Aerial Surveys International Invests in Optech Orion M300 ALTM

by Alexis Brumm
26 June 2012

Tagsbusiness, geospatial, lidar

TorontoOptech announced the sale of an integrated airborne surveying and mapping system to Aerial Surveys International of Watkins, Colo. The system includes an Optech Orion M300 ALTM pre-configured for an Optech medium-format aerial digital camera.

"Our business model has always been as an acquisition-only service firm to the geospatial industry, so we needed a system that would be adept at low-altitude corridor mapping with strong above-ground object sensitivity, superior multiple-return vegetation penetration and high signal-to-noise ratios. With the Orion M300 we get high-quality data feature collection, great multiple-return vertical point density as a product of the small 0.7-m pulse separation, and excellent low-reflectance surface detection—but the laser is still powerful enough for us to perform high-altitude wide area mapping from our current fixed-wing aircraft without modifications, and more efficiently than anyone else in the industry. The Orion M300 provides the clients we service with exceptional shot-to-shot data precision and accuracy that is evident in the quality of Optech's timing electronics and industry-leading laser technology," said Mark Shubert and Ron Macke, co-owners of Aerial Surveys International. "We are really excited about the position this acquisition puts us in. We will have the ability to economically provide best-of-class of LiDAR and concurrent imagery data to a broad range of clients with myriad applications."

Maxime Elbaz, president of Optech, is also enthusiastic. "We're very pleased to have our LiDAR-camera systems used for such a range of applications. Our approach of tightly integrating the Orion M300, a compact LiDAR mapper, with Optech’s medium format camera in a single multi-station mount will enable Aerial Surveys International to develop the right system to establish themselves as the leading strategic business partner to the geospatial industry, in a challenging business environment."

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