forestry School professional staff led to a Ford Foundation grant to obtain MFS degree there:

1968 Bartlett Tree Experts.  Arborist.  Later obtained Connecticut ground spray license.

1967 Yale University Summer Student Employment.  Interest in images led to a staff photographer position at the Yale Banner, under Scott Armstrong and training in photographic arts at the Yale Architecture School under in influence of Walker Evans.  Participated in Yale Crew and Rowing on the Housatonic River in Derby, CT (video).

1966 Yale freshman year and Harvard Summer School (Studied Old & Middle English). Started major in linguistics.  Also studied Shakespeare with Brian Dowling (BD of Doonsbury) and Calvin Hill, who became a frequent subject as well as consumer of my photographic efforts.

1965 Graduated from William Penn High School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Traveled in Europe from May to August.  Upon arrival in Paris, was cast by M-F Siegler for role with French film director Jacques Tati  in his film “Playtime” as the obnoxious American teenager on the street corner.  Exposure to Tati's manner of visualization stimulated my interest in the creation and presentation of images.

1964 Notre Dame University Math Summer Camp for High School Students.  

1963 Lehigh University Summer Engineering Camp.  Exposure to various engineering disciplines with field trips, labs, and lectures.

Early Experience:  Lived with my grandfather, William Walter Kerr.