Innovate and Chesapeake Bay Program: Healthy Watersheds Assessment Application

The Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) is a unique regional partnership that brings together federal and state agencies, local governments, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions to restore the Chesapeake Bay. As part of their efforts, the CBP recognizes the importance of conserving and sustaining healthy watersheds.

The CBP recently contracted with Innovate to create the Chesapeake Healthy Watersheds Assessment (CHWA) application, a visualization tool for their watershed GIS data. The goal of the CHWA is to promote the improvement of Chesapeake Watershed health through the visualization of its watershed health metrics. The application takes complex data—60+ attributes for over 80,000 unique catchments—and allows users, specifically non-GIS professionals, to interact with and visualize the data. Users of CHWA will be able to access useful information to support watershed conservation strategies and identify signals of change in healthy waters and watersheds.

Innovate created CHWA using Esri’s WebApp Builder Developer Edition. The mapping application contains over 130 layers and 9 widgets/tools, which enable users to use specific layers, filter data, turn on satellite imagery as a basemap, and create bookmarks for easy navigation, all on demand. One of the key features of the application is a custom reporting tool, designed by CBP staff and built by Innovate’s Max Marno via a custom Web AppBuilder widget. This tool allows users to explore metrics and indices related to watershed health and generate a custom report for the selected catchment. The app will be used by CPB and other organizations to study and monitor the watershed catchments of the Chesapeake.

Innovate! Proud to Launch Drone and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) Services

Innovate announces the launch of our drone and small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) services as a powerful, cost-effective method of aerial data collection. We have FAA Part 107 certified pilots on staff with the skills and know-how to produce a range of products. A drone can generate high-resolution orthoimagery, elevation products, point cloud, 3D models, and other high-resolution static imagery. These products can be used for a variety of purposes, such as inspections, architectural planning, asset inventory and management, and marketing materials. Using drones and sUAS can also drastically reduce costs when compared to conventional surveying inspection or mapping workflows.

Innovate leverages our experience as a geospatial company to provide expertise in post-processing and analysis while maintaining a customer-focused perspective. We have certified staff members with a combined 14 years of piloting experience who can take customers through the process and spectrum of products and help evaluate the best fit for the customer’s needs. Additionally, as an Esri Silver Business Partner, we are experts at Esri technology throughout the drone workflow, from Esri Sight Scan to Drone2Map to ArcGIS Pro.

How does it work? First, Innovate performs a project evaluation to understand what the customer wants and determines whether drone services are the best fit. The next stage is flight planning and area of interest selection. Detailed flight planning allows us to estimate flight time and end-product characteristics, such as overlap, resolution, coverage, and ideal ground control point (GCP) placement to improve the accuracy of end products. We then place survey-grade GCPs. After GCP placement, we fly our drones and collect the data. Finally, we process the data and meet back with the client to explain the final products.

For our pilot flight, Innovate’s Max Marno worked with the Community Development Department of the City of Driggs, Idaho to utilize drone services for planning and marketing purposes. The City is developing a new aquatic center to be constructed summer 2021. Using drones at the future site of construction, Max was able to use sUAS to produce several key deliverables for the City. These deliverables included a 3D model for marketing purposes, a digital elevation model (DEM) for architectural planning, and other integral decision-making data on site selection.

Wondering how to leverage drone services for your project? For more information, please contact us at bd@innovateteam.com or (703) 922-9090.

Innovate Awarded NOAA NMITS Contract 

Innovate is excited to announce the award of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NOAA Mission Information Technology Services (NMITS) $2.1B Small Business BPA as part of Reston Consulting Group’s (RCG) team. NMITS is a NOAA- wide contract for enterprise IT services that advances NOAA’s mission by achieving excellence in IT service delivery. 

The team RCG assembled is full of award winning and customer service-focused members that are expert in meeting essential service requirements both now and for the future. Innovate will provide focused geospatial and Salesforce related support for NOAA’s digital transformation journey.  Calling our on success with the NOAA Greater Atlantic Regional Fishing Office IT Support program, we look forward to reengaging NOAA.   

