Provost & Pritchard Staff earn Professional licenses

FRESNO, CA:  Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group announced four professional staff members have passed the necessary exams for their professional licenses. David Halopoff has passed the Professional Engineers Exam for Civil Engineering, and Gavin O’Leary, a geographic information systems (GIS) specialist with the firm, is now a Certified GIS Professional (GISP).  Joe Hopkins, PE and Lynn Groundwater, PE, are now both licensed agricultural engineers, increasing Provost & Pritchard’s total number of agricultural engineers on staff to six.


“Passing any test to obtain a professional license is an important milestone in one’s professional development,” said Ronald Samuelian, president of Provost & Pritchard.  “This is a great achievement for David, Joe, Lynn and Gavin, and we are proud of them for this major accomplishment.”


Based out of Provost & Pritchard’s Bakersfield office, Halopoff has five years of engineering experience and has been has been involved with projects related to all aspects of municipal and irrigation water supply and distribution, groundwater hydrogeology and groundwater engineering.


Hopkins and Groundwater are both based in the firm’s Clovis office. Hopkins has more than 10 years of professional experience and has provided engineering services for water projects throughout California, including preparing water supply studies, groundwater monitoring reports, designing irrigation systems and securing grant funds for a wide variety of projects.  Groundwater has been with Provost & Pritchard for just over two years and has experience in a variety of different projects, including groundwater assessment studies and evaluating water systems.  Having previously passed the civil engineering exam, both Hopkins and Groundwater are now dually-licensed as agricultural and civil engineers.


O’Leary has 16 years of GIS experience with an extensive background in spatial analysis and database creation with geospatial data. His areas of expertise include mapping and analysis of well water depth data over large areas, spatial analysis of groundwater storage, integrating multi-source and multi-format data into single standardized datasets, and management of water agency facilities data. The GISP exam is administered by the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI), a non-profit organization that provides GIS professionals with a complete certification program.


Press Release:  February 6, 2018

David Halopoff, PE

Associate Engineer (Bakersfield)

Gavin O'Leary, GISP

GIS Specialist (Fresno)

Joe Hopkins, PE

Senior Engineer (Clovis)

Lynn Groundwater, PE

Associate Engineer (Clovis)