About

Our History

Helms and Associates, Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors, was founded in February 1979 by Terry Helms. Drawing from years of experience with SPN Associates in Mitchell, Mr. Helms began offering comprehensive Civil Engineering services to northeastern South Dakota’s municipalities, state government agencies and private enterprises.

As demand for their quality workmanship increased, Helms and Associates expanded their offerings from airports to include roadways, bridges, landfills, parks and many other types of projects. Before long, they were involved in an ever-increasing number of projects statewide.

Helms and Associates have stayed true to their original vision while embracing new industry technologies as they have emerged including CADD, GPS surveying and GIS capabilities. Their staff continues to grow and now includes additional professional engineers, registered land surveyors, technicians and as a project administrator.

Terry D. Helms
Terry D. Helms
Professional Engineer, Registered Land Surveyor

Experience
Founded Helms and Associates in 1979

Education
B.S., Civil Engineering - South Dakota of Mines and Technology

Registration
Professional Engineer - South Dakota and North Dakota Registered Land Surveyor—South Dakota and North Dakota

Professional Organizations
National Society of Professional Engineers and South Dakota Engineering Society, American Society of Civil Engineers, Consulting Engineers Council of SD, Associated General Contractors of SD


Terry Helms began his career in Mitchell, South Dakota with Schmucker, Paul, Nohr & Associates (SPN), in 1971. After gaining 8 years of experience with SPN, Terry founded Helms and Associates in Aberdeen, South Dakota, in 1979. Helms and Associates and SPN are one corporation with different names for local identity. The two offices share staff and expertise, which allows for an economic benefit to their clients, depending on the location of the work.

Without a doubt, Terry's first priority is overall client service and satisfaction on all of the firms engineering and land surveying projects. This fact is self-evident by the number of projects that the firm has been involved with over the last 30 years. .

Most recently, Mr. Helms has been the Project Manager for projects in Aberdeen, Mitchell, Pierre, Watertown, Faulkton, Hoven, Miller, and Mobridge as well as projects for the State of South Dakota DOT. These Projects have included airports, highways, streets, sewer and water systems, flood control dikes, and topographic and legal surveys.

Mr. Helms has built the business in Aberdeen by his commitment to client satisfaction, commitment to timely completion of each and every project, and commitment to staying on the leading edge with the latest technology and equipment.

Terry’s strengths are headlined by his strong project management skills and commitment to client and public awareness. Communication is stressed with all of Mr. Helms’ staff and is the reason for the number of repeat clients found on all of our project lists.

Randy D. Bacon
Randy D. Bacon
Registered Land Surveyor

Experience
With Helms and Associates since 1987
12 Years with Other Firms

Education
Survey and Civil Technician Degree
Lake Area Technical Institute

Registration
Registered Land Surveyor – South Dakota, North Dakota
Certified Federal Surveyor

Professional Organizations
South Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors and National Society of Professional Surveyors


Randy Bacon has been involved in the surveying and engineering business for 35 years and has been associated with Helms and Associates for the past 23 years. Randy has been actively involved with the South Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors since obtaining his license in 1987 and is a past president. He currently serves on the South Dakota Board of Technical Professions and has served as chairman.

Randy has performed surveys for clients in 90% of the counties in South Dakota. Quality work, performed with efficient methods and with state-of-the-art equipment are his key to client satisfaction.

Randy is the manager for all project surveys performed by the firm. These surveys include boundary, topographic and construction surveys, as well as, airport layout plan and runway safety area surveys. He currently manages two Global Positioning System (GPS) survey crews and one conventional survey crew.

Most recently, Randy has performed Boundary Surveys for the Natural Resources Conservation Service wetland easements in eastern South Dakota, boundary surveys for numerous private land owners in North and South Dakota, and boundary surveys for US Fish and Wildlife Service in South and North Dakota.

Randy knows the importance of good client communication and it is one of his top priorities. He is dedicated to his profession and delivers the best product possible.

Bob J. Babcock
Bob J. Babcock
Professional Engineer

Experience
With Helms and Associates since 1989, 3 1/2 Years with Nebraska Department of Roads

Education
B.S., Civil Engineering - South Dakota State University

Registration
Professional Engineer - South Dakota and North Dakota

Professional Organizations
National Society of Professional Engineers and South Dakota Engineering Society


Bob Babcock, a native South Dakotan, moved back from Nebraska and joined Helms and Associates in 1989. Since joining the firm Mr. Babcock has received his professional engineering license (P .E.) and gained a wealth of experience in all aspects of the civil and municipal engineering discipline. In 2002, Bob became a Principal of Helms and Associates.

Over the last 15 years, Bob has developed a passion and enthusiasm for airport projects. Most recently, Mr. Babcock has been the Project Manager for airport projects at Pierre, Watertown, Gettysburg, and Winner. Bob would be the Project Manager for the Brookings Municipal Airport project and has similarly been involved with all of the types of construction listed in the City of Brookings’ current Request for Proposal.

