TECHNICAL TOURS

A number of attractive and informative Technical Tours have been organised to complement the congress experience. These tours will visit sites and organisations of particular interest to delegates.

You can register for the Technical Tours via the registration form for the Working Week. In case you have problems with your registration, please contact: FIGRegistration@conferencemanagers.com

Please be aware that your registration for a technical tour is final only after you paid and your payment is confirmed. 

 

NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION (NOAA)
Aircraft Operation Center
Lakeland, Florida

Tuesday, May 30 - 1:00 PM
Wednesday, May 31 - 1:00 PM

Cost: 45 USD

A tour of a unique operation using surveying technology to monitor and protect.

The NOAA Aircraft Operations Center is the main base for the aircraft of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States government. It is the home of the NOAA Hurricane Hunters. The base plays a large role every hurricane season, supporting NOAA flights in and around tropical cyclones for research and forecasting as well as a wide range of specialized airborne environmental data collection capabilities vital to understanding the Earth, conserving and managing coastal and marine resources, and protecting lives and property. Technology used includes radar, lidar, photogrammetry, remote sensing, and UAVs. The NOAA aircraft have served in regions across the globe including Alaska, Aruba, Australia, Azores, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Guam, Hawaii, Honduras, Iceland, Kiribati, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Newfoundland, Nicaragua, Norway, Nova Scotia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tahiti, Thailand, Trinidad, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom, U.S. Virgin Islands. Since its commissioning in 1977 the P-3 aircraft Miss Piggy has served missions hunting 107 storms including most recently Hurricane Ian having struck Florida and the Caribbean in September 2022.

SOUTHEASTERN SURVEYING AND MAPPING CORPORATION (SSMC)
Orlando, FLorida

Tuesday, May 30 - 1:00 PM
Wednesday, May 31 - 1:00 PM

Cost: 45 USD

The largest surveying firm in the state of Florida offering the full spectrum of surveying applications.

Headquartered in Orlando and celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022, SSMC is an independent, employee-owned firm serving the southeast United States. It is the largest surveying firm in the state of Florida with eight offices across the state and one in Alabama offering services in Land Surveying, Mapping, Construction Support, Subsurface Utility Engineering, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing/LIDAR, and Hydrographic Surveying. SSMC will showcase its broad scope of surveying and mapping capabilities offering a wonderful opportunity to discuss, discover and learn about the many roles surveying plays in today’s modern world.

ORLANDO WETLANDS PARK
Christmas, FLorida

Tuesday, May 30 - 1:00 PM
Wednesday, May 31 - 1:00 PM

Cost: 55 USD

Formally known as the Orlando Easterly Wetlands and historically a wet prairie and part of the St. John’s River floodplain, the Orlando Wetlands Park is a man-made 1650-acre (667.73 hectare) wetland designed to provide advanced treatment for reclaimed water from the City of Orlando and other local cities.

The system was designed with a hydraulic capacity to receive up to 35 million gallons a day (159 million liters) of reclaimed water. The water is pumped through a four-foot diameter (1.22 m) pipeline for approximately seventeen miles (27.35 km) to the wetlands influent distribution structure. The wetlands were designed with seventeen cells (now eighteen) and three distinct wetland communities for removing residual amounts of nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, from the reclaimed water. The ecological communities include deep and mixed marshes along with a hardwood-cypress swamp. The site was planted with 2.3 million wetland plants including 200,000 trees. A borrow-pit lake is contained within one of the cells. Three vegetative communities make up the wetlands: deep marsh, mixed marsh, and hardwood swamp. The open waters mixed marsh and lake attract many year-round and migratory birds. Over 230 bird species have been documented. Raccoon, river otter, white-tailed deer, bobcat and alligator can occasionally be seen along the roads and hiking trails. The Wetlands Park is home to over eighteen species of wildlife that are federally or state listed as threatened, endangered or protected.

You can register for the Technical Tours via the registration form for the Working Week. In case you have problems with your registration, please contact: FIGRegistration@conferencemanagers.com

Please be aware that your registration for a technical tour is final only after you paid and your payment is confirmed.