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Category Winners Announced at the Inaugural LIDAR Leader Awards Ceremony

By [email protected] - 6th February 2018 - 12:32

USGS, North Carolina Statewide Lidar Collection Team & Dr. David Maune recognized at International LiDAR Mapping Forum

February 5, 2018 – Denver, CO – The inaugural LIDAR Leader Awards ceremony took place today at International LIDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) in Denver. ILMF – in cooperation with Spatial Media’s LIDAR Magazine – designed the unique program to recognize excellence in three distinct categories: Outstanding Personal Achievement in LIDAR, Outstanding Team Achievement in LIDAR, and Outstanding Enterprise Achievement in LIDAR.

Lisa Murray, Group Director at Diversified Communications stated of the awards, “Heading into our sixth year of managing the International LIDAR Mapping Forum, I felt there was a need to create an awards program to recognize the amazing projects that were being presented at ILMF. Every year we learned about ground-breaking technology and innovative uses of LIDAR, yet there was no industry platform recognizing significant accomplishments. So the LIDAR Leader Awards was born to give the LIDAR community a chance to acknowledge and celebrate colleagues and achievements at their largest annual gathering in Denver. I approached Allen Cheves at LIDAR Magazine about partnering on this project and he enthusiastically agreed it was needed! In our first year, we received 86 nominations – more than we ever imagined – and have identified 3 winners who were announced today at the awards ceremony. We look forward to celebrating the winners and all the nominees for their excellent work and contributions.”

Dr. A Stewart Walker, Managing Editor at LIDAR Magazine agreed. “Throughout more than 40 years in the profession, I have continuously marveled at the technological initiatives and the people who have brought them to our geospatial world. In my various roles in ASPRS I have been in contact with numerous individuals representing organizations, both public and private, with remarkable talents for executing challenging projects. The LIDAR Leader Awards provide recognition for these individuals and organizations. Nevertheless, I was amazed at the number and quality of the nominations we received and am honored to have participated in the process. The Awards are off to a fine start and we hope they will enhance the industry in the years to come.”

Winners in each category were announced at the Awards ceremony today.

Dr. David Maune, Associate Vice President of Dewberry, was recognized for his Outstanding Personal Achievements in the industry. Maune has pioneered efforts such as authoring FEMA and NDEP documents that served as de facto LIDAR guidelines and specifications, has worked LIDAR portions of ASPRS Standards and USGS Lidar base specifications, and was the editor and primary author of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd editions of the DEM Users Manual. Maune, who is often described as “The father of LIDAR,” stated “I won’t be satisfied until we have a seamless high-resolution, high-accuracy 3D Nation from the tops of the mountains, to the depths of the seas, to include our inland rivers and lakes.”

The Outstanding Team Achievement in LiDAR was awarded to North Carolina Emergency Management for their North Carolina Next Generation Lidar Collection team project, consisting of a five year endeavor to collect Next Generation LIDAR for the entire state. Hope Morgan, GIS Manager at North Carolina Emergency Management said, “It is quite an honor to win the Outstanding Team Achievement in LIDAR. I was privileged to work with an amazing team of people on a coordinated effort between Federal, State, and commercial groups that allowed us to provide a great benefit to the public and the industry alike.”

Winning the Outstanding Enterprise Achievement Award was U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for their impressive work on The U.S. Geological Survey 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). The organization developed the program which acquires high-quality three-dimensional elevation data for the Nation and produces point clouds, bare-earth digital elevation models, and other products. Vicki Lukas, part of the 3DEP Management Team, said of the project, “USGS manages the 3D Elevation Program - 3DEP - on behalf of the community to advance national LIDAR, from communicating documented needs to decision makers to working with a broad range of partners to acquire and deliver data nationwide.”

ILMF and LIDAR Magazine are excited to continue celebrating excellence in 2019 and for years to come and congratulate all of the nominees and winners for their work in advancing the LIDAR industry.

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