Aurora, Colo.Merrick & Company’s Sergio Aguayo, GISP, senior photogrammetrist, recently won first place in the International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) “LiDAR as Art” contest, announced GeoDigital International. The awards program which was just recently established held its first competition at the end of 2011. Contestants were required to take airborne LiDAR images and create art from the data.

Aguayo’s submittal, entitled “Lighting up the Night”, consists of five images captured from a testing site in Utah. After reviewing the images, Aguayo’s inspiration came from imagining driving on the road under a dramatic night sky, with a light source illuminating his way home. He added birds as a nice touch to creating depth and reality to the image. In order to keep the visual impact of the image, Aguayo kept the LiDAR points visible.

Aguayo was awarded an iPad from GeoDigital International as well as $1,000 to donate to a charity of his choice. He chose to contribute to the Overland High School soccer program, located in Aurora, Colo. In addition, Aguayo’s work was showcased at the ILMF 2012 conference and will be highlighted in promotional materials for the 2013 ILMF conference.

Having been with Merrick more than 10 years, Aguayo is a key person in supporting the photogrammetric and LiDAR discipline. His responsibility includes the compilation of maps in different scales with his extensive experience on softcopy photogrammetric work stations as well as works within many types of mapping software.

Merrick uses the most-advanced LiDAR sensors on the market today. Merrick provids these highly technical and definitive services to clients for a variety of applications including:

  • Contour mapping
  • 3-D perspective analysis
  • Flood mapping
  • Vegetation mapping
  • Shoreline analysis
  • Corridor/route studies
  • Slope analysis
  • Soil conservation