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Local Firm Wins National Recognition
March 6, 2007

Dewberry of Fairfax, Va., is a finalist in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ 41st annual Engineering Excellence Awards competition for developing the GeoFIRM Enterprise: FEMA Engineering and Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) Mapping Environment.

ACEC is the Washington-D.C.-based engineering industry association representing the business and political interests for owners and principals of approximately 5,500 independent engineering companies throughout the United States.

GeoFIRM is a multi-user geodatabase that automates the production of maps used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other agencies to delineate community flood risks. Integrated toolsets for terrain, survey, hydrology, and hydraulics help engineering teams expedite the process of map updates, enabling planning and emergency management officials to make better decisions about land uses and mitigation efforts in flood-prone areas.

The project is among 180 engineering projects from across the nation and the world that are being recognized by ACEC as preeminent engineering achievements for 2006. Judging for the prestigious Engineering Excellence Awards – known industry-wide as the “Academy Awards” of engineering – took place in February by a distinguished panel of engineers and architects, along with representatives from government, media, and academia. Criteria for awards include uniqueness and originality, technical, social and economic value, complexity, and success of the projects in meeting goals.

Winners of 24 specific engineering categories, including the “Grand Conceptor Award” for the best overall engineering achievement, will be announced at the Engineering Excellence Awards Gala, to be held Tuesday, May 8, 2007, at The Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C.

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