The NMITS team’s collective expertise and certifications are unparalleled and include CMMI-SVC, CMMI-DEV, ISO 27001, ISO 20000, ISO 9001, Highly Adaptive Cybersecurity Services (HACS) SIN, Managed Hybrid Cloud secure hosting platform; and ISO 27017 certifications for Cloud Security Management. A core strength is our experience supporting agency CIO and OCIO’s on over eight Cybersecurity programs and digital transformation solutions. 

Our excellent history with NOAA demonstrates that our team provides the full range of advanced solutions that the staff and line offices require including enterprise services; customer support services; mission and business applications, tools, and web services; enterprise computing; end-to-end Cloud; shared services; space based and field data management; network services; and cybersecurity and information assurance services. Our team’s experience in scientific and technical agencies demonstrates a deep understanding of the unique demands of NOAA’s mission to protect life and property.  

 

Innovate! Inc. Appraised at CMMI Maturity Level 3 for Services

ALEXANDRIA, VA – INNOVATE! INC. (www.innovateteam.com), a premier Cloud and GIS Platform Integration Services Company, is pleased to announce it has been appraised at CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)® Level 3 for Services. An appraisal team led by Multi-Dimensional Maturity (MDM) performed a CMMI Institute Standard CMMI Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPI) for Innovate.  Demonstrating appraisal readiness at the highest level in the company’s history, this successful CMMI® Maturity Level 3 appraisal is reflective of Innovate!’s commitment to continuous process improvement and mature process implementation.

An appraisal at maturity level 3 indicates Innovate! is performing at a “defined” level. Our organization’s processes are well characterized and understood, and are described in standards, procedures, tools, and methods. Our set of standard processes, which is the basis for maturity level 3, is established and improved over time.

Innovate Management’s demonstrated commitment to business and technical excellence and CMMI Maturity Level 3 helped to ensure this success. Auditor Dr. Richard Waina commented, “All levels of the organization are involved in and focused on continuous improvement. Every individual’s commitment to process discipline and improvement was quite evident.”

“The CMMI® Services Level 3 rating is a distinction that clearly demonstrates to our customers that we are fully committed to process improvements that assure the delivery of superior product, system and service solutions. This maturity level is an important competitive differentiator on many government programs and is consistent with Innovate!’s culture of continuous improvement and commitment to delivery excellence,” Phill Thomas, Innovate’s CEO commented.

This widely recognized model, in use for ten years, has been the basis of over 21,000 appraisals in 100+ countries on all seven continents. Companies and organizations using this model have achieved performance excellence as measured by increased productivity, improved quality, better control of projects, reduced cycle time and decreased costs through using the CMMI to guide process improvement. Organizations typically report productivity improvements of 10-50% and a return on investment of 4:1 (cost savings realized vs. process improvement dollars invested).

The SCAMPI was conducted August 31-September 4, 2020 in accordance with the model described in the CMMI Institute’s publication Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI-SVC) for Services, version 1.3. The appraisal was based on the previously agreed to criterion of thoroughly examining 100% of the specific and generic goals and practices for Maturity Level 2 and 3 Process Areas. The SCAMPI team consisted of four trained team members in accordance with the CMMI Institute requirements for conducting a Class A SCAMPI. The members of the team were Dr. Richard Waina (MDM Certified Lead Appraiser), Tom Perkowitz and Bobby Jo Britt of Innovate and Judy Rexin and Nino Guidry of Integration Technologies Group.

“Innovate’s earning CMMI 3 in such a short period of time is due to all the processes and systems that our team had already been using.  It is a validation of the quality of work that is being done daily to deliver Innovate services to our valued clients,” noted Tom Perkowitz, Innovate Quality Manager.

