After the StormNov 1, 2008 - Christine L. Grahl, POB Magazine
Staying nimble and technologically advanced allows a surveying and mapping firm to play an important role in hurricane-recovery efforts.
Within hours after Hurricane Ike slammed into southeastern Texas in September, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Galveston District, working in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA and the Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association, had assembled dozens of surveyors in the Houston/Galveston Bay complex (including the Port of Houston, Port of Galveston, Port of Texas City, Green's Bayou, Bayport and Barbers Terminals), the Sabine Neches Waterway, and other major ports to conduct hydrographic and sidescan sonar surveys and assess the damage. Quickly reopening the waterways was crucial to the local and national economy, and the response was unprecedented. Among the organizations enlisted in the effort was TerraSond Ltd., a Palmer, Alaska.-based surveying and mapping firm with offices in Seattle, Wash., and Houston and Corpus Christi, Texas.
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