If it isn’t broken, then don’t fix it. After numerous successful projects as part of the Strategic Alliance for Risk Reduction (STARR) Joint Venture, Continental Mapping is pleased to be a part of STARR II.  STARR II is comprised of lead partners Atkins, Stantec and Dewberry and was selected by FEMA to assist them nationally with the Risk MAP, HMTAP, and TARC programs.  


(Sun Prairie, WI)—February 19, 2015— Continental Mapping has seen a surge in growth over the last two years. Part of that growth is predicated on the firm winning master contracts with state Departments of Transportation, the US Army Corps of Engineers and other governmental bodies. To help pursue these opportunities, Continental Mapping was excited to have the opportunity to bring Todd Thies on board within the Business Development Department. Todd brings industry specific project management and technical expertise to the team as well as strong writing skills.





Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are having a significant impact on many industries including surveying, mapping and engineering. As the UAS market evolves, many issues arise around the evolution of hardware and sensor platforms, data processing software, O&M best practices, and regulatory frameworks. Our clients are regularly posing questions to us about what is happening with this technology, what is really feasible, and where it’s all going. To help address those questions our UAS team compiled this Q&A.

Providing SIM for the Wisconsin DOT

Continental Mapping recently completed a 3D modeling project for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) using terrestrial lidar. In addition to mapping services, Continental Mapping staff worked with WisDOT to develop standards and applications for this new technology and aid in site information modeling (SIM) and other applications.


Stringless paving is a hallmark for maximizing taxpayer investment through new-found efficiency. To understand just how financially effective stringless paving is, first you have to understand the precarious nature of the string line paving it replaces. String lines are essentially long lines of thread held up by steaks that are used to set the grade of pavement. By eliminating the use of a string line, contractors save time and money as the string line does not need to be constantly verified due to it getting bumped or moved. Also, dump trucks accessing the paver do not have to back down long stretches of grade between these string lines to get to the paver, which is a safety hazard. Those savings are passed along to the public agency and help address the need for financial effectiveness.


The 1930s brought forth a new era in the US. We took a few Joe Louis-like blows to the chin in terms of our economy. In an unfortunate parallel, our fields were blowing away in the dust bowl. As a means to getting people working and retaining some of that American swagger that defined the 20s, the government created the Works Progress Administration (WPA). It was a defining period for America and despite the difficulties faced by the majority of Americans, it demonstrated that we as a people, in the face of long odds, never back down from challenge and strive to focus on opportunity.