Woolpert’s global geospatial evolution

By on 8 May, 2023

Scott Cattran (Woolpert President and CEO, centre) with some of the Asia-Pacific team.


Backed by more than 100 years of geospatial innovation, the time has come for AAM to evolve to a new level.

In September 2021, AAM was acquired by US firm Woolpert. With a similarly rich geospatial history, Woolpert traces its roots back to 1911 when it was founded as a surveying and engineering company in Dayton, Ohio. Over the years, the firm grew in both size and services, gradually adding aerial mapping, GIS and geospatial capabilities, aligning with the needs of the industry and clients around the world.

Since commencing operations in 1959 as an aerial survey company, AAM has proudly provided geospatial expertise and innovation throughout Australia, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. By delivering world-leading lighthouse projects for more than six decades, the AAM brand has evolved into one of the most-trusted in the geospatial sector.

Throughout 2022, Woolpert and AAM integrated their systems, resources, teams and knowledge. Now in 2023, AAM has transitioned from ‘AAM, a Woolpert Company,’ to become fully integrated into Woolpert.

A photorealistic model of Sydney produced through Woolpert’s Geocirrus 3D Content platform.

According to Woolpert Asia-Pacific Vice President Brian Nicholls, “Our clients and partners will see our new name, however it’s the evolution of geospatial services and expertise available to them that is truly remarkable.”

“Together, we provide wider-reaching international partnerships, access to additional aircraft and sensors, global knowledge sharing and best practices, a deeper talent pool, integrated systems, and an enhanced focus on research and development… to name a few,” Nicholls said.

“That is the power of collaborative innovation that Woolpert provides in our position as a global geospatial specialist.”

Woolpert has team members in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi, and Papua New Guinea.

Woolpert Geospatial Sector Leader and Senior Vice President, Joseph Seppi, has been instrumental in the firm’s international expansion and union of the two geospatial powerhouses.

“Leveraging regional experience and capabilities across multiple continents enables Woolpert to deliver unparalleled geospatial solutions at a global scale. We view the ability to deliver standards-based, accurate, geospatial information as crucial to fuelling the growth of the geospatial industry worldwide,” Seppi said.

Woolpert conducts aerial surveys throughout the Asia-Pacific; this image is from a recent project in the skies above Fiji.

Woolpert also provides full-service architecture, engineering and strategic consulting services, which are integrated with these expansive geospatial capabilities to innovate within and across markets to serve public, private, and government clients worldwide.

Woolpert has over 2,000 employees and more than 60 offices on five continents, and actively nurtures a culture of growth, inclusion, diversity and respect. For more information, visit woolpert.com or email asiapacific@woolpert.com.

Woolpert services in the Asia-Pacific region include:

  • Geospatial advisory
  • Aerial LiDAR
  • Aerial imagery
  • Hydrography and bathymetric LiDAR
  • Spatial digital twins
  • Land survey
  • Laser scanning
  • Building information models
  • Agile survey
  • GIS services and consultancy

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