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DIGITIZED 100-YEAR-OLD MAPS CHART SEATTLE'S FUTURE; CITY AWARDS WESTON $2.3 MILLION CONTRACT TO AUTOMATE ITS WATER DISTRIBUTION MAPPING SYSTEM

DIGITIZED 100-YEAR-OLD MAPS CHART SEATTLE'S FUTURE; CITY AWARDS WESTON $2.3 MILLION CONTRACT TO AUTOMATE ITS WATER DISTRIBUTION MAPPING SYSTEM
 WEST CHESTER, Pa., May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The City of Seattle Water Department has awarded Roy F. Weston, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTNA) (Weston) a three-year, $2.3 million contract to develop a computer-based geographic information system (GIS) of the department's water distribution facilities, updating original city maps, some nearly a century old.
 The GIS project will use the maps to create a digital data base of the city's water facilities, including all water mains and appurtenances. As a result, the water department will be able to conduct system-wide maintenance more efficiently and more easily handle Seattle's future water needs.
 According to Elliot Newman, vice president and manager of Weston's Pacific Northwest office in Seattle, the project will help the water department increase efficiency and, over time, minimize rate increases.
 "It's an automated management tool for more efficient and effective operation of the department's facilities," Newman said, "and it's a device that can be used to help manage their future."
 The project is an extension of an ongoing five-year contract Weston has with the city. Weston has been providing GIS consulting for the city since 1987.
 Under the original contract, Weston consolidated nearly 600 maps from the Seattle Engineering Department into a single GIS called the Common Land Data Base (CLDB). The CLDB contains basic survey and subdivision information serving as the framework for the water department GIS data base.
 Headquarterd in West Chester, Weston is a full-service environmental and health and safety firm, with more than 2,900 employees, providing nationwide analytical laboratory services, consulting and engineering, remediation, facility construction and operations, technical information management and major program management services. Weston's geographic information system consulting and data base activities are coordinated by the Seattle office.
 Weston's clients include many Fortune 500 companies, major cities and municipal agencies throughout the country. The company is a principal provider of services to the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Energy.
 The company operates a network of four analytical laboratories and 45 offices, including Seattle, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, New York and Washington.
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 /CONTACT: Michael E. Herron, 215-344-3442, or Elliot Newman, 206-286-6000, both of Roy F. Weston/
 (WSTNA) CO: Roy F. Weston, Inc.; City of Seattle Water Department ST: Pennsylvania, Washington IN: SU:


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