Woolpert to Collect Coastal LiDAR Imagery for NOAA
Digital imagery will be used to address coastal resilience and sea level rise among other things
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management (OCM) has signed Woolpert to a five-year, multimillion-dollar Coastal Geospatial Services Contract 3 (CGSC 3) to acquire geospatial data of U.S. coastal regions and the Great Lakes. It is part of a $49 million total capacity contract shared among five prime contract awards.
“The data to be collected includes digital imagery, topographic and bathymetric LiDAR that will be used as a basis to address coastal inundation, sea level rise, coastal resilience, post-storm assessment and a host of other research,” says John Gerhard, Woolpert project director. “It will provide consistent and accessible geospatial data, while supporting analysis of the data on a national scale.”
The contracting vehicle enables the OCM to provide governmental entities — local, state and federal — the ability to apply the acquired and developed data and tools for coastal resource management applications.
Jeff Lovin, director of Government Solutions for Woolpert, lauds the collaborative contract and the benefits it will provide at multiple levels of government.
“I am pleased to see our longstanding relationship with NOAA OCM continue through this new contract vehicle,” Lovin says. “This contract vehicle is unique in that OCM encourages us to bring state and local partner projects to the contract. When you’re able to foster partnerships between local, state and federal entities, everyone wins.”
The data collection for OCM is scheduled to get underway later this year.
Woolpert is a national architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm that strategically blends engineering with technology and geospatial applications. With a dynamic R&D department, Woolpert works with business partners like Google; operates a fleet of planes, sensors and unmanned aerial systems (UAS); and continually works with advanced water technologies, asset management, building information modeling (BIM) and sustainable design. For more than 100 years and with 24 offices across the U.S., Woolpert serves the needs of federal, state and local governments; private and public companies and universities; energy and transportation departments; and the U.S. armed forces.