Jeffrey Miller, PS
Senior Director of Surveying Services
Jeff possesses over 35 years of broad-based land surveying and project management experience. He has collaborated on projects for private and public sector clients across an array of markets including commercial, residential, retail, industrial, oil and gas, and public works. Exemplifying an excellent record of success, Jeff has managed major land surveying and development projects from preliminary survey activities through final design and construction layout. Among his professional affiliations are the Builders Industry Association, the National Association of Homeowners, NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association, the Ohio Oil & Gas Association, and the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio. Learn more about Jeff below.
What led you to this profession? “My father did survey layout for construction staking. Prior to computers, I’d sit on the steps and read off Sine and Cosine values of angles to him as he calculated the staking. It’s something that I’ve always been around.”
What is the most difficult aspect of survey work? “Dealing with the reviewing agencies is probably the most difficult aspect of survey work.”
What is your favorite part of your role? “The people. I really enjoy getting to interact with both the clients as well as the survey team.”
What is the biggest challenge that the survey industry is facing today? “The average age for a surveyor is around 60 years. There aren’t enough new employees coming into the field and obtaining their registration because the licensure requirements make it difficult and unattractive to young talent.”
What are some trends that you see on the horizon for the survey industry? Technology and our reliance on newer advancements are changing everything about the survey industry. The same processes that were done in the past are taking a tenth of the time now thanks to modern advancements. GPS wasn’t as available or user-friendly as it is today, and it makes our jobs much more efficient.
Are there any technology/processes that differentiate CESO as a leader in the survey industry? CESO is diligent in utlizing the proper tool for the appropriate project. Not every surveyor will choose to identify the appropriate technology for each situation and will use certain tools just because they have access to them. For example, a topographic survey would normally use GPS technology if you’re examining the ground or dirt, but if you’re utilizing a topographic survey for a roadway project, you’d need to use robotics, as that technology is more accurate and efficient for that particular situation.
Do you have a favorite book? “I love to read and enjoy many different genres. However, I recently just read “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens. It’s a coming-of-age mystery based on a true story and I really enjoyed it.”
Best advice you could give to up and coming leaders? “Communicate. Communicate. Communicate. You can't do it enough."
What’s your favorite weekend hobby? “I really enjoy golfing on the weekends.”
What’s your favorite travel/vacation spot? My family and I go to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina each year. We have a lot of great memories at that beach and it’s one of my favorite places.”