Aerial Services Inc. (ASI), a privately-owned small business based in Cedar Falls, Iowa, has purchased a Leica ALS70-HP LiDAR sensor co-mounted with a four-band, 80-megapixel RCD30 imaging camera. ASI provides aerial acquisition, processing, orthophoto production, mapping and LiDAR services to government, utilities, engineers, and other geospatial clients.

“As the advances in LiDAR technology and applications continue to drive a rapid increase in market value, ASI has been committed to bringing those new capabilities to our clients,” says Mike Tully, the company’s CEO and president. “Beginning in 2012 with the purchase of a high-density corridor scanner, and now with the purchase of a Leica ALS70-HP and RCD30, ASI is positioned to be able to take on any project, large or small.”

The Leica ALS70-HP is designed for general purpose mapping at the most common flying heights and can accommodate greater terrain relief due to its higher maximum flying height. The flexible sensor solution enables ASI to expand on its current airborne LiDAR capabilities with a high-altitude system while providing the opportunity to upgrade later on to the most current technology, the ALS80-HP, thus extending the life cycle of the firm’s investment. The Leica RCD30 can collect 80 MP RGBN multispectral imagery perfectly co-registered using a single camera head.

“We were looking for a LiDAR sensor that could meet the specifications of the 3DEP program and support our bids for statewide LiDAR projects,” Tully says. “With Leica Geosystems’ combination of sensor and camera, we can fly higher and faster, while collecting the amount of data and accuracy we need to meet USGS Quality Levels 1 and 2.”

ASI serves clients with diverse needs, including agriculture and precision farming, infrastructure and construction management, natural resources and coastal conservation, aviation navigation and safety, geologic resource assessment, and forest resources management. The ALS70-HP and RCD30 add much-needed capabilities and flexibility to complete custom projects.

“Aerial surveying and photogrammetry is not something that just anybody can do well, and having the right equipment is key,” Tully says.

About Aerial Services Inc. (ASI)

Aerial Services Inc. (ASI) provides digital aerial imagery and LiDAR acquisition and production for high-resolution surveying and photogrammetric mapping projects. The central location of ASI allows its fleet of aircraft to be deployed anywhere between the Rocky Mountains and the Atlantic coastline. In addition to the new ALS70 and RCD30, ASI operates two Leica ADS80-SH82 pushbroom sensors. ASI uses its suite of resources to fly corridors and small areas, as well as large area projects, all at a customized data quality based on customers’ specific needs.      

About Leica Geosystems

With close to 200 years of experience pioneering solutions to measure the world, Leica Geosystems products and services help customers worldwide capture, analyze and present spatial information. Leica Geosystems is best known for its broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyze easily, and visualize and present spatial information.