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James W. Sewall nominated for 2003 NOVA Award

GIS firm James W. Sewall Company has been nominated for a 2003 Construction Innovation Forum (CIF) NOVA Award. Presented annually by the CIF, the NOVA Award honors innovations in the construction industry that have improved construction quality and cost. Sewall’s innovation, one of 35 NOVA Award nominations worldwide, was the use of digital close-range photogrammetry for the structural measurement and analysis of a half-mile cable suspension bridge. Compared to traditional surveying methods, this measurement approach reduced the time required to collect data in the field, was considerably safer, created minimal impact to traffic flow, and produced a comprehensive record of existing site conditions for bridge modernization efforts. The NOVA Awards Jury will meet in early 2003 to select up to five innovations to receive the Award, which will be presented at the Fifteenth Annual Innovation Celebration, April 24, in Dearborn, Michigan.

An international nonprofit organization, the CIF was formed in 1987 to recognize and encourage innovation that contributes to construction quality and cost-effectiveness. The organization is committed to educating industry leaders on the importance of innovation in their organizations and to developing financial support for further innovation within the construction industry.

The Construction Innovation Forum instituted the NOVA Award in 1989 to recognize innovations that have proven to be significant advances that have had positive, important effects on construction to improve quality and reduce cost.

NOVA Awards have been awarded to advances in all areas of the construction industry, including innovations in the construction process, and in materials, design, detailing, fabrication, equipment, procurement, contract administration, management, labor relations, training, and safety that improve the construction process. The NOVA Award has also recognized projects for their innovative concepts and methods.