C.T. Male Associates Honored With Gold Award From ACECNY For Surveying & Mapping Technology
This week marked National Surveyors Week, which is intended to increase awareness of the surveying profession and reaches out to educate the public on the benefits of surveying and the contribution surveyors make to the economic growth of our nation. The Executive Director of the National Society of Professional Surveyors Curt Sumner, summed up the importance of surveyors in his request to The White House to declare March 20-26 National Surveyors Week: “Since the colonial days of this nation, surveyors have been leaders in the community, statesmen, influential citizens and shapers of cultural standards. Former surveyors include Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln.”
C.T. Male Associates celebrated National Surveyors Week this year by being honored with a Gold award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York in the category of “Surveying and Mapping Technology.”
The award winning project was for a high definition 3D laser scan that was performed on the steps, benches and railings of the Grand Staircase at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY. Over the past 40 years, the open air staircase has developed cracks in the joints that allow particles to settle in the treads and benches, causing leaks and water damage. The rehabilitation project includes the complete removal of all 2,262 granite stair treads and benches, replacement of waterproofing, installation of new light fixtures and hand railings, and then replacement of all granite and marble components.
A Project Execution Plan was prepared to address the positioning of the laser scanner to maximize data collection and to ensure the locations of each of the joints, treads, lighting and hand rails were accurately mapped. Laser Scan technology was then used to determine the exact horizontal and vertical location of all stair treads and benches. The data also included four elevations of each granite stone to measure the amount of tip and tilt and also the distance from the outer marble wall to the far side of each stone. The data will ensure that each granite step and bench is reinstalled in the exact location it originated from.
The entire staircase was scanned in two (2) days. The point cloud contained nearly 285 million data points that were collected over the entire structure. The use of this technology provided a level of detail that could not otherwise have been obtained.
For more information about our surveying capabilities or to view our other projects, please visit our Surveying Project Portfolio.