Optech's 4th Quarter 2014 Newsletter

Recent Conferences and Events

Optech receives positive feedback at INTERGEO regarding new product launches



This October, Optech was in Berlin, Germany for the INTERGEO 2014 geodesy conference and trade fair. Business Manager for Airborne Mapping Solutions, Michael Sitar, provided details on the newly released ALTM Galaxy and explained the advantages of PulseTRAK™ technology and its ability to significantly increase sensor productivity, while solving many current lidar collection challenges. He was also interviewed by GISCafe, which can be seen here.


Michael also received direct feedback that the Optech Lidar Mapping Suite is proving to be one of the most significant advances in lidar pre-processing software available anywhere. It truly is ahead of the market in its automated rectification and accuracy quantification and reporting capability. Such capability is pushing Optech sensors to even higher altitudes for equivalent accuracies, translating into higher efficiency and productivity. This is great news! Clients can expect a lot more exciting new things from LMS in the near future.


Meanwhile, interested attendees besieged Dario Conforti, our Worldwide Channel Partner Manager for Terrestrial Laser Scanner Products, with questions about the new ILRIS Scan UAV hardware and software solution. Thank you to everyone who came by the Optech booth, and we will see you all again at INTERGEO 2015 in Stuttgart!

Coastal & Marine experts head to Asia-Pacific to demonstrate CZMIL capabilities 


The last quarter saw Optech enhance its presence in the Asia-Pacific bathymetry market with presentations at several major tradeshows. In September, Optech CZMIL and its HydroFusion workflow displayed their latest results at SMART Korea, showing how well they penetrated turbid and muddy bottomed waters in the region. Meanwhile, Optech Software Manager Dr. Joong Yong Park attended Oceanology International China to discuss trends in bathymetric surveying and reveal new data fusion techniques that use a high-power green lidar and a hyperspectral sensor to provide unprecedented coastal environment information. In October, Optech Senior Scientist Dr. Viktor Feygels presented three papers written by him and his team at the SPIE Asia Pacific Remote Sensing conference, covering how to visualize lidar data using 3D voxelization, estimate water's inherent optical properties with lidar, and determine the suitability of bathymetric lidar for Asian-Pacific waters. With multiple bathymetric lidars already in use with the region's government agencies, Optech is leading the way in the Asian-Pacific bathymetry market.

The Amazing Canadian Space Race! 


Optech occasionally heads into space with projects like the Phoenix Mars Lander and the upcoming OSIRIS-REx mission, but in September space came to Optech in the form of the Amazing Canadian Space Race! As part of the 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Toronto, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronauts David Saint-Jacques and Jeremy Hansen raced around various space-related companies in the city to complete challenges at each one. One of Saint-Jacques' stops was at Optech, where he was greeted by Founder Dr. Allan Carswell and VP of Advanced Technology Dr. Paul LaRocque, then given the task of reflecting a laser beam through an obstacle course. After some frantic fiddling with mirrors Saint-Jacques succeeded at his task and dashed off to finish the race, which he eventually won. Optech is proud to be recognized as an important contributor to space exploration by the CSA, and wishes both astronauts the best of luck in their future missions! 

Successful Operations

Michael Baker International invests in second Lynx Mobile Mapper™ 


Two Optech Lynx SG1 Mobile Mappers are now collecting highly accurate data for one of the largest engineering firms in the United States, Michael Baker International. Baker International began building mobile surveying expertise when they acquired a Lynx V200 in 2009, and with significant Lynx hardware and software advances since then, they decided to acquire a brand new Lynx SG1 model and upgrade their existing unit to the SG1 specification. "We were amongst the first innovators in the use of Optech mobile mapping technology with our system acquired five years ago," said Robert Hanson of Baker International. "The high quality mobile lidar work that is produced by our in-house team of experts has earned a strong reputation." With two of the most powerful and accurate mobile lidar systems in the world in operation, Baker International has greatly expanded its capacity to provide clients with high-accuracy engineering surveys and asset mapping. In particular, the Lynx systems will be used to efficiently survey the US highway system in support of the US Department of Transportation's MAP-21 program to improve safety, infrastructure condition and sustainability. 

Bluesky wins huge tree surveying services contract with Orion  

Optech client Bluesky International has been delivering amazing results with its Optech systems, and this October it recorded another merited success when it won a record-breaking contract to survey vegetation around power transmission lines for UK Power Networks. Bluesky's Optech ALTM Orion M300 and Optech CS-Series digital cameras were fully utilized on this huge project to collect precise 3D data and imagery for an area of 30,000 km in the east and south of the UK to monitor vegetation encroachment and prevent tree-related power blackouts. The Orion is well-suited for such a role, with the ability to record separate returns from closely spaced targets, and reduce its laser power for improved eye-safety at low altitudes. Said Bluesky Technical Director James Eddy, "The combination of Orion M300 and the two integrated cameras, the RGB CS-10000 and thermal CS-LW640, allows an efficient and effective data acquisition method, enabling us to maximise our aerial survey time."  Image to the right: Optech lidar, integrated cameras and  controller in operation setup for Bluesky project ( Courtesy of Bluesky ).

New Indian reseller: Ansari Precision Instruments  


Optech is pleased to announce Ansari Precision Instruments Pvt. Ltd. , an Indian surveying instrument company with over 7 decades of experience, as the new distributor of Optech's terrestrial products in India. Sajid M. Ansari, Managing Director of Ansari said, "We are the pioneers in the field of mobile and terrestrial lidar in India, having extensive experience in operating a variety of laser scanners. Our recent tests have shown that Optech's ILRIS is the top-of-the-line product relative to competitive systems, and consistently produces the highest quality data possible. We are very excited to be the new authorized distributor for Optech in India!"


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