95West Aerial Mapping offers innovative data collection by integrating an UltraCam Eagle Mark 3 aerial camera system with a Riegl VQ-1560 II-S airborne laser scanner in one aircraft.
Simultaneous operations controlled with TopoFlight Systems management software cut flight time in half compared to separate missions, and the four-band large-format imagery and LiDAR point cloud are perfectly in sync.
In early 2021, 95West purchased the new camera and LiDAR hardware, as well as a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan. Custom modifications were made to allow two camera ports to be added, and the combined system was ready to fly by September. The upgraded equipment allows the firm to tailor its products to the needs of the client and deliver custom solutions whenever necessary.
“Our clients are transitioning from using conventional stereo compilation to LiDAR so we wanted to upgrade our LiDAR and camera equipment to produce the highest quality data at maximum efficiency,” said Miles Strain, Aerial Services Manager and Vice President at 95West. “The UltraCam Eagle has better data resolution and clarity than other cameras we considered, while a major part of the decision was the opportunity to form strategic partnerships with other mapping firms. Vexcel’s reputation for high quality is a key selling point for us.”
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