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Woolpert, Pelydryn and Geomatics Data Solutions Partner to Provide Coastal Mapping Solutions

July 13, 2009
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DAYTON, Ohio - Woolpert announced that the firm has signed a strategic alliance with Pelydryn, a LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) hydrographic survey company founded by former UK National Hydrographer, Dr. Wyn Williams and Geomatics Data Solutions, co-founded by Carol Lockhart.

Through this teaming agreement, Pelydryn and Geomatics will complement Woolpert’s topographic mapping capabilities with technology and expertise in mapping and processing hydrographic data, which can be critical in providing accurate water modeling and improving port security. Pelydryn’s cutting-edge technology, HawkEye II, is a bathymetric and topographic airborne LiDAR system that provides fast and accurate surveying of shallow waters, shorelines and coastal areas.

“Partnering with some of the world’s leading hydrographic experts, including Dr. Williams and Pelydryn’s Managing Director Peter Hobson, as well as bathymetric LiDAR processing expert Carol Lockhart, Woolpert will be able to expand its mapping capabilities to provide complete coastal mapping solutions” said Jeff Lovin, CP, Woolpert vice president and director of photogrammetry and remote sensing.

“Through this partnership, federal clients such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be able to obtain coastal and shallow water mapping data through a single resource.”

Dr. Williams, Former Chief Executive of the UK Hydrographic Office and National Hydrographer, is a Chartered Scientist (PhD in Physics) and Chartered Engineer. As a research scientist he was involved in laser technology and electro-optic systems and brings considerable experience and expertise to Pelydryn. Hobson, Former Royal Navy commander and FIG/IHO Category A accredited surveyor, was instrumental in the inception of one the first companies to use airborne LiDAR along with Dr.Williams. “Forming Pelydryn enabled us to bring together some of the leading minds in airborne laser bathymetry. This strategic partnership brings together unprecedented expertise, with the ability to provide the highest quality data spanning land and coastline, quickly and efficiently - this is very good news for our clients,” added Dr. Williams.

According to Lovin, the combined capabilities of Woolpert, Pelydryn and Geomatics will provide clients with a unique, high-resolution means for mapping the coastal zone in a single pass. Combined with existing digital imagery capabilities, LiDAR data capture will result in detailed information for assessing coastal change and beach movement, together with water color and imagery.

“The strength of this partnership lies in our ability to provide a single source for seamless mapping, with the ability to merge terrestrial and marine data as well as quality-controlled final products prior to delivery,” said Lockhart.


About Pelydryn
Pelydryn is a new generation LiDAR coastal zone hydrographic survey company. Formed to enhance data holdings and improve and develop hydrographic capacity, Pelydryn presents a unique combination of the finest skills and experience of some of the world’s leading experts, including former Hydrographer of the UK Navy, David Lye, and the use of today’s most cutting edge technology in LiDAR survey. Founded by former UK National Hydrographer, Dr. Wyn Williams, Pelydryn offers a unique end-to-end service which provides high density survey data with unmatched speed, accuracy and affordability. Pelydryn also provides hydrographic expertise and solutions to help its clients plan, manage and grow hydrographic capability and capacity. For further information on Pelydryn, visit
www.pelydryn.co.uk

About Geomatics Data Solutions
Geomatics Data Solutions provides creative, efficient, high-quality data processing services to meet multiple client needs. Professionals with more than 25 years combined experience developing spatial work flows and processing marine and terrestrial survey data, Geomatics Data Solutions can deliver your products on-time and under budget.

About Woolpert
Woolpert, ranked by Engineering News-Record as a top national design firm, provides professional engineering, architecture, planning, enterprise information management, water management, surveying, and photogrammetry and remote sensing services to clients in the public and private sectors. Founded in 1911, Woolpert’s innovative design approach and commitment to the creative application of technology have grown the firm into a leader in the consulting industry. With more than 750 professionals in 23 offices located throughout the U.S., Woolpert’s collaborative and multidisciplinary approach is driven by great people, great clients and great projects.

For more Woolpert news releases, go to
www.woolpert.com.

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