GeodesyGroup Inc. has contracted with Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit and subsidiary to purchase an UltraCamLp aerial digital camera system that enables simultaneous digital image/LiDAR acquisition.

The UltraCamLp offers a versatile platform for small to mid-size aerial mapping projects and is particularly well suited for smaller aircraft due to its internal SSD hard drives. GeodesyGroup is installing the UltraCamLp in a Cessna 206 alongside a LiDAR sensor. “The UltraCamLp offers excellent value for the money, and the image footprint matches our new LiDAR footprint perfectly,” said Marcel Joubert, Managing Director of GeodesyGroup Inc. “We feel that the UltraCamLp provides exceptional image quality, and our clients will benefit from a better end product.”

GeodesyGroup serves public- and private-sector customers on oil and gas, national mapping, transportation and other types of projects in the U.S. and Canada. The UltraCamLp will provide fill-in support to the GeodesyGroup’s UltraCamXp but primarily will be used in conjunction with its new LiDAR sensor.

“We wanted to have a second camera available to assist on larger projects. GeodesyGroup has operated an UltraCamXp for three seasons, and we are very happy with the image quality, ease of operation, marketplace acceptance, reliability and quick image processing,” said Joubert. “It made sense to purchase a complementary UltraCam system. Specifically, the 70mm lens on the UltraCamLp allows flying at lower altitudes with the Cessna 206, so two aircraft can fly the same blocks at different altitudes for air traffic control considerations.”

Explained Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director: “With the smallest footprint of the UltraCam large format cameras, the UltraCamLp offers tremendous value at a lower price point and is highly suitable for acquiring digital imagery in conjunction with LiDAR. For GeodesyGroup, extending its services by purchasing a second UltraCam camera is a logical step to remain competitive in the North American marketplace.”

About the UltraCam Lp

The compact UltraCamLp features an image footprint collection capacity of 92 megapixels (11,704 x 7,920 pixels pan). Its advanced hardware, electronics and software result in an efficient camera system capable of collecting five spectral bands per exposure: red, green, blue and near-infrared data, in addition to higher-resolution panchromatic data.

About Microsoft’s UltraCam Business Unit

With its operations based in Graz, Austria, and sales and support teams in North America, Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit brings more than two decades of photogrammetry expertise to Microsoft’s Bing Maps business unit. The division is responsible for the highly successful line of UltraCam digital aerial mapping systems that today include the UltraCamHawk, UltraCam Falcon and UltraCam Eagle digital photogrammetric sensors, and the UltraCam Osprey nadir/oblique photogrammetric digital aerial sensor. Also offered is the UltraNav Flight Management and Direct Georeferencing system, designed to maximize the efficiency of UltraCam aerial mapping. Rounding out the UltraCam offerings is the fully integrated UltraMap workflow software system, with features that include high-density 3D point cloud creation, highly accurate and detailed digital surface model (DSM) generation, and ortho mosaicing capabilities based on an automatically generated DSM or traditional DSM. Founded in 1975, parent Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About GeodesyGroup Inc.

Since 1986, GeodesyGroup Inc. has operated from its home base located near Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Services include digital aerial imagery and LiDAR acquisition, as well as full processing and delivery of survey, mapping and other value-added products. All data processing is handled in-house at GeodesyGroup’s digital lab. For more information about the company, go to

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