About Innovate! Inc: More Than a Consulting Company

Innovate! delivers elite Geospatial, Information Technology, Cloud Advisory, Management and Business Consulting services. The talent pool at Innovate, led by renowned industry leaders, consists of a multi-disciplinary team of analysts; information management and technology specialists (IM/IT); geospatial professionals; scientific and technical experts; regulatory specialists; and project and program management consultants. Innovate, established in 2002, is a woman and minority owned “green” small business providing results-driven solutions to solve mission-critical problems. Innovate! has an award-winning history of delivering state-of-the-art services and solutions to Federal, State, Tribal and local government clients and private industry. www.InnovateTeam.com

Media Contact or for more information: Stacy Roux Business Development Manager, sroux@innovateteam.com 703.922.9090 x749; Innovate! Inc., 6189 Cobbs Road, Alexandria, VA 22310

About CMMI:

CMMI Institute www.cmminstitute.com is the global leader in the advancement of best practices in people process, and technology. CMMI Institute promises to inspire cultures of continuous improvement that elevate performance and create a sustainable competitive advantage.

Innovate!’s Sanitary Beach Survey Application Proudly Featured on NITAAC’s CIO-SP3 Solution Showcase

 

The NITAAC CIO-SP3 Solutions Showcase offers insight into the innovative quality Information Technology (IT) solutions that CIO-SP3 contract holders deliver. The Solutions Showcase serves as a newsfeed that highlights new approaches to today’s more complex IT challenges. Innovate is proud to be featured in this edition’s Solutions Showcase for our Sanitary Beach Survey Application.

To learn more, check out the the NITAAC CIO-SP3 Solutions Showcase Blog!

Innovate acknowledged by Esri as a partner in the ArcGIS Indoors Specialty

 August 19, 2020, Innovate! Inc. was certified by Esri as a partner in the ArcGIS Indoors Specialty. The ArcGIS Indoors Specialty designation is the newest provided by Esri following Innovate’s attainment of ArcGIS Release Ready, ArcGIS Online, Local Government, and Small Business that Innovate currently hold. Partners in the ArcGIS Indoors Specialty are recognized for their knowledge and expertise in indoor mapping for use in creating connected workspaces. Innovate is an Esri Silver partner and was awarded the 2020 Collaboration Partner of the Year award for work in support of the Department of Interior (DOI). 

On ArcGIS Indoors mapping is a unique platform of opportunity designed specifically for interior use. The implementation of ArcGIS mapping in the workspace allows for smart building management, whether it be one or multiple buildings. Within ArcGIS Indoors, users can view a building in multiple dimensions including levels and attributes within the structure. ArcGIS Indoors allows organizations to strategically organize and allocate their space to increase productivity and collaboration among coworkers. It is important for organizations to have a full understanding as to where assets reside (e.g. shipments’ status, up to date inspection records, etc.) which can easily be tracked using ArcGIS Indoors. 

ArcGIS Indoors also ensures an organization’s safety is top priority; it can help managers comply with social distancing and building capacity guidelines during COVID.  Indoors is structured to serve all kinds of employees in the workplace to ultimately analytically navigate through their day to day space. 

Innovate leverages Indoors to produce floor-aware maps using CAD, BIM, and site scans as well as other datasets. This capability enables Innovate to provide improved spatial management, as well as safe and productive workspace. Indoor mapping is taking Innovate’s services to the next level (literally). We cannot wait to share our new service expertise in ArcGIS Indoors with our clientele!

 

 

Innovate’s GroupLayerlist Widget for Esri WebApp Builder – Quick and Easy Access to Customized Groupings of Layers

Innovate’s Grouped Layerlist widget addresses a common issue faced within the geospatial community and by Esri WebApp Builder users; it enables customized groupings of layers. Users can quickly and easily view the specific information that they need to visualize. The Grouped Layerlist widget is a widget for utilization within Esri’s Web Application Builder. This widget provides a layerlist that can be organized by custom themes/groups (e.g. Transportation, Gas, Railroads, etc.). When the Grouped Layerlist widget is configured in the Web Application Builder, themes/groups can be created and layers within the web map associated with the application can be grouped into those themes. Each layer within a theme has options for changing the layer transparency, enable/disable popups, change layer symbology, view attribute table, and showing item details depending on the layer type.For example, if a user needed to see all the data relevant to railroads, the Developer could easily create a new group titled, “Railroad.” They would then select from the list of available layers in the map what layers are related to Railroads and save. Now, users could select the “Railroad” option in the Grouped Layerlist rather than manually selecting individual layers every time.

