STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS , LLC 310-A Greenfield Drive, Newport, NC 28570 Woman-Owned, Small Business Primary NAICS 541370 and Mapping

Additional NAICS 541360 541690 488310 541620 541712 488330 541710


Geodynamics is a research-based firm specializing in several areas of coastal, marine and freshwater mapping, monitoring, and high-end Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyses and database design. Our group was formed in 2000 by researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University and North Carolina State University who had a vision of providing state-of-the-art, research-quality science to the private, governmental and academic sectors. Geodynamics maintains a strong relationship with several academic partners, allowing our group of nationally certified GIS Professionals and ACSM- THSOA hydrographers to further develop the cutting edge research methodologies and analyses that our clients require. The strength and continuing goal of Geodynamics is to provide our clients with the highest level of data quality and scientific integrity in a format that is easily applicable to both real-life scenarios and research-oriented goals.

GEODYNAMICS SPECIALIZES IN • Coastal and offshore multibeam, singlebeam, and sidescan sonar • Benthic habitat assessments using , geo-referenced ROV and sediment sampling techniques • High-end GIS analyses and database design including Digital Elevation Modeling and datum-derived shorelines • Accurate depth and volume change for Ports, dredging operations and coastal engineering • Offshore remote sensing and oceanographic deployments • 2D & 3D beach mapping with VRS and RTK-GPS • Seafloor mapping / monitoring to support offshore energy planning and infrastructure development • Terrestrial and marine support services including research vessels, instrument integrations and rapid response emergency surveys Geodynamics has built a solid reputation based on innovative applications of R&D and client focus. At Geodynamics, we begin each project with an in-depth understanding of the client’s mission and tailor each program around the specific goals of the project. Our proven track record, depth of technology, and domain expertise give our clients complete confidence in our cutting edge services.

CREDENTIALS Geodynamics meets federal subcontracting goals, while exceeding expectations for data quality. Working with a small business has many benefits, including customized service, commitment to every project and continuity from project design through data delivery. We are active members in: the Hydrographic Society of America the Geologic Society of America the American Geophysical Union the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association the Geographic Information Systems Certification Institute the American Society for and Remote Sensing various blogs and online groups within our industry

Additionally, Geodynamics is a Woman-Owned Small Business, holding several certifications: • Participant in the SBA’s WOSB Federal Contract Program • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) in North Carolina • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) in Virginia • Small, Women- and Minority-owned Business (SWaM) in Virginia • Prequalified Consultant with the NC Department of Transportation in Hydrographic Survey Services • Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) in North Carolina • Small Professional Services Firm (SPSF) in North Carolina • We are listed in the NC Vendor Link and eVA web purchasing systems.


HYDROGRAPHIC Geodynamics performs hydrographic surveys for clients including USACE Wilmington, USACE Baltimore, the US Navy NAVFAC Atlantic, the USACE Coastal Inlets Research Program, the NOAA Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research, and the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management. We also provide coastal mapping services to Town and County governments, engineering firms, coastal development and resource management groups. Our survey projects and analyses have received high praise for our procedures, data quality and prompt delivery. Geodynamics maintains a full suite of scientific instruments and customized surveying platforms to accommodate a variety of hydrographic surveys. Geodynamics is one of few private firms that maintains high-resolution multibeam capability on the US East coast, and one of very few in the world operating the dual-head sonar capable of collecting high density, extra wide swath data.

GEOPHYSICAL Geodynamics performs geophysical surveys and seabed assessments for a variety of federal and state government clients and private firms. Our projects explore all dimensions of the seabed using the latest technology and analysis tools. Geodynamics maintains a full suite of scientific instruments and customized surveying platforms to accommodate a variety of geophysical surveys of the surface, sub-surface, composition, and evolution of the seabed in the most demanding environments.

TOPOGRAPHIC Geodynamics performs a wide range of topographic services that support coastal and nearshore mapping. Our staff holds advanced degrees in and coastal , bringing a keen understanding of the sophisticated GPS technologies used to evaluate the underlying environmental processes. We provide beach profile surveys, marsh and tideland surveys, feature /attribute mapping, and geodetic control for terrestrial, and hydrographic surveys. Our topographic projects utilize real-time and post-processed methods of Real-Time Kinematic corrections with the latest GPS survey instrumentation and processing software.

