Optech Newsletter Q1 2014

Optech Newsletter
1st Quarter 2014
Jan-Mar Issue
In This Issue
Optech CZMIL in South Korea
Out and about with Lynx Mobile Mapper
Optech's Jong Yoong Park speaking at ILMF 2014
Optech talk and workshop at ASPRS
Introducing our new Development Manager
Optech Services: Did you know?
Busy conference season for Optech this spring
Doug and Lorraine Houston retire from Optech
Optech CZMIL in South Korea
Optech's industry-leading CZMIL Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar system made a visit to South Korea in late 2013 for several days. While there, CZMIL demonstrated its ability to penetrate turbid waters further than any other bathymetric lidar sensor, collecting highly accurate, seamless data with its integrated lidar and RGB sensors. Optech HydroFusion planning and processing software also impressed many with its highly automated and all-in-one processing workflow, producing several topo and bathy environmental products, including bottom reflectance mosaics.


The west coast of Korea is known for its shallow and turbid waters with muddy seafloors. CZMIL provided impressive results, generating high-resolution seamless topo and bathy data and achieving up to 21 m of water penetration where competitive airborne bathymetric systems failed to provide any water depth measurements at all. The CZMIL flight test in Korea demonstrated that when it comes to muddy seafloor and turbid water penetration, the CZMIL system is alone in its class. Click here for a video of the CZMIL Korean collect.

Out and about with Lynx Mobile Mapper™
The Lynx Mobile Mapper™ took to the road in France and Spain during the autumn of 2013 to show off its accuracy, point density, and post-processing capabilities. The tall buildings and narrow streets along Cours Lafayette in Lyon, France were picturesque, but they also created spotty GPS coverage that would have defeated a lesser system. However, Lynx maintained its industry-leading accuracy thanks to the Optech LMS Lidar Mapping Suite, which automatically identified tie planes found in different passes and adjusted the data to fit, proving that surveyors can now venture into "urban canyons" that block GPS signals while still collecting high-quality data. In Spain, Lynx took a diversion to Lugo, the only city in the world still surrounded by Roman walls, which are almost 2000 years old and up to 10-15 meters high. While there, Lynx surveyed the entire outside of the walls, covering their entire 2 kilometers, 10 gates, and >70 towers in only 15 minutes.
Optech's Jong Yoong Park speaking at ILMF 2014
If you're visiting the ILMF 2014 International LiDAR Mapping Forum, remember to stop by the Coastal Zone & Bathymetric Lidar sessions to hear Dr. Jong Yoong Park, Optech's Software Development Manager. Dr. Park will be discussing the development of waveform analysis techniques to separate the water surface and seafloor even in shallow and highly turbid water, a breakthrough that enables the surveyor to extract ranges to the seafloor from the water surface that conventional algorithms would miss.
Optech talk and workshop at ASPRS
Whether you're interested in the finer points of gyro-stabilization for airborne surveying or the latest in post-processing technology, consider heading to ASPRS 2014 in Louisville, KY, on March 23-27. Optech Product Manager Jason Oldham will present a paper titled "Advantages of Gyro-Stabilization on Multi-Sensor Platforms" in which he discusses how gyro-stabilization can affect the accuracy and uniformity of lidar data and provides a case study examining its ability to produce accurate, co-registered lidar and camera datasets. Optech will also provide a workshop on March 22, 11:15-1:00 pm in the Sampson Room that will share best practices for improving your data with the Optech LMS Lidar Mapping Suite, and explain the latest updates in LMS 2.4.1, including accuracy and density quality control, a 3D Shapefile viewer, and control-point reporting.
Introducing our new Development Manager
Optech is pleased to announce the addition of Chris Siebern as Development Manager for Optech. Chris is a geospatial technologist, professional engineer and land surveyor specializing in integrating emerging data collection technologies with infrastructure and industrial design and operations services. He comes to Optech from HNTB, where his work with various mobile lidar systems (Optech, Riegl, Trimble, Leica, and Faro) saw HNTB rapidly adopt and lead the market in the use of this emergent technology. Chris will work with industry leaders to develop innovative products and solutions leveraging Optech technology.
Optech Services: Did you know?
What is behind your extended warranty?
  • 7-year commitment from Optech to support your airborne and mobile lidar, 5-year commitment for cameras
  • Front-of-the-line, highest priority access to our technicians and knowledge base
  • Yearly maintenance by a Field Service expert to minimize any downtime
  • Immediate access to an extensive in-factory inventory of parts
  • Partnership in bringing solutions for the successful completion of your deliverables
  • Resources to help create documentation for tender and bid processes
  • More value-added items coming soon to provide service excellence in every encounter

This all adds up to peace of mind - knowing that your investment is delivering optimal, high-quality, and accurate data for your projects. 

Busy conference season for Optech this spring
Optech is attending several tradeshows and conferences this spring, starting with DistribuTECH (San Antonio, TX) on January 28-30, where we will be in booth 4070 to show how Lynx, ALTM and ILRIS can be used for utility distribution surveying. February will be especially busy, as Optech is sponsoring the Golf Tournament at the 2014 MAPPS Winter Conference (La Jolla, CA) on February 9-13, covering ILMF 2014 (Denver, CO) in booth 83 on February 17-19, and dropping by the SME Annual Meeting & Exhibit (Salt Lake City, UT) at booth 707 on February 23-26. Finally, Optech will round out the season by partnering with Teledyne RESON at Oceanology International 2014 (London, England) in stand G100 on March 11-13, and attending the ASPRS 2014 Annual Conference (Louisville, KY) in booth 308 on March 23-28.
For further information please contact inquiries@optech.com .
Doug and Lorraine Houston retire from Optech
In December 2013, current and former employees at Optech gathered to hold a retirement party for long-time employees Doug and Lorraine Houston. 


Doug (right) earned his PhD under Optech's founder, Dr. Allan Carswell (left), in 1974, and while still a graduate student was the first person in Canada to perform a lidar measurement. After joining Optech as only its fourth employee, he helped design and develop many of the pioneering technologies that Optech is known for. As the company grew over the decades, Doug focused on managing Optech's growth as Vice President Operations, and eventually became VP Corporate Services, a role that will be taken over by Glenn Farrington, a 16-year veteran of the company .
Doug and his wife Lorraine (center), who joined the company in 1980 as Office Manager, handled much of the daily running of the company for many years, and Optech bids both of them a fond farewell.


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