Bluesky has signed a contract with the Isle of Man Government to resell laser scan survey data of the British Crown dependency. Located in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland, the Isle of Man is known for the annual motorcycle sport event, the Isle of Man TT (tourist trophy).

“This is a valuable addition to our existing online data coverage and users with an interest in construction, flood management, ecology and the environment have already expressed a need for 3D data for this location,” says Rachel Tidmarsh, managing director of Bluesky.

The original LiDAR survey was conducted on behalf of the Department of Infrastructure, which is responsible for a diverse range of services for the island community, including highway services, housing and public transport. Bluesky will make the 3D maps, as well as the raw point cloud data, available to view and download at   

“By working with organizations such as the Isle of Man Government, which has commissioned specific data capture projects, we can ensure users in the wider geospatial community have access to the most up to date and accurate data at the best possible price,” Tidmarsh says.

The original LiDAR survey was flown in 2013 covering all 572 square kilometers of the Island. The raw LiDAR data was processed to produce digital terrain and digital surface models at resolutions of 0.5, 1 and 2 meters. The data was originally commissioned by the Department of Infrastructure for use in its geographic information system (GIS), and is already supporting decision making, community engagement and stakeholder communications in a range of applications, including highways maintenance and improvement, waste management and the provision of quarries and raw materials to support infrastructure development and the construction industry.

About Bluesky

Bluesky is a specialist in aerial survey including aerial photography, LiDAR and thermal data using the latest survey technology, including two UltraCam Eagles and an Orion M300 LiDAR system. Bluesky is proud to work with prestigious organizations such as Google, the BBC and government agencies. By purchasing a world first sensor for the simultaneous capture of LiDAR, thermal and aerial photography data, Bluesky is in a position to provide customers with unique and cost-effective solutions.