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Woolpert acquires South African company

A Beavercreek-based engineering company has acquired a South African geospatial services company.

Woolpert said Friday it has acquired Southern Mapping, a geospatial and aerial survey company based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Terms of the acquisition were not released.

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Southern Mapping offers lidar, imagery and remote sensing services, and produces airborne topographic, hyperspectral, and thermal surveys and mapping, Woolpert said in its announcement.

The firm has provided services on three continents and in more than 45 African countries, the local firm said.

“Woolpert’s vision is to become the premier global architecture, engineering and geospatial firm, and this acquisition is a big step forward in completing our vision,” Scott Cattran, Woolpert president and chief executive, said in the company’s release.

Woolpert has stretched out globally, adding Canadian offices this year in addition to this new acquisition. The firm also announced a strategic partnership with iXblue, an international marine survey and technology firm working for clients in Australia, New Zealand and across the South Pacific.

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“This acquisition of Southern Mapping will strengthen Woolpert and Southern Mapping’s ability to comprehensively serve their clients in Africa and across the globe and positions the U.S.-based firm to have greater access to the fastest growing economies in the world,” Woolpert said.

Based in offices on County Line Road, Woolpert has about 200 Dayton-area employees.

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