GIS AND DATA PROCESSING Geodynamics specializes in high-end Geographic Information Systems, offering a broad spectrum of GIS services from simple data conversion to complex hydrographic data processing, data modeling and analysis. Our products include database design and management, data integration, Digital Elevation & Terrain Modeling, seamless merge of topographic and bathymetric data, datum derived shoreline change analysis and high-resolution seafloor bathymetry and backscatter data visualization. Experienced and nationally certified GIS Professionals outline GIS / processing demands, create a customized project workflow, and complete each GIS / processing task with accuracy and precision in a timely manner. Geodynamics recognizes the vital role that metadata plays in the production of geospatial products, and therefore supplies standardized metadata with every product.

SUPPORT SERVICES Geodynamics owns and operates five USCG approved Class I & II research vessels, each designed primarily for bathymetric mapping and sidescan survey operations. These vessels may be leased independently, or may be mobilized with our hydrographic survey equipment. We perform rapid-response surveys; specialize in sonar systems installation/ calibration and RTK/VRS-GPS integration and support. Our highly trained and experienced team is here to support any of your coastal research needs. Our unique mobility and quick ability to be on-site at remote research locations provide an exceptional opportunity for clients eager to take advantage of specific weather conditions, storm events, or scheduling windows. In addition, our shallow-draft highly maneuverable vessels allow unprecedented access to the nearshore coastal zone.


FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NASA, Wallops Island Navy NAVFAC Atlantic NOAA Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research US Army Corps of Engineers: Wilmington, NC District US Army Corps of Engineers: Baltimore, MD District US Army Corps of Engineers: Charleston, SC District US Army Corps of Engineers: Coastal Inlets Research Program US Army Corps of Engineers: Engineer Research & Development Center US Geological Survey Woods Hole Coastal & Marine Science Center US Coast Guard

STATE / LOCAL GOVERNMENTS Carteret County Shore Protection Office NC Division of Coastal Management NC Division of Cultural Resources, Underwater Branch NC Division of Cultural Resources, Capital Projects Division NC Department of Transportation Town of Emerald Isle, NC Town of Pine Knoll Shores, NC Village of Bald Head Island, NC

SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FIRMS Andrews, Miller & Associates Fugro EarthData, Inc. Parsons Areté Associates Global Remote Sensing Photo Science, Inc. BHE Environmental, Inc. Greenhorne & O’Mara, Inc. SAIC Coastal Planning & Engineering (Shaw) Moffatt & Nichol Engineers Terracon Consultants, Inc. David Evans and Associates Olsen & Associates Tetra Tech EM Inc. Environmental Professionals Inc. Offshore & Coastal Technologies, Inc. Zande-Jon Guerry Taylor, P.E.. Flatiron / United

UNIVERSITIES / RESEARCH Duke University Marine Laboratory North Carolina State University University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill – Institute of Marine Science

DREDGE OPERATIONS Marinex Construction Inc. Weeks Marine, Inc.


Geodynamics maintains a full suite of calibrated scientific instruments and customized surveying platforms to accommodate a variety of marine and terrestrially-based research objectives. We constantly strive to stay ahead of the latest trends in technology and thereby provide our clients with the best possible data and final results.

MULTIBEAM SONAR Geodynamics employs a variety of multibeam systems to collect 3D bathymetry with backscatter. These systems can be deployed in many configurations allowing the client flexibility in survey design and pricing. RTK-GPS and inertial motion reference units are integrated to provide the highest quality positioning, tidal measurements and attitude corrections. Sound speed profiles are obtained both at the head and in real-time or profile to adjust soundings data for speed of sound variation in the water column.

SINGLEBEAM SONAR With three ultra-shallow water vessels to choose from, Geodynamics is able to collect motion-referenced singlebeam sonar data in almost any environment: marsh, coastal zone, lakes, rivers, inlets, and along critical shoals. Vessels employ digital echosounders coupled with an inertially-aided motion reference unit and RTK-GPS system that allow for position and attitude post processing for the most repeatable singlebeam data available today. Our singlebeam sonar units have a depth range from less than 30 cm to 600m, and are capable of seabed classification.

GEOPHYSICAL SONAR SYSTEMS Our sidescan and sub-bottom sonars use full-spectrum chirp technology to deliver wide band, high energy transmit pulses, coupled with high-resolution and superb signal-to-noise ratio echo data. Dual simultaneous frequencies allow for multiple data resolutions and efficient integration with other sensors. These data are used in object detection or to and identify specific seafloor substrates. These data can be incorporated into habitat classification models or determine sand resources among a variety of other applications.

