Jefferson County Hires Woolpert to Implement Cityworks, Upgrade Asset Management Systems

Workflows within and between departments in Alabama’s most populated county are being improved, aligned and standardized.

Birmingham, Ala. (Jan. 15, 2019) — Woolpert was contracted by Jefferson County, Ala., to implement the Cityworks Enterprise Asset Management System (AMS) for its Department of Roads and Transportation, and to upgrade the AMS for the county’s Department of Environmental Services.

The two-part, multiyear project will improve, align and standardize the work order services and asset management groups of the nine divisions within these departments.

John Cestnick, Woolpert project manager, said Jefferson County has been a Cityworks user for many years and sought a technological refresh and augmentation. Woolpert, a Cityworks Platinum Implementation Partner, has worked with the GIS-centric asset maintenance management solution provider for more than 20 years. The architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm has performed close to 400 Cityworks implementations, leading all Cityworks partners.

Deputy County Manager Cal Markert said the Department of Roads and Transportation will implement Cityworks for the first time and relied on Woolpert’s expertise to set up the most efficient workflows based on the industry standard. He said this knowledge was very important in making the change to the new GIS-based work management system.

Srikanth Karra, chief information officer for Jefferson County, said this enterprise asset management system helps Jefferson County realize the benefits of GIS-based, real-time updates to effectively and efficiently manage enterprise-wide assets, and helps realize efficiencies with fully integrated workflow processes across multiple departments.

Cestnick, who also is a Professional Surveyor and Mapper, is among Woolpert’s close to two dozen employees certified by The Institute of Asset Management (IAM). IAM is the international professional body for those involved in the acquisition, operation and care of physical assets, especially critical infrastructure.

“Jefferson County aims to leverage Woolpert’s asset management industry expertise to update the previously configured system,” Cestnick said. “This implementation will normalize workflows across divisions and provide a solution that supports the county’s continuous operational improvement initiatives.”

About Jefferson County
Jefferson County is the most populous county in the state of Alabama with around 700,000 population. Jefferson County was established on Dec. 13, 1819, by the Alabama Legislature. It was named in honor of former President Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson County is located in the north-central portion of the state, on the southernmost edge of the Appalachian Mountains. Its rapid growth as an industrial city in the 20th century, based on heavy manufacturing in steel and iron, established its dominance. Jefferson County has a land area of about 1,119 square miles (2,900 km2).

About Woolpert
Woolpert is the fastest growing architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm in the country, delivering value to clients in all 50 states and around the world by strategically blending innovative design and engineering excellence with leading-edge technology and geospatial applications. With a dynamic research and development department, Woolpert works with inventive business partners such as Google and Esri; operates a fleet of planes, sensors and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS); and continually pushes industry boundaries by working with advanced water technologies, asset management, building information modeling (BIM) and sustainable design. The firm, which is 95th among the ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms, supports a mission to help its clients progress and become more progressive. For over 100 years and with 28 offices across the U.S., Woolpert serves federal, state and local governments; private and public companies and universities; energy and transportation departments; and the U.S. Armed Forces. For more information, visit or call 937-531-1258.