March 21, 2007 -- Calgary, Alberta, Canada - North West Geomatics Ltd. today announced that it has completed all planning and logistic requirements for its previously announced western Canadian LiDAR acquisition program. The control work, being undertaken by Point Geomatics of Calgary, has commenced and the acquisition program will commence immediately once snow cover has left the region, expected to be April 1 in some areas.
The entire program will result in the collection of approximately 700,000 square kilometers of high accuracy LiDAR data using the most advanced technology available in the industry. The new Leica ALS50-II system will be utilized for all data collection. This technology provides much higher data collection rates and efficiencies than previously realized with other, less capable systems. The areas of coverage include the balance of NE British Columbia not previously acquired by North West and the majority of the province of Alberta.
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 "This program has been in the making for over 10 months and is the result of a specific industry need for a high accuracy, homogeneous digital elevation model for Alberta and NE British Columbia. Our past proprietary LiDAR acquisition campaigns have focused on large scale regional operations but it became clear the market demanded a much larger scale program that addressed the high accuracy and coverage requirements in a more complete manner. We are particularly pleased that our investment in this program has been recognized by a number of major exploration companies by their committed early participation in the program. We believe this confirms our conclusion that other less accurate technologies are not acceptable to the industry and that a full scale LiDAR approach is the only acceptable method.”
The DEM data and a number of derivative products will be housed and distributed through partnership with Valtus Imagery Services using Valtus’ suite of web delivery products.
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.
For information regarding this release, please contact Tim Crago (
Email Contact) at (403) 461-2235 or (403) 295-0694 ext. 245.