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Dr. Jie Gong wins engineering award for post-Sandy research
CAIT researcher recognized by New Jersey Alliance for Action
Rutgers assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering Dr. Jie Gong was honored with a Distinguished Engineering Award from the New Jersey Alliance for Action on May 3, 2013. CAIT funded Gong's award-winning project that gathered data on infrastructure damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.
The cutting-edge work for which he was recognized involved surveying select areas in New Jersey and New York that were particularly hard hit by Superstorm Sandy using mobile LiDAR, a laser 3D mapping technology. LiDAR gathers millions of geospatially accurate, high-resolution data points that can create a virtual reality of the area being mapped down to the smallest detail.
Gong's survey gathered data on storm damage to buildings, roads, and utilities that will help engineers and planners make decisions about rebuilding and prepare for future extreme weather events.
The LiDAR data also can produce survey-quality engineering drawings that can be used for cleanup, recycling, reconstruction, and recovery efforts.
"It's all about turnaround time," explains Gong. "The equipment collected a million data points a second. It only took us about an hour to map 10 to 12 streets. This is a huge advantage, because we can collect data on up to 30 miles of shoreline in a single day, while traditional methods can take weeks or even months to cover that kind of ground.
"If we can prove this method is quicker and better, we can develop a dynamic new way of responding to hurricane disasters and handling the recovery process," Gong says.
Gong partnered with Richard Stockton College and Woolpert, Inc., for the project.
New Jersey Alliance for Action is a nonprofit coalition of labor, professional, academic, and government leaders that advocates for investment in infrastructure and economic growth in New Jersey and the surrounding region. They created the award to recognize engineering work that supports their efforts.
More info on Gong's LiDAR studies:
After the Storm: Rutgers' Role in Sandy Recovery, Transportation Today
Putting New Jersey on Road to Post-Sandy Recovery, School of Engineering News
Sandy's Aftermath: 3-D images map out a recovery plan for Shore,The Star Ledger
Sandy's Aftermath, nj.com slideshow