Partnership works on new strategic GIS for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities (CMU) announces selection of the joint venture partnership of ARCADIS and EMA Inc. to provide Geographic Information System (GIS) consulting and system data collection and conversion services as part of a pilot study. CMU is the largest public water/wastewater utility in the Carolinas.

CHARLOTTE, NC, Feb. 3, 2005 -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities (CMU) announces selection of the joint venture partnership of ARCADIS and EMA Inc. to provide Geographic Information System (GIS) consulting and system data collection and conversion services as part of a pilot study. CMU is the largest public water/wastewater utility in the Carolinas.

EMA's role includes using a business-driven approach for development of a GIS system design that meets CMU's business objectives. This approach applies expertise and proven methodologies in business process change to design new, improved processes that include the use of GIS data and technology. ARCADIS staff will provide GIS data collection and conversion services. This includes development of data conversion specifications, accuracy requirements, and data quality assurance criteria.

"This contract continues to solidify ARCADIS' position as a local leader in water and wastewater engineering as well as GIS consulting," said Scott D. Stone, ARCADIS' Charlotte Area Manager. "This contract demonstrates CMU's continued confidence in ARCADIS and EMA."

About ARCADIS
ARCADIS (www.arcadis-us.com), based in Highlands Ranch, Colo., is a leading, global, knowledge-driven service provider, active in the fields of infrastructure, buildings, environment and communications. It generates $1 billion in annual revenues and employs 9,000 people with more than 350 five Carolina area offices.

About EMA
St. Paul, Minn.-based EMA, Inc. (www.ema-inc.com) is a leading information technology and management consulting firm committed to helping utilities and municipal governments solve complex problems. Founded in 1975, EMA has over 225 employees.

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