Quantum Spatial Honored with MAPPS Grand Award for American Samoa Project

Sheboygan, WI, February 25, 2014 – Photo Science Inc., a Quantum Spatial Company, has been honored with the 2013 MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Grand Award for its project entitled, "Coastal Resilience Data for American Samoa." The project was presented on February 12, 2014 during an awards ceremony at the MAPPS Winter Conference at the Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, CA.

Kurt Allen, Quantum Spatial Vice President, who accepted the award, said, “This project represents the core values of Quantum Spatial – client focused, innovative, and technical excellence. The data developed from the American Samoa project will greatly improve the geospatial infrastructure of the islands and help decision makers plan for and respond to natural hazards in the region such as tsunami and storm surge inundation, flooding, sea level rise, and other future climate related impacts.”

Coordinating geospatial projects is no small task, but add 5,000 miles across an ocean, almost continuous cloud cover, and difficult terrain and the logistical challenges increase exponentially. Additionally, because of the remoteness of the project, Quantum Spatial was required to fabricate sensor mounts to facilitate sensor swapping. The shoreline delineation techniques developed in this project has already been employed in a mapping project in Hawaii. By overcoming these challenges Quantum Spatial was recognized for its professionalism and technological ingenuity as the Grand Award recipient of the seventh annual MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards Competition.

"Each year the projects entered into the Excellence Awards Program showcase the diversity and breadth geospatial technologies do to enhance quality of life and provide long lasting societal benefits," said John Palatiello, MAPPS Executive Director. "I want to congratulate all the firms that entered a project. These products and services highlight the enormous benefits the private sector geospatial community provides to their clients and the citizenry every day."

Photo caption: L-R, John Palatiello, Executive Director of MAPPS; Patrick Olson, CEO of Quantum Spatial; Kurt Allen, VP of Federal Practice at Quantum Spatial; and Jeff Lower, MAPPS President

About Quantum Spatial, Inc.
Quantum Spatial, Inc. is a leading professional services firm specializing in spatial data generation, integration, enablement, and analytics, serving the needs of clients worldwide. Quantum Spatial’s goal is to improve our client’s operations and decision making in areas such as Natural Resources, Government, Infrastructure, Energy, and Public Safety by utilizing the power of geospatial data and analytics through our unique cloud-based delivery infrastructure. For more information please call 1-800-558-6707 or visit quantumspatial.com.

Formed in 1982, MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the United States. The MAPPS membership spans the entire spectrum of the geospatial community, including member firms engaged in satellite and airborne remote sensing, surveying, photogrammetry, aerial photography, LiDAR, hydrography, bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS, and GIS data collection and conversion services. MAPPS also includes associate member firms, which are companies that provide hardware, software, products and services to the geospatial profession in the United States and other firms from around the world. Independent Consultant Members are sole proprietors engaged in consulting in or to the geospatial profession, or provides a consulting service of interest to the geospatial profession. MAPPS provides its 160+ member firms opportunities for networking and developing business-to-business relationships, information sharing, education, public policy advocacy, market growth, and professional development and image enhancement. For more information on MAPPS, please visit MAPPS.org.