MAPPS Announces 2015 Excellence Award Winners
The awards recognize member firms for exceptionalism in past year projects
In a ceremony held during the MAPPS 2016 Winter Conference, Teledyne Optech was presented awards in the Technology Innovation category, as well as the Grand Award.
"Teledyne Optech's ALTM Titan is a marvel in LiDAR engineering," says Robert "Bob" Burtch PS, CP, professor emeritus at Ferris State University and chairman of the panel of judges. "This development allows the collection of bathymetric LiDAR, topographic LiDAR and multispectral LiDAR in one single sensor."
The new LiDAR sensor impressed the judges with Titan's ease in handling complex scenarios such as acquiring three wavelengths simultaneously; incorporating a metric camera imbedded in the system, creating a sensor that fits in a 16-inch gyro-stabilized mount, and increasing the depth penetration of the bathymetric sensor. To achieve this, Vaughan, Ontario-based Teledyne Optech had to develop new fiber lasers and a triple wavelength receiver, which allowed for the collection of bathymetric LiDAR, topographic LiDAR and multispectral LiDAR in one single sensor.
The MAPPS awards competition recognizes the professionalism, value, integrity and achievement that member firms have demonstrated in their projects and technology developments over the previous year.
MAPPS also honored winners in six technical categories.
Woolpert (Dayton, OH) was selected in the Photogrammetry/Elevation Data Generation category with the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument Headstone Mapping Project that utilized LiDAR to locate and map 4,320 headstones and 280 battlefield markers.
The winning project in the Remote Sensing category was by Aerial Services Inc. (Cedar Falls, Iowa) for the project, The Race for Now: Maximizing Crop Yields Using Innovations in Remote Sensing, which acquired imagery using multiple sensors during the critical growing phases to produce a web-based precision agriculture service in the State of Iowa.
In the GIS/IT category, Merrick & Company (Greenwood Village, Colo.) was selected for GIS Models Visualize Ancient Flooding Problems in the country of Columbia. As project manager, Merrick provided technology transfer and GIS data and training, and introduced a new methodology, "monotonicity," which guarantees that acoustic bathymetry, LiDAR and breaklines are correctly integrated.
The winner in the Surveying/Field Data Collection category was the Baltimore office of AECOM for a project, Protocol for Determining Grass Channel Credits. Using GIS, LiDAR and aerial imagery, AECOM worked with the Maryland State Highway Administration to identify roadway ditches to assure compliance with the Department of the Environment grass channel treatment criteria.
TerraSond (Palmer, Alaska) earned the award in the Small Projects category for the Bradley Lake Hydro Power project. TerraSond teamed to perform an inspection of a diversion tunnel to a dam and power tunnel inlet in Homer, Alaska to identify the quantity of debris that was covering the inlet screen by comparing the debris profile with the as-built drawings to determine the amount of debris that needed to be removed.
Formed in 1982, MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the U.S. The MAPPS membership spans the entire spectrum of the geospatial community, including member firms engaged in satellite and airborne remote sensing, surveying, photogrammetry, aerial photography, LiDAR, hydrography, bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS, and GIS data collection and conversion services. MAPPS also includes associate member firms, which are companies that provide hardware, software, products and services to the geospatial profession in the U.S. and other firms from around the world. independent consultant members are sole proprietors engaged in consulting in or to the geospatial profession, or provides a consulting service of interest to the geospatial profession.