Rapid Response Mapping
Whether caused by nature, accident, or hostile events, emergencies require rapid response, and rapid response demands a fast, well-planned, and perfectly executed solution. Fugro EarthData's ability to provide rapid response mapping services has been tested in the most difficult of circumstances—amid natural disasters and acts of terrorism and in the aftermath of war. Working in partnership with customers, our experienced team combines advanced technologies and a large production capacity to quickly deliver the high-accuracy geospatial data critical to rescue and recovery efforts.
- Extensive experience. For more than a decade, Fugro EarthData has supported a wide-range of customers in diverse situations. From Bosnia in 1996 to Ground Zero in 2001 and the Gulf Coast in 2005, Fugro EarthData has demonstrated a proven ability to mobilize rapidly and overcome difficult conditions, delivering high-accuracy mapping products to first responders on the ground in record time.
- Full-range of services. From data acquisition to map production to 3D visualization, Fugro EarthData provides customers with the technology and services needed to adequately respond to emergency situations. Be it thermal mapping for change detection, digital data acquisition and processing technology for aerial imaging, or LiDAR mapping for high-accuracy digital elevation models, we have a fast and ready solution to meet any crisis situation.
- Flexible production capacity. Fugro EarthData's wholly-owned assets include a fleet of aircraft, multiple digital aerial imaging and LiDAR mapping systems. With a staff of 125+ employees, Fugro EarthData maintains a large production capacity, enabling us to shift resources on-the-fly to meet emergency response needs.
- Rigorous quality control. ISO9001:2008-certified quality processes cover all of Fugro EarthData's production, management, and administrative functions, providing customers an added level of confidence in the quality of products and services they receive, regardless of external conditions or time constraints.
Rapid response mapping projects can include any number of services, and Fugro EarthData is outfitted to meet each one. Capabilities include acquisition of film or digital aerial imagery, as well as airborne LiDAR or thermal data; photogrammetric mapping from new or existing imagery; Pixel Factory™ processing of digital aerial imagery; LiDAR mapping for elevation data and/or volumetric surveys; and thermal imaging for gauging heat intensities.
Fugro EarthData's wholly-owned assets and large mapping capacity have important implications for rapid response mapping projects: the ability to reallocate production on a moment's notice, sending aircraft, sensors, and production teams on location to assist in disaster recovery efforts. This ability has been demonstrated throughout Fugro EarthData's history with rapid response mapping projects, beginning in 1996 with an international deployment to Bosnia following the Yugoslav civil wars. Since that time, we have assisted with response and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center following 9/11 and across the nation in the aftermath of numerous hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and wildfires.
- Photogrammetric mapping. Fugro EarthData provides a wide-range of photogrammetric mapping products in support of rapid response efforts, including ground and true orthoimagery, digital elevation model (DEM) data, and planimetric and topographic mapping. Depending on the source imagery, products can be delivered range from 1"= 50' with a 2" pixel resolution to 1" = 1,000' with a 1 m pixel resolution.
- LiDAR mapping. Fugro EarthData produces bare-earth digital elevation models (DEMs) at a nominal post spacing of 1 m to 4.5 m. In addition to orthorectifying aerial imagery, LiDAR DEMs can be used to calculate volumetric surveys for change-detection in the event of fires. Orthorectified LiDAR intensity images also provide an efficient and cost-effective way to monitor ongoing recovery/relief efforts.
- Thermal mapping. Fugro EarthData offers thermal imaging to provide surface temperature and heat intensity information to help firefighters track the position of firelines during wildfires and to help direct recovery efforts more efficiently in the case of underground fires.