Reston, Va. - A project for the Navajo Housing Authority, developing orthoimagery and digital elevation models (DEM) for 30,000 square miles transcending four states, has been selected as the Grand Award Winner for the 2012 MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards.
AeroMetric, Sheboygan, Wis., was selected for "Creating an
On-Target Geospatial Foundation for the Navajo Housing Authority" at a
presentation ceremony Oct. 30. The project was selected because of AeroMetric's
ability to overcome challenges that included a large, multi-state project area,
logistical and technical complexity in both acquisition and model generation in
a remote, rugged topography with extreme and abrupt changes in elevation.
"AeroMetric's project for developing a geospatial land base
for the Navajo Housing Authority was truly an exemplary project in the judges'
estimation," said Robert "Bob" Burtch PS, CP, Professor
Emeritus, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Mich., chairman of the judges'
panel. "Not only did this project deliver a tool to help the Navajo Nation
improve the delivery of public services, it also provides a model for how other
public sector entities can partner with the geospatial profession to
cost-effectively deliver very large, complex projects.”
"MAPPS awarded winners in seven technical categories.
AeroMetric's Navajo geospatial foundation project won in the
Photogrammetry/Elevation Data Generation category. Photo Science's project,
"LiDAR for the North East" won in Airborne and Satellite Acquisition.
Merrick & Company's project "Enhancing Airfield Safety with LiDAR
Technology" won in Remote Sensing, and Merrick & Company's project
"Barrenlands, Bombs and Boundary Surveys" won in the Surveying/Field
Data Collection category. The Sidwell Company won in the GIS/IT category for
their "City of Storm Lake GIS/GPS Project. Kappa Mapping won in the Small
Projects category for the project "Mapping Fishing Gear and Lines to
Reduce Whale Entanglements" and RIEGL USA's project "Scanning the
Seas" won for Technology Innovation."
“The projects, entered into the sixth year of the Excellence Awards
Program, again demonstrate the ingenuity and professionalism that the private
geospatial community provides to their clients and to enhance our quality of
life," said MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello. "The awards
highlight the ability for firms to work with clients to provide solutions that are
within budget and have long-lasting societal benefits on a daily basis."
A panel of independent judges evaluated projects submitted by
MAPPS members for the awards program. Joining Burtch on the panel was Robert
"Bob" Banzhoff, editor for surveying of Professional Surveyor
Magazine, Haggerstown, Md.; Christine Grahl, editor for POB Magazine and
GeoDataPoint.com, Troy, Mich.; Leonard Gilroy, AICP, director of
government reform at Reason Foundation, Los Angeles; and Donn Dears, president
TSAugust.org, a nonprofit think tank conducting research on energy and
economic issues, in Geneva, Ill.
The awards presentation took place at the MAPPS/ASPRS Joint
Specialty Conference at the Marriott Waterside Hotel in Tampa. Fla.
AeroMetric Wins Grand Award in MAPPS Geospatial Excellence Awards
October 31, 2012