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Baker GeoResearch Selected by Two Counties for Enhanced 9-1-1 Work.

BETHESDA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 16, 1999--Baker GeoResearch, Inc., a subsidiary of Michael Baker Corporation (AMEX:BKR), has been selected by Chouteau County in Fort Benton, Mont., and Mingo County in Williamson, W.Va., to perform a wide range of mapping, addressing and support services for implementation of E-911. The goals of both projects are to accurately map each county's infrastructure to increase emergency dispatch and response efficiency.

Using a GIS-based approach, Baker GeoResearch is creating an accurate digital map of each county's roads and structures (residences, businesses, schools and churches) using the GeoLink(R) GPS/GIS Field Mapping System developed by Baker GeoResearch. New addresses will then be assigned to mapped structures based upon systematic, county-wide addressing schemes. The resulting digital maps and address databases will become the "geofile" used in each county's Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) system.

As an integral part of each project, Baker GeoResearch will work closely with the U.S. Postal Service and the local telephone companies to convert and reconcile old address records with the new addresses. The completed address databases will be combined with county emergency service zone boundary data to create a Master Street Address Guide (MSAG). When the completed E-911 systems go on-line, an emergency caller's name, house address, and assigned emergency responders (police, fire and EMS) will automatically display on the CAD screen, along with a map showing the caller's location, as the call is received at the E-911 dispatch center.

"The accurate E-911 digital base maps we are creating will posture these counties for development of advanced GIS functions in the future," stated Matt Pearce, Baker GeoResearch project manager.

Michael Baker Corporation (www.mbakercorp.com) provides engineering, construction, and operations and technical services through its five global business units: buildings, civil, energy, environmental, and transportation.
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