Airborne 1 Corporation has announced that it is a member of two joint ventures that have been awarded two contracts with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to perform riverine and coastal flood insurance studies in support of the agency's flood hazard mapping and map modernization program for their Region IX. FEMA Region IX serves the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada, as well as the territories of American Samoa and Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia.

Airborne 1's joint venture partners include URS Corporation, R.M. Towill Corporation, Schaaf & Wheeler, Dewberry, Sea Engineering, Inc., and TerraPoint USA Inc.

Under the terms of the contracts, the joint ventures will provide a variety of services to support FEMA's flood mapping program, including collecting topographical map data, using light detection and ranging (LiDAR) technology, aerial and other field surveys, determining flood hazard areas, conducting modeling studies and coastal flood assessments, producing digital flood insurance rate maps and providing technical assistance to FEMA during disaster operations. Both contracts have durations of five years.

Airborne 1 Corporation ( provides advanced LiDAR technology and asset management for partners in the photogrammetry, surveying and mapping fields. From Turnkey Services, to Software/Training, Rentals, and Fractional Ownership Plans, Airborne 1 enables professionals to effectively enter the LiDAR market without having to incur the high costs of owning a sensor. Airborne 1's digital mapping services and solutions include a dedicated team of LiDAR surveying experts, state-of-the-art Optech ALTM sensors, LiDAR data processing analysis and application development, as well as LiDAR field survey coordination and project management. Airborne 1 is the number one LiDAR provider to U.S. photogrammetry, surveying, and mapping firms.

Source: Airborne 1, Nov. 16, 2004