GIS & DATA ANALYSIS Geodynamics maintains a high-end network of GIS workstations and data servers running the latest GIS and hydrographic software. We pride ourselves on staying current with latest in coastal and marine GIS and engineering software applications. Relevant software packages include: ESRI ArcGIS Suite, Caris HIPS/SIPS, Kongsberg SIS (Seafloor Information System), SURFER, Trimble Office, Hypack Max, Triton ISIS and TritonMap. Geodynamics’ staff regularly attends software workshops and training sessions to better serve our clients’ most advanced processing and analyses needs. We specialize in high-end GIS, including database design and management, data integration, Digital Elevation & Terrain Modeling (DEM, DTM), seamless merge of topographic and bathymetric data, datum derived shoreline change analysis and high-resolution seafloor bathymetry and backscatter data.

ADDITIONAL TECHNOLOGIES To meet the diverse needs our Clients, Geodynamics has access to a wide range of research equipment including sediment samplers, ROV, AUV, laser scanners, georeferenced video, ADCP and various oceanographic sensors. Alternate sonar systems are also available to target the water column or operate in offshore environments.


Geodynamics owns and operates five research vessels, each designed primarily for bathymetric mapping and geophysical survey operations. These vessels may also be leased independently with a USCG licensed captain or may be mobilized with hydrographic survey equipment to support a variety of marine related research. R/V BENTHOS Geodynamics research vessel Benthos is a 30’ Armstrong catamaran designed like several vessels currently in service performing NOAA charting work. This Class II custom vessel is designed to support hydrographic, geophysical and various marine operations further offshore and for longer duration. Base specifications include side mounted davit and multibeam mounts and a hydraulic A-frame for stern deployed gear. All onboard equipment and scientific accommodations are state-of-the-art. R/V 4-POINTS The research vessel 4-Points is a Class II custom fiberglass survey boat designed specifically for shallow water sonar and acoustical operations. The vessel is 28’ long with a 10’ beam; the vessel boasts a shallow draft of approximately 0.65’. The vessel includes a climate- controlled cabin with built-in workspace and ample stern working deck with two mounting systems and extra space for additional equipment.

R/V ECHO The research vessel Echo is a 21’ custom Cape Fear Cat powered by a four-stroke engine mounted on a jack plate to enable ultra shallow water data collection. Data acquisition are housed within the center console and are powered through an onboard battery bank. With a draft of as little as 6 inches, the Echo is maneuverable in the surf zone or in environmentally sensitive seagrass flats.

R/V DELTA The research vessel Delta is a custom 23’ Intruder skiff with modified flat bottom that improves tracking performance and comfort of ride. Powered by a four-stroke engine mounted on a jack plate, it is capable of high speeds in the shallowest of water. It has the latest Lowrance High Definition electronics and can be quickly converted from an additional survey boat to a survey support boat for transporting personnel, equipment and running marine related ops. R/V SURFZONE EXPLORER The research vessel Surfzone Explorer is a custom Yamaha Wave Runner designed specifically for extremely shallow water hydrography. The vessel is 13’ long with a draft of approximately 0.25’ and is powered by a clean and quiet 4-stroke engine for surveys in environmentally sensitive areas. The system is designed to allow the accurate merge of with shallow bathymetry and for rapid response surveys of the surfzone, shallow inlets, estuaries, lakes and rivers. OFFSHORE RESEARCH VESSELS Geodynamics can also mobilize equipment and personnel on offshore research vessels. We have surveyed equipment offsets and completed several successful hydrographic and geophysical surveys aboard UNOLS vessels in Atlantic waters, in addition to working aboard NOAA ship Nancy Foster and other ships of convenience.


HIGH RESOLUTION BATHYMETRIC MONITORING: PRE- & POST- DREDGE SEDIMENT VOLUME CHANGE, OCEAN CITY, MD CLIENT: OCTI / USACE – Baltimore District Geodynamics performs high resolution multibeam bathymetric surveys (year 10) of the inlet as part of the country’s most comprehensive sediment management program. The project was initiated to define sand capacities for sediment bypassing from the inlet complex to Assateague Island, the repetitive multibeam surveys have become an integral part of the overall sediment budget analysis for the Maryland coast by the USACE Baltimore District and the Waterways Experiment Station. Our Simrad EM3002 multibeam system is used to collect high-resolution bathymetry data for a 3-sq. mile region, encompassing the navigation channel, ebb tidal delta and the flood tidal delta of the Inlet system. The high density of data points collected across this complex is allowing the client to accurately understand sediment transport, wave transformation and to make more accurate pre- and post-dredge volume calculations. These data have highlighted influences on the adjacent barrier islands with much greater accuracy than traditional 2D techniques provided previously, which allows the clients to accurately calculate ebb shoal replenishment, thus increasing dredging efficiency and identification of future borrow areas.

