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ASCENSION ISLAND SURVEY PROJECT WINS FICE GRAND AWARD 

Orlando, Fla. – The Ascension Island Auxiliary Airfield Surveying and Mapping Services Project won the American Council of Engineering Consultants of Florida (ACEC-FL) Engineering Excellence Grand Award in the Surveying and Mapping Technology category. The island’s runway and support facilities, built nearly 80 years ago, provides strategic surveillance and operations for the United States and United Kingdom space launch and needs a full-depth runway replacement.

The DRMP team faced many challenges, including a 14-day deadline to perform all data collection, the island’s rugged terrain and remote island location. DRMP surveyors established Horizontal and Vertical Control throughout the 2-mile runway and used truck-mounted terrestrial LiDAR scanners and an Unmanned Aerial System to successfully execute the project within the deadline. This combined data produced a detailed 3-D representation of a design-level topographic map. The sustainable development benefits of the survey data collected will assist with the future design and construction of the runway and its support facilities, but most importantly the US and British Air Forces’ space operations and global transportation missions.   

DRMP’s ability to navigate new technology and plan concisely was essential in the project’s success.
“We were given a tight 14-day window to complete this project that with conventional surveying would have taken up to two months,” said DRMP Principal Glenn Lusink, PSM, who oversees the Surveying & Mapping/Geomatics Division. “The key to executing this project successfully was our staff’s knowledge and experience in not only cutting-edge surveying technology, but logistical planning. I’m grateful to be a part of an organization that invests in the latest technology and training that allows us to take on one of a kind, complex projects like Ascension Island.”

ACEC-FL Engineering Excellence Awards recognizes firms in Florida for their original or innovative applications to complex projects and studies. The Ascension Island Auxiliary Airfield project is one of 10 Grand Awards to be awarded August 3 at the 102nd Annual Conference FICE Banquet.

 

 
 
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