Bluesky, an aerial mapping company, has appointed Dr. Simon Schuffert to the role of software engineer.

“Bluesky is an exciting and vibrant company to work for,” Schuffert says. “There is the potential for new products to be developed and launched to market and improvements in the existing production processes. I have already been involved with a major project, analyzing vegetation encroachment on power transmission lines, and developed a system to create point cloud data from mobile phone video.”

Schuffert is experienced in automated image processing, photogrammetry and GIS, having gained a PhD in photogrammetry from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. Prior to joining Bluesky, Schuffert undertook research projects around the world, working with a range of organizations including the European Commission, Heidelberg Academy of Science and Humanities and the Federal University of Bahia in Brazil.

“Simon will play a crucial role in the next phase of growth and development of the business,” says James Eddy, technical director of Bluesky. “His unique skill set and experience will allow us to develop groundbreaking software solutions, which will underpin the identification and production of new products. Simon will also help improve the efficiency and therefore speed of data production of existing products, as well as introducing higher levels of automation.”

Schuffert originally studied Geodesy and GeoInformatics at the University of Karlsruhe (TH) in Germany between 2003 and 2009, before taking a research position at the Institute for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (IPF) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). During his studies he held positions as Geodesist at both the Heidelberg Academy of Science and Humanities and the Institute of Mineralogy and Geochemistry at KIT.

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.