SUNY Cobleskill’s Comprehensive Site Utility Assessment Wins an Engineering Excellence Diamond Award

by Jessica Travis

The American Council of Engineering Companies of New York presented SUNY Cobleskill with the Engineering Excellence Diamond Award at its 47th Annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. The event, which is regarded as the “Academy Awards” within the consulting engineering industry, recognized and honored SUNY Cobleskill with the highest award given at the State level for the College’s detailed and extensive advanced Geographic Information System Map. Director of Facilities Management, Joseph Batchelder, accepted the award on behalf of the College.

The award-winning map utilizes embedded data to assist in efficiently locating campus utility lines and topographical information, as well as maintaining pivotal information, such as photos and documents, right inside the map itself. C&S Engineers of Syracuse conducted an all-encompassing utility assessment for the 336-acre campus in order to locate, document, and maintain a database of existing campus utilities. After assessing every underground utility asset, each location was diagramed with 3-D technology and then paired with an aerial photogrammetric of the entire campus landscape. A condition assessment report for each utility included immediate, 5-, 10-, and 20-year replacement recommendations. Batchelder, Kirsten Cerro from C&S Engineers, and others who assisted in the development of the Comprehensive Site Utility Assessment are enthusiastic that their map can be implemented by the SUNY Cobleskill Facilities Management department to assist them in future campus planning and development.

Other engineering elite who received a Diamond Award alongside SUNY Cobleskill included individuals involved in projects at One World Trade Center in New York City, and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.