Surveying for New Fulton Center Attraction Cited in National Engineering Competition

NYC Firm’s Advanced Technology Expedites an Intricate Installation Process

Washington, DC (March 11, 2015)—Naik Consulting Group, P.C., of New York City has earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 49th annual Engineering Excellence Awards for providing survey services for the Sky Reflector-Net at the Fulton Center transit hub in Manhattan.

The Sky Reflector-Net art feature rings the central atrium at the recently re-opened Fulton Center with a structural steel cable net supporting hundreds of aluminum panels, forming a complex curved shape rising to the central skylight in the roof. To ensure that the intricate feature was properly assembled, the project team used laser scanning technology to capture 110 boundary steel connection points and 840 stainless steel panel connector nodes in 3D space.

The laser’s “super high” resolution scans yielded point clouds of approximately 150 million points in less than seven minutes. Following each construction stage, the project team analyzed location data from the scans and provided correction information to the contractor.

The project is among 170 engineering projects throughout the nation and around the world recognized by ACEC as preeminent engineering achievements and eligible for one of the top 2015 Engineering Excellence Awards. Judging for the Engineering Excellence Awards—known industry-wide as the “Academy Awards of the engineering industry”—took place in February and was conducted by a panel of more than 30 engineers, architects, government officials, media members, and academics. Awards criteria include uniqueness and originality, technical innovation, social and economic value, complexity, and success in meeting goals.

Final winners, including 16 Honor Awards, eight Grand Awards and the prestigious “Grand Conceptor Award” for the year’s most outstanding overall engineering achievement, will be announced at the Engineering Excellence Awards Gala, a black-tie event to be held Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

About ACEC
The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) is the business association of America’s engineering industry, representing more than 5,000 independent engineering firms and more than 325,000 professionals throughout the United States engaged in the development of America’s transportation, water and energy infrastructure, along with environmental, industrial and other public and private facilities. Founded in 1909 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., ACEC is a national federation of 51 state and regional organizations.