Microsoft UltraCam Partners, Imagemaps and Beijing Siwei, Mark 5 Years of Partnership

Microsoft UltraCam partner for the Asia Pacific region, Imagemaps Pte Ltd, just marked 5 years of partnership with Beijing Siwei Spatial Data Technology Co., Ltd. (Beijing Siwei). During this time we have collectively made great strides in that market and we thank and congratulate both these valued partners.

Happy Anniversary!

-Jerry Skaw, Sales & Marketing, Microsoft UltraCam Team

10th March 2014, Singapore, Imagemaps celebrates 5 years of productive partnership with Beijing Siwei, its sales and support partner for UltraCam large format cameras and UltraMap photogrammetric processing software across greater China.

IMG_5369 copy“Our relationship has grown into an extremely strong partnership over the years” says Bill Love, Imagemaps Director. “China has been a highly successful market for UltraCam but it hasn’t been easy; there have been many challenges along the way” he continued. “Beijing Siwei can be proud to have sold the first flagship UltraCam Eagle (UCE) camera in China and that was one of the first Eagle sales in the world.”

The company also pioneered the market for the Ultracam UCLp – a sophisticated large format camera targeted for mid-size private survey firms.

“Introducing new products requires a great amount of investment and Beijing Siwei have not been afraid to do so.” Says Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director who heads up the UltraCam business. “During our association Beijing Siwei founded the UltraCam User Group and has drawn large crowds to the all important and successful 5-star user group meetings hosted in Beijing” added Wiechert.

Imagemaps, based in Singapore, operating one of 3 global UltraCam calibration laboratories, provides training and support to Beijing Siwei technical staff. “Our goal is to keep Bejing Siwei at the leading edge of knowledge and capability to support the cameras and implement the photogrammetric workflows” says Love.

Together with its camera customers, Beijing Siwei is currently pioneering 3D City modeling across many local and city governments in China. Image acquisition will be performed using the UltraCam Osprey (UCO) Microsoft’s new flagship development that continues the companies leading position in the photogrammetric large format camera market and the foundation of 3D modeling in Bing Maps.

About Imagemaps
Imagemaps Pte Ltd is a leading sensor solutions provider in Asia Pacific since 1996, with extensive experience in aerial sensing technologies and geospatial solutions. Our airborne sensor solutions include digital mapping cameras, inertial measurement and positioning systems, digital photogrammetry and imaging processing including project and work-flow management. Imagemaps is a division of Credent Technology Asia, a well known geospatial and business process solutions company based in Singapore.

About Beijing Siwei
Beijing Siwei Spatial Data Technology Co., Ltd. (Beijing Siwei) is a subsidiary of the Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping directly under the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping. Beijing Siwei was founded in 2001, and its core business is remote sensing engineering; geospatial data processing and solutions; and system integration and development. The company employs more than 100 staff members and has a subsidiary in Inner Mongolia which specializes in providing professional services in geospatial projects. Beijing Siwei was awarded with National Mapping Grade A Certification by the Chinese Government and is GJB9001A-2001 and ISO 9001 certified. For more information, go to www.bjsiwei.net.cn.

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 include  UltraCamLp, UltraCamXp, UltraCamXp Wide Angle and the new UltraCam Eagle digital photogrammetric sensors.  Rounding out the UltraCam mapping systems offering is the UltraMap workflow software system for processing UltraCam imagery to Level 02 and Level 03 quality data, and with features that include distributed processing with automated load balancing, automated project-based color balancing, and additional quality control tools.

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

 

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UltraCam Osprey at Beijing Oblique Photogrammetry Forum

In my last post, I shared that the UltraCam Osprey had been updated and announced at the ASPRS 2014 conference in Louisville, Kentucky. At the same time, the new Osprey was being introduced to the Chinese market at the forum “Applications of Oblique Photogrammetry Technologies of Rapid Building of China Intelligence City Geospatial Platform.”  The below write-up has been provided by Sze Keong of Prime Pacific UniTech RS Pte Ltd (PUT), a Microsoft Sales and Support partner for the People’s Republic of China.

