GRAND AWARD: PROJECT OF THE YEAR and GIS/IT WINNER
Aerial Services, Inc.
Earth on Demand
There were several complexities associated with this project. These include monetizing the project, converting orthophoto mosaics to “web tiles,” making the orthophotos available to the user on the web 24/7, and developing cutting edge image analysis software.
GRAND AWARD: TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION
SwathTRAK: Dynamic FOV Lidar for Wide Area Surveying One of the problems with aerial survey data collection, whether film, lidar or other sensors, has been the changing field-of-view (FOV) over high-relief terrain. Teledyne Optech has solved this problem with SwathTRAK for their ALTM mapping sensor. It works by creating a lidar surface model from the return lidar data in real time. This is then fed back to the sensor to adjust the FOV as the terrain surface changes.
PHOTOGRAMMETRY/ELEVATION DATA GENERATION
Indiana Local-Resolution Hydrography Project, Evolution of Ele-Hydro NHD
This was a massive undertaking where a large amount of lidar data over the whole of Indiana was processed by AECOM. The result was local-resolution National Hydrography Data for the entire state. The future value is in the creation of “Ele-Hydro” where elevation and hydrography data are collected at the same time.
Mapping Mother Nature: Recording, Tracking and Preserving the Lake Erie Watershed
Woolpert used a hyperspectral data cube at a 1-meter resolution which was fused with lidar data. This was then compared to historic data for change detection along 77 miles of Lake Erie shoreline. The watershed consisted of over 40 major sub-basins which created a big challenge in the mapping of the watershed.
AIRBORNE AND SATELLITE DATA ACQUISITION
Merrick & Company
New Heights to Railroad Safety – NE Illinois PTC System Integrator
This project utilized existing technology, helicopter and track-side lidar, to implement Positive Train Control (PTC) as mandated by the Federal government. This is an important project for our aging train network that should eventually lead to greater safety for the traveling public. The consequences of our current system have come to the fore recently with train accidents in Hoboken, NJ, and Brooklyn, NY.
SURVEYING AND FIELD DATA COLLECTION
2015 Denali Summit Survey
Denali is the largest mountain peak in North America and, understandably, presents very unique and dangerous weather challenges. These challenges included the effects of extreme cold on the equipment and the long GPS baselines. In a year where less than 60% of the summit attempts were successful, this team had to make 2 ascents, first to deploy the equipment and then to retrieve it. Moreover, this project brought a lot of good PR to the surveying and geospatial services community.
Hells Canyon Historical Imagery
This project involved scanning historic aerial photos which were then orthorectified. The integration of old films was complex because control was not always available. This required painstaking work by Aero-Graphics to creatively integrate this unreliable data. The project provides a useful overview for evaluating new projects in the Hells Canyon area.
Thank you to our judges:
Robert Burtch, PS, CP Professor Emeritus of Surveying Engineering, Ferris University Donn Dears, Author, Nothing to Fear Perry Trunick, Editor, POB Magazine Leonard C. Gilroy, Director of Government Reform, Reason Foundation Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Neil Sandler, Publisher, xyHt magazine