- Northrup Grumman used the CHARTS system in Haiti in support of the relief effort.
- The bathymetric LiDAR was used in the Port au Prince harbor to identify underwater obstructions.
- This was an impressive demonstration of the real time capabilities of the CHARTS system.
The Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) recently dispatched Northrup Grumman to acquire imagery and collect data of ports and harbors in the Republic of Haiti, providing critical information to first responders after the January 12, 2010 earthquake.
The Compact Hydrographic Airborne Rapid Total Survey (CHARTS) system, which I discussed a few months back was deployed to the disaster area over a five-day period. During this time, Northrop Grumman personnel collected bathymetric Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data and imagery over harbors and approaches in the Port au Prince area. These images provided responders with information about underwater obstructions that might affect safe passage of boats in the area.
This was quite a test for the entire system and team, but it was up to the task. Less than 24 hours after the information was collected, a full suite of geospatial products was created including soundings, contours, digital elevation models, large scale charts and orthorectified image mosaics. This information was immediately provided to GoogleEarth(TM) for use by first responders.
“This effort definitively showed the real-time practical applications of Northrop Grumman’s LiDAR capabilities,” said John Olesak, vice president of integrated intelligence for Northrop Grumman’s Information Systems sector.