USACE Mobile District Signs WMR-532 to $46M Coastal Mapping Contract

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Mobile District, has contracted with WMR-532, the joint venture of Woolpert and Optimal Geo, to provide bathymetric and topographic lidar and imagery in support of the Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise (JALBTCX).

The five-year, $46 million contract addresses the operation, maintenance and technical support of individual JALBTCX task orders in the 48 contiguous United States (CONUS) and outside the mainland U.S. (OCONUS).

Under this contract, the WMR-532 team will collect and process bathymetric and topographic lidar globally utilizing the government’s Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar (CZMIL) systems. These systems collect valuable high-resolution imagery and 3D data of the beach and shallow water seafloor, including coastal topography, benthic classification and water column characterization.

The data collected from these aerial survey operations support both the National Coastal Mapping Program (NCMP) and the Naval Oceanographic Office’s (NAVOCEANO) Airborne Coastal Surveys (ACS).

“The 2010 U.S. Census reported that close to 40 percent of the U.S. population lived in counties on the shoreline, and that number was expected to grow by about 8 percent by 2020,” said John Gerhard, Woolpert program director and vice president. “There is an inherent instability to coastal regions. It’s crucial to acquire the highly accurate data that will be used to address issues in the coastal zone.”

Jeff Lovin, Woolpert senior vice president and the firm’s director of Government Solutions, cited the significance of the mission.

“The near-shore environment that our WMR-532 team will be surveying under this contract is the least-mapped area on our planet due to the wave action and shallow water depth, which prevent ships from being able to map…

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