2019 Excellence Awards Winners

2019 Geospatial Products & Services 
Excellence Award Winners

 

GRAND AWARD: PROJECT OF THE YEAR & DATA ACQUISITION AND PROCESSING WINNER

Woolpert/Optimal GEO

Hurricane Maria: Rapid-Response LiDAR Collection

In the wake of 2017's devastating Hurricane Maria, WMR-532 LLC, a joint venture between MAPPS member firms Woolpert and Optimal GEO, collected topographic and bathymetric lidar, digital imagery and hyperspectral imagery data along the Puerto Rican coastline. The team deployed two CZMIL sensors on dual aircraft and performed round-the-clock data processing to support the USNCMP and JALBTCX mission to provide data and analytics for damage assessments, future impact predictions and investments in recovery and resiliency. 

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TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION/LICENSED DATA PRODUCTS WINNER

WhiteStar Corporation

WhiteStar Legal Mapper
A smart assistant for mapping leases and deeds described by metes and bounds which have traditionally been laboriously mapped by hand. WhiteStar Legal Mapper (or WLM) is also capable of mapping legal descriptions described in terms of subdivision of the public land survey. WLM has the unique capability to take scanned deed or free form text from a database as input, to highlight the compass bearings and distances described, and allow the user to quickly populate and editable data structure from which the final polygon is constructed. 

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GIS/IT/REMOTE SENSING ANALYSIS WINNER

Aerial Service, Inc.

Bending Space and Time

ASI was tasked with georeferencing historical imagery for 59 counties in South Dakota with the goal to produce 59 countywide mosaics. During the process ASI discovered several issues that would lead them to pioneer a new process which enabled cost-effective georeferencing of historical imagery and exceeded accuracy requirements by 2x. With this new process we can gain a better understanding of our land and environmental and economic impacts for a diverse range of applications. 

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SURVEYING/FIELD DATA COLLECTION WINNER

WGI

Florida's Turnpike Mainline (SR 91) From Florida's Turnpike Extension (SR 821) to Johnson Street

The Project possesses extraordinary requirements containing complex technical criteria and addresses significant problems associated with a major highway widening project. A portion of the Turnpike's limited-access tollway was designed to expand from six to ten lanes with variable tolled express lanes. Integrated survey products include a geodetic control network, LiDAR systems for 3D data collection, 360-degree imagery, hydrographic surveys, ground-penetrating radar, and electromagnetic surveys designating subsurface utilities to avoid conflicts with the proposed design. 

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MEMBER'S CHOICE WINNER

RIEGL USA

The Best of Both Worlds - The RIEGL VUX-240

Both unmanned and airborne data collects have their own merits that have been clearly established and are highly beneficial to a multitude of industries. However, it became critical that a solution was needed that would encompass the middle ground between UAV projects and airborne projects that could be used on an array of aerial platforms. With this, the RIEGL VUX-240 lightweight airborne laser scanner was developed and released into the market. 

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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