Aerial Mapping 2011

Change in the Air

As a surveyor I’m interested in the interplay among surveying and related professions, especially photogrammetry. For example, we frequently talk about the technology revolution taking place in surveying, and the mapping industry is undergoing equivalent changes. Also, with our professions as intertwined as they are, the economic fallout over the last few years has had similar effects on mapping and surveying firms alike.

Our annual Aerial Mapping editions have chronicled these changes for six years now, with our regular Aerial Perspective columns in Professional Surveyor Magazine complementing them.

This edition’s features provide a range of topics and perspectives, from large mapping firms and cutting-edge technologies to the small imagery-provider.  The big firms are engaged in successful, large-scale projects and have an optimistic forecast for the coming year. This is great news considering the current economic conditions that result in some of the small firms having a tougher go of things.

This assessment is confirmed by Matt Smith, president of Virginia Resource Mapping, a small mapping firm in northern Virginia. He told me that public sector work is very competitive, but, as with surveying, much of this work is handled by the larger firms, and the current market is still very tight for the small shops. Smith said, “Competition is fiercer because there’s such little work out there. It used to be that schedule was the key factor when competing for jobs. Now price has taken the top spot.” Additionally, he sees jobs that once would have been contracted out for aerial mapping being retained and mapped in-house by survey firms, further reducing the work available to the smaller firms.

And while we hear much about the digital revolution, Smith shared that most of their photography is still done on film, though he does agree that digital imagery is “quite spectacular.” This transition to digital photography is the focus of one of our feature stories, from Bergman Photographic Services.

The mapping profession continues to see sharp advances in technology, with broader acceptance and applications of lidar mapping, deployment of multiple sensors, and—outside of the United States at least—the use of UAVs as an alternative mapping platform. Another of our feature articles focuses on this hot topic. 

New technologies, the economy, sourcing new work and new markets—all this in addition to tackling professional concerns such as licensure issues and continuing competition from public agencies—are now our everyday realities. All of this brings challenges, while some of it also presents opportunities when approached the right way.  Interesting times, indeed.

Until next time,

Case Studies

Corporate Profiles



Aerial Mapping 2011: Case Studies

Leica Geosystems

A Solid Bet

When veteran pilot, professional engineer and land surveyor Gary Grigsby took off from Rifle, Colo. last June in his helicopter and newly fitted LiDAR sensor and digital camera to survey a canyon, he harbored a shade of uncertainty about how well the technology would perform over the challenging terrain ahead.
Mary Jo Wagner

Reigl USA

Power Line Mapping with LiDAR

Today, the Power Transmission Industry is facing many challenges in providing and aiding our Nation in its growing demand for electricity. They are faced with reliability challenges that could lead to brownouts and blackouts, such as the ones encountered in 1965, 1977, 1996 and the most recent in 2003. In addition to reliability, vegetation incursions raise safety concerns for wildfires, which create even greater problems.
Vladimir Kadatskiy & Peter Licari


Optech LMS: Streamlining the Lidar Calibration & Data Processing Workflow

Data calibration is critical to lidar processing. Because the ability to optimize and maintain a sensor calibration is essential to reliable and consistent data quality, the new Optech LMS software, which automatically optimizes sensor calibrations by using available project data, is intriguing.
James Wilder Young

eCognition (Trimble)

Approaching Near Real-time Mapping Solutions for Geointelligence

eCognition’s advanced approach to feature extraction, known as object-based image analysis, supports a broad range of intelligence and rapid-response applications. It is highly scalable, thrives in multi-sensor production environments and, in the hands of a trained expert, provides a tangible tactical advantage for disaster response teams.


Supporting the Full Design and Construction Cycle, NE Illinois

Multiple Service at Valley International Airport, Harlingen, Texas

Climate Change Studies at Mt. Wrangell, Alaska

Midwest Aerial Photography

A New Age of Technology & Imaging Science

Aerial Image acquisition for geospatial applications is a constantly evolving science of imaging sensor equipment, precise positioning, and computer/software technologies. As new technologies become available, new and creative applications of aerial geospatial products and services are being utilized to support current and future requirements for managing our environment, land use, utility infrastructure and transportation facilities.


Making Business Sense of Mobile Mapping

Trimble MX8: The Trimble MX8 Mobile Spatial Imaging System is an advanced mobile data capture system that combines imaging and laser scanning capabilities to measure objects in 3D to produce 3D, 4D and 5D data sets for spatial imaging projects.
Trimble Digital Sensor System (DSS): The Trimble Digital Sensor System (DSS) is a complete, turn-key airborne digital imaging system for the efficient production of highly accurate, high-resolution orthophotos and orthomosaics.

Aerial Mapping 2011: Feature Articles

The Alaska Statewide Mapping Project

This is the next step in a challenging task that began almost 300 years ago.
Anthony B Follett, CP, RPP, PPS

"As we turn the calendar from 2010 to 2011, the aerial mapping market continues to be in transition across the board. Here I’ll consider developments that are gaining steam and others just introduced, and I’ll speculate about how some of them introduce us to challenges and opportunities.

