Versar's Environmental Services has provided state-of-the-science and cost-effective solutions to environmental challenges of public and private clients since 1969. Versar provides federal, state, local, and commercial clients exemplary ecology and natural resources support based on the best science, dependable services, and innovative applications.
Terrebonne Parish, located in southern Louisiana along the Gulf of Mexico, possesses some of America's largest, most productive wetlands and natural resources with numerous bayous, lakes and waterways, including the Intracoastal Waterway, as well as access to the Gulf. It is also one of the areas hardest hit by hurricanes and other natural disasters in recent years. Terrebonne's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (TOHSEP) works vigilantly to prepare for any disaster or crisis that might threaten its citizens.
Louisiana's Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is responsible for managing the state's massive flood protection infrastructure. The DOTD's Public Works and Water Resources Division manages the inspection program for all levees, dams and reservoirs. The challenges with levees alone are particularly daunting. There are over 1,100 miles of levees that must be inspected four times, each and every year. Flood risk and levee conditions are dynamic in nature, as banks erode, animals burrow, closures rust, valves wear out and pumps need repaired. So the field technology needs to be reliable and efficient to help turn inspection reports into preventive maintenance as quickly as possible. In 2015, the inspection system was a custom-built application developed by an engineering services firm. The system utilized Trimble YUMA ruggedized tablets. that would sync to a central database for reporting. Over time, the system became less and less reliable, and required a lot of troubleshooting, largely due to database synchronization failures. To truly fix the system would have meant more expensive custom development services. And that wasn't the only expensive element of the system. Each of the six Trimble YUMA hardware units, fully configured, ran around $6,000 and the annual software maintenance was around $18,000, which only provided upgrades and bug fixes. It did nothing to help solve the database issues.
Like thousands of water utilities across the United States, the City of Sebring (FL) Utilities Department is tasked with providing a safe and reliable water supply, while managing all the dispersed assets of the water distribution and wastewater systems. And like every water utility, Sebring needs to regularly locate, map and inspect these assets to maintain service levels and operations. Typically, this means an expensive Geographic Information System (GIS) and the use of outside surveyors utilizing specialized GPS equipment. When Sebring evaluated this approach, they received a quote for GIS software that was over $30,000 and bids for surveying services that were as high as $300,000. And that didn’t even include the mobile tools to collect the data or integration with their existing CAD system.
Kleinfelder is one of the world’s leading engineering, science and architectural consulting firms with nearly 2,000 employees. Consistently ranked as an industry leader, Kleinfelder has a well-earned reputation for innovative solutions that meet our world's complex infrastructure and natural resource challenges.
Stephen R. Braund & Associates (SRB&A) is an anthropological survey and research firm based in Anchorage, Alaska. They have been providing scientific subsistence and ethnographic research in Alaska since the 1970s on topics such as subsistence hunting and fishing, wildlife, traditional knowledge, environmental issues, and the impacts of development.
Based in Calgary, Enmapp provides field data collection services to some of the world’s largest energy companies for pipeline construction and maintenance. Enmapp provides pipeline data collection services and delivers construction progress reports and analytics for their customers.
Logan Simpson, a leading environmental planning and cultural resource firm, deployed TerraGo Edge for mobile GPS data collection and enhanced navigation utilizing smartphones and cellular-enabled tablets. Before TerraGo Edge, survey teams needed to use a combination of GPS handheld devices, paper maps, printed forms and manual data entry to complete field surveys—often in remote geographies and rugged terrains.
Prime Electrical is a leading contractor for Eskom in South Africa, Eskom generates approximately 95% of the electricity used in South Africa and approximately 45% of the electricity used in Africa. Prime Electrical leads Eskom’s projects that include “Minor Works” also known as the smaller jobs, located in the rural parts of South Africa.
Henderson Logistics has been managing international multi-modal, ocean, air, rail and trucking freight and logistics operations for over 50 years, with a center of operations adjacent to the Newport News Marine Terminal (NNMT). NNMT is the Virginia Port Authority’s main break-bulk and roll-on/roll-off facility, handling over 300,000 tons of freight across 165 acres on the James River, with 2 piers, 4 deep water vessel berths accommodating 850 foot ships, with crane and ramp operations to 60 acres of outside storage and 968,000 SQFT of storage space.
