INDIANAPOLIS (April 16, 2012)… Woolpert, a national design, geospatial and infrastructure management consulting firm, recently announced it has been awarded two contracts totaling approximately $2 million by the City of Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) to survey pavements and develop a street sign inventory using mobile mapping technology.
The project requires collection of data across 3,200
miles of city streets, one of the single largest mobile light detection and
ranging (LiDAR) collection efforts to date.
Woolpert will use its Optech LYNX M1 Mobile LiDAR system
to collect the data and then use that data to develop a street sign database
for compliance with Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Manual on Uniform
Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) requirements for sign inventories. This manual
provides the U.S. standard for signs, signals and pavement markings.
“The benefit of using a high-accuracy mobile LiDAR system
with survey-grade capabilities on such projects is the rich dataset that it
captures from which assets can be extracted, in this case signage. Data
collected can used for a variety of applications such as line of sight or
viewshed analysis, vegetation encroachment studies, urban modeling and ADA
compliance to name a few, and it will also lay the groundwork for vehicle
automation,” said Eric Andelin, Woolpert project director. “The city will not
only be able to use the data for its sign database, it will also be able to
extract or call on the Woolpert team to extract additional features in the
future without remobilizing the team or placing additional field crews in
harm’s way, which provides the true value in this collection effort.”
Woolpert’s applied research and development (ARAD) group
will use enhanced automation tools to assist in the rapid extraction of signs
and other features using both imagery and LiDAR. This group has also developed
web-based QA/QC tools to disseminate these tasks across the team while
maintaining the integrity and security of the LiDAR and image datasets.
“As one of only a few geospatial firms with a true
research and development arm, Woolpert brings added value to the project by
creating automated processes unavailable through commercial off-the-shelf
software,” said Jeff Lovin, Woolpert senior vice president and director of
Woolpert will team with VS Engineering and DB Engineering
on the sign inventory and Dynatest on the pavement analysis. Upon completion of
the project, data will be integrated with the city’s existing computerized
maintenance management system, Hansen IMS.
Woolpert, ranked by Engineering
News-Record as a top national design firm, provides professional design,
geospatial and infrastructure 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 600 professionals in 22 offices located
throughout the U.S., Woolpert’s collaborative and multidisciplinary approach is
driven by great people, great clients and great projects. For more information
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Indianapolis Awards Multi-Million Dollar Mapping Contract to Woolpert
April 16, 2012