BOGUE BANKS MASTER BEACH NOURISHMENT : MULTIBEAM HYDRO & SUB-BOTTOM SURVEYS CLIENT: Moffatt & Nichol / Carteret County Shore Protection Geodynamics was contracted by Moffatt & Nichol to perform a series of high-resolution surveys of the seafloor surface and sub-bottom for two areas in Onslow Bay, North Carolina. The first site was the Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site (ODMDS) within the Morehead City Federal Navigation Project, located in both State and Federal ocean jurisdictions. The second site was Borrow Area Y offshore of the Town of Emerald Isle. To accurately assess the nature of sediments at these locations, multibeam bathymetry, multibeam backscatter, and seismic (sub-bottom) data was collected. The multibeam bathymetry data was collected in accordance with IHO Order 1a requirements to provide accurate seafloor elevations and seabed information to determine and assess discrete sand resources. The multibeam backscatter was used to identify areas of possible hardbottom/rock outcrops, areas of possible archaeological concern, bedforms, and surface sediment type for future habitat modeling. To understand 3D sediment volumes and underlying geology, reflectors were identified using the seismic data. Geodynamics worked in conjunction with BOEM to obtain all necessary mapping permits and transmitted updates through permit close out.


TOPO-BATHY BEACH PROFILE AND FEATURE MAPPING SURVEYS; OCEAN VIEW BEACH – NORFOLK, VA CLIENT: Moffatt & Nichol / Town of Norfolk Geodynamics was contracted by Moffatt & Nichol to beach and hydrographic surveys of the Ocean View Beach area of the city of Norfolk as part of a long-term monitoring / shoreline management project. These surveys are performed bi-annually to monitor the morphology of the shoreline out to -21 ft NAVD 88. A (DEM) for each survey is also generated from the profile and XYZ scatter data. The raster surfaces are then used to compare to calculate changes in elevation across the survey area. In addition to the topo-bathy profiles and longshore scatter data, Geodynamics has been contracted to perform a series of feature mapping surveys along the western end of Ocean View Beach. Precise location and elevation of storm water drainage pipes and timber groins was collected along with the detailed terrain data of select rock breakwater structures. This data proved instrumental in assisting town engineers with a removal plan for breakwaters and timber groins.

JACKSONVILLE OPERATIONAL RANGE BOTTOM MAPPING AND BENTHIC HABITAT CHARACTERIZATION CLIENT: US Navy, NAVFAC Environmental Division Geodynamics performed high-resolution surveys of the proposed Undersea Warfare Training Range trunk cable corridor offshore of Jacksonville, FL. The Navy is interested in the benthic/sub-benthic environments and communities for this area to determine which regions of the seafloor are suitable for installation of cable and instrumentation. Geodynamics coordinated multibeam bathymetric and geophysical surveys including monitoring of sound velocity variability and collection of multiple sediment grab samples to support seafloor and sub-bottom morphology analysis, identification of first order benthic habitat potential, and magnetic anomalies. Bathymetric and backscatter data was collected using a Kongsberg EM3002 single and dual head multibeam system, with 100% bottom coverage obtained in areas identified as critical. All data collected was delivered in a GIS database format for easy access and analysis by the Client.


INLET SURVEYS OF BEAUFORT, BOGUE, & BARDEN INLETS, CARTERET COUNTY, NC CLIENT: USACE - Wilmington Geodynamics performed high resolution hydrographic surveys at Beaufort, Bogue, and Barden Inlet, NC using our multibeam system, topographic surveying systems, and shallow water singlebeam survey systems to produce the most accurate Digital Elevation Model possible in these dynamic tidal inlets. The datasets collected represent the most current and high-resolution survey efforts at both inlets, and the DEMs created have allowed the Client to accurately understand sediment transport and wave transformation, and to make more accurate pre- and post-dredge volume calculations. The mapped regions covered over 25 sq. miles, encompassing navigation channel, ebb tidal delta, and flood tidal delta of the inlet systems.

HIGH-DENSITY HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEYS OF MOREHEAD CITY STATE PORT SHIPPING BERTHS, MOREHEAD CITY, NC CLIENT: Weeks Marine, Inc. / NC State Port Authority Geodynamics was contracted by Weeks Marine and URS Corporation to perform topographic stationing, singlebeam hydrographic surveys, and multibeam hydrographic surveys of shipping berths surrounding the NC State Port in Morehead City. Surveys took place before, during, and after rock placement at scoured shipping berths. Surveys were immediately processed to continually update the construction template. A total of 13 separate hydrographic surveys were performed to establish baseline conditions, provide interim survey reports, and supply a final hydrographic survey upon completion of construction. Geodynamics’ surveys and GIS data analysis provided contractors with superior and critical information to guide and complete the project goals.