Overview - Adapting to Change

Tina Cary, PhD

New Kid in the Sky

Lightweight unmanned vehicles show their worth on small-scale photogrammetric projects and offer advantages over traditional aerial mapping and ground surveying.  A Canadian company shows how.
Ken Whitehead, MSc

"I sincerely believe that 2011 will be a banner year for our company. I say that because I have confidence that with our client base, our tools, and our staff we will make it so. We plan on success every year, and, due to our team and our tools, our prophecies tend to be self-fulfilling. I sincerely believe that the precepts are the same for any firm."

Overview - 2011: The Importance of a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Patrick M. Olsen, PLS, PPS, CP, PE

From Analog to Digital

One company's shift to aerial mapping technology.
Bruce Bergman

Aerial Mapping 2011: Corporate Profiles

Aerial Data Services
Aerial Services Inc.
Airborne Scientific Inc.
Cardinal Systems
Dynamic Aviation
Keystone Aerial Surveys
Leica Geosystems
Merrick & Company

Midwest Aerial Photography
MJ Harden
PCI Geomatics
Riegl USA
Surdex Corporation
Trimble (eCognition)
Valley Air Photos
Wilson & Company

Aerial Data Services

8301 E. 51st Street, Ste. 100, Tulsa, OK 74145-9046
918-622-4144 • 800-888-9163 • Fax: 918-622-4119

Aerial Data Service, Inc. is the largest full service photogrammetric firm in the State of Oklahoma.  With our offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Austin, Texas, ADS provides aerial photography and photogrammetric mapping services to hundreds of engineering firms and governmental agencies across the country.

Established in 1964, ADS became incorporated in 1973 and a 100-percents woman-owned firm in 1984.  ADS currently employs a staff of 35, including three American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Certified Photogrammetrists, two Geographic Information Systems Professionals (GISP), one Registered Land Surveyors, and two ATP Rated Professional Pilots, who together comprise over 100 years of cumulative experience.

ADS provides mobile LiDAR scanning and ground based laser scanning for 3-D modeling and as-built mapping.  The laser system virtually covers the subject area with laser pulses, producing a point cloud of data.  Our Lynx Mobile Mapper survey system collects engineering/survey grade LiDAR data over large areas at highway speed and with accuracy that exceeds airborne technologies.

Using some of the most sophisticated technology and exceptional aerial imagery, we can provide digital 3D mapping services to be used alone or with GIS modeling software.  See the world the way it truly is, with unmatched clarity and accuracy.  Call or visit our website

No matter what that photogrammetric requirement, you can count on ADS to meet it. 

Aerial Services, Inc.

6315 Chancellor Drive, P.O. Box 336, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613
319-277-0436 • Fax 866-800-4799 • 877-ASI-4GIS

Contact: Mike Tully, President & CEO • Joshua McNary, Marketing Manager

Aerial Services, Inc. (ASI) is an established provider of geospatial solutions. With their experienced team of professionals, Aerial Services will exceed your expectations and deliver on their promises.

Start To Finish They Make Your Life Easier
Aerial Services can take your mapping project from initial concept to final application. They will start by working with you to determine your specific needs. Then, they will deploy flight crews to acquire aerial photography and/or LiDAR, execute post-processing of data, develop spatially accurate maps, and deliver the software you need.

Helping You Meet Your Needs
Aerial Services works with you to ensure your mapping objectives are achieved. They will ask the right questions to develop a plan of action and deliver on those promises. If a change in plan arises, they will make it right by creating an acceptable solution.

Current Technology Solving Your Problems
Technology is always evolving in the geospatial profession.  Aerial Services embraces this technology to increase the efficiency of your project.  They currently fly two state-of-the-art Leica Aerial Digital Sensors (ADS80).  This allows them to provide value added options and solutions that make your life easier.

Midwestern Work Ethic Means Success
Located in the charming Midwestern town of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Aerial Services provides all of the services of the large geospatial providers with the attention to detail and personal service of smaller operations. Their four decades of experience backs up this claim with repeat customers from utility giants, engineering firms, all levels of government, and many other sectors.


Locations in Alaska, Colorado, Minnesota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin

With a dedicated staff of 230 in offices across the country, AeroMetric, Inc. is one of the largest and most experienced full service geospatial solutions companies in the nation. The firm has a long tradition of consistent performance and enduring client relationships built on over eight decades of quality service. AeroMetric’s client base includes many of the top North American industrial firms, seaports and airports, energy suppliers, mine and landfill operators, as well as a host of federal, state and local government agencies.

Clients call on AeroMetric for precisely tailored geospatial mapping services in conjunction with feasibility studies, infrastructure mapping, engineering design and construction, temporal change detection and assessment, homeland security, emergency response, and many other applications.  AeroMetric has the experience, technical expertise, and depth of staff resources to enable excellent performance on challenging geospatial projects from multisensor data fusion for small sites to state-wide mapping programs. Our staff includes surveyors, pilots, engineers, and photogrammetrists, as well as mapping scientists and GIS specialists working from strategically located production offices.


