Woolpert Hires GISPs to Further Elevate Aviation Practice

DAYTON, Ohio (April 16, 2018) — Woolpert has hired certified Geographic Information Systems Professionals (GISPs) Ed Copeland and John Fuller to support its Aviation practice. Copeland is serving as a Program Director and Fuller as a Geospatial Specialist for the firm.

Copeland has more than 20 years of GIS and geospatial experience in the aviation industry, most recently as a Market Sector Leader for AECOM.

Woolpert Vice President and Aviation Practice Leader Thomas Mackie said Copeland has overlapping capabilities within the firm’s existing expertise and bolsters and expands Woolpert’s geospatial, facility and engineering services.


“We have worked with Ed over the past decade either as a competitor or teammate on various projects, so his familiarity with our capabilities and the collegial relationships we’ve all forged have made this a relatively smooth transition,” Mackie said. “Ed has a great personality and a positive approach to solving problems, externally and internally. He’s an awesome fit with our culture.”

Fuller has more than 14 years of experience managing, developing and improving geographic information systems (GIS) for clients, working on projects for more than 30 large-scale and international airports. The Texas A&M University graduate also worked most recently at AECOM as a Senior GIS Analyst.

“John is an expert in FAA requirements, specific to airport GIS databases, airspace analysis, utility and pavement mapping standards, as well as Esri software applications, operations dashboards, enterprise system integration—you name it,” Mackie said. “We are delighted to have him on board.”

Copeland, also a Texas A&M grad, said he saw this position as an opportunity to grow with a firm that has more of a family atmosphere. He said the geospatial aspect of Woolpert’s services has always intrigued him.

“Through geospatial technologies such as lidar, UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) and enterprise systems, Woolpert offers a unique perspective by not only being the originator of data from the source, but can lead in developing solutions from big data—not only in the aviation industry, but anything that has a spatial component,” he said. “In my role as Program Director, I hope to lead ideas and innovation in these emerging technologies, oversee large projects and make those projects successful for our clients.”

Mackie said current projects with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Salt Lake City, Boston and Orlando international airports already are in line to benefit from Copeland’s expertise, with more on the horizon to help the firm grow with new clients and services. He said Copeland’s experience not only supports winning and managing geospatial projects, but those in design services and asset management as well.

“Ed comes to us with a lot of internal geospatial process and software expertise, and we’ll look to have him work with our teams as we continually strive to improve our efficiency, quality and profitability,” Mackie said. “We are sensitive on our reputation as the ‘gold standard’ when it comes to aviation geospatial solutions, and Ed helps us solidify that reputation. His hire is as much of an investment in the future as much as it is to help us now.”

About Woolpert
Woolpert is the fastest growing architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm in the country, delivering value to clients in all 50 states and around the world by strategically blending engineering excellence with leading-edge technology and geospatial applications. With a dynamic R&D department, Woolpert works with inventive business partners such as Google and Esri; operates a fleet of planes, sensors and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS); and continually pushes industry boundaries by working with advanced water technologies, asset management, building information modeling (BIM) and sustainable design. Woolpert’s mission is to help its clients progress and become more progressive. For over 100 years and with 25 offices across the U.S., Woolpert serves federal, state and local governments; private and public companies and universities; energy and transportation departments; and the U.S. Armed Forces. For more information, visit or call 937-531-1258.