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ECWG Dinner: Curt Westergard: Aerial Imaging as a Means of Exploration

February 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Aerial Photo of New York

ECWG members and their guest are cordially invited to the second ECWG dinner meeting of 2018. After dinner presentation by Curt Westergard MN09, at the Cosmos Club on Saturday, 17 February 2018 at 6:00 PM.

About the Presentation

Curt’s presentation will show through sketchbooks and animations, how his landscape visualization projects evolve and get used by aerospace scientists, civil engineers, meteorologists, historians, the military, journalists and developers. Specifically, he will illustrate how his team’s 360-degree high definition 9-eye camera invention can be used to ‘see’ and map radio frequency signals. A local case study will demonstrate difficulties of building a maritime-based infrared platform to track robotic submarines, oil spills, coal ash run off, and near fragile costal ecosystems. He will conclude by showing how the development of his emerging aerial docking platform can extend the range, duration and usefulness of drones to explore and monitor inaccessible areas.

About Our Speaker

Curt Westergard is a Landscape Architect and entrepreneur specializing in time-lapse aerial visualizations. His vocation and avocation both center on research and development of techniques to visualize and mitigate how proposed engineering and architectural projects impact the landscape. His firm’s projects frequently show the visual impacts for some of the tallest or longest structures in the country. These include skyscrapers, cell towers, noise walls, mass transit, power lines and wind turbines.

He first became interested in the field of aerial exploration and photo interpretation when he briefly joined a team of South African sailors who were circumnavigating the planet. As a deckhand he was tasked to climb aloft to help the skipper navigate through shallow coral channels in the Bahamas. He subsequently worked during college as a tree surgeon and climber. From these experiences he saw the importance of a bird’s eye perspective to assist in navigation, depth perception and pattern recognition. For his masters degree in Landscape Architecture he was tasked as a research assistant to aerially photograph and evaluate the shadow density of shade trees for Cornell University’s computer graphics department. He also took graduate level courses at the University of Michigan on improving depth perception for users of emerging computer aided architectural design software. He taught landscape graphics and design for 13 years including guest lectures and a professional development course on camouflaging cell towers in the Architecture Urban Planning program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

He started his firm, Digital Design & Imaging Service (DDIS), prompted by the 9-11 terrorist attack and by the temporary shutdown of national airspace. The firm developed 1a trademark ability to capture a 360-degree viewed from the air; it is internationally recognized for its crowd counting and crowd analysis work. The New York Times featured the firm’s work in its 2017 The-Year-From-Above review.

Westergard’s talk will illustrate the design and visualization process used to preview the landscape impacts of various engineering, urban planning and meteorological projects. This process often employs his custom-built surveillance aerostat balloon platform to aerially explore and gather data from the top of proposed tall structures. Even at these relatively low altitudes of 500 to 1000 ft above the Earth, it is possible to capture views and data never before viewed or recorded.

The Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum has featured DDIS’s Invention Sketchbooks on one of its Stem in 30 series of 30-minute webcasts for NASA TV.


  • Cream of Mushroom Soup, Truffle Flan
  • Slow Roasted Veal Loin, Pumpkin Ravioli, Parsnips,
  • Tarragon Baby Carrots, Natural Jus
  • Warm Almond Apple Tart, Caramel Sauce

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  • Number of seats Reserved
  • Guest names(s)
  • Number of vegetarian meals (if any) desired
  • Organization Affiliation if other than ECWG

Mail with check to :

Arnella Trent
115 Willis Street
Cambridge MD 21613

Cost: $55 per person

No cancellations will be accepted after Tuesday evening, 13 Feb, 2018.


February 17, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Arnella Trent


The Cosmos Club
2121 Massachusetts Ave NW,
Washington DC, 20008 United States
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(202) 387-7783