Woolpert Welcomes GIS, Aviation Specialist Prateek Sharma as Geospatial Project Manager
Sharma describes himself as a ‘Jack of all trades’ when it comes to providing GIS solutions for airports.
ORLANDO, Fla.— Woolpert has hired GIS and airport expert Prateek Sharma as an aviation geospatial project manager. Sharma has extensive experience in creating, managing and leveraging geospatial databases and new technologies to improve asset management and operations at busy airports.
Sharma comes to Woolpert after serving as an embedded consultant and GIS manager for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, where he managed a team of consultants in creating and managing GIS databases for the Orlando International Airport and the Orlando Executive Airport. In addition to coordinating with outside agencies to map the utilities infrastructure, Sharma’s team collected field data and developed GIS database and web applications for a wide variety of internal users—including maintenance, security and janitorial staff members. He was also the Authority’s liaison to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Having supported virtually every aspect of airport operations for the past 16 years, Sharma describes himself as a “Jack of all trades” when it comes to providing GIS solutions for airports. He said he’s excited to be joining a large firm that has experts in the architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) industries under one roof.
“Having experience on the client side, I know the biggest challenges airports face are finding ways to leverage new technologies and big data to improve workflows and better plan for future growth,” Sharma said.
In addition to his bachelor’s degree in architecture, Sharma holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning and a master’s degree in business administration. He said he hopes to grow professionally at Woolpert to work on larger projects and eventually apply his business administration skills.
“I’ve been very focused on working with specific departments on smaller projects for many years,” Sharma said. “I’m excited for the opportunity to fully be a part of enterprise solutions and leveraging everything that Woolpert has to offer in my day-to-day work with clients.”
Woolpert Senior Associate and Practice Leader Eric Risner said Sharma’s background working at large airports has given him rare insight into how GIS can be used to find innovative aviation solutions.
“The aviation industry was on a huge growth trajectory prior to the pandemic and, as recovery continues, is expected to pick up right where it left off,” Risner said. “This kind of adjustment and expansion fuels difficult decisions when maintaining assets and strategically augmenting operations. Prateek’s aviation, planning and GIS capabilities are unique and immensely valuable to our aviation objectives. We’re excited to have him join our team.”
Woolpert is the premier architecture, engineering, geospatial (AEG) and strategic consulting firm, with a vision to become one of the best companies in the world. We innovate within and across markets to effectively serve public, private and government clients worldwide. Woolpert is an ENR Top 150 Global Design Firm, recently earned its fifth-straight Great Place to Work certification and actively nurtures a culture of growth, inclusion, diversity and respect. Founded in 1911 in Dayton, Ohio, Woolpert has been America’s fastest-growing AEG firm since 2015. The firm has over 1,100 employees and 42 offices in three countries. For more, visit woolpert.com