Contract: $1,144,344 - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Jun. 23, 2009
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Award Description: The purpose of Task Order 6 is to provide funding in the order of $1,144,344 to NOAA project OPR-P184-KRL-09, which constitutes 62.1% of the entire contract value. This is the equivalent of 9 Fugro LADS Inc. survey flights to the Sandman Reefs (Pavlof Islands, AK) project area, out of a budgeted 14.5 flights required to complete data acquisition for the project. The remaining $699,528 of the contract value is allocated under Task Order 7. The purpose of Task Order 6 is to provide bathymetric lidar reconnaissance data, containing areas of limited coverage, prior to survey work to be conducted by NOAA field units. The project area covers 62.5% of the Sandman Reefs, in the vicinity of the Pavlof Islands, Alaska. The Sandman Reefs are designated as a critical survey area under the NOAA Hydrographic Survey Priorities, 2007 edition. The project area was identified as requiring survey for the accurate update of nautical charts as early as the 1990?s. Mr. Mark Sinclair (Acting General Manager of Fugro LADS) conducted water clarity assessment of the site in 1998, prior to any NOAA contracts being awarded to LADS. During this ship based reconnaissance it was noted that the Sandman Reefs were extremely complex with many uncharted dangers to safe navigation. Water clarity was deemed suitable for lidar operations. A LADS Task Order conducted in the Pavlof Islands, to the NE of the Sandman Reefs, in 2005 confirmed that this area would be extremely challenging for Airborne Laser Bathymetry, but extremely hazardous for surface survey vessels. The project area is divided into four registered survey sheets: - H12105: Vicinity of Cherni Island - H12106: Vicinity of Goose Island - H12107: Vicinity of Sushilonoi Island - H12108: Vicinity of Pinnacle Rock Task Order 6 includes 100% of H12105, and 50% of each of H12106, H12107 and H12108. Successful completion of the Task Order will comprise the following: Data Acquisition - A total of nine effective survey flights conducted to the project area from the base of operations in Sand Point, AK. - Acquisition of raw lidar depths and imagery from a digital camera across 62.5% of the project area using the LADS Airborne System. - Automated processing of lidar data on the LADS Ground System (GS), including application of post processed GPS data. - Accuracy checks including cross line comparisons, benchmark depth comparisons, real-time navigation checks, pre and post GPS positioning checks. - Data quality review and acceptance, including the generation and execution of reflies. - Submission of recommended Dangers to Navigation (DTONs) from the field site, as identified during data review and acceptance, to the NOAA Pacific Hydrographic Branch (PHB). Data Processing - Application of verified and smoothed NOAA tide readings to raw lidar depths. - Validation, checking and approval of reduced lidar depths on the LADS GS. - Quality Control checks utilizing visualization external to the GS. - Export of final data for the generation of NOAA digital deliverables. Survey Reports, Product Compilation and Delivery - Collation of ancillary data into a Data and Acquisition Report, Horizontal and Vertical Control Report, and Separates Report and a Descriptive Report for each registered sheet. - Generation of a CARIS BASE Surface, S-57 feature file, Mean High Water and Mea Lower Low Water line, gap polygons defining limited coverage due the presence of kelp and white water, a ?good lidar coverage? limit line, chart comparison spreadsheet, list of features requiring further examination by NOAA field units and digital imagery mosaic. - Delivery of a preliminary set of products for review by PHB, including submission of Dangers to Navigation (DTONs) from the LADS office, as identified during data processing and product compilation. - Remedial work based on feedback from PHB. - Dispatch of all final reports and products by the contracted delivery date.
Project Description: Services performed to date include: (1) A total of nine effective survey flights have been conducted to the project area from the base of operations in Sand Point, AK, (2) Acquisition of raw lidar depths and imagery from a digital camera has been completed across 62.5% of the project area using the LADS Airborne System, (3) Automated processing of lidar data on the LADS Ground System (GS), including application of post processed GPS data, has been completed, (4) Accuracy checks including cross line comparisons, benchmark depth comparisons, real-time navigation checks, and pre and post GPS positioning checks were conducted and no significant errors were observed, (5) Data quality review and acceptance, including the generation and execution of reflies has been completed (6) Submission of recommended Dangers to Navigation (DTONs) from the field site, as identified during data review and acceptance, to PHB was completed. Deliverables rendered to NOAA to date include: (1) Monthly Progress Sketches for June, July and August 2009, (2) Final Progress Sketch, demonstrating final coverage and data acquisition statistics for the entire data collection period, (3) A total of 20 uncharted features across the project area, identified during data review and acceptance, have been submitted as recommended DTONs to PHB from the field. Of these, 14 items were accepted by PHB and reported to the Marine Charting Division to ensure a rapid update of the applicable nautical chart and inclusion in a Notice to Mariners.
Jobs Summary: JOBS Created: 0, JOBS Retained:12. The Recovery Act allowed the retention of 9 Hydrographic surveying positions (degreed professionals), of varying levels of competency, ranging from entry level (2), intermediate (5), management (2). Hydrographic surveyors are skilled in the data collection, data processing and product development of LIDAR proprietary technology specific to LADS and provided to NOAA, a client who accounts for more than 80% of revenue. To facilitate and support the hydrographic team, the recovery act allowed for the retention of 1 GS Maintainer/Administrative Assistant(laborer), 1 PT Business Development & Public Relations Manager (degreed professional), and 1 Manager of Finance & Human Resources (degreed professional). The GS Maintainer/Administrative Assistant supports the Hydrographic Survey Manager and provides technical support to the LADS LIDAR proprietary system. The Business Development & Public Relations Manager searches for new opportunities to apply the LADS system and and Manager of Finance and Human Resources ensures compliance and proper operation/allocation of company resources. (Total jobs reported: 12)
Project Status: More than 50% Completed
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