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MAPPS-National Geospacial Excellence Awards Program

MAPPS-National Geospatial Excellence Awards Program

Monday, November 30th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

Kappa Mapping, Inc. recently received the Small Projects award for its project Color Infrared Imagery Makes Accurate Vernal Pool Mapping Possible in Bar Harbor, Maine as part of the third annual Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards competition.

Kappa was recognized by MAPPS, a national association of photogrammetry, mapping, and geospatial firms, November 18 at the 2009 ASPRS/MAPPS Specialty Conference held in San Antonio, Texas.  Judges evaluated 13 projects in five categories.

“We’re honored to receive this award for our work in Bar Harbor,” said Claire Kiedrowski, president of Kappa Mapping, Inc. “The project provided an excellent opportunity for us to use high-end mapping hardware and software and to work with the latest technologies in digital mapping. It’s an exciting time to be in the business of making images.”

According to Robert Burch PS, CP (Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan), chairman of the independent judges panel, the group selected Kappa because its project required complex cooperation among a team of firms and its project outcome dramatically helped the city of Bar Harbor better manage conflicts between environmental protection of vernal pools and property development rights.

“Kappa provided aerotriangulation and imagery data in true color and color infrared and worked with two professional firms and the town of Bar Harbor to produce the pyramid layers that were then used by one of the other vendors to create stereo mapping of vernal pools in the area,” said Burch.

“Once again, MAPPS member firms have demonstrated the professionalism, innovation, and societal benefit that the private geospatial community provides to enhance our quality of life,” said MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello. “Kappa Mapping is to be commended and congratulated not only on this award, but on their excellent service to their client, the Town of Bar Harbor.”

Judges for the program included Burch; Dr. Pamela Lawhead, Associate Professor at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi; Dr. Adrian Moore, an economist at the Reason Foundation, Los Angeles, VA; Dennis Morgan, CP, retired U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis, MO and Christine L. Grahl, editor for POB magazine and POBonline.com.

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