Sunday, September 23, 2007
By Merrick & Company
Merrick & Company, a world leader in LiDAR, digital ortho imaging, photogrammetry and GIS mapping was awarded a three-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) GeoSpatial Data Collection and Analysis Services contract with the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD).
Merrick will deliver on an as needed basis photogrammetric mapping, LiDAR data, geographic information systems programming and data analysis, aerial photography, digital orthophotography, and image interpretation.
Steve Dicks, Mapping and GIS Manager, Mapping and GIS Section of the Southwest Florida Water Management District. explains, “Every three years since 2001 we have released a request for proposal for geospatial data services. This is a qualification based selection process.”
The SWFWMD is one of five regional districts charged by Chapter 373 of the Florida Statutes to preserve and protect the resources for the people through water resource development, regulatory and other rograms. Central to the mission is maintaining the balance between the water needs of current and future residents, while protecting and aintaining the natural systems which provide the District with its existing and future water supply. The District’s services include, but are not limited to, flood control; regulatory programs such as surface water and water use permitting; natural systems management; preservation and restoration of threatened lakes, rivers, streams and estuaries; land management and acquisition; and public education awareness.
Dicks concludes, “Up-to-date geospatial data is fundamental for all of the work that we do.”