Over the past year Innovate has worked with World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) Norway to make this new widget a reality. Thanks to the generosity of the WWF, we have been allowed to make this widget available to the Web AppBuilder community. Below is a link to a short video to demonstrate how the widget works. We have also created a public GitHub repository, so others in the community can use the code at no cost!

The video is accessible here!
The Github repository is accessible here!

For more information on this widget please contact us at: it@innovateteam.com. Have a great summer!

 

Innovate’s Frank Roberts and Michael Blair Present at the Esri Federal GIS Conference 2020

Mr. Michael Blair Presents at the 2020 Esri Federal GIS Conference

More than 5,000 attendees from across the geospatial industry including government thought leaders and GIS practitioners to commercial GIS innovators attended the Esri Federal GIS Conference in Washington, DC. The conference is dedicated to tackling GIS issues facing the federal government, showcasing advances in GIS technology, highlighting the latest tools, leveraging ArcGIS apps, and presenting ground- breaking projects.

Innovate’s Frank Roberts (Senior Geospatial/IT Project Manager) and Michael Blair (Geospatial/IT Project Manager) were selected to present alongside Esri staff at several professional development workshops. Our teammates were selected based on their subject matter expertise in the geospatial industry, bringing over 20 years of relevant experience. For each presentation, Innovate offered one of our federal government projects as an example of Esri technology in action. Frank and Michael presented across the following topics:

  • Sharing 3D Content and Apps: provides a use case of and lessons learned on sharing 3D data within ArcGIS Online
    Innovate Project: EPA – 3D California Central Basin Aquifer Visualization
  • Geocoding and Geoenrichment: the use of geocoding and geoenrichment to identify vulnerable locations to school-age populations via analysis of broadband availability
    Innovate Project: National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) – GIS Professional Services
  • Distributed Collaboration: Sharing Data Across Systems: provides a use case of and lessons learned on sharing data across multiple organizations with ArcGIS Online
    Innovate Project: EPA and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) – Shared Space
  • Exploring Your Data with Smart Mapping: how to extend web mapping through the use of web application builder to develop a customized user focused web mapping application
    Innovate Project: Engineering Consulting Services (ECS) – GIS Support

Mr. Frank Roberts provides expertise during the Q&A portion of the, “Distributed Collaboration: Sharing Data Across Systems,” professional development workshop

Innovate! Volunteers Dive In Again for the Ocean Conservancy’s 33rd International Coastal Cleanup

Coastal Cleanup ResultsOctober 13 was the Ocean Conservancy’s 33rd annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC). Each year, millions of tons of trash—including an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste—enter our oceans through rivers, waterways and beaches, injuring and killing wildlife, polluting coastlines, and even entering the food chain with the potential to harm human health. The annual International Coastal Cleanup goes a long way to dealing with this problem.

Since its launch on a single beach in Texas in 1986, the event now spans the globe, with 100 participating countries and hundreds of thousands of volunteers all committing to a single-day of practical environmental action – a beach cleanup. Over the last three decades, this yearly coastal cleanup has helped to remove a total of 250 million pounds (113 million kilograms) of trash from beach coastlines and waterways.

Last year alone almost 800,000 volunteers helped to collect 9.3 million kilograms (20.5 million pounds) of trash, much of it single-use disposable plastic.

