The NIMSAT Institute at UL Lafayette and Frank’s Casing Crew took home top honors when the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of its 2010 Acadiana Innovation Awards at its annual banquet.
In the public sector, the winner was the National Incident Management Systems and Advanced Technologies Institute at UL Lafayette, a “national-scale” research institute based on the experiences of researchers at UL Lafayette following hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. The institute was chosen by the chamber for its focus in research on public-private partnerships and establishing best practice linkages between government and industry stakeholders. The NIMSAT Institute is working on projects that contribute to the overall innovation within the community and the state.
Frank’s Casing Crew and Rental Tools Inc. was chosen as the private sector innovation winner for its 1250 Ton Drill Pipe Spider and Elevator. The tools are the first-ever drill pipe handling tools in the industry to boast a safe working load rating greater than 1,000 tons. The technology is used worldwide and was developed, manufactured and tested in Lafayette by local workers.
Other Innovation Award finalists included: Affinity House Calls for its nurse practitioner-based medical house calls; Apex Innovations for its interactive online education tools in the health care industry, and Schumacher Group for innovative analytics in emergency medicine.