High-Resolution Flood Imagery on Website, App Today to Assist Houston Relief Efforts


High-Resolution Flood Imagery on Website, App Today to Assist Houston Relief Efforts

HOUSTON — 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 within days of the disaster and made it available to the public today.

These maps, accessible at woolpert.com/harvey, enable viewers to navigate and enhance specific locations across Houston, offering what is believed to be the highest-resolution data available within this time frame, to precisely illustrate the impact of the flooding. It has been aggregated with data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Google to provide the most comprehensive product.

This imagery enables local, state and federal officials to identify specific areas most in need of resources and allows anyone with internet access the ability to check on neighborhoods, property damage, road closures, etc.

“There is an urgent need for accurate information regarding the physical aftermath of Harvey, and we are one of the few firms that can create, deliver and aggregate maps of this resolution in the abbreviated time frame necessary,” Woolpert CEO Scott Cattran said, adding that the national architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm has an office in Houston. “We knew this was something we could do to help our neighbors in Texas, so we mobilized quickly.”

Woolpert waited for the high-water mark to be reached in Houston on Friday, collected aerial imagery, flew the imagery back to its headquarters in Ohio, processed that data, and shared the resulting maps immediately to its public website and application, the latter of which has proved to be invaluable in the field.

This 1-foot imagery was paired with comparable imagery collected in 2016, and installed in a before-and-after online slider to easily identify dams, bridges, homes, workplaces, etc., affected by the disaster. Woolpert is conducting more aerial collections as weather allows to augment this imagery. These maps also will be adjusted manually over time to improve accuracy.

“To get the imagery this quickly, flown at less-than-ideal conditions with clouds and cloud reflections, it’s not as precise as it could be—however, timing took precedent for this collection,” said Cattran, adding that he was proud of his employees for giving their time to the cause.

This is the second time that Woolpert has donated this service to assist with disaster relief efforts. In October 2015, the firm flew, processed and posted perishable aerial imagery within hours of massive flooding in South Carolina. Members of the firm then remained on site to assist as needed.

Woolpert also has made its staff available to the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, and other local, state and federal officials to further this effort.

Woolpert’s data is being shared with the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation (NAPSG), which has created a dedicated site to aggregate the “most relevant and best available data” to support response and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The effort was the request of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI). The Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Data (HIFLD) site is at https://respond-harvey-geoplatform.opendata.arcgis.com/.

Published at Thu, 07 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000


TAMKO Makes Donation to Red Cross to Aid Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey


TAMKO Makes Donation to Red Cross to Aid Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

TAMKO Building Products Inc. has proudly donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross to assist with their Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts in Houston and the surrounding area. TAMKO presented the funds at the Joplin, Mo., Red Cross office on Sept. 6.

“Thanks to generous partners like TAMKO, the American Red Cross is there, providing food, shelter and comfort to people affected by Hurricane Harvey,” said Stacy Burks, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Southern Missouri.  “We have deployed over a dozen local [Joplin-area] volunteers.  They join more than 3,000 Red Cross disaster workers who will continue to support families as they begin to recover and rebuild.” 

In the past, TAMKO has donated to the Red Cross to assist with disaster recovery from tornadoes that ravaged areas where TAMKO operates, including a deadly EF-5 tornado in 2011 that struck the town of Joplin, where TAMKO is headquartered. 

TAMKO’s President and CEO David Humphreys said, “The devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey are heartbreaking. TAMKO and its employees have witnessed firsthand what the American Red Cross can do to help in these types of disaster situations. We make this donation in the spirit of kindness that Houston and its neighbors so desperately need now.”
 
For more information about TAMKO, click here.

Published at Thu, 07 Sep 2017 14:47:53 +0000


NRCA Announces Session Dates for Next Executive Management Institute


NRCA Announces Session Dates for Next Executive Management Institute

NRCA has announced it will begin new sessions for its Executive Management Institute (EMI) beginning Nov. 11. According to the association, EMI is a unique educational experience for seasoned roofing executives that provides high-level concepts to real-world roofing industry problems. EMI consists of two in-person sessions, held at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management’s downtown Chicago campus. The first session will be held Nov. 11-14. EMI’s second session will take place April 8-9, 2018.

According to NRCA, executive education allows business leaders to focus on identifying and setting specific goals; encourages self-awareness and leadership development; and provides a platform to facilitate networking and exchange among peers.

EMI sessions will address two topics:
1. EMI leadership through improved communication:
• Develop your leadership persona by examining how others see you, and learn how to make changes to have more impact as a leader in your company.
• Become objective of your message and communication style by learning how others hear you. Learn to tailor your communications to become a more effective business leader.

2. Succession planning, including financial considerations:
• Identify a vision for the future of your company by looking at models for the eventual transfer of it to a family or non-family member.
• Carry out your vision by developing a process for succession, and create a plan for a smooth transition from one owner to the next.

For additional program details and application procedures, click here.

Published at Thu, 07 Sep 2017 16:00:13 +0000


TAMKO Donates $100,000 to Red Cross to Assist with Hurricane Harvey Relief


TAMKO Donates $100,000 to Red Cross to Assist with Hurricane Harvey Relief

JOPLIN, Mo. – TAMKO Building Products, Inc. has donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross to assist with their Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts in Houston and the surrounding area. TAMKO presented the funds at the Joplin, Mo. Red Cross office on Sept. 6.

“Thanks to generous partners like TAMKO, the American Red Cross is there, providing food, shelter and comfort to people affected by Hurricane Harvey,” said Stacy Burks, executive director of the American Red Cross, Southern Missouri.  “We have deployed over a dozen local [Joplin-area] volunteers.  They join more than 3,000 Red Cross disaster workers who will continue to support families as they begin to recover and rebuild.”

In the past, TAMKO has donated to the Red Cross to assist with disaster recovery from tornadoes that ravaged areas where TAMKO operates, including a deadly EF-5 tornado in 2011 that struck the town of Joplin where TAMKO is headquartered.

TAMKO’s President and CEO David Humphreys, said, “The devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey are heartbreaking. TAMKO and its employees have witnessed first-hand what the American Red Cross can do to help in these types of disaster situations. We make this donation in the spirit of kindness that Houston and its neighbors so desperately need now.”

For more information, visit www.tamko.com.

Published at Thu, 07 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000