AeroMetric's BP Oil Cloud Computing Project Wins Grand Award in 5th Annual Excellence Awards
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Posted by: Nick Palatiello
A project providing a cloud computing solution to geospatial
data for BP Deep Water Horizon event has been selected as the Grand Award
winner in the 5th Annual MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence
AeroMetric, Inc. of Sheboygan, WI was selected for
"Geospatial Cloud Solution for Natural Resources Damage Assessment and
Restoration" at the presentation ceremony on November 15.
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 Horizon accident.
"AeroMetric developed a workable cloud solution before
'the cloud' became an accepted and mainstream idea," said Professor Robert
Burtch PS, CP, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan 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
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 won for "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, Michigan; Leonard Gilroy, AICP,
director of government reform at Reason Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; Donn
Dears, president of TSAugust.org, a nonprofit think tank conducting research on
energy and economic issues, in Geneva, Illinois; and Thomas Palmerlee,
associate director, Technical Activities Division at the Transportation
Research Board (TRB), Washington, DC.
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.
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 United States. 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, mobile mapping, LIDAR, building information models (BIM),
3D mapping, 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 United
States 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.
MAPPS provides its 180+ member firms opportunities for
networking and developing business-to-business relationships, information
sharing, education, public policy advocacy, market growth, and professional
development and image enhancement.
For more information on MAPPS, please visit www.MAPPS.org.