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A global reach from Rincon
Effingham firm has worldwide clientele
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From an office in the heart of Rincon, Spatial Engineering reaches the world.

The startup geospatial outfit has been at work for more than seven years, mapping what’s under, what’s on and what’s above the ground for places all across the map.

“We are headquartered in Rincon and we have a global reach,” Spatial Engineering President Richard Truluck said. “We like where we are.”

Spatial Engineering’s customers include municipal clients, such as Minneapolis, Minn., Macon and Richmond Hill, counties such as Effingham, Bryan and Dorchester (S.C.)

Eighty-five percent of what they do is for the military, Truluck said.

“Wherever the military goes, that’s where we go,” he said.

The company started in July 2001 with two employees and now has 21 employees, 11 in Rincon and 10 in locations across the globe. By the end of next year, Truluck expects their workforce to grow to 35 people.

“We’re planning on nine more positions over the next nine months,” he said. “All that could change tomorrow. We’ll see what Congress does.”

What they do is akin to making Google maps for the Army, according to Truluck.

“Our job is to make the computer work for you,” he said.

Spatial Engineering’s breakthrough came when it bridged a 50-year gap in land data for U.S. bases in Korea. By the time Spatial Engineering got through, there were 81 locations in the system at a cost of $3 million, instead of the eight at $4 million-$5 million the Army had been paying.

“We were seven people in Rincon, Georgia, when we built that system,” Truluck said, “trying to maintain and support that system 14 time zones away.”

Right now, Spatial Engineering is working with Fort Polk, La., White Sands Missile Range, N.M., Fort Carson, Colo., Fort Drum, N.Y., Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Fort McPherson, 13 bases in the Air Combat Command, the Air Force Special Operations Command at Moody Air Force Base and the U. S. Border Patrol.