Scanner Acquisition to Expand Data Acquisition
Additional capacity to support statewide mapping programs, as well as the U.S. Geological Survey’s 3D Elevation Program is expected through the acquisition by Woolpert, www.woolpert.com, Dayton, Ohio, of three new lidar (light detection and ranging) system Leica ALS80 Airborne Laser Scanners from Leica Geosystems, www.leica-geosystems.us/en/index.htm, Norcross, Ga.
The addition of the lidar—which measures ranges and variable distances to the Earth via pulsed laser light—will allow the national architecture, engineering, and geospatial firm to further expand its aerial data collection services. 3D mapping done by the firm includes lidar.
“The ALS80s are each 25% more efficient in our applications than the ALS70s that they’re replacing, plus we are adding a third system,” explains Jeff Lovin, Woolpert senior vice president and director of government solutions at Woolpert, which continues to expand its aerial mapping services from unmanned aerial systems to lidar collections to satellite imagery. “In effect, we’ve more than doubled our aerial lidar collection capacity.”
Kirk McClurkin, vice president and director of geospatial solutions and information technology, Woolpert, indicates the application of the Leica ALS80s will extend to multiple markets within the firm. “These systems will support large-area data collects, as well as urban planning on smaller scales, to support the federal and civil government, transportation, water, and energy industries,” McClurkin relates.
“We have an extensive fleet of pilots and operators that can handle emergency and non-emergency needs—from Hurricane Sandy and South Carolina flooding imagery collections to any range of client requests,” McClurkin continues. “This acquisition expands what we can do in all markets.”
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