40 West Oakland Avenue
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
801-487-3273 • Fax 801-487-3313

The Industry Leader in High-Quality Digital Mapping
Delivered On Time, On Budget

Aero-Graphics supplies comprehensive geospatial mapping products to customers throughout the United States. Aero-Graphics was the first company in the Intermountain West to implement a fully digital map compilation environment through acquisition of a large format digital camera and LiDAR sensor. As an industry leader, Aero-Graphics specializes in high-quality digital mapping delivered on schedule at competitive prices. We continue to make a concerted effort to remain at the forefront of mapping technology, thus providing customers with the best possible results.

Aero-Graphics owns and operates a full-time aerial acquisition service, allowing for complete control of its flight schedule.  With two professional land surveyors and five certified photogrammetrists on staff, we ensure the highest quality mapping standards are adhered to.  The latest LiDAR processing and softcopy systems are utilized to produce digital topographic mapping, bare-earth data sets and orthorectified imagery for clients in government, civil engineering, mining and utility sectors. In 2011, Aero-Graphics will deploy a mobile LiDAR mapping system for use in transportation design engineering.  At Aero-Graphics we don’t just get the job done – we get it done right, on schedule and on budget – the first time, everytime.

Airborne Scientific Inc.

5000 W 120th Place
Overland Park, KS 66209
913-620-7780 •

Contact: Cliff Gill

International Aerial Data Acquisition Services
Airborne Scientific started as a flight services company in 1994. Over the past decade we developed the CessnaCam in order to extend our airborne data collection capabilities without having to purchase and cut expensive holes in perfectly good airplanes. We flew the CessnaCam for hundreds of hours as both a permanently installed product on our own aircraft, as well as installing and removing the CessnaCam for short term projects on local rental aircraft. The CessnaCam has proven itself to be very reliable and cost effective replacement for expensive modified aircraft to host newer generation compact digital sensors.

The CessnaCam sensor pod is one of the world’s only portable FAA Supplemental Type Certified aerial sensor enclosures, turning a standard Cessna airplane into a vertical mapping aircraft quickly without any modification. It is ideal for international deployments where photo modified aircraft are in short supply.

Systems Integrators and Sensor Manufacturers:
Contact us about integrating your sensor into our enclosure, expand your client base to those without photo modified aircraft.

Service Providers: Looking to fill an international contract or have an aircraft mechanical issue?

Surveyors, GIS Specialists, Government Entities:
Collect your own aerial imagery or lidar without requiring a service provider. Use your stock aircraft, an aircraft available for rent at the local airport, or partner with one of our flight specialists in your project area, and buy or rent a CessnaCam equipped with a turnkey sensor appropriate for the project at hand.

Applications include: Emergency response, photogrammetry, GIS mapping, environmental monitoring, powerline and pipeline patrol, videography, and law enforcement.

DiMAC sprl

Charleroi Airport, South Terminal,
Rue des Fusillés, Building S13
6041 Gosselies, BELGIUM
+32 71 57 25 30 • Fax: +32 71 57 25 31

DiMAC is a leading provider of airborne digital imagery camera systems, specifically for photogrammetric and orthophotoplan applications. The development of DiMAC products is based on many years of experience in aerial cartography, which enables engineers and designers at DiMAC to identify clearly the essential requirements of the aerial imaging industry, and to address them with a range of DiMAC solutions.

DiMAC provides large- and medium-format airborne camera systems based on its patented True Forward Motion Compensation technology. Developed nearly a decade ago, this unique technology allows significant improvement of image quality by reducing blur caused by the aircraft’s forward movement. Leveraging its expertise in aerial cartography, DiMAC develops, manufactures and sells state-of-the art yet affordable modular systems, using True FMC and True Colour, that lead to the sharpest images on the market.

DiMAC offers DiMAC ULTRALiGHT+, featuring a 60-Megapixel sensor, DiMAC LiGHT+ with 8,900 pixels across by 6,700 pixels along the flight line, and DiMAC WiDE+, a distinctive large-format digital aerial camera, with 13,000 pixels across by 8,900 pixels along the flight line.

DiMAC, an Optech company, benefits from Optech’s technological skill and strong manufacturing expertise, enhancing the continuous development of DiMAC cameras. In addition, DiMAC shares Optech’s dedication to customers through its unique and widely respected global 24/7 technical support. DiMAC operates worldwide and delivers its state-of-the-art technologies wherever aerial photography for precise mapping is required.

Dynamic Aviation

1402 Airport Road, P.O. Box 7, Bridgewater, Virginia 22812
800-717-1806 • Fax 540-828-4031

Contact: Steve Scates

Dynamic Aviation specializes in providing aircraft and aviation infrastructure to agencies and organization with exacting data needs, but lacking aviation expertise. We do not own aerial cameras or remote sensors. Our customers do. We offer versatile, superior aerial platforms into which these technologies can be installed to acquire data of all types. By allowing our customers to allocate their capital to technology – not aircraft – Dynamic Aviation makes it possible for our customers to operate more efficiently.

