Seeing the wood for the trees – Blom is providing a greater LiDAR capacity for UK forestry

May 18, 2011 -- Since November 2010, Blom UK have owned and operated the Optech ALTM 3033 LiDAR previously owned by Cambridge University’s Unit for Landscape Modelling. The instrument previously flown by the Unit was purchased by Blom UK as the university no longer wished to capture its own LiDAR data. 

Specifically optimised with full waveform digitisation for data capture on forestry projects, the LiDAR is now operated by Blom from their UK base in Coventry. Blom now provides scalability and a volume processing capacity for UK Forestry projects, based on their wider expertise from the Scandinavian forestry market. Blom have been working extensively in this market for over 10 years and their well-developed forestry products are widely used in other European countries. 

For the UK’s smaller forestry market, Blom also provide for research applications, using Cambridge University as a sub-contractor. This complements Blom’s standard products of; vegetation mapping, urban tree proximity mapping, forest stand delineation, forest inventory and valuation.

This increased capacity and improved offering comes when, in early March, plans to sell off 258,000 hectares of state-owned woodland in England were abandoned after Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman told MPs the government had “got this one wrong”. Blom recognise that the revision of this policy now requires these cost-effective solutions to help manage the UK’s valuable woodland resource.

For more details, contact Blom UK at Email Contact, take a look at the Blom UK Blog at, and check out their website:

About Blom:

The BLOM Group is the largest provider of geospatial services in Europe for both government agencies and private commercial organizations and companies. Providing traditional contract services, BLOM also owns exclusive spatial databases composed of maps, images and 3D models. Focused on online services, BLOM provides data and solutions to its customers in many markets and allows its partners to create high added-value applications based on BLOM data models and services. This strategy is backed by BLOM’s major technical capacity in aircraft, cameras, laser scanners and mapping systems. This makes it possible for all projects to be carried out within the company, assuring a high quality product is delivered both on-time and to budget. BLOM has more than 1,000 employees and offices in 13 countries and its HQ is located in Oslo, Norway. BLOM is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (ticker BLO). For more information, please visit The demand of advanced and high quality geographical information is steadily growing from year to year. BLOM holds a strong position in the digital geodata market and aims to be the most innovative solutions provider and preferred choice for its customers.


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