In addition, Bob has been involved with a number of major runway, taxiway, and apron rehabilitation projects at the above listed airports.

Bob has a great deal of experience working in areas that exhibit weak subgrades and/or highly expansive soils and his experience with underdrains and the use of fabrics and geo-grids could be important to the expansion/rehabilitation portions of the project.

Currently, Bob is working on the close-outs for an asphalt concrete taxiway project at the Watertown Municipal Airport; a concrete runway, taxiway, and apron project at the Winner Municipal Airport; and will be performing an Environmental Assessment for the City of Watertown’s Airport in 2004.

Bob’s strengths are his project communication and coordination skills, his personal integrity, and his desire to provide the best client service in the market. Mr. Babcock takes great pride in his ability to make the project enjoyable for all involved; the owner, the contractor, and the engineer.

Craig D. Harrison
Craig D. Harrison
Civil Designer

Experience
With Helms and Associates since 1981

Education
A.S., Civil Engineering (1981)
North Dakota State School of Science

Software
Autodesk Land Desktop,Autodesk Civil 3D

Certifications
SD DOT SWPPP Design
Asphalt Concrete Introduction

Bob K. Kieso
Bob K. Kieso
Registered Land Surveyor

Experience
With Helms and Associates since 1992

Education
Survey and Civil Technician Degree (1992)
Lake Area Technical Institute

Registration
Registered Land Surveyor – South Dakota and North Dakota

Professional Organizations
SD Society of Professional Land Surveyors
ND Society of Professional Land Surveyors
National Society of Professional Land Surveyors

Corey T. Helms
Corey T. Helms
Director of Project Development

Experience
With Helms and Associates since 1996

Education
Northern State University
South Dakota State University

Certifications
SD DOT SWPPP Design
Asphalt Concrete Introduction

Cory L. Biegler
Cory L. Biegler
Civil Design Technician

Experience
With Helms and Associates since 1996

Education
B.S., Industrial Management & Economics (1997) – Northern State University

Registration
Land Surveying Intern – South Dakota

Software
Autodesk Land Desktop
Autodesk Civil 3D

Certifications
SDDOT Aggregates
SDDOT Soils
SDDOT SWPPP Design
SDDOT QC/QA Asphalt Concrete
ACI Field Testing Technician – Grade I

Professional Organizations
South Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors

Wade R. De Sart
Wade R. De Sart
Draftsman/Technician

Experience
With Helms and Associates since 1999

Education
US Corps of Engineers, School of Surveying & Engineering (1999)
Fort Leonardwood, MO A.A.S., Degree (1998)
Black Hills State University

Certifications
ACI Field Testing Technician – Grade I
SDDOT AC Aggregate Test
SDDOT Aggregates
SDOT Soils
SDDOT Bituminous Tech I, II, III
Airport Pavement Condition Index Surveys

Jaime S. Weisenburger
Jaime S. Weisenburger
Surveyor/Draftsman

Experience
With Helms and Associates since (2002)

Education
B.S. in Business Management & Marketing Northern State University

Professional Organizations
South Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors

Donna Lauseng
Donna Lauseng
Office Manager

Experience
First Savings Bank 1985-1999
Royal & Sun Alliance Inc. 1999-2004
With Helms and Associates since 2004

Education
South Dakota State University

Software
QuickBooks
BillQuick
Excel

Lucas Hoover
Lucas Hoover
Professional Engineer

Experience
With Helms and Associates since 2006

Education
B.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering (2006) – South Dakota State University

Registration
Professional Engineer – South Dakota

Certifications
SDDOT AC Aggregate Testing
SDDOT QA/QC Asphalt Concrete

Michael A. Schmit
Michael A. Schmit
Professional Engineer

Experience
With Helms and Associates since 2008

Education
B.S., Civil Engineering (2008) – South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Registration
Professional Engineer – South Dakota

Certifications
SDDOT AC Aggregate Testing
SDDOT QA/QC Asphalt Concrete
Professional Organizations
National Society of Professional Engineers
South Dakota Engineering Society

Keith M. Waldman
Keith M. Waldman
Drafter/Technician

Experience
With Helms and Associates since (2008)

Education
Survey and Civil Technician Degree (2008) Lake Area Technical Institute

Certifications
ACI Field Testing Technician – Grade I
SD DOT Aggregates
SD DOT Soils
Airport Pavement Condition Index Surveys

Software
Autodesk Land Desktop
Autodesk Civil 3D

Brandon D. Smid
Brandon D. Smid
Professional Engineer

Experience
With Helms and Associates since 2009

Education
B.S., Civil Engineering (2009) - University of Nebraska– Lincoln

Registration
Professional Engineer – South Dakota and North Dakota

Certifications
Radiation Safety Officer
SDDOT Erosion & Settlement Control
SDDOT Construction Measurement & Payment
SDDOT AC Aggregate Testing
SDDOT QA/QC Asphalt Concrete