Our large fleet of King Airs, coupled with our aviation infrastructure, has enabled Dynamic Aviation to become the international leader in providing airborne data acquisition services. We specialize in low level remote sensing. Applications utilizing our aircraft are nearly unlimited. Our aerial platforms can be deployed to obtain LIDAR, multispectral and hyperspectral data. They may be used for aerial photography, magnetometry, radiometrics, and air sampling; as well as for aerial surveillance and maritime surveillance.

Our operations are focused on safety, reliability and relationships. We provide safe, multi-engine, turbine powered airplanes that are meticulously maintained. Our aviation infrastructure and modification center allows major upgrades and extensive modifications to be completed at our Bridgewater, VA complex. We carefully select and comprehensively train all of our pilots. We provide customer-focused, professional pilots who constantly endeavor to exceed the expectations of our customers. Each of these actions is intentional, and is integrated into the formation of long term relationships with customers.

As a result, Dynamic Aviation is uniquely qualified to successfully perform on airborne data acquisitions projects anywhere within the world.

Cardinal Systems, LLC

701 N Oceanshore Boulevard Flagler Beach, FL 32136
386-439-2525 • Fax 386-439-0259

Cardinal Systems, LLC, offers a variety of software modules for use by the many professions in the mapping community and is the result of over 20 years of development. Its flagship program, VrOne®, is a powerful mapping vector collection and editing system with Digital Terrain Modeling, batch processing, image handling, data translations and application overlaying.

VrLiDAR, its newest module, allows the display and editing of LiDAR point data in 2D and true three-dimensional stereo.  The four configurations available in VrLiDAR enable vector, symbol and text to be collected and edited using the extensive VrOne mapping tools which include over 200 commands and over 140 mapping applications.  The 3D ViewPoint application allows the collection and editing of vector data using LiDAR point clouds without imagery in true 3D stereo. Real-time cursor draping to the LiDAR surface is available in this environment.

Other features are on-demand autocorrelation, DTM processing and image manipulation such as sampling, tonal balancing, splicing, feathering, simple rectification and orthophoto generation.

Cardinal’s software is in use throughout North America and Europe as well as Central and South America and Asia.  NASA uses the Vr Mapping Software for 3D analysis of the Space Shuttle while on orbit along with other specialized close range photogrammetric tasks.

Based in Flagler Beach, Florida, Cardinal continues to expand and enhance its suite of programs that interact and perform numerous software functions required in the surveying, engineering and mapping industry. Our products currently include VrOne, VrTwo, VrLiDAR, VrOrtho, VrMosaic, VrBalance, VrAirTrig, VrAdjust, VrVolumes and VrLite.

We offer in-depth comprehensive training in your offices or at our training facility in Florida and provide prompt, thorough support services.  For more information, please visit our webpage at

Keystone Aerial Surveys, Inc.

Northeast Philadelphia Airport, Post Office Box #21059, Philadelphia, PA 19114-0559
215-677-3119 • Fax 215-464-2889

Contact: John Schmitt     
Scope of Business: National    
Geographic Locations: South America, North America, Worldwide

Keystone Aerial Surveys, Inc. (KAS) is a certified woman owned business specializing in providing high quality aerial photography and remote sensing surveys.

Since 1963, KAS has flown millions of survey miles throughout North America, including Mexico and Canada. We have offices located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Benson, Arizona. Our flight department has considerable experience collecting both Airborne GPS (ABGPS) and Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) along with airborne imagery at high and low altitudes in several formats including digital (RGB, NIR, 4-band) and film (color positive, color negative, color infrared, black and white). 

KAS offers the GIS Community experienced, professional crews equipped with high quality, state of the art equipment consisting of 4 Microsoft UltraCam large and medium format digital sensors, 12 Metric film cameras (6”, 8.25” & 12” lens cones); 1 Optech Gemini LiDAR system @ 167 kHz, 4 Applanix 510 POS/AVTM IMU System. With seventeen survey aircraft, you have increased assurance that your project will be completed on time and receive the maximum benefit from limited weather or sun angle.

Our photo lab provides Color and B&W custom products from our extensive digital and film library.  KAS offers scanning via 4 Leica DSW scanners and high resolution digital enlargements. KAS has also developed a web portal,, which provides customers access to KAS’ current digital imagery, historic film archive, and airborne magnetometer survey data.  Built on the powerful Microsoft BING interface, KASView enables you to search for imagery by state, city, date, and imagery type.  KASView also allows uploading of shapefiles to help identify applicable projects and automatically select the imagery that covers the area of interest.

Leica Geosystems

5051 Peachtree Corners Circle, Suite 250
Norcross, GA 30092
770-326-9500 • Fax 770-447-0710 •

Leica Geosystems and Z/I Imaging – Airborne Sensor Solutions from Hexagon Geosystems

Hexagon Geosystems’ newly formed Geospatial Solutions Division is bringing together Leica Geosystems’ Airborne Sensors and Intergraph’s Z/I Imaging solutions.

