Special Achievement in GIS Award

2017 SAG Award Winners

McKim & Creed and McKim & Creed

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Project Goal

Our goal was to determine if commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) could provide an accurate, low-cost, and environmentally friendly method of collecting data for beach monitoring surveys. Our team compared conventional survey, terrestrial LiDAR and UAS technologies on the basis of accuracy, cost, collection time and environmental impact. The overarching goal was to determine the technology that would produce the best product for the best price.
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Business Problem Solved

Municipalities use beach monitoring surveys to prepare for extreme, shore-altering weather events. These surveys are typically conducted twice a year —before and after hurricane season — and are used to analyze accretion and erosion, plan and predict maintenance and renourishment activities, and secure emergency funding for restoration. Data is typically collected using conventional land surveying, aerial LiDAR and hydrographic surveying. However, these technologies can disturb natural bird and animal habitats and are not always expedient in an impending storm.

Technology Implemented

Esri processed the data using its Drone2Map for ArcGIS software, and 3D Robotics provided the Solo platform and SiteScan software. McKim & Creed conducted the UAS flights.

Development Team Biography

Todd King, business developer, McKim & Creed, Inc.
Christian Stallings, CP, R&D manager, McKim & Creed, Inc.
Jason Nyberg, senior project manager, McKim & Creed, Inc.
Kurt Schwoppe, business development for imagery, Esri

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