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State of Ohio Awards Statewide Imagery Program to Woolpert

April 21, 2011
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Woolpert announced it has been awarded a four-year, $1.6 million contract through the Ohio Statewide Imagery Program (OSIP) to provide 1-foot resolution orthophotography for the entire state of Ohio.

“The Ohio Department of Administrative Services, Office of Information Technology is very pleased with the continuation of OSIP and the opportunities it provides. Initiatives like OSIP illustrate the benefits and cost savings that can be realized when taking a shared services approach to designing programs to meet the needs of all levels of government. OSIP continues the Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Program’s (OGRIP) long history of ‘build it once, use it a bunch’ mentality and ‘no trading of tax dollars’ principles,” said Stu Davis, State Chief Information Officer, Ohio Department of Administrative Services, Office of Information Technology.

OSIP is a partnership between state, local and federal government agencies to develop high-resolution imagery for the State of Ohio to benefit GIS users at all levels of government. Accurate imagery and elevation data serve as the backbone for the development of additional data sets that are currently maintained and accessed by government decision makers and the public.

“Our first statewide mapping contract with OSIP five years ago was very successful, and we are excited to be working with them again to update their imagery,” said Jeff Lovin, Woolpert senior vice president and director of geospatial services. “Woolpert uses the latest in digital sensor technology to deliver high-accuracy imagery, which is integral to accurately determining land use and in turn benefits economic sustainability and growth.”

The imagery and elevation data is used by numerous state agencies, and will be shared with county governments for use in applications such as property assessment and management, economic development and flood control analysis.

OSIP provides state and local government agencies with the opportunity to obtain additional data at significant savings through a Cooperative Purchase Agreement (CPA) with the state. So far, nine counties and two cities have contracted with Woolpert for additional data including 6-inch and 3-inch imagery, light detection and ranging (LiDAR) and remote sensing services.

Woolpert will also work with OSIP to maintain a data portal for use in streamlining data review and project communication.

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