Continental Mapping has been awarded a Critical Infrastructure Asset Collection contract with the City of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin to deliver geospatial asset inventory data on the City’s stormwater, sanitary, and public works assets. The project will support the City’s asset management goals through creation of a reliable database of assets to migrate into their Esri based system.

Using vehicle-mounted mobile mapping technology, including lidar and 360 degree imagery sensors, Continental Mapping will collect, extract, process, and deliver asset data with sub-foot accuracy across nearly 200 miles of streets in and around the City of Sun Prairie. The critical asset features the City requires will be extracted from the original dataset, with the opportunity to extract additional features in the future: a cost saving measure that is important to cities and governments that must consider immediate needs and budgeting cycles.

Continental Mapping has been headquartered in Sun Prairie for over 20 years and will apply local knowledge to improve the project outcomes. Working in close proximity with City stakeholders, Continental Mapping will ensure that project updates and issues are communicated with speed and efficiency. Continental Mapping understands the City’s requirements and provides a right-fit solution, as it has done with other local, city, and state governments throughout the country.

“This is an important project for the City of Sun Prairie to leverage geospatial data in new ways,” said Dave Hart, Continental Mapping CEO. “We’re members of the community who live and work here, so this critical infrastructure project impacts us as residents and taxpayers as well. We look forward to working with the City now and in the future.”

The critical infrastructure asset inventory project will provide long term benefits to the City and its residents. The data will improve asset management efficiency such as maintenance, repairs, budget forecasting, reporting, as well as broad infrastructure applications. As a local partner, the City can rely on Continental Mapping to support its current needs and assist in future geospatial projects.

For more information on the project, read the Sun Prairie Star’s coverage of the project.

TSG Solutions - A Continental Mapping Company

Continental Mapping Consultants, LLC (Continental Mapping) announced today it has completed the acquisition of TSG Solutions, Inc. (TSG), a global provider of situational awareness, geospatial services, and proprietary solutions for secured and unclassified environments. For almost 20 years, TSG has delivered GIS-enabled services and solutions to clients including the Department of Defense, the energy sector and major utilities solving national security, critical infrastructure, and facility challenges. This acquisition significantly strengthens Continental Mapping’s national security capabilities and enhances its portfolio of intellectual property.

Through this acquisition, Federal and commercial clients gain broad, complementary geospatial capabilities of a firm with an established and diverse client base, and proven data collection, processing, and analysis operations. Incorporating both firms’ experience and capabilities will provide clients with innovative geospatial solutions to modern security, infrastructure and facility problems.

“Geospatial solutions that provide actionable information is a driving force in the market,” Continental Mapping’s CEO, Dave Hart said. “TSG has built a framework of services and solutions that do just that. Through this acquisition we can apply our capabilities and tradecraft with theirs to bring that actionable intelligence to our clients.”

TSG’s CEO, Retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General John Iffland, said “I’m extremely proud of the business we have built over these past 20 years and the dedication of our staff to implementing professional, reliable, and capable services and solutions to meet our client’s requirements. By joining Continental Mapping, our offerings will be augmented and leveraged to better serve existing and new clients across markets.”

“We are very excited to combine our teams, experience and software solutions,” added TSG President and COO, Dianna Granum. “Our software solutions, such as ViSAR® and SiteScene™, will bring new capabilities to Continental Mapping’s customers and will benefit from Continental Mapping’s broad GIS and mapping expertise.” Both Iffland and Granum will remain with the company.

Continental Mapping, a Bluestone Investment Partners portfolio business, remains on a strong growth trajectory. Coupled with its recently announced win with the California Department of Transportation, Continental Mapping’s acquisition of Carlsbad, CA headquartered TSG significantly expands the firm’s presence in California and nationwide.

Michael Ivey, Managing Director of Bluestone added, "Bluestone is committed to helping Continental Mapping identify value added acquisitions in the geospatial data analytics market and helping the Continental Mapping founders and executive team execute on their ambitious strategy. Since our initial investment in the company seven months ago, we are impressed with the team’s success and TSG is an excellent first acquisition for the company.”  

Holland & Knight acted as Continental Mapping’s legal adviser and Dixon Hughes Goodman provided quality of earnings services. Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati served as legal adviser to TSG.

About Bluestone Investment Partners

Bluestone is a private equity firm investing exclusively in lower middle-market companies in the defense and government services arena. Bluestone's principals have a long and successful track record owning, operating, investing in, and advising companies in the defense and government services sector.

Continental Mapping has been awarded a master contract to provide mapping services to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). The geospatial services support WisDOT projects such as roadway and bridge design, construction, and maintenance as well as transportation facility planning. The two-year master contract taps into Continental Mapping’s wide range of capabilities, from collection and processing of aerial imagery, aerial and mobile lidar, photogrammetric mapping, digital terrain model creation, and ground control survey services. Continental Mapping has been a geospatial provider to WisDOT for over 20 years.

