Sterling and Blom announced that they have come together to combine Sterling’s utility ground surveying, geospatial knowledge with Blom’s aerial imagery, LiDAR and 3D modeling solutions.

Both Sterling and Blom recognize that there is a combined synergy of skills and market access between the two companies which creates a more capable service offering. By extending the total capabilities of both parties, a joint approach to business development and project implementation will also create greater opportunities.

The collaboration will see the following collective services being offered to the marketplace:

  • Geophysical survey
  • Structural survey and overhead power line survey
  • Additional ground survey resources
  • Geo-data capture services (including aerial photography acquisition, and terrestrial and airborne LiDAR acquisition)
  • Data processing services, and software supply and licensing where appropriate

Blom has links with major engineering companies that offer services to the electricity transmission market, and has established links with a number of DNO’s. Sterling provides a wide range of services to this sector including survey services, and has many of the DNO’s as its established clients.

Phil Cooper, director of Sterling, said, “The evolution of new laser technology, such as terrestrial and mobile LiDAR, will see the capabilities of surveying available to the utility sector being more detailed and precise than has been previously possible. With the need for accurate asset condition and continual monitoring high on utility asset manager’s priority, we are able to provide strong industry knowledge, in particular in the energy sector, with cutting edge spatial measurement technology and data management in the Geospatial market place.”

Simon Kraeter, commercial director, Blom U.K. added, “We know that the combined resources and experience that Sterling and Blom hold is an exciting prospect for DNO’s, and believe that this collaboration genuinely offers a prospective ‘go-to’ supplier of survey services for the utilities marketplace as a whole.”