Toronto, Canada - Optech announced the release of the new airborne Optech CZMIL Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging LiDAR system.
The Optech CZMIL is an airborne
coastal zone mapping system that produces simultaneous high-resolution 3D data
and imagery of the beach and shallow water seafloor, including coastal
topography, benthic classification and water column characterization. CZMIL
performs particularly well in shallow, turbid waters. Its bathymetric LiDAR is
integrated with a hyperspectral imaging system and digital metric camera.
Optech's highly automated workflow includes a powerful integrated end-to-end
software suite, handling all three sensors simultaneously-from mission planning
to the production of fused LiDAR and imagery data sets.
Optech CZMIL was designed by
Optech for the U.S. Government under the auspices of the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers (USACE) and the Joint Airborne LiDAR Bathymetry Technical Center of
Expertise (JALBTCX). It was built and tested by Optech with the assistance of
the University of Southern Mississippi (USM).
very excited to be fielding CZMIL in support of the USACE National Coastal
Mapping Program and the NAVOCEANO Airborne Hydrography Program,” said Jennifer
Wozencraft, director, Joint Airborne LiDAR Bathymetry Technical Center of
Expertise, and program manager for the CZMIL development. “We'll be able to get
our work done faster due to improved operational efficiency and sensor
ruggedness, and work in more areas because of improved system sensitivity for
turbid water and breaking wave environments. We look forward to delivering more
accurate, higher-resolution elevation data and products to our customers and
expanding our product offering into coastal environmental characterization
through fusion processing of the LiDAR and hyperspectral imagery. We have an
exhilarating year ahead of us working with Optech to transition the system from
a development program to an operational capability."
proud to introduce our latest full environmental bathymetric system in support
of our government and commercial customer needs. The initial results from
flight testings are truly outstanding and provide resolution and depth
penetration in shallow turbid waters never achieved before. With CZMIL, Optech
builds on its long tradition and heritage of introducing game-changing systems
in support of our customers’ requirements,” said Maxime Elbaz, president of
Optech. “Optech CZMIL is the culmination of the transition from LiDAR
instruments to sensor fusion-LiDAR, camera and hyperspectral sensor-coupled
with a highly integrated single workflow from flight planning to the output of
fused data sets. We already have a solid backlog of orders and expect Optech
CZMIL to make a significant impact in the coastal surveying market.”
Optech CZMIL systems are being
delivered to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in May 2012 and to the US Navy in
July 2012. For more information, visitwww.optech.ca.
Optech Introduces Airborne CZMIL System
May 7, 2012