Imagery Illustrates Hurricane Irma Flooding & Damage
We were contracted by both the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and Miami-Dade County to collect and deliver high-resolution, before-and-after imagery of areas in Florida affected by Hurricane Irma, immediately following the disaster. We are posting this imagery publicly to support anyone affected by the hurricane, and all disaster relief efforts. This data has been aggregated with data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Google to provide the most comprehensive view.
The imagery addresses technically separate goals. The FDOT project documents the flooding caused by the hurricane. It includes 1,000 square miles of imagery along the St. Johns River that was captured as the water was cresting. This collection includes sites across four counties—St. Johns, Duval, Putnam and Clay—from Palatka to Jacksonville. The Miami-Dade collection covers the county to help assess comprehensive post-storm damage.
Immediate Imagery from Houston Area in Wake of Hurricane Harvey
To help the millions affected by Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding in the state of Texas, Woolpert has collected, processed and delivered high-resolution, before-and-after aerial imagery. These maps—aggregated with data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Google to provide the most comprehensive product—allow viewers to navigate and zoom in on sites throughout the city of Houston. Viewers can identify specific areas most in need of resources and check on neighborhoods, property damage, road closures, etc. This 1-foot imagery collection began Friday, Sept. 1, after the high-water mark had been reached, and was initially posted Sunday, Sept. 3. Crews then flew again later that week, as weather allowed, to collect more imagery, get it processed and complete the city map. The data from that collection is presented here alongside imagery collected in 2016 to show precisely where and how the flooding has impacted the area.
Immediate Mapping Aids Disaster Relief Efforts in South Carolina
In this behind-the-scenes video, Woolpert documents the groundbreaking disaster relief efforts taken immediately following the “thousand-year” rain event in South Carolina in October 2015. The flooding was the result of five days of steady rainfall, measuring more than 20 inches in some areas, which caused 36 dams to fail, killed 19 people and displaced another 20,000. To assist those affected by the disaster, Woolpert collected perishable orthoimagery as soon as the skies cleared, processed that data, and shared created maps accessible via website and app within 36 hours. The speed with which Woolpert was able to pull this off translated to “real-time” help on the ground during the critical hours and days following this event. The video also provides lessons learned from this endeavor, and how states can better prepare for natural disasters.
In addition to our press release, coverage and reports on the rains and flooding that hit South Carolina in October 2015, included:
Woolpert’s cutting-edge technological solutions have supported the emergency response for natural disasters in the past, and we are poised to help in the wake of Hurricane Joaquin. Our data collection and surveying services can aid in prioritizing mitigation projects based on the real needs of the community and can record and assess damage.
Emergency Response Experience: Hurricane Sandy
- Our team collected before and after lidar data for over 250 square miles of coastline in New York, Virginia and Maryland after Hurricane Sandy. The data was used to visually evaluate, denote and quantify hurricane damage areas, provide change detection and begin remediation. Our firm was recognized nationally for the quality of our Hurricane Sandy response work.
Airborne Data Collection
Woolpert can acquire before-and-after orthophotography, lidar and ultra-high-resolution (using our Renaissance imaging system) aerial maps through airborne collection technologies.
Field Data Collection and Surveying
With more than 60 registered surveyors, and more than 160 technical and professional staff, Woolpert has the resources to meet urgent surveying needs.
Mobile Mapping System
Woolpert collects detailed geospatial data through mobile mapping equipment mounted on vans, boats and ATVs—allowing safe, multi-modal collection for a variety of environments.
Unmanned Aerial Systems
Our UAS solutions make it possible to collect detailed spatial data over locations that are dangerous or inaccessible for traditional collection methods.
Secure Data Solutions
Woolpert’s emergency response data can be provided on the cloud—providing secure, real-time access to data.
Woolpert’s contracting vehicles provide federal agencies with access to Woolpert’s multidisciplinary services. We can draw on experts across the firm to make our emergency response solutions available quickly.
Current Woolpert contracting vehicles include:
- USGS GPSC II
- NOAA CSC
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