Awards and Publications
In a remote river valley in Colombia, GEO1 acquired data revealing settlement patterns of an ancient civilization. The project, a result of close collaboration with The Earth Archive and the Center of Archaeology and Remote Sensing, sought to demonstrate the versatility of lidar in archaeological research. The data GEO1 provided built upon historical surveys of the area and was integral in transforming perceptions of both ancient civilizations and the use of lidar to study them.
"In 2009, a client request for high-resolution video of an electrical transmission circuit drove this group of aerial cinematography experts to consider and eventually adopt lidar for 3D visualization. Having honed their craft within the high-stakes world of entertainment and visual effects, GEO1 applies world-class technique and special forces style deployment capabilities to exotic surveying and mapping projects."
"As my company pivoted from aerial cinema to aerial remote sensing, I looked at our sector from a fresh perspective. What were the differences, and what was similar? We have always been collecting data from a helicopter. Whether that data is pixels from an 8K camera or 2,000,000 laser pulses every second, the end result is a data set that needs to be processed, edited, and interpreted by a larger team. Managing and manipulating that data for the purposes of analytics is similar to the general workflow of editing video clips into a feature length film. Different skill sets may be needed, but the concept is the same."
GEO1 was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism in partnership with USA Today for an extensive video and lidar survey of the US/Mexico border. We delivered almost 2,000 miles of geo-referenced video, lidar data, and high-resolution imaging for the project. The interdisciplinary endeavor used virtual reality, aerial video, 360-degree video, documentary video, photos, podcasts and interactive maps—as well as more than a dozen stories—to examine and document the border between the USA and Mexico.