HIGH-RESOLUTION MULTIBEAM BATHYMETRY & BACKSCATTER HABITAT ASSESSMENT OF THE DRY TORTUGAS NATIONAL AND ECOLOGICAL RESERVE CLIENT: NOAA Center for Coastal Fisheries & Habitat Research Aboard the NOAA ship Nancy Foster, Geodynamics used the EM3000 to simultaneously acquire swath bathymetry and backscatter data in support of habitat-based mapping of the Dry Tortugas Ecological Reserve. The Tortugas survey comprised approximately 73 km2 of area within 30 biological stations. Multibeam bathymetry and backscatter data collected by Geodynamics have been used to identify the coral reef interface and assess topologic relationships at each biological monitoring station. These data have proven invaluable in the CCFHR’s work to better understand biodiversity, feeding, and overall ecology of the Dry Tortugas Reserve.

EMERGENCY RAPID RESPONSE HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY & DIGITAL ELEVATION MODELING OF PEA ISLAND BREACH, NORTH CAROLINA CLIENT: North Carolina Department of Transportation, Location & Surveys Unit Geodynamics was contracted by the NCDOT to perform hydrographic surveys of the breach formed in the Outer Banks following Hurricane Irene in 2011 adjacent to the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. In addition to providing immediate and precise depth of breach information to DOT engineers on site, the survey goal included creation of a Ditigal Elevation Model (DEM) of topographic and hydrographic data in the breach. Geodynamics mobilized an ultra-shallow water jetski platform with CV-100 digital singlebeam echosounder to obtain hydrography with speed of sound correctors applied and tidal offsets integrated with RTK-GPS.


CHRISTOPHER W. FREEMAN, PRESIDENT Chris is the senior coastal and the president of Geodynamics LLC. Over the past decade, Chris has worked extensively in the geologic and oceanographic research sector through UNC- Wilmington, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Science, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and the USACE Field Research Facility. Chris has managed and provided technical oversight for many coastal and nearshore studies along the US eastern seaboard and Caribbean, which have included: high-resolution swath-bathymetry mapping for sediment transport modeling, coastal change analyses and habitat classification, inlet and headland-related tidal hydrodynamics, evolution of estuarine sediments and the quantification of shoreline processes and hotspots through 4D shoreline change analyses.

EDUCATION • M.S., Geology with concentration, UNCW • B.A., and Minor in Science, UNCW • Undergraduate research and classes in Coastal Processes and Marine Geology, UNC-CH

SLOAN A. FREEMAN, CEO Prior to founding Geodynamics, Sloan worked in the research sector of marine ecology and environmental policy at the Duke University Marine Lab for many years. She provides biological and ecological analysis to complement our geologic studies and has experience in estimating potential habitat impacts on marine and terrestrial organisms, and in highlighting water quality considerations. Sloan’s knowledge of coastal management legislation— including NC’s Coastal Area Management Act, the US Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and the Harbor and Rivers Act— ensures compliance in sensitive ecological areas. A former research project manager for grants and contracts worth several million dollars at Duke, she provides excellent financial oversight, scientific writing and project coordination skills. Sloan also holds the following certifications: Research Costing Compliance Certification (Duke University), AAUS Certified Research Diver, and ESRI GIS certificates.

EDUCATION • M.E.M., Coastal Environmental Management, Duke University • B.A., Environmental Science (Honors & Distinction), University of Virginia

DAVID J. BERNSTEIN, GISP & ACSM CERTIFIED HYDROGRAPHER Chief Hydrographer and Coastal Geologist with Geodynamics, Dave excels in the collection, processing and analysis of high-density spatial data derived from sophisticated marine, airborne and land-based instrumentation systems. Dave has worked with NASA, NC State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and The Center for Marine & Wetland Studies, and the Antarctic Research Program. While working as a manager of the South Carolina Beach Erosion Research and Monitoring (BERM) program, Dave modernized coastal elevation modeling through unique three-dimensional survey techniques and data-specific interpolation algorithms that provide digital elevation models with greater accuracy and reliability. Dave is also a Certified GIS Professional (GISP) and a ACSM Certified Hydrographic Surveyor.

EDUCATION • M.S., Marine Geology, North Carolina State University • B.A., Environmental Geo-Science and GIS minor, West Virginia University