2018 Excellence Award Winners
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2018 Geospatial Products & Services
Excellence Award Winners



Towill, Inc.

San Andreas Pipeline No. 2 (SAPL2) Rehabilitation Study

From inside a nearly 90-year-old pipeline, Towill's surveyors collected the data needed to verify the viability of Kennedy/ Jenks Consultants' recommended approach: repairing the pipeline in place via sliplining. Due to the project's location between two interstate highways and a major shopping mall, traditional excavation would have been prohibitively expensive and disruptive. Sliplining avoids substantial traffic delays and economic impacts to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and community.

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The Evolution of Mobile: The RIEGL VMX-2HA
The latest solution developed by RIEGL that furthers the evolution of mobile mapping for the industry is the VMX-2HA high speed, high performance dual scanner mobile mapping system, introduced at INTERGEO 2017. With its upgraded technological factors and upgraded camera capabilities, this system is now the most advanced development of the already proven, compact RIEGL VMX mobile mapping platform.

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Mapping America's Last Frontier: The Alaska IFSAR Success Story 

In 2008, the SDMI contracted with Dewberry to prepare the Alaska DEM Whitepaper, to identify mapping problems and propose solutions.Dewberry determined that Alaska’s surveying and mapping challenges were extremely complex: geodetic control was almost non-existent, cloud-free satellite imagery was not available --even after many years of trying, and the DEM from the National Elevation Dataset (NED) was so poor that satellite imagery didn’t fit the DEM as it should, causing maps to appear as though rivers flowed over mountains rather than through the valleys.

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Merrick & Company

Point Clouds "Rain" on Las Vegas To Help Conserve Water

The SNWA was formed in 1991 by a cooperative agreement among seven local water and wastewater agencies. Collectively, the SNWA member agencies serve more than 2.1 million residents in the cities of Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Laughlin and areas of unincorporated Clark County. As the wholesale water provider, the SNWA is responsible for water treatment and delivery, as well as acquiring and managing long-term water resources for Southern Nevada in a region that averages less than 4 inches of rain per year.

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Quantum Spatial, Inc.

Kootenai River, ID - Topo-bathymetric LiDAR and Hyperspectral Imagery

In the fall of 2017, Quantum Spatial collected and processed topo-bathymetric LiDAR and hyperspectral imagery for a 54-mile stretch of the Kootenai River in Idaho. Funded by the United Stated Geological Survey (USGS) 3D Elevation Program (3DEP), the project was a complex, collaborative effort among USGS, University of Wyoming, ITRES, and Quantum Spatial to evaluate the commercial applicability of new remote sensing methodologies to accurately model river systems. The project contributed to USGS's 3DEP/3D Nation and the Inland Bathymetry Research Project.


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The Marine Minerals Information System (MMIS) is an Enterprise GIS project that stands apart in its unique challenges and complexity, solution ingenuity, originality, and future value to society. Developed by Quantum Spatial, Inc. (QSI) for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), this GIS/IT solution is a success story that is worthy of widespread recognition.

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TerraSond Limited

Unmanned Aerial Systems for Shoreline Verification

In continuing support of NOAA’s nautical charting mission, TerraSond was tasked in 2017 with performing a hydrographic survey in Southwest Alaska covering 930 square kilometers of seafloor. NOAA prioritized the area based on the types and frequency of vessel traffic using the area coupled with the outdated and incomplete nature of existing coverage. The project area intersected approximately 108 Nautical Miles of rocky coastline, over which verification and identification of potentially navigationally-significant shoreline features such as rocks, reefs, and ledges were required. Instead of the traditional investigation technique of visiting individual features with a skiff deployed from a larger vessel, TerraSond utilized Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to accomplish the investigations,achieving marked improvements to personnel safety while simultaneously providing a more accurate and comprehensive product and reducing cost.

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Thank you to our judges:

Robert Burtch, PS, CP Professor Emeritus of Surveying Engineering, Ferris University
Perry Trunick, Editor, POB Magazine
Neil Sandler, Publisher, xyHt magazine