Reston, VA, July 30, 2008- - Fugro EarthData, Inc. (Frederick, MD) was presented the Grand Award for its project, "Mapping a vital marine resource in Texas," at the 2008 MAPPS Summer Conference July 22 in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Furgo EarthData's work earned 'Project of the Year' honors in the MAPPS 2008
Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards competition.
The top project was one of four category winners in the MAPPS
competition. MAPPS presented awards to Intermap Technologies for
"Ultra Long Lines: Increasing Airborne Data Acquisition Rates" in the
category of Airborne and Satellite Data Acquisition; Aero-Metric, Inc. for
"Interstate 35W Bridge Collapse" in Photogrammetry/Elevation Data
Generation; and Photo Science for "Legislative Atlas" in the GIS/IT
category. The Fugro EarthData project was the category winner among Remote
Sensing project entries.
Twelve projects were judged in four categories by a distinguished panel of
judges chaired by Robert Burtch, professor of Surveying and Engineering at Ferris State
University. The judges
panel also included Dr. Pamela Lawhead, University
of Mississippi; Dr. Tom Lillesand,
retired from the University
Dennis Morgan, retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Dr. Adrian
Moore of the Reason Foundation.
"Private geospatial firms are collecting more data from many different
types of sensors and these projects illustrated how these companies have
crafted processes and procedures to efficiently collect that data, manage the
large volume of data through the production process and fuse it into a final
deliverable for the client," said Burtch regarding the complexity of the
Contracted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA)
Coastal Services Center (CSC) in Charlston,
SC, Fugro EarthData was given the
challenge of creating benthic habitat maps to support the Texas Seagrass
Monitoring Program. The goal of the project was to protect the shallow marine
environment in the estuaries along the Texas Gulf Coast. The project covered 1,400 square
miles of Texas
coastal estuaries and involved three elements: high-resolution aerial mapping,
object-oriented classification, and quantitative accuracy assessment.
The 2009 Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards will be announced
during the joint MAPPS-ASPRS conference to be held November 12-14, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas.
For more information on MAPPS, please visitwww.MAPPS.org.
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