August 19, 2021

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Article in Alaska Business Magazine Showcases Geosyntec's Work in the State

Geosyntec's work with Ahtna and Artic Data Services was chronicled in in the August 2021 issue of Alaska Business Magazine. The story, "Long Forgotten—Far from Gone," written by Isaac Stone Simonelli, chronicles the work the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and its team did to clean up defense sites in the Aleutian Islands.

In particular, it addresses the work of Geosyntec and our partners in the remediation of the remaining challenging and isolated island sites. In the article, Ben Martich, of Geosyntec's Alaska office, explains how Geosyntec and Ahtna developed an app to overlay images and data on field devices to better understand these complicated sites and more easily log collected data.

The app mentioned in the article is Tabliuga; it runs on tablets and can be taken by scientists into remote areas that lack both cellular service and easily discernable landmarks. The scientists on the ground see not only the land as it is, but they can also overlay nearly a century of aerial maps, along with mapped data collected as recently as the previous day. As Dan Pankani, Senior Engineer and app developer for the project says, "it peels back the layers."

To accomplish this, the app includes GPS coordinates, historical aerial photos, maps, and as-builts; a Global Navigation Satellite System connected via Bluetooth to the mobile app to compare field locations with preloaded data; digital forms tied to a GPS location to record data; the current database synced after each day; and a web portal that provides site maps and data tables to managers in their offices who are a thousand miles away.

The Geosyntec project team included Ben Martich, Sam Fox, and Olga Stewart from Geosyntec's Alaska office. (Sam and Olga were co-principal investigators.) They were the architects of the app, ensuring that it captured all data and displayed information intelligently and intuitively. Dan Pankani from Portland wrote the software and managed the technical aspects. Once all of this information was gathered, Andrew Higgins and Naveed Anis processed the data and presented it to our clients.

This app is also noteworthy for Geosyntec because it was the springboard for an even larger, more complex, and more capable app called SitkiNet. SitkiNet was developed for field work on the Island of Great Sitkin and is still in use by scientists in the field.

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Learn more about the article:
For consultation regarding remediation of complex and remote sites, contact Ben Martich at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
For more information regarding the app, contact Olga Stewart (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Dan Pankani (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).