North West and Airborne Imaging Announce Western Canadian LiDAR DEM Collaboration

Calgary, Alberta, Canada - North West Geomatics Ltd. and Airborne Imaging today announced that they have executed a Letter of Intent to combine their existing LiDAR library data in western Canada and to begin joint LiDAR collection for areas not yet acquired. The immediate goal is to complete LiDAR acquisition for substantially all of the province of Alberta, NE British Columbia and portions of southern Saskatchewan.

The entire program will result in the creation of a data library in excess of 700,000 square kilometers of high accuracy LiDAR data. Existing library data is currently being loaded into the Valtus distribution system and will be available commencing October 1, 2007. New areas of coverage are being progressively made available as the data is collected and processed. It is expected that new collection will run into 2008 to complete the entire area required.

Priority collection areas have been selected in conjunction with a number of oil and gas industry partners who have pre-subscribed to the program. These areas will be collected and delivered first and cover in excess of 500,000 square kilometers. Subject to weather, the complete acquisition of these regions is expected in 2007. The balance of the entire program will be completed in 2008 if necessary.

In making this announcement, North West Vice President, Tim Crago stated "We are very pleased to be partnering with Airborne Imaging on this LiDAR program. Airborne brings a substantial existing library of LiDAR data and when combined with North West’s library, it totals in excess of 300,000 sq km. already collected and ready for distribution. And their collection assets of two Optech sensors nicely compliments North West’s collection assets to significantly enhance future acquisition activities.

Owen Stephenson, Airborne’s President and General Manager, commented, ” We are excited about combining our resources with Northwest to complete this significant initiative. A variety of industries in Western Canada will benefit from an accurate, uniform and complete dataset with coverage over large areas of immediate interest to our clients. We are also pleased to be able to offer our products through the Valtus web based delivery system which will make our data more readily available to existing and future customers. We are optimistic that the widespread acceptance of LiDAR mapping products will support this program, which will result in the largest contiguous block of high quality elevation data in existence anywhere in the world.

About North West
North West Geomatics Ltd. is a leading aerial photography and remote sensing firm based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It owns and operates 6 aircraft, including a Lear 25 and 3 Cessna 441 Conquests and it conducts aerial photography and LiDAR operations throughout North and South America. In 2006 North West became a totally digital imagery acquisition shop employing the latest Leica ADS40-II digital sensor. It is one of the primary acquisition contractors to the US government and is the owner of the largest private ortho imagery data base in Canada. This imagery data base is Internet distributed through its Valtus Imagery Services subsidiary which serves up to 100,000 images per day. North West is an ISO9000 registered firm and employs over 50 staff.


About Airborne Imaging
Airborne Imaging, a division of River Valley Energy Services, is a member of the Eveready Income Fund family of businesses.
Eveready is a growth oriented income fund that provides industrial and oilfield services; health, safety and environmental services; and oilfield equipment rental and lodging services to the energy, resource, and manufacturing sectors.
Eveready is largely employee owned, and operates in Canada, the United States, and other international locations. The units of Eveready trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol “EIS.UN”.

Airborne Imaging was formed in 2004 specifically to provide high quality LiDAR acquisition and processing services. They currently operate two state of the art Optech 3100 LiDAR acquisition systems from their main office in Calgary, Alberta with a satellite office in Houston, Texas. Airborne currently has in excess of 170,000 square kilometers of high accuracy LiDAR coverage in Alberta and Northeastern British Columbia, all acquired with sub-meter spatial sampling during the snow free months.


About Valtus Imagery Services

Valtus' technology utilizes open GIS protocols to allow high-resolution orthorectified imagery to be viewed instantly through a wide range of industry standard web-mapping products and desktop applications. Valtus' services also allow users to search, view and download imagery instantly from their on-line store at www.valtusimagery.com for use in remote sensing or other business applications.

Valtus has developed a number of internet-based data systems for on-line purchase and delivery of imagery products to its customers. The company serves a broad base of markets including land management, surveying, oil and gas, agriculture, forestry, community development, environmental management, real-estate, emergency response and all levels of government. In addition, Valtus holds the largest private data base of LiDAR data in western Canada, and through its partnerships with other geospatial content providers, facilitates the use of significant additional content to its customers. View Valtus’ existing coverage at www.valtusimagery.com


For information regarding this release, please contact Tim Crago ( Email Contact) at (403) 461-2235 or (403) 295-0694 ext. 245 or Owen Stephenson ( Email Contact) at (403) 215-2964 or (403) 860-9456.



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