Harrisburg, US: MAPPS, a national association of private sector geospatial firms, selected BAE Systems as the Grand Award winner of the inaugural PA-MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards competition for their project “PAMAP: The Keystone to Intelligence Decisions”. The accomplishment was recognised at a ceremony during the PaGIS Conference in Grantville, Pennsylvania.
The PAMAP programme was established in 2001 to create a consistent foundation of geospatial mapping data to benefit state, regional and local government agencies and the citizens of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania State University contracted with BAE Systems to capture, process and deliver colour ortho-photography at one-foot ground sample distance as well as LiDAR capable of generating two-foot contours in a cost effective manor that maintained data quality.
“BAE systems was selected as the grand award winner due to the scale of the project, the benefit that PAMAP provides for all Pennsylvanians, the amount of applications the data can be used for, and for the cost effectiveness,” said Nicole Ernst, Harrisburg Area Community College, one of the judges who evaluated the submitted projects.
The other finalist in the awards competition was geographIT (Lancaster, PA) for their project “LiDAR Methodology for Verifying Broadband Internet Services Furnished over Wireless Networks in Pennsylvania.”
Projects were judged on complexity, original or innovative application/development of technologies or techniques, future value to the geospatial profession and the public and client/owner satisfaction. The entries were judged by three independent professionals: Nicole Ernst, Geospatial Technology Assistant Professor, Harrisburg Area Community College; Dr. Jay Parrish, Professor of Practice for Geospaital Intelligence, Pennsylvania State University’s Dutton e-Education Institute; and Dr. Angela Cuthbert, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Geography, Millersville University.