Aurora, CO USA- Merrick & Company, a world leader in LIDAR, digital ortho imaging, photogrammetry and GIS mapping was awarded a contract by HDR, Inc. (San Diego, CA) to deliver raw and processed LIDAR data, 1-foot contours, 6-inch color digital orthophotography, and three-dimensional wireframes and footprints for 1.7 square miles of the University of California's Riverside (UCR) campus. Awarded in June 2006, final delivery of all data products is scheduled for late fall 2006. HDR will extract additional planimetric features from the orthophotography such as streets, walkways, trees, and lights and import existing CAD data in order to deliver all of the spatial data, the campus' first seamless GIS basemap, to UCR.

Gary Outlaw, GISP, Merrick's Vice President of Business Development, GeoSpatial Solutions explains, "UCR expects their campus enrollment to increase approximately 50-percent over the next 10 years. We are pleased to provide basemap ¾more¾ data that will be used by the university to plan for this growth."

"UCR will use the GIS basemap for planning analysis, architectural applications such as view shed analysis, and engineering," states Tobias Wolf, GIS Section Manager for HDR.

UCR is located in the heart of the Inland Empire of southern California. Experiencing significant growth over the past decade, this region attracts residents from the coast and is host to a vibrant multi-cultural environment.

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About Merrick & Company

Founded in Denver in 1955, Merrick & Company is a world-leading multidisciplinary engineering, architectural, geospatial solutions, and construction management firm. The employee-owned company provides these services to municipal, state, federal, and private-sector clients. With approximately 400 employees, Merrick has offices in Aurora and Colorado Springs, CO; Los Alamos and Albuquerque, NM; and Atlanta, GA.