With over 80 years experience, Leica Geosystems is a global leader in the design, delivery and support of airborne digital sensors for the geospatial marketplace. Along with the well-known RC30, Leica Geosystems airborne sensor portfolio today includes a wide range of innovative technologies and products such as the RCD series of medium format digital frame cameras, the ADS pushbroom sensors, the ALS LiDAR series and the Leica IPAS GNSS/IMU solutions.

For nearly the same 80 years, Zeiss and later Z/I Imaging have set standards in the airborne photogrammetric market with such products as the RMK series and the DMC. Today, Z/I Imaging continues to drive innovation and productivity with the new DMCII group of digital mapping cameras.

Sensors from Leica Geosystems and Z/I Imaging are fully integrated in a suite of end-to-end workflow solutions.  These include flight planning, GNSS/IMU processing as well as the most comprehensive post-processing tools for the delivery of map products and 3D models in the fastest time possible. Hexagon Geosystems’ combined airborne sensor portfolio of Leica Geosystems and Z/I sensors offers complete solutions for almost all airborne mapping applications plus all business models and continues to give each sensor owner the highest and most consistent return on investment.

In addition to world class sensors, Hexagon Geosystems offers a full range of product support, service and training with offices located in over 25 countries worldwide.

Merrick & Company

2450 S. Peoria Street
Aurora, CO 80014
303-751-2581 • Fax 303-751-2581 •

Contact: Deb Schindler

Merrick’s full-service geospatial technologies services and solutions meet the data collection, mapping, documentation, and application needs of a variety of markets. Through its 12 offices, Merrick serves the energy, national security, science & technology, and infrastructure markets. Local, regional, national, and international governments call upon the firm for these services as well as power and utility companies, transportation districts, national security agencies, military intelligence and defense clients, water resource agencies, and land and commercial development companies.

To provide particular value to Merrick’s clients, the firm has recently put into service a helicopter-based, multi-sensor platform. This platform has the capabilities to acquire LiDAR, natural color, video, color infrared, and meteorological data, simultaneously, thus providing increased accuracy and shorter data acquisition timeframes. The new multi-sensor platform is especially valuable in:

LiDAR data acquisition & manipulation for:
  • Power transmission corridor mapping
  • Rail & highway corridor mapping
  • Flood plain mapping
  • Urban modeling
  • Homeland security
  • Airfield obstruction surveys
Hyperspectral imagery for:
  • Land use / land cover mapping
  • Environmental studies
  • Wetland mapping
  • Mineral exploration
  • Oil & gas exploration
The helicopter-based, multi-sensor platform joins the firm’s two additional fixed-wing aircraft to provide clients with the exact resources to get the project done, on time and with optimum accuracy. With 55 years in surveying, mapping, and engineering, Merrick knows how to perform for clients and it is the resource to call upon for your land data needs. When accuracy counts, call Merrick.

Vexcel Imaging

1690 38th Street
Boulder, CO 80301 USA
303-546-1301 • fax: 425-936-7329

Contact: Jerry Skaw

A wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, Vexcel Imaging GmbH offers state-of-the-art photogrammetric products based on the latest and most-advanced technological developments. Our flagship product—the UltraCam photogrammetric digital aerial mapping camera—was first introduced in 2004 to offer customers an alternative to traditional film aerial technology. Since the launch of the first UltraCam model—the UltraCamD—Vexcel Imaging has continued to enhance the product, primarily through improvements to its image footprint and storage subsystem, resulting in the releases of the UltraCamX, UltraCamXp and UltraCamXp Wide Angle that features a wide-angle lens to allow for efficient data collection at lower altitudes. In 2008, we announced the lighter and more compact UltraCamL mapping camera, ideal for smaller aircraft and local projects that require a rapid response. In working towards a more complete photogrammetric system, Vexcel Imaging offers our UltraMap workflow software. UltraMap provides a complete and integrated photogrammetric workflow for UltraCam images.  Aerial Triangulation is integrated smoothly into the workflow.  Monolithic Stitching significantly improves the geometric image accuracy for unstructured terrain, and model-based radiometric correction allows you to eliminate hotspots, atmospheric effects, and haze.  Through a partnership with PCI Geomatics, UltraMap processing is now extended with multi-core, distributed, GPU-based orthorectification and automosaicking with GeoImaging Accelerator Aerial (GXL Aerial) to provide UltraCam customers wtih an end-toend image processing system.

Industry Leader
Vexcel Imaging has become a leading provider of photogrammetric digital aerial cameras, thanks in part to our technological innovations and commitment to quality customer support. Our business philosophies are guided by a strong commitment to provide customers with high quality photogrammetric products at competitive price/performance ratios to best position those companies to successfully compete in the geospatial services market.

Vexcel Imaging offers products worldwide through sales teams located in Graz, Austria and Boulder, Colorado, backed by a support team with calibration labs in both locations. We also partner with organizations across the globe to provide worldwide sales and support for our products.

In addition to the development efforts of the UltraCam line of digital aerial cameras and the UltraMap workflow software for the global market, Vexcel Imaging develops camera systems and software systems specifically for the Bing Maps Platform. This includes fully automated orthorectification software being used by Microsoft to process thousands of UltraCam images for Bing Maps and its web site.

