~ Ron Graves Associates History ~
Ron spent 12 years with the California State Department of Water Resources, learning surveying from the ground up. During this time, he worked to relocate Western Pacific Railroad right of ways and tunnels, and on preliminary surveys in preparation for the Oroville Dam Project, as well as other DWR projects in the north state. He was quickly promoted as a skilled survey tech, and was assigned as Chief of Surveys for the Power Canal, Thermalito Forebay and Afterbay projects during the construction of the Oroville Dam.
Ron obtained his Professional Surveyor's License (PLS #4085) in 1973, and started his firm, Ron Graves Associates. In the late 1970's Ron's firm employed 21 people in Oroville, including two crews, an engineer, draftsmen and office staff. Ron also consulted with manufacturing companies on technology being developed for the survey industry. Ron's firm continues to utilize modern surveying technology and methods to help bring his clients the best results the industry can offer.
Ron has always been an involved community member. He volunteered on the Oroville Police Department as a reserve officer for 12 years throughout the 1960's. He was the fixed base operator of the Oroville Airport for a year during the 1980's.
He was an elected member of the Thermalito School Board (27 years), and Oroville Union High School Board
He sponsored the Thermalito Little League and served as a coach. He also sponsored Oroville Rhinos Pop Warner Football and Women's Softball League.
He was the Minister of the Oroville Christian Church for 13 years, and has been an active, life long member in his church.
Ron continues to be interested in helping his clients resolve their surveying related needs.
Ron Graves Jr. is our Survey Party Chief. He grew up working with his father in the family surveying business.
Ron has over 30 years of practical field surveying experience and has been Ron's Survey Party Chief for over 25 years. He is well versed with all aspects of surveying in the field, and has a wealth of local knowledge about surveying in Butte County and surrounding areas.
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