US: A multimillion-dollar deal is signed between Woolpert and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The deal is part of a five-years Geospatial Product and Services Contract 3 (GPSC 3), that is aimed to provide mapping and surveying services to USGS.
The GPSC is a suite of contracts used by federal, state and municipal government entities to partner with USGS for the purpose of fulfilling their geospatial data requirements.
The contract will be administered through the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) in an effort to obtain geospatial data services throughout the United States and its territories. The contract also will be used to support the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) and used by other federal, state and local agencies.
“This provides Woolpert with the opportunity to continue working with USGS on their 3D Elevation Program (3DEP), an eight-year program to provide highly accurate 3D elevation data of the entire U.S.,” said John Gerhard, Woolpert project director.
“This data will be collected via lidar (light detection and ranging) to create the most accurate surface model, and will be used to evaluate flood risk and natural resources, support FEMA, help farmers with precision agriculture, assess and manage infrastructure, and much more.” Jeff Lovin, Woolpert senior vice president and director of government solutions, said the Woolpert staff is very proud to have had the opportunity to work with the USGS for nearly 25 years.
“Over those 25 years, we’ve had the opportunity to collaborate on different layers of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), from the development of nationwide imagery in the 1990s to 3D elevation and hydrography today,” Lovin said. “It’s very gratifying to have the opportunity to play a part in such an important program for our nation.”