CGG implemented TerraGo solutions, including TerraGo Publisher and TerraGo Toolbar, to leverage the “GIS-Lite” capabilities for some of the biggest oil and gas companies in the world. Since 2007, the organization has been compiling, analyzing and sharing geospatial data though the use of TerraGo GeoPDF and TerraGo Toolbar in its Multi-Physics business line, which provides expertise in potential fields and electromagnetics to complement seismic data in exploration workflows. The company includes GeoPDFs as part of the final package it delivers to many Multi-Physics clients.
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Seattle City Light understood that it could transform field operations if it could provide open access to the distribution system data housed in its CAD database. Ideally, Seattle City Light wanted all personnel and field crews to be able to access and query data in the field, at any work site. The solution would need to work for personnel with no CAD expertise, specialized software or proprietary hardware. It would need to be available from any location, even offline when the user was unable to access any network. Seattle City Light evaluated available technologies and selected TerraGo's GeoPDF(r) to achieve this vision.
The state of Illinois is moving forward with efforts to increase Internet accessibility among its residents. The effort is fueled by the High-Speed Internet Services and Information Technology Act (Public Act 95-684), which calls for the enlisting of a nonprofit organization to implement a comprehensive, statewide high-speed Internet deployment strategy and demand creation initiative.
Conservacion Patagonica creates national parks that restore wildlands and wildlife, inspire care for the natural world, and generate healthy economic opportunities in Patagonia, a region located at the southern end of South America.
Conservacion Patagonica partnered with Round River Conservation Studies, a provider of student study abroad programs and extensive field research and community planning, to generate baseline-mapping data about plants and wildlife in the region.
The U.S. Army Geospatial Center’s (AGC) mission is to coordinate, integrate and synchronize geospatial information requirements and standards across the Army and the Department of Defense (DoD). The AGC creates and manages geospatial intelligence resources, including the maps and imagery of more than 140 countries for use by the Army, DoD branches and coalition partners. The AGC also manages maps and imagery for all U.S. states and territories for use by public safety and disaster management personnel, as well as first responders.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), which resides within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is tasked with helping private landowners maintain healthy and productive lands. Private land makes up 70 percent of the United States and NRCS works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance to benefit the soil, water, air, plants and animals within these lands. NRCS’s national 590 nutrient management standard covers the “amount, source, placement, form and timing of the application of nutrients and soil amendments,” such as manure and fertilizer whose runoff can adversely impact the environment. The 590 standard is based on official USDA data that includes soil properties such as surface texture and permeability, as well as elevation, slope and hydrographic buffer data, to achieve maximum agricultural and environmental benefits.
As the nation’s largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The USGS is focused on serving the nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.
On March 11, 2011 a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami struck northeastern Japan, taking the lives of more than 15,000 people, leaving nearly 8,000 missing, displacing 450,000 more and damaging in excess of $300 billion worth of property. Adding to the unprecedented scope of these natural disasters was the compromise of the multi-reactor Fukushima nuclear plant complex, which released radiation necessitating evacuation of the surrounding area. Once the immediate challenges of search and rescue were accomplished, Japanese federal, prefectural and local governments shifted their attention to recovery and damage assessment efforts.
AgForce is an industry organization that strives to ensure the long-term growth, viability, competitiveness and profitability of rural producers in Queensland, Australia, including broadacre industries of cattle, grain, sheep and wool. AgForce Projects, the state government-funded projects division of AgForce, delivers free skills, training and technology to all Queensland producers, including property-based maps to assist with property management, coal seam gas (CSG) mining preparedness and statutory land-based applications to government.
The Dewberry Hurricane Preparedness Team, a subgroup of the Hazard Engineering Services group, assists federal, state and county authorities by conducting various types of hurricane and natural disaster impact studies, including vulnerability analyses, evacuation planning, post-storm assessments and many more hazard preparedness analyses. Dewberry studies serve as an important baseline for decision making during the disaster preparedness, response and recovery processes.