Woolpert awarded district-wide aerial photogrammetry survey project in Florida


One of the USA’s fastest growing architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) consultancies Woolpert has been awarded five-year, US$1.5m contract to conduct survey work by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 6.

FDOT’s District 6, which encompasses Miami-Dade and Monroe counties in South Florida, has hired Woolpert to conduct district-wide aerial photogrammetry and miscellaneous surveying services under the new contract. The district is home to more than 2.5 million people, and FDOT reports that its roads are traveled more than 30.8 million miles (49.6 million kilometers) daily. The company was also named as a photogrammetry subconsultant on a miscellaneous survey and mapping contract for FDOT’s District 4, which is comprised of Broward, Indian River, Martin, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties in the southeast of the state. That district has 3.6 million residents and it sees vehicles traverse more than 52 million miles (83.7 million kilometers) daily. Both contracts are expected to get underway this summer.

Founded in 1911, Woolpert has four of its 25 offices in Florida and has conducted dozens of mapping and survey projects across the state. The company reapplied for the District 6 contract, as its previous contract with FDOT was nearing an end. A specialist in engineering and geospatial work, Woolpert earned the top ranking among its competitors on the project. Combining leading-edge technology and geospatial applications with a dynamic R&D department, Woolpert works extensively with leading mapping technology partners, such as Google and Esri. The company operates a fleet of planes, sensors and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones, which are increasingly used on its asset management and infrastructure survey work, due to decreased cost factors over traditional airborne systems.

“According to the client’s feedback, our geospatial expertise, quality standards, strong project management, experienced staff, local presence, being less than three miles away, and our thorough proposal won us the work,” said Jose Sanfiel, Woolpert’s project manager. “We’re excited to foster and expand our relationship with FDOT with these most recent projects. “Florida is the third most populated state and is second in the country in tourism. Having accurate data such as this is key to the department’s work to ensure safe roads and highways, and we are proud to be able to provide that.”

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