Professional Organizations
American Society of Civil Engineers

Tom M. Oines
Tom M. Oines
Drafter/Technician

Experience
Poet Design and Construction 2007-2009
With Helms and Associates since 2009

Education
Associates Degree in Civil Engineering Technology (2008) Southeast Technical Institute

Software
Autodesk Land Desktop
Autodesk Civil 3D
ArcGIS
PAVER™

Certifications
Airport Pavement Condition Index Surveys

Professional Organizations
South Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors (Associate)

Chris R. Pond
Chris R. Pond
Technician

Experience
With Helms and Associates since 2009

Education
Central High School (2007)

Certifications
ACI Field Testing Technician – Grade I
SDDOT Aggregates
SDDOT Soils
SDDOT Earthwork
SDDOT QC/QA Asphalt Concrete
SDDOT Concrete Paving
SDDOT Structures
CompTIA IT Fundamentals
CompTIA A+
Airport Pavement Condition Index Surveys

Software
PAVER™

Professional Organizations
South Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors (Technician)

Leif C. Redinger
Leif C. Redinger
Professional Engineer

Experience
With Helms and Associates since 2010

Education
B.S., Civil Engineering (2010) – Michigan Technological University

Registration
Professional Engineer – South Dakota
Land Surveying Intern – South Dakota

Certifications
SDDOT Erosion & Sediment Control
SDDOT Asphalt Concrete QC/QA
ACI Field Testing Technician – Grade I
Professional Organizations
American Society of Civil Engineers

John Gibbs
John Gibbs
Technician

Experience
24 Years with WEB Water Development Association Inc. With Helms and Associates since 2011

Certifications
ACI Field Testing Technician – Grade I

Brooke B. Edgar
Brooke B. Edgar
Engineer In Training

Experience
With Helms and Associates since 2012

Education
B.S., Civil Engineering (2009)
South Dakota State University
M.S., Civil Engineering (2012)
South Dakota State University

Certifications
SDDOT Aggregates
SDDOT Soils
SDDOT Erosion & Settlement Control
SDDOT QC/QA Asphalt Concrete
ACI Field Testing Technician – Grade I

Professional Organizations
American Society of Civil Engineers
Chi Epsilon

David J. Wick
David J. Wick
Engineer In Training

Experience
With Helms and Associates since 2012
6 Years with SD-DOT
5 Years with Upper Plains Contracting, Inc.

Education
B.S., Civil Engineering (1998) North Dakota State University

Certifications
SDDOT Aggregates
SDDOT Soils
SDDOT Erosion & Settlement Control
SDDOT Construction Measurement & Payment
SD DOT Material, Sampling, & Testing
ACI Field Testing Technician – Grade I
SDDOT QC/QA Asphalt Concrete
Wetland Delineation

Professional Organizations
Order of the Engineer

Austin M. Gruba
Austin M. Gruba
Drafter/Technician

Experience
With Helms and Associates since 2012

Education
A.S., Drafting Technology (2012) Lake Area Technical Institute

Certifications
ACI Field Testing Technician – Grade I
SDDOT Aggregates
SDDOT Soils
SDDOT Earthwork
SDDOT Concrete Paving
SDDOT QC/QA Asphalt Concrete

Software
Autodesk Land Desktop
Autodesk Civil 3D

Karen L. Schaefers
Karen L. Schaefers
Engineer In Training

Experience
With Helms and Associates since 2015

Education
B.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering (2011) South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
M.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering (2014) South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Certifications
ACI Field Testing Technician – Grade I
ACI Aggregate Testing Technician – Level I
ACI Concrete Laboratory Technician – Level I
Wetland Delineation
Airport Pavement Condition Index Surveys
Construction Management – SDSM&T
Global Engineering - SDSM&T
SDDOT Concrete Paving
SDDOT QC/QA Asphalt Concrete

Software
PAVER™

Professional Organizations
South Dakota Engineering Society
National Society of Professional Engineers
American Society of Civil Engineers
Order of the Engineer
Tau Beta Pi Honor Society

Grant S. Kurkowski
Grant S. Kurkowski
Drafter/Technician

Experience
With Helms and Associates since 2016

Education
Associates Degree in Civil Engineering Technology (2016)
Associates Degree in Land Surveying Science Technology (2016) Southeast Technical Institute

Registration
Land Surveying Intern - South Dakota

Certifications
ACI Field Testing Technician-Grade I

Software
Autodesk Land Desktop
Autodesk Civil 3D

Professional Organizations
South Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors

Justin Haglund
Justin D. Haglund
Engineer In Training

Experience
With Helms and Associates since 2017 ( Four Summers Prior )

Education
B.S., Civil Engineering (2016) - South Dakota State University

Certifications
ACI Field Testing Technician – Grade I
Nuclear Gauge Safety/HAZMAT