Surveying the Dena'ina Center

Indoor Geodetic Surveys

In March, BELL was contracted out by LocationSmart, a firm in Southern California specializing in location technologies spanning indoor and outdoor use for any device. They have tested the accuracy of cell phone 9-1-1 calls all over California, and this year they made their way up North. Our Anchorage crew conducted indoor geodetic surveys of 15 different buildings in and around the Anchorage Bowl. This project consisted of determining the precise coordinates and elevation of selected test locations within buildings identified by LocationSmart. LocationSmart set up bases of eight different cell phones and called 9-1-1 simultaneously while we tested points. The cell phones reached a controlled, automated number specifically designed to conduct these experiments. The crew successfully collected and verified points from the following buildings:

  1. Loussac Library
  2. Eagle River Rent-A-Can
  3. Chugiak Wonderland Emporium
  4. Hotel Captain Cook
  5. BELL & Associates Office Building
  6. Fairview Recreation Center
  7. Anchorage Senior Center
  8. Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center
  9. Three Bears Alaska
  10. Anchorage Museum
  11. Native Village of Eklutna
  12. Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
  13. Anchorage City Hall
  14. Alaska Airlines Center
  15. Towne Place Suites by Marriot