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AAM Pty Ltd. and Vekta Pty Ltd. merge
May 15th, 2013 by Susan Smith
AAM Pty Ltd., a geospatial services and technology based in Australia, recently announced a merger with Vekta Pty Ltd., another industry leader in the geospatial industry. This merger takes Vekta out of the competition and positions AAM as one of the largest providers of geospatial services in Australasia and the Asia Pacific, as well as Africa.
According to Scott Ramage, AAM chairman and CEO, the AAM and Vekta merger gives the company the critical mass it needs to further invest in the geospatial sector. As AAM has become more involved in solutions, they realized they needed to provide a data service offering and had to be a larger company to have that scale.
AAM has been in the geospatial industry for more than 50 years. They have almost 350 geospatial professionals and a fleet of custom equipped aircraft operating across Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and Africa. They provide a wide range of geospatial services and technology, that includes land survey, aerial and satellite mapping, and services the mining, energy, infrastructure, utilities and government sectors with GIS solutions. What Vekta brings to the table is 60 years in the industry and a specialty of offering products and services for land, engineering and aerial surveys. Vekta’s customers include major national and international projects in the areas of property development, mining and construction.
“The market in Australia has changed quite a bit,” said Ramage. “The larger companies we work for such as the mining sector demand more of a total package solution, and we have the complete capability to offer that.”
Ramage said one of the most compelling requirements of their customers is around data delivery.
One of the most compelling requirements was around data delivery. “Today customers want spatial information and resources as quickly as possible,” said Ramage. “We do a lot of measurement of the resources and now we can deliver data in a matter of hours rather than minutes.”
Ramage said the industry has changed in that industries want information in 3D right off the desktop and have that information delivered “across the wire,” rather than delivered as a pile of discs as in the past. “There is a lot more integration between customer and us to have that information in real time. We are leading the way within the 3D environment at a city level and can use it to drill down to fine details.”
Vekta provides more data on the mapping environment. The two companies together balances the portfolio with land survey and mapping.
AAM partners with Latitude to customize it for re-use, offering geospatial services.
AAM’s K2Vi, a standalone product, is used for customization.
AAM also announced the launch of a dedicated Shallow Water Survey Team, headed by world-renowned hydrographic surveying expert Andy Waddington. This team will provide geospatial solutions to support government, infrastructure, environment and resources projects in shallow water environments, such as those found in the coastal zone.