The namesake of this prestigious Fugro award is long-time Fugro innovator and inventor Herman Zuidberg. This Fugro Engineer, who has been working for the company for 40 years, put his work into a simple perspective: 'Development is making something possible that was previously thought impossible. It is the modification and adaption of technical systems, of human beings. Development is generally not inventing something.'
Reed was chosen as this year's recipient for his design, development and integration of Fugro's airborne laser
system, called FLI-MAP® (Fast Laser Imaging-Mapping and Profiling). The FLI-MAP system is a cost-effective and innovative alternative to traditional surveying and mapping. The helicopter-based system is used for terrain mapping, primarily for the utility, transportation, and rail industries.
Reed earned a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and has been employed by Fugro for 18 years. Reed is the second Lafayette, LA recipient of this award. The first recipient was Dr. Dariusz Lapucha, Senior Geodesist with offshore survey company Fugro Chance Inc., also a Lafayette, LA company, who received it two years ago.