ICC volunteersInnovate’s team was comprised of friends and family. Michele Carneiro, a Proposal Manager with Innovate, participated alongside her mother, husband, and mother-in-law.  “We participated in this event last year and it’s now a family tradition. It was really rewarding to watch my mom’s reaction when she saw all the plastics in the water, it lit a fire. We’re bringing a swimming pool skimmer next year to reach further along the coast!”

“I am frustrated by the lack of action to do better for the environment. This is our home and one of a kind – there is no ‘Plan B’ back-up planet. Events like the International Coastal Cleanup are a much-needed reminder that there are others that care. Every bit helps so thank you!”

Special thanks to the volunteers around the world who participated in the clean-up and to the Ocean Conservancy for organizing the effort!

Ocean Cleanup collageAs a “green” company Innovate! welcomes opportunities to participate in and to help bring awareness about our environment.  We take health and environmental issues to heart.  We sponsor a 501c (3) organization, the Global Cooling Network, globalcoolingnetwork.org, that works to preserve forested land in its natural undeveloped state. We design, develop, and implement systems and processes to monitor environmental risks. We also bring a global, analytical perspective to large-scale threats to human health.

We pride ourselves in being environmentally aware and knowing how we impact the world is indicative of how we live our lives.

 

 

Innovate! Inc. Honored at Esri FedGIS Conference as 2018 Innovation Partner

Innovate! recognized for our achievements in using Esri technology and The Science of Where to deliver on our client’s missions

Alexandria, VA—March 20, 2018—Innovate! Inc. was honored with a Federal Small Business Specialty (FSBS) Award during the Esri FedGIS Conference. Innovate! was named Esri’s 2018 Innovation Partner for our innovative usage of Esri technology in support of our client’s operations.  This award recognizes an Esri partner that excels at adopting Esri emerging technology and introducing a solution leveraging the ArcGIS Platform.  “At Innovate! Inc. we thrive on innovation, and we see “The Science of Where” as an essential component to innovation. We are delighted with our partnership with Esri; using Esri’s emerging technologies truly enables Innovate! to be on the forefront of innovation and solve our client’s most complex business needs,” noted Phill Thomas, Innovate!’s Chief Operating Officer.  We were recognized for our delivery of numerous applications based on Esri technology including a Floor Plan application for EPA Region 9, Data Management Tool (DMT) and many Web AppBuilder (WAB) for ArcGIS widgets such as our Enhanced StreetViewer Widget.

Innovate! stays on the forefront of Esri technology and has actively worked with Drone2Map, ArcGISPro, Survey123, Collector and StoryMaps with our current list of clients.  “At Innovate! we see ourselves as an Esri technical expert, so our job is to help our clients implement Esri’s core software applications, including the new ones!,” comments Frank Roberts, Innovate! Geospatial Director.

The EPA Region 9 Floor Plan application is a web-based tool that provides access to information about Region 9 people, places, and resources. It displays the current list of all Region 9 employees, including contractors, grantees, volunteers (if any), and other EPA and federal agency staff stationed in Region 9. It also provides detailed floor plans for each space at EPA Region 9 Headquarters, other regional offices and place-based individuals. There are many layers that can be turned on that offer details of resources and emergency information for the building. The application was built using ArcGIS API for JavaScript and ArcGIS Server.

The new DMT Innovate! developed leverages the backends of enterprise geodatabases in Microsoft SQL Server, ArcGIS for Server, and the ArcGIS Online API to harvest and relate features in all three Esri products. The system is deployed in each environment and automatically harvests the items in each enterprise geodatabase and relates these features to existing map service layers. Then, the metadata for all ArcGIS Online items is parsed to identify if they contain any of the Rest services. The application provides a searchable, sortable, user-friendly interface that not only relates all of the content, but checks for the existence of and completeness of related documentation, including hosting environment, metadata, unique identifiers, update cycles, and sharing settings. The application now serves as a live, single point of entry for all analysts in EPA Region 9 to find resources, and immediately identify their location, accuracy, and relevance. Users can also log issues, assign analysts to perform updates, and quickly and easily assess the state of the geospatial library at large.

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