Unique in the Industry
Our strengths lie in our technical and community know-how combined with our ability to tap into Microsoft innovations, arguably a unique value proposition within the remote-sensing industry. It is this technology integration, in part, that enables Vexcel Imaging to consistently offer state-of-the-art products at price points accessible to smaller organizations. As we innovate, we provide newer and better technologies that include an upgrade path to allow customers to migrate to new products without necessarily needing to abandon their existing tools.

MJ Harden

5700 Broadmoor, Suite 800
Mission, KS 66202-2402
913-981-9600 • Fax 913-981-9602

Contact: Joe Osborne, Senior Director of Sales

MJ Harden has been in business since 1956 and its main office is located in the Kansas City area. Clients include utilities, government agencies, civil and environmental engineering firms, and pipeline operators. MJ Harden’s mission is to provide innovative geospatial solutions that make our customers more successful.

Aerial Imagery and LiDAR
MJ Harden’s operates two (2) Z/I Digital Mapping Camera (DMC) systems and the Optech Gemini LiDAR system.  The DMC’s leading edge technology simultaneously captures B/W, Color, and CIR data in a single flight with amazing image clarity and accuracy.  The Gemini’s system configuration, with multipulse technology, can be adapted to accommodate diverse topography, land cover, and project design. 

Photogrammetric Mapping
MJ Harden’s skilled compilation operators have decades of photo interpretation experience that assures our services for orthophotography, planimetric mapping and topographic mapping meet the highest standards for accuracy and completeness.

GIS Services
MJ Harden provides turnkey GIS solutions that are designed to address the geospatial data management needs of government agencies, utilities and private firms. As providers of total GIS solutions, we support our consulting services with strong expertise in mapping, data conversion and migration, and end-user application development.

A GeoEye Company    
As part of the GeoEye, Inc. family, MJ Harden has direct access to quality satellite imagery to meet the needs of our clients. GeoEye is the world’s largest provider of high-resolution commercial satellite imagery.  The GeoEye-1 satellite is equipped with the most sophisticated technology ever used in a commercial satellite system.

MJ Harden provides information management services with EyeQ, which integrates secure, timely and accurate location information into your current business environment with global, 24/7 access. Combining GeoEye’s multi-source imagery products with on-demand tools for managing information and project-based collaboration, we empower clients to search, organize and share geospatial data.

Midwest Aerial Photography 

7535 West Broad Street
Galloway, Ohio 43119

Midwest Aerial Photography has established itself as the principal firm in the center of America that specializes in aerial photogrammetry imaging. Our very survival as a business entity has always depended on our ability to deliver a high quality professional product in a timely manner. Our customary operational area has included the Great Lakes region, Mississippi River Valley states, Gulf Coast states, Plains states of the Midwest, and the south Atlantic states of United States, however we have completed projects throughout the entire United States and eastern Canada. With our growth, we have established a branch flight operations facility in Nashville, Tennessee in addition to our normal home base in central, Ohio.

Optech Incorporated

300 Interchange Way
Vaughan, Ontario, Canada L4K 5Z8
905-660-0808 • Fax: 905-660-0829

Lidar Imaging Solutions
Optech is the world leader in the development and manufacture of advanced laser and imaging survey instruments. With operations and staff worldwide, for over 35 years Optech has refined lidar technology to empower surveyors with fast, accurate and cost-effective solutions.

Airborne Survey
Optech’s Airborne Survey products excel in the efficient acquisition of high-accuracy spatial data over land and water. Optech’s ALTM and SHOALS systems provide the competitive advantage that clients demand. Available in both application and platform-dependent configurations, Optech ALTMs offer the greatest flexibility and efficiency available to the professional surveyor today—and with a complete line of fully integrated aerial imaging cameras. Whether it is a high-altitude wide-area mapping project, a low-altitude power line survey, or a small payload, low-power platform requirement, Optech delivers complete data collection solutions for a full range of application and installation scenarios.

Mobile Survey
Optech’s Lynx Mobile Mapper represents the next generation in the rapid collection of survey-grade 3D data. This revolutionary mobile mapping system integrates the newest innovation in lidar sensors with best-of-class imaging, navigation and product warranty and support.

Terrestrial Survey
Optech’s ILRIS (Intelligent Laser Ranging and Imaging System) is a complete, fully portable, laser-based 3D imaging and digitizing system for the commercial survey, engineering, mining and industrial markets.

PCI Geomatics

50 West Wilmot Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada L4B 1M5

At the forefront of the geo-image processing software industry, 
developing advanced software for automated production workflows

PCI Geomatics is a leader in geo-imaging products and solutions, delivering modular image processing software, training, and support services to government, industry and academic clients worldwide. For nearly 30 years, PCI has been at the forefront of the geo-image processing software industry, developing desktop software for production workflows. In response to the increasing demand for high throughput and rigorous image correction requirements, the company has invested heavily in high speed computing, developing automated, modular, and high speed image processing solutions.

