It’s been an incredible year of growth and progress for DJ&A. As we celebrate 45 years of serving clients in Missoula and across the country. In 2018, our work brought us all across the United States, from remote islands of southeast Alaska to of hills of Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana. We secured contracts that will allow us to expand the services we provide and break into new territories: National Park Service, Pacific West Region – A/E Full Service Design IDIQ National Park Service, Alaska Region – A/E Full Service Design IDIQ USFS, Region 5 – Bridge Design & Load Ratings IDIQ USFS, Region 8 – Bridge Load Ratings IDIQ USFS, Region 6 – A/E Full Service Design IDIQ for the Colville National Forest Region 6/10 – A/E Full Service Design IDIQ USACE Walla Walla District – Survey & Mapping IDIQ We hired eight additional full-time employees to strengthen our engineering, GIS, and surveying teams. We helped one of our clients (Bureau of Reclamation) win an ACEC-Montana Engineering Excellence Award for an emergency survey and mapping project completed at the height of the 2018 floods. We gave back to our community through volunteering, community engagement, and fundraising. And, we proudly launched a new logo and website to better reflect of our innovative spirit and our progressive vision for the future of our company. We want to extend a thank you to our clients and trusted partners who have made this a great year for DJ&A and our employees. We look forward to serving you in 2019!
Every December, our employees from Missoula and Vancouver come together to celebrate what we’ve accomplished over the last year at our annual Christmas party. One of our employee’s favorite traditions at the party is our charity raffle. DJ&A purchases some great prizes, our employees purchase tickets, and all of the money is donated to a nonprofit or deserving cause nominated by our employees. This year, right around the time we were selecting our raffle beneficiary, an article appeared in the Missoulian that inspired us to kick our fundraising up a notch. After learning that our local Salvation Army was $11,000 short of their fundraising goal to operate a much-needed Warming Center in Missoula, we decided to not only pledge our charity raffle funds to support the need, but also put out a challenge to other businesses and Missoula residents to join us. We pledged an initial donation of $5,000 from our raffle funds and set up a GoFundMe page to encourage others to help us meet the goal. The Missoulian generously helped us get the word out, and we watched as donations started to trickle in. On the night of our party, our employees blew through all previous charity raffle records and raised $6,770 for the shelter, beating our previous fundraising efforts by more than $1,000. And, our community stepped up to the challenge to donate additional funds, bringing the grand total to $12,614 in less than two weeks. We want to thank all who stepped up and generously donated to support this critical need for our neighbors in Missoula. You can read more about the warming center and DJ&A’s challenge here.
Today, I am thrilled to announce the launch of our new logo, website, and color palette. As we celebrate 45 years of serving clients across Montana and beyond, we thought it was the perfect time to reflect on all we have accomplished together and the vision we have for the future of DJ&A. Our logo change is not just a change in graphic design, but rather represents the continued advancement of the DJ&A brand, which has been a symbol of quality, innovation, and strong relationships since 1973. Our new logo is a better reflection of our innovative spirit and our progressive vision for the future of our company. However, we have not forgotten our history and milestones of the past, and that is why we have chosen to build upon our traditional blue and orange color palette. In addition to our new logo, we have also revamped our website to better serve our clients and to celebrate the work we’re accomplished together. In just the past five years, our clients have taken us to more than 29 states across the county. We are proud to have a new website that reflects the innovative projects and people who have shaped our company into who we are today. Starting today, you will see our new look everywhere – on our new website, on our engineering plans, and on our company vehicles out in the field. With our new look, we remain committed to providing our clients with the exceptional service and quality they have come to expect from DJ&A for the past 45 years.
We are pleased to announce that the Willow Creek Reservoir Emergency Survey and Mapping project was recently awarded top honors from the 2019 ACEC Montana Engineering Excellence Awards in the category of Survey and Mapping Technology. In June of 2018, record rainfall and flooding throughout the Sun River Basin in central Montana pushed water levels at the Willow Creek Reservoir to concerning levels. With concerns that the excess water could erode the earthen emergency spillway, the Bureau of Reclamation needed to safely collect a large amount of aerial data regarding current conditions at the spillway site in a short period of time. DJ&A has long supported the Reclamation’s survey and mapping needs, completing more than 260 projects for Reclamation since 1995. Due to this long-standing working relationship, Reclamation called upon DJ&A to see if we could complete this emergency project within 24 hours. After receiving the call on Thursday afternoon, we mobilized a UAV flight crew to the project site the following morning. Our Vapor 55 UAV, equipped with a RIEGL VUX-1LR LiDAR scanner, flew roughly 400 feet above ground level to gather the necessary LiDAR data while also simultaneously collecting ortho-corrected photography of the spillway. Data collection was completed that evening, and the crew headed back to the office the next morning to immediately begin data processing. Ortho-corrected photography files were delivered to the Bureau of Reclamation on Saturday, with a 1-ft contour site map and digital terrain model from the LiDAR data delivered later the following week. We were honored to complete this complex project on behalf of one of our long-term clients. Through the use of our UAV, Reclamation was able to document and analyze rapidly changing conditions at the reservoir without putting human life in danger, and ensured they had the information they needed to quickly respond in case conditions further deteriorated. Read more about this project here.