A joint venture of Woolpert and Magnolia River Geospatial named WMR-532 has been awarded a $10 million contract to provide coastal mapping and charting support for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Naval Oceanographic Office.
Woolpert said Tuesday the contract requires the joint venture to deliver bathymetric and topographic lidar and imagery data to the Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise through a one-year period.
“The projects normally involve data acquisition of the shallow water littoral zone, encompassing approximately 1,000 meters off shore and 500 meters on shore,” said John Gerhard, Woolpert project director and vice president.
Mark Brooks, Magnolia River Geospatial chief operating officer, said the data will work to address beach erosion and coastal hazards management; help maintain coastal management, mapping and charting specifications and support hurricane surge modeling.
WMR-532’s efforts under the contract will also assist the National Coastal Mapping Program’s regional sediment management, construction operations and regulatory functions in the coastal zone, Woolpert said.
The venture will begin to collect bathymetric and topographic lidar and imagery data later this month, Woolpert noted.