Frederick, MD (November 28, 2006) – EarthData International, Inc., and Triangle Aerial Surveys, Inc. (TAS), are pleased to announce their participation in the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Mentor-Protégé Program, a federal initiative to promote technology transfer. Under a September 2006 agreement with NGA, EarthData and TAS will work to expand TAS’s mapping and GIS capabilities, double its production capacity, extend its customer base throughout the United States, and, as a certified minority-owned business enterprise, serve Department of Defense (DoD) and other federalagency programs.
Founded more than 20 years ago and based in Raleigh, North Carolina, TAS is an aerial photogrammetric mapping firm that has a highly qualified and experienced workforce with specialized expertise in transportation mapping. “TAS considers the Mentor-Protégé Program a tremendous opportunity,” said TAS President Al Bolivar. “It provides us with a structure, funding, and scheduled objectives that not only will facilitate but also will speed TAS’s continued development toward achieving our goals.” As a mentor to TAS, EarthData will contribute technology transfer, including production capabilities in lidar, GIS, and radar mapping services; proven management systems for production and quality assurance/quality control; support for business development; as well as broader access to the DoD and other federal markets.
EarthData and TAS previously have teamed to complete projects for public-sector customers who include the state of North Carolina and the US Army Corps of Engineers. In addition to corporate histories that include strong foundations in photogrammetry, the two organizations share core values concerning customer service, quality, and professional responsibilities. “Fostering the development of small and minority-owned businesses is imperative to continually enriching the mapping and GIS community,” said EarthData CEO Anne Hale-Miglarese. “With that in mind, our team is committed to achieving success for TAS, for EarthData, and, as important, for NGA’s Mentor-Protégé Program.” EarthData will support TAS in augmenting its tangible and intangible resources as it moves toward its goal of becoming a recognized provider-of-choice for mapping and GIS services.