All posts by Brandi McAfee

National Gypsum

National Gypsum is one of the largest gypsum wallboard producers in the world. Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, the company is the second largest producer in the United States of gypsum wallboard operating 17 wallboard plants in 16 states.

National Gypsum operates 30 quarry sites that produce  the gypsum that is necessary to manufacture gypsum wallboard.

Tuck Mapping Solutions, Inc. has been providing National Gypsum volumetrics for all of their 30 quarry sites for the past 10 years.

Vulcan Materials Company

Vulcan Materials Company is the nation’s largest producer of construction aggregates—primarily crushed stone, sand and gravel—and a major producer of aggregates-based construction materials, including asphalt and ready-mixed concrete.

Vulcan has 375 active aggregates facilities and over 120 facilities that produce asphalt and/or concrete, which also consume aggregates. All of these are located in the U.S. except for their large quarry and marine terminal on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.

Tuck Mapping Solutions, Inc. has been providing volumetric surveys and calculations; pit volumetrics, digital orthoimagery and topographical mapping for over 100 of Vulcan Materials Company’s Central, Mideast and Southeast division quarries and sales yards for the past 10 years.


Balko Wind Farm

Balko is a 300 MW (approximate) wind farm located in Beaver County, Oklahoma. The project consists of 162 GE turbines. All of the green electricity generated at Balko is sold under long-term power purchase agreements with Public Service Company of Oklahoma and Western Farmers Electric Cooperative.  Balko serves 111,000 homes.

Tuck Mapping Solutions provided aerial imagery, 1″ = 50′ planimetric mapping, aerial LiDAR data, two foot contour interval topographic mapping, and 0.25 foot GSD color digital orthoimagery for the design phase of this 25,300 acre site.

Ivanpah Solar Energy Facility

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is a concentrated solar thermal plant in the Mojave Desert. It is located at the base of Clark Mountain in California, across the state line from Primm, Nevada. The plant has a gross capacity of 392 megawatts (MW).  It deploys 173,500 heliostats, each with two mirrors focusing solar energy on boilers located on three centralized solar power towers.

The facility, costing $2.2 billion was developed by BrightSource Energy and Bechtel.  The Ivanpah solar thermal power system uses BrightSource’s proven solar tower technology to produce clean, reliable solar electricity to more than 140,000 homes. Located in Ivanpah Dry Lake, California, the three-unit power system is built on approximately 3,500 acres.

Tuck Mapping Solutions provided aerial LiDAR data to support the design phase of this vast solar energy facility.

Hoopeston Wind Farm

The Hoopeston Wind Farm located in Hoopeston, IL is an 8,500 acre wind farm site that produces 98,000 kW of electrical power for 30,000 homes in Vermillion County, IL.

Tuck Mapping Solutions provided aerial imagery, aerial LiDAR data, 1″ = 50′ planimetric mapping, and one foot contour interval topographic mapping for Timmons Group to support the design of this wind farm site.

Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center

The Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center (VCHEC) is a $1.8 billion hybrid energy facility located in Wise County, Va. about 40 miles north of Bristol, Tenn. This facility burns a combination of coal and coal waste, plus up to 20% biomass (by energy input) each year, equivalent to about 1.08 million tons of wood (as-fired). The facility operating permits require burning a minimum of 10% biomass, provided adequate wood resources are available. Thus, a percentage of VCHEC’s electricity production is considered renewable under the Virginia RPS.

Tuck Mapping Solutions provided all of the aerial imagery and topographic mapping that was utilized for the site design.  TMSI continues to provide quarterly digital orthoimagery updates for the plant.