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October 21st, 2019
WMR-532, LLC Signs $49.9M Geospatial Contract with USACE Mobile District

WMR-532 will provide bathymetric and topographic lidar and imagery around the world in support of JALBTCX.

MOBILE, Ala. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Mobile District, has signed the WMR-532, a Woolpert-Optimal GEO joint venture, to a single-award task order contract (SATOC) to provide operations, maintenance and technical support services for the Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise (JALBTCX). The five-year, firm-fixed-price contract has a value of $49.9 million.

WMR-532 will collect and process bathymetric and topographic lidar utilizing the government’s Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar (CZMIL) systems, gathering high-resolution imagery and 3D data of the beach and shallow water seafloor. This includes coastal topography, benthic classification and water column characterization. The USACE will assign performance locations in the contiguous United States (CONUS) and outside the mainland U.S. (OCONUS) and allocate funds per each order.

This contract is a continuation of services provided under a WMR-532 contract signed in 2017, which was completed two years ahead of schedule. Like the previous contract, the data collected from these aerial survey operations will support the National Coastal Mapping Program (NCMP) for the USACE and the Airborne Coastal Survey (ACS) for the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO).

Task orders completed under the previous contract included collecting post-storm lidar and imagery after hurricanes Matthew, Irma, Maria and Michael, as well as collecting lidar and imagery to document and model the effects of extreme weather in Alaska for JALBTCX over the last two summers.

“By accurately mapping the near-shore environment and ocean floor with this proven data, we can address increasingly impactful coastal issues around the world, promoting resiliency, recovery and navigation safety,” said John Gerhard, Woolpert’s director of Maritime Solutions. “This is a great win for WMR-532 because it not only confirms that we are appropriately serving the needs of this excellent, long-term client, but it also allows us to continue to provide industry-leading lidar data to promote this vital work globally.”

Woolpert Geospatial Sector Leader Joseph Seppi said the WMR-532 team is steadfastly committed to supporting the mission of JALBTCX and its government partners.

“We are honored to have been selected to continue to serve,” Seppi said.

Mark Brooks, chief operating officer for Optimal GEO, stated: “The JALBTCX program is an excellent example of multiple government agencies, universities and private sector companies working collectively. WMR-532 is proud to continue to support the NCMP and ACS missions.”

Image courtesy of JALBTCX

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Optimal GEO is a small business geospatial firm that specializes in executing a full range of geospatial services including Photogrammetric Mapping, Orthoimagery, Lidar, GIS, and GEOINT. Our team is well versed and has a long history in providing these services to the defense and intelligence communities. As a passionate and exceedingly capable small business, we stand together with our clients from the development of their goals, through technical project execution and identification of future geospatial strategies. Having an in-depth knowledge of a broad range of geospatial data, products and services affords Optimal GEO the ability to communicate and implement solutions with an understanding of the interoperability and opportunities today’s geospatial marketplace affords. From the collection of Lidar to produce highly accurate topographic and bathymetric data to the design and development of mobile GIS and web apps we are dedicated to advancing your geospatial program. Optimal GEO provides expert guidance in geospatial solutions that put the needs of the end user up front while saving clients time and money through the streamlining of resources. Optimal GEO’s clients include federal and state government entities including the United States Department of Defense. For more information, visit or call 256-882-7788.