Partnership with industry leader – Microsoft’s Vexcel Imaging GmbH
Seeking a partner to offer a complete workflow to its client base, Vexcel Imaging GmbH, Microsoft’s photogrammetry division, chose PCI Geomatics. Together, PCI Geomatics and Vexcel Imaging GmbH have developed GeoImaging Accelerator – Aerial (or, GXL-Aerial), which completes Vexcel’s UltraMap workflow with the addition of high-speed orthorectification and mosaicking.

The demand for high quality, up-to-date imagery is driving the requirement for both cameras and software to capture and process volumes of data never before seen. Simply put, data is being acquired at a faster rate than it can be processed. In a competitive market, imagery providers are looking for the most cost-effective ways to produce high quality output as quickly as possible, with market pressure on camera operators to produce mosaics rather than uncorrected imagery alone. Enter GXL-Aerial, an automated ortho and mosaic processing solution for high performance throughput and quick project turnaround.

Innovative multi threaded processing and GPU based acceleration
PCI’s GeoImaging Accelerator (or, GXL) is the latest evolution in image processing and analysis technology specifically designed to address geospatial industry needs for high levels of automation and production capacity. GXL is a joint hardware and software solution that combines the power and precision of Graphics Processing Units (GPU-based hardware) and improved data handling, distributed multithreaded processing and optimized processors, with the accuracy and expertise of automated workflows. The result is a cost-effective image processing system that provides a significant improvement in speed and efficiency over older, traditional image-processing techniques.

Adopting GXL-Aerial technology will provide you with the following benefits
  • Help you to generate additional revenue through the implementation of a scalable solution that will allow you to process terrabytes of imagery per day in a highly automated and efficient manner (e.g. thousands of UltraCam Xp images in standard 60/30 overlap projects).
  • Reduce your expenses through the deployment of an integrated, off-the-shelf solution that works directly with UltraMap output.
  • Improve your operations through an informative user interface, efficient job management and simple licensing.
  • Help you to prevent incurring future losses by providing an extensible solution whereby you can add capability based on specific customer requirements of market demand.
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Riegl USA

7035 Grand National Drive, Suite 100
Orlando, Florida 32819
407-248-9927 •
contact: Jim van Rens, Riegl USA President

The key factor to Riegl USA’s success is the full service experience offered to our customers, from your initial purchase, integration of the system, training and support Riegl USA stands out as an industry leader.

Riegl USA located in Orlando, FL, is the North American office for Riegl Laser Measurement Systems, GmbH, with headquarters in Horn, Austria.  With over 32 years experience in the research, development and manufacturer of time-of-flight based optical radar systems.  Riegl’s products are used for terrestrial mapping, airborne survey, industrial process control, altimetry, aerospace, mobile, and bathymetric applications.

Riegl USA is recognized as the performance leader in the civil infrastructure, airborne scanning, mobile mapping, hydrographic, mining and terrestrial based industries.  Our instruments are well known for their ruggedness and reliability under demanding environmental conditions.  Riegl’s various 3D scanners offer a wide array of performance characteristics and serve as a platform for continuing “Innovation in 3D” for the laser scanning business.

Surdex Corporation

520 Spirit of St. Louis Boulevard
Chesterfield, MO 63005
636-368-4400 • Fax 636-368-4401
Contact: Ed Turner

25622 Creston Meadow Dr.
Houston, TX 77406
281-232-4749 • Fax 281-232-4329
Contact: Randy Burkham

For more than half a century, Surdex’s talented staff of industry professionals has provided the experience and knowledge to serve a client base of federal, state and local governments, as well as private companies in the engineering, surveying, forestry, and oil and gas exploration and transmission industries.

Our full service photogrammetric production facility allows us to control every phase of the project, from acquisition with our fleet of six company-owned aircraft fitted with the latest in aerial photographic technology, including three Digital Mapping Cameras, five aerial film cameras, and a LiDAR sensor, through final product generation and delivery. Our end-to-end capabilities ensure product quality and performance. Our highly experienced in-house crew of FAA-certified aircraft mechanics allows us to meet our schedules by increasing aircraft flight time and productivity.

We utilize the science and art of photogrammetry to provide the fastest, most accurate mapping data for our clients. We have the resources to provide clients with high quality images for their mapping needs. Give us the opportunity to produce your next project.


10355 Westmoor Drive,  Suite 100
Westminster, CO 80021  USA
720-587-4905 • Fax: 720-587-4878

Integrated solutions for aerial and land mobile mapping, transportation, utilities and energy transmission and distribution industries, and rapid response

Trimble sees a growing convergence over the next 5–10 years among the fields of land survey, mapping and GIS, and aerial mapping as data processing and expertise are moving into the field. Driving this convergence is the ability to rapidly obtain accurate geospatial data from a variety of sources, including digital imaging, scanning, and GNSS+inertial systems. Rapidly converting this data into answers is the key.

To meet this challenge, Trimble is focused on developing unique technology, solutions and services for the acquisition and exploitation of geospatial data. Trimble’s solutions streamline the capture and maintenance of high-accuracy as-built models from the planning phase, through design and construction, to the subsequent maintenance phase—delivering significant improvements in productivity. This same capability enables the creation of baseline models and post-event updates for emergency rapid response, disaster management, and security applications.

