Coalville, Leicestershire – Bluesky, an aerial surveying company, purchased a state-of-the-art airborne mapping system which includes a LiDAR and fully integrated thermal sensor and high resolution camera. The system has been developed by Optech and combines the Orion M300 LiDAR, Long Wave Infrared thermal sensor and a CS-10000 camera.

The LiDAR system uses aircraft mounted lasers to accurately determine the distance between the sensor and the ground, or other targets such as buildings and vegetation. Specifically designed to offer a cost effective, high performance solution at mid altitudes, the Orion M300 is ideally suited for applications such as electricity transmission network mapping, transport infrastructure modeling and environmental monitoring such as flood risk analysis and forestry management. In addition, it will enable Bluesky to capture highly accurate 3D measurements from which to create some of their bespoke mapping solutions, such as a solar potential map in the U.K. and 3D city models.

The thermal sensor records infrared measurements and will be used for identifying heat loss from buildings and monitoring pipelines. It can be used simultaneously with the LiDAR or independently depending on the customer’s requirements. In addition, the camera captures images of the target sites and again can be used simultaneously with the other two sensors, providing customers with a wealth of coincident information for their area of interest; a complete solution and substantial acquisition savings.

The system chosen by Bluesky offers data precision and accuracy, and is a compact system offering flexibility in installation and use.

“This is an important acquisition for a wide section of our clients. The availability of this sensor in the U.K. means that Bluesky’s new and existing customers will now benefit from having the very latest aerial technology at their disposal,” says Rachel Tidmarsh, managing director of Leicestershire-based Bluesky International. “We undertook a rigorous review of all systems currently available before selecting this state-of-the-art system from Optech, which we believe will allow us to fulfill some of the more technically demanding data acquisition projects required by our customers.”