Geospatial services provider Optimal GEO of Huntsville has been acquired by Dayton, Ohio-based Woolpert.
The two firms have partnered on projects for the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other federal agencies, collaborating to provide topographic and bathymetric lidar data and imagery.
Says Optimal’s CEO Mark Brooks, “Our clients have seen how well we work together and how effectively we communicate and collaborate to get each project done. We have our defined roles, with geospatial experts in places they need to be, and that isn’t going to change. We have always enjoyed working and teaming with Woolpert, and this is just a natural evolution of where we should be heading. We are building on a foundation that works for clients and works for us.”
The merger is expected to allow Optimal GEO to expand services internationally, triple its capacity to serve clients and enhance its geospatial offerings.
Optimal’s services will be added to Woolpert’s fleet of aircraft, sensors and more than 100 professional in the geospatial field.
“This proven combination of Optimal GEO and Woolpert creates the most capable, geospatially focused and technologically diverse geospatial firm in the country,” said Woolpert Senior Vice President Joseph Seppi. “These expanded geospatial services, combined with our AEG capabilities, enable us to provide integrated solutions to address diverse client needs.”
Woolpert offers architecture, engineering and geospatial services with more than 1,300 employees in 42 offices in three countries. It is an Engineering News-Record Top 150 Global Design Firm. The firm had an office in Mobile for a decade but now maintains offices in Pensacola and on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.