HOUMA, Louisiana -- T. Baker Smith has entered into a research agreement with the Louisiana State University (LSU) Center for GeoInformatics for use of the GULFnet system. The GULFnet system is a global positioning system (GPS) that provides real-time, accurate data for surveyors to use. The system extends from east Texas across Alabama and includes north Louisiana and all of coastal Louisiana.
With hurricanes and erosion causing coastal land loss at rates in Louisiana over 25-27 sq mi (65-70 sq km) per year, reliable accurate surveying data of the coast is vital to the Gulf region. By using this technology, T. Baker Smith provides a speedy more precise way to measure a consistent elevation along the coast, the company says.
The GULFnet system was recently used to measure elevation on the South Lafourche Levee system.