Augustus Elias was born and raised in Pohnpei State, Federated States of Micronesia. He obtained his A.A. from the College of Micronesia in 2004 and is now an undergraduate working on his B.S. in Computer Science at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. In his free time, he enjoys making friends and hanging out.

Home Island: Big Island
Institution when accepted: University of Hawaii at Hilo

Akamai Project: Mapping Maui’s Major Roads with Global Positioning System Devices

Project Site: Pacific Disaster Center

Mentor: Pam Cowher

Project Abstract:

The goal of this project at the Pacific Disaster Center is to collect the locations of all highway mile markers on the island of Maui using Global Positioning Systems (GPS), creating a database that will be of high importance to the entire emergency management community.  With the help of the County of Maui we were given rough estimates of the mile markers’ positions. The project assigned was to improve the location of the mile markers using GPS units. Along with the collection of waypoints, descriptions and pictures of each specific location were also cataloged.  ArcGIS 9.1 software and mobile GarminIII GPS units were used to gather and process the data into shapefiles. Data accuracy was tested by using two GPS units and measuring the average error between the units. Other information, such as location descriptions and photographs, was written as metadata for the shapefile so it could be interpreted and used by other analysts. This shapefile will be uploaded to a dynamic map on the Pacific Disaster Center’s website. Overall results and methods used to gather this information for the database will be presented.