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Monthly Archives: April 2015

Advantages of Atlantic’s Low Level Mapping System Over Helicopter and Mobile Systems

By: Tim Stagg, Vice President

Both Helicopter and Mobile LiDAR systems have a niche that they fulfill in high accuracy mapping. However, the biggest advantage to the Atlantic’s Low Level Mapping System or (LLMS) is its high accuracy capabilities coupled with platform cost savings. From my experience managing the transportation sector programs for one of the largest geospatial firms today, I understand that Survey and Design Firms are reaching for the highest accuracy possible from their mapping efforts. Yet the issue with mobile and helicopter LiDAR remains the same – they both have a very high operational cost, making the highest degree of accuracy possible, just out of reach from a budget standpoint. The second largest factor in firm reluctance to pay for this survey technology is that the sensor data is only as good as the base survey ground control. In order to achieve .05’ vertically from a helicopter or even .03’ from a mobile system, the amount of survey control required and the requirement for digital leveling makes this technology in all but the most demanding projects cost prohibitive.

Having had the opportunity […]

The Value of Geospatial Technology to Local Government

What is the value of a properly designed and well executed strategy for geospatial technology adoption in a County government? Quite a lot, according to a recent study in Madison County, AL. That’s the conclusion from an in-depth study conducted by Atlantic this year, which assessed and analyzed the current value of geospatial technology implemented throughout the many agencies of the County’s operations.

“The results of the study show the strongest support yet for the real value of GIS and remote sensing data to Madison County,” said Brian Mayfield, Atlantic President. “The County now has the information it needs to plan for future growth and serve its constituents better.”

The study made clear the tremendous quantitative return on investment for every dollar that Madison County spends on their geospatial programs. It also highlighted the qualitative value, those not measured in dollars, which the County’s agencies are reaping from advancing their workflows through GIS. Some these include more accurate data for decision making, better customer service to the people of Madison County, regulatory compliance, and increased efficiency of current human resources to services a growing population.

Brian Bugg […]

Atlantic’s Thoughts on the ESRI PUG (Pipeline User’s Group) Meeting

By: Randy Burkham, Vice President

When Atlantic hired me in the summer of 2013, they decided the Oil and Gas industry would provide a foundation for company growth. As it turns out, the company’s leadership was correct to predict that Atlantic’s aircraft fleet, sensor technology, focus on quality and price point would allow us to become a leading O&G commercial geospatial firm. Last year alone, Atlantic has collected and produced a little over 22,000 linear miles of remotely sensed covering Transmission Lines, E&P Fields, Gathering Systems and refineries across the United States and Canada.

As I head to the ESRI PUG meeting happening next week (April 8-10) at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX, I wonder how our industry is prepared to take the next step. The downward trend in pricing means that exploration and engineering firms alike have to look for more innovative and cost efficient solutions for Pipeline Integrity Management, finding hydrology, developing structures for HCA compliance and managing their assets.

I am looking forward to conversations with old colleagues that I have known for years and looking forward to hearing how […]