NV5 Global, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVEE) announced today that Quantum Spatial, Inc. ("Quantum Spatial"), an NV5 company, has been selected as prime contractor under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Shoreline Mapping contract. The $18.8 million contract to perform shoreline mapping services includes the collection and processing of topographic and bathymetric LiDAR data and aerial imagery and covers the North Carolina Coast, the Florida Panhandle, Guam, and portions of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
As program manager, Quantum Spatial will be responsible for data acquisition, data processing, quality control, and data analytics. The data acquired under this contract will be used by NOAA's National Geodetic Survey Remote Sensing Division's Coastal Mapping Program to update NOAA Nautical Charts following 2018 storm events, including Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Michael, and Typhoon Yutu.
"The topobathy LiDAR data collected under this project will be critical to understanding coastal changes caused by Typhoon Yutu and Hurricanes Michael and Florence, and will ensure safe navigation by updating shorelines and near-shore features of nautical charts as well as supporting inundation modeling and mapping," said Mike Aslaksen, Chief of the Remote Sensing Division of NOAA's National Geodetic Survey. "The data will also be available to the public via NOAA-hosted web access portals, once it is processed."
"Quantum Spatial's advancements in data collection and proprietary algorithms and software continue to expand what is possible in the field of geospatial data analytics," said Dickerson Wright, PE, Chairman and CEO of NV5. "Developments in fields such as topobathy LiDAR build upon Quantum Spatial's reputation as the nation's leading geospatial data firm and positions us well for these key contracts."
"Quantum Spatial will be deploying the most advanced topobathymetric LiDAR sensors available for this program. We are honored to be leading a project which will provide critical information to enhance public safety, coastal intelligence, and resiliency in areas affected by these hurricanes," said Russ Faux, Senior Vice President at Quantum Spatial.