Herndon, Va. - A project providing a cloud computing solution to geospatial data for the BP Deep Water Horizon accident has been selected as the Grand Award winner in the 5th Annual MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards.
AeroMetric, Inc. of Sheboygan, Wis.
was selected for "Geospatial Cloud Solution for Natural Resources
Damage Assessment and Restoration" at the presentation ceremony on
The project was selected for AeroMetric's
ability to provide BP a dynamic process to develop and manage remote
sensing, aerial surveillance acquisition programs and geospatial
intelligence products and dissemination in response to the Deep Water
"AeroMetric developed a workable
cloud solution before 'the cloud' became an accepted and mainstream
idea," said Professor Robert Burtch PS, CP, Ferris
Big Rapids, Mich.
chairman of the judges' panel. "This solution provides for
user-centric access and web services through a secure Web Portal and allows
for Open Geospatial Consortium standard web services. AeroMetric is very
deserving of this year's Grand Award."
MAPPS awarded winners in seven technical
categories. AeroMetric's geospatial cloud project won in the GIS/IT
category. Microsoft's Bing Imagery Technologies (BIT) project, "Bing
Maps Global Ortho Aerial Data Acquisition Program" won for Airborne
and Satellite Data Acquisition. BAE System's "PAMAP: The Keystone to
Intelligent Decision" won for Photogrammetry/Elevation Data
Generation, and BAE's project "Estuary Enhancement in the Garden
State" won in the Remote Sensing category. Woolpert, Inc. won for
"Aeronautical Surveys for FAA WAAS Program" in the
Surveying/Field Data Collection category. Kappa Mapping won the Small
Projects category for "Danbury,
CT Airport". And Optech
Incorporated won the award in the Technology Innovation for its "ALTM
Aquarius" shallow-water mapping sensor.
"In this, the fifth year of the
Excellence Awards Program, I believe MAPPS member firms have once again
demonstrated the professionalism, innovation and societal benefit that the
private geospatial community provides to enhance our quality of life,"
said MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello. "These awards highlight
ongoing challenges that geospatial solutions address and solve. The
projects demonstrate ingenuity and professionalism MAPPS members strive to
provide on a daily basis."
A panel of independent judges evaluated
projects submitted by MAPPS members for the awards program. Joining Mr.
Burtch on the panel was Christine Grahl, editor for POB Magazine, Troy,
Mich.; Leonard Gilroy, AICP, director of government reform at Reason
Foundation, Los Angeles; Donn Dears, president of TSAugust.org, a nonprofit
think tank conducting research on energy and economic issues, in Geneva,
Ill.; and Thomas Palmerlee, associate director, Technical Activities
Division at the Transportation Research Board (TRB), Washington, D.C.
The awards presentation took place at the
MAPPS Fall Policy Conference, held in conjunction with the ASPRS/Pecora
Remote Sensing Symposium. The reception was sponsored by T3 Global
Strategies, a MAPPS member firm, at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport
Hotel in Herndon, VA.
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AeroMetric's Project Wins Grand Award at MAPPS Awards
November 16, 2011