By Sue Brink, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs Office
Jacksonville, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a $10 million contract Sept. 24 for architect and engineering services for the Cadastral Modernization Program (CMP), to Rochester and Associates, Inc., a small business based in Gainesville, Georgia.
An initial task order is being awarded at $8.4 million for digital real estate cadastral services, Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping and database management. Cadastral documents are public real estate records, surveys or maps showing ownership, boundaries or value of a property.
"This is the very first contract award for the NAVFAC community that addresses all cadastral business requirements," said NAVFAC Southeast Real Estate GIS Cartographer, Jill Rose. "This was a long and involved acquisition process that only Southeast Asset Management was able to accomplish for the enterprise."
Rose explained this project is a key component in support of NAVFAC's goal of standardizing, updating, and verifying all Navy and Marine Corps real estate records, and to provide internet portal accessibility to authoritative documents and maps.
"Historically, staff have sometimes struggled to find pertinent historical records," said Rose. "Having digital access to key real estate and historical documentation will help us serve our customers better, faster and cheaper."
Work for this task order is expected to be completed by December 2017.
All work on this contract will be performed within the NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic (50 percent), Navy District Washington (25 percent), and NAVFAC Southeast (25 percent) areas of responsibility. The contract is expected to be completed by September 2019.
This award is primarily for architectural and engineering services to complete Phase II of the CMP to build and update the cadastral baseline, provide a workable GIS Real Estate Summary Map platform in the GeoReadiness Explorer capable of accessing parcel internet Navy Facilities Asset Data Store (iNFADS) records and scanned cadastral files; and for Phase III of the CMP which solidifies the foundation of the program by standardizing all sites.
NAVFAC Southeast strives to meet its goals building on its success by providing contract opportunities to small businesses.
"It is NAVFAC Southeast's policy to provide as many opportunities as possible to small businesses," said Nelson Smith, NAVFAC Southeast small business deputy. "Small businesses are the engines of job creation and essential to strengthening our national economy."
Each year NAVFAC establishes target goals for Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business, Historically Underutilized Business Zone Small Business, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, and Women-Owned Small Business categories. Smith explained the maximum practicable utilization of small business concerns is a matter of national interest with both social and economic benefits.