Trimble provides hardware and software for aerial and land mobile mapping, including ruggedized aerial metric cameras and complete turn-key camera/laser scanner systems for airplanes, helicopters, trucks, boats, and other manned and unmanned vehicles.

Trimble’s software provides complete workflows for extracting answers rapidly. The addition of eCognition image analysis software to Trimble’s portfolio of solutions empowers you to develop unique solutions for virtually any geospatial application.

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Trimble Navigation Limited

10355 Westmoor Drive,  Suite 100
Westminster, CO 80021  USA
720-587-4905 • Fax: 720-587-4878

Trimble is a leading provider of advanced positioning solutions that improve productivity and transform work processes. The company’s integrated solutions allow customers to collect, manage and analyze complex information faster and easier, making them more productive and efficient. Though best known for GPS technology, Trimble integrates a wide range of positioning technologies including GNSS, laser, optical and inertial technologies with application software, wireless communications, and services to provide complete solutions for surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, utilities, public safety and mapping.

For more than 30 years, Trimble has created unique positioning products that help customers grow their business. Trimble’s portfolio includes over 900 patents and serves as the basis for the broadest positioning offerings in the industry. Continued innovation and industry domain experience are the primary drivers which allow Trimble to focus on its core market segments---Engineering and Construction, Field and Mobile Worker, Agriculture and Advanced Devices.

Engineering and Construction
Trimble uses advanced positioning technologies combined with software and wireless communications to create solutions for the engineering and construction market. These solutions improve accuracy and productivity in all phases of the construction process from the initial survey to planning and design, through site preparation and into the building phase.

Field and Mobile Worker
The ability to access and share significant amounts of information, together with the knowledge of location through wireless connections, is impacting workers who are either continuously on the move or who work in remote locations. This ability to collect and share information between the field and the office is making mobile workers more productive, streamlining asset management, improving worker safety and ultimately providing better customer service.

Today, success in agriculture demands competitiveness on a global scale. Cutting costs, increasing yields and improving productivity are essential to the modern farmer. In responding to these challenges, farmers are significantly improving the way they work by applying innovative technology for guidance, flow and application control, water management and information management.

Advanced Devices
Trimble’s advanced devices use GPS/GNSS, wireless communications and other positioning technologies to create components and sub systems for original equipment manufacturers and system integrators. Trimble components are used in wireless infrastructure, automobile navigation, portable devices, scientific instrumentation, security and monitoring applications.

Trimble products are used in over 100 countries around the world. Employees in more than 21 countries, coupled with a highly capable network of dealers and distribution partners, serve and support our customers. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Valley Air Photos

5001 Aviation Way, Caldwell, Idaho 83605
208-454-1344 • Fax: 208-454-1345

Cathy Graville, Owner

Incorporating technology and expertise to provide the highest quality imagery

Valley Air Photos is a 100% woman-owned small business specializing in high accuracy, vertical aerial photography acquisition. Our full service photo lab and hangar are located on the Caldwell Industrial Airport approximately 30 miles west of Boise, Idaho. Established in 1985 by Richard Graville, Valley Air Photos has become highly regarded by our colleagues and clients. Our mission is to incorporate technology and expertise to provide the highest quality imagery at the quickest possible turn around. The VAP team serves both the public and private sectors throughout the Western United States. Our staff has experience with both film based and direct digital acquisition.

Our in-house full service photo lab allows efficiency of image production with on-site film processing, scanning, printing, and image manipulation through orthorectification and mosaicking. In addition, an extensive library of historical coverage of Idaho and surrounding states serves a vast array of research objectives. From aerial image capture to all aspects of image production, VAP is prepared to meet the highest industry standards for any size project.

Wilson & Company

4900 Lang Avenue, NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87199
Locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah

Ryan Branfort 785-820-2652
Eric Cenovich 816-556-3636
C. Scott Croshaw 505-348-4035
Scott R. Perkins 816-701-3109

Wilson & Company provides comprehensive Survey, Geospatial, and Remote Sensing services to meet our clients’ needs. We are licensed to survey in 21 states and have more than 20 fully equipped crews (including three Certified Federal Surveyors) that are outfitted with the latest technology to handle all terrain and weather conditions. We also provide complete hydrographic surveying to map underwater conditions for design and construction. Our geospatial extraction team uses digital photogrammetric workstations for the collection of planimetric and topographic features. Items commonly incorporated into our photogrammetric data include field survey data, existing photogrammetric mapping, terrestrial LiDAR data, and airborne LiDAR data. Our Certified Photogrammetrists are highly skilled in merging these complex datasets into a final format. Our remote sensing team provides aerial photography in a direct digital format utilizing our Zeiss/Intergraph Digital Mapping Camera mounted in our Rockwell Aero Commander. We acquire airborne LiDAR data with our Piper Navajo “Panther” twin-engine equipped with the advanced Optech ALTM Gemini 167kHz sensor.

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