(From L to R): Dave Raymond, ACEC President; E.C. Honeycutt, FAA Office of Airport Safety & Standards; Thomas Mochty, Woolpert Senior Vice President; John Hennessy, ACEC Chairman

DAYTON, Ohio - Woolpert, a nationally ranked geospatial, design and engineering firm, recently achieved Nationalist Finalist status in the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) 2009 Engineering Excellence Awards competition.

Woolpert was selected as a national finalist for the firm’s involvement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop airport survey/GIS standards. The new CADD and GIS standards for airport data will provide the FAA with the ability to use the existing data to support other project or programs rather than re-collecting or re-creating the data. The program will leverage these geospatial datasets to improve and enhance airport safety and security through improved situational awareness in the airspace and within airside operations, thereby supporting the FAA’s NextGen Air Traffic program.

“Woolpert is very proud to be recognized by such a prestigious professional organization as ACEC,” said Tom Mochty, Woolpert senior vice president. “This recognition exemplifies our commitment to working with the FAA as well as other organizations to provide a high level of excellence and expertise in the geospatial sciences sector.”

The new standards will improve uniformity so that any set of plans or airport data will be stored in a central repository maintained by the FAA, which will allow the FAA to share data across organizations as well as airports for repeat use. Collaborative data collection efforts and the ability to share that information will result in faster delivery of design and construction processes and a reduced duplication of data collection efforts, ultimately saving airports time and money.

ACEC’s council membership is comprised of more than 5,500 council member firms. These firms employ hundreds of thousands of engineers, architects, land surveyors, scientists, and other specialists, responsible for more than $200 billion of private and public works annually.

Woolpert, ranked byEngineering 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 projects and great clients.

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