Headquartered in south central Wisconsin, Continental Mapping has completed 160 projects for WisDOT throughout the state from major metropolitan areas to the expansive Northwoods. The firm began working with WisDOT providing photogrammetry services and has now expanded to a full complement of geospatial services. Continental Mapping is proud to support WisDOT in their development and operation of a safe and efficient transportation system and infrastructure throughout the state.

Continental Mapping’s President Chris Gross said, “We’ve been working continuously with WisDOT for two decades and look forward to supporting one of our longest-term clients into the future. As a Wisconsin-based company, we understand WisDOT’s needs and how to apply our best geospatial solutions throughout the state.”

Continental Mapping is currently a prime contractor for seven Departments of Transportation throughout the country, providing a broad range of geospatial services. The company supports DOT needs from asset inventory, to field services, regulatory compliance, to construction design and maintenance.

Continental Mapping has been selected by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) for a three-year contract to provide on call photogrammetry and mapping services. TDOT can utilize many of Continental Mapping’s services through the contract, including aerial imagery collection, photogrammetry, aerial and mobile lidar services, planimetric mapping, and others. As a three-time incumbent on the contract, the award renewal recognizes Continental Mapping’s ability to understand and fulfill TDOT’s geospatial needs.

Continental Mapping has provided innovative and valuable geospatial services to the State of Tennessee since 2009. The firm’s past projects performed under this contract range from large scale region-wide aerial imagery acquisition and orthorectification to detailed corridor mapping using survey grade lidar. These broad capabilities support TDOT’s mission of providing a safe and reliable transportation system.

“TDOT’s long term relationship with Continental Mapping has proven out their ability to deliver high quality geospatial products and services,” says TDOT Aerial Survey Manager Brandon Webb. “Being reliable and thorough keeps our projects moving and they’ve done just that on projects of any size. We look forward to working with Continental Mapping in the future.”

Tim Caya, Continental Mapping’s Director of Public Works added, “We’re glad to continue our great relationship with TDOT. We’ve worked throughout the state for over a decade and brought geospatial solutions such as aerial imagery, mobile lidar, and field survey to bear to help TDOT fulfill their mission of providing a safe and reliable transportation system.”

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Check out this project for TDOT along the busy I24 corridor through Chattanooga. We used a complex approach including aerial lidar, aerial imagery, mobile lidar, and field survey.

TDOT Chattanooga Lidar


Continental Mapping is pleased to announce industry veteran Mark O’Neal has joined the firm as a Senior Solutions Architect. Mr. O’Neal brings nearly 20 years of industry experience, including leading large geospatial programs across federal, state, local, and commercial markets. With his addition to the team, Continental Mapping continues to bolster our ability to provide clients with innovative geospatial solutions.

Mr. O’Neal has served in various management and technical leadership roles supporting complex photogrammetry and survey requirements, emergency response missions, and technical customer support teams. The University of Florida graduate has led large groups through nationwide data collection and processing efforts, and his new role will enhance Continental Mapping growing capabilities to support global requirements. Mr. O’Neal’s focus is on providing security for the nation through authoritative location intelligence.

Chief Operating Officer Peter Briere said Mr. O’Neal’s capabilities and experience will support Continental Mapping’s current growth trajectory.

“Mark is a recognized industry leader in multiple fields relevant to our business,” Briere said. “We are excited to add his experience and skills to our leadership team.”

Mr. O’Neal holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geomatics from The University of Florida. He is an ASPRS Certified Photogrammetrist (CP), a PMI-certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and a licensed surveyor in both Florida and Georgia.

Continental Mapping has been selected by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to collect, extract, and host transportation right-of-way asset data statewide along all 15,313 centerline miles of urban and rural mainline roads. The three-year contract supports Caltrans’ Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP), which aims to improve asset management while minimizing costs and managing risk. Targeted assets include signs and supports, barriers, guardrails, crash cushions, end treatments, pedestrian facilities, and bicycle facilities.

Continental Mapping will collect lidar and 360-degree ground-based imagery across all 15,313 centerline miles using its fleet of mobile mapping sensors and then extract detailed, descriptive asset information that meets Caltrans’ requirements. Source data and identified assets will reside in a cloud-hosted geospatial data solution and web-based software to support ad hoc data access, queries, field work, and comprehensive asset management. Through Continental Mapping’s 3D geospatial data platform, TheGeoAnalystTM, and integration into Caltrans’ existing enterprise asset management systems, the data will allow Caltrans to meet their TAMP goals and satisfy reporting requirements within all 12 districts and headquarters.

 CMC Mobile Lidar Collection Vehicles
Two of Continental Mapping's Mobile Lidar Collection Vehicles

“We are thrilled to work with Caltrans on this large, critically important project,” says Chief Revenue Officer Paul Braun. “This is one of many statewide asset inventory projects for us in recent years and is representative of the large-scale mapping projects we perform throughout the United States and across the globe to support mobility, safety of navigation, and national security.”

Public Works Director Tim Caya added, “Caltrans has a massive transportation network and vast amounts of assets to manage. We’ll help Caltrans better understand, analyze, and manage assets throughout the state. We recognize a project of this scale, and the range of regions within California, requires close communication and collaboration, and our team is fully prepared to deliver Caltrans the asset inventory and services they require.”

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