-Jerry Skaw, Sales & Marketing, Microsoft UltraCam Team

A Forum on – Applications of Oblique Photogrammetry Technologies of Rapid Building of China Intelligence City Geospatial Platform

26 Mar 2014, “Applications of Oblique Photogrammetry Technologies of Rapid Building of China Intelligence City Geospatial Platform” forum was held at National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation (SBSM) in Beijing. This forum presented the latest oblique photogrammetry and real 3D city model building technologies, products and applications. During this event, the Microsoft UCOp was launched officially for China.
This event was organized by Prime Pacific UniTech (PUT) and United RST and supported by other value-added resellers including Tek Meridian System Solution etc. The co-sponsor of this event is Airbus Defence & Space (formerly known as Astrium). Senior management from more than 15 provincial Bureau of Surveying & Mapping, private sectors, universities and research institutions attended this half-day event. Not surprisingly half of the attendances are existing Microsoft Photogrammetry users.

Mr. Li PengdeSpeech by SBSM Deputy Director-General, Mr. Li Pengde
The Guest-of-Honour was SBSM Deputy Director-General Mr. Li Pengde made an important Key-Note speech mentioning that geospatial technologies play a vital role in China current cities developments. Intelligence 3D city will be a key new technology to be adopted by Chinese cities development projects. Mr. Li also reassured that SBSM will strongly support latest new technologies in 3D city model building.

United RST Managing Director, Mr. Cao Tianjin in his speech recaptured that since 2009 China started to bring in various oblique photogrammetry technologies. In year 2013 the first Microsoft UCO was bought into China by United RST for test flights in Nanjing city, GuangZhou city, Shenzhen city and Inner Mongolia with great success. He will share the test flight results in this event.

In this event Test flight results of UCO for Nanjing city, Guangzhou city, Shenzhen city and Inner Mongolia were presented. Professor from Wuhan University also made a presentation regarding latest research done for 3D city model building. Airbus Defence & Space (Astrium) presented the latest 3D city products. Beijing Calibration & Service Lab was officially announced in this event. The lab which will be located in South of Beijing will be in operations by July 2014.

UCOp was formerly launched to China market and technical specification was presented together with all the VIPs.

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Updated UltraCam Osprey Nadir/Oblique Digital Aerial Camera Introduced at ASPRS 2014

asprs 2014In our exhibition booth at the recent ASPRS 2014 conference in Louisville, Kentucky, the Microsoft UltraCam team had on display the latest and greatest version of the UltraCam Osprey nadir/oblique digital aerial camera that was announced and introduced in its first incarnation one year ago at ASPRS 2013. At that time, the UltraCam Osprey brought to the market the first high performing photogrammetric-grade nadir camera with oblique image capture capabilities. For aerial imagery organizations, this provides a very versatile system capable of providing PAN, RGB and NIR imager AND oblique images all from the same flight pass and ideal for 3D data applications!

Among the updates to this newest version of the UltraCam Osprey, key enhancements include longer focal lengths of the various lens systems and a faster trigger rate, thus the camera can now be flown higher and faster. Other system enhancements and features can be found in the full announcement which I am including below.

More detail in the full announcement below.

-Jerry Skaw, Sales & Marketing, Microsoft UltraCam Team

Microsoft Announces Version 2 of UltraCam Osprey

Louisville, Kentucky — March 23, 2014 — From the ASPRS conference in Louisville, Kentucky, Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit introduces an updated version of the UltraCam Osprey, a digital aerial system that combines a high performing photogrammetric nadir camera with oblique image capture capabilities.

UCOp_2The new version of the UltraCam Osprey has been redesigned with an 80mm focal length to enhance its nadir collection performance at higher altitudes without reducing resolution. The nadir image size is 11,674 * 7,514 pixels, and the camera collects five bands (PAN, RGB, NIR) with subpixel accuracy and high dynamic range equivalent to other Ultracam cameras. The resulting dataset is appropriate for most photogrammetric applications, such as cadastre, infrastructure planning, and DTM or DSM ortho generation.

The four oblique cameras point forward, backward, left and right and have 120mm focal lengths, increased from 80mm. Each camera is now capable of capturing 60 Megapixels of data. The forward- and backward-looking cameras are redesigned to be single cones instead of two double cones to simplify the hardware and improve reliability. The well balanced oblique footprint provides 4:3 coverage in each oblique direction, which enhances the quality of 3D models built using this imagery. Together the oblique and nadir imagery is highly useful for 3D urban mapping and corridor mapping applications.

This third generation UltraCam camera builds on the UltraCam Eagle technology, including a fast lens system (1 frame per 1.8 seconds) and high speed shutters that help to prevent motion blur in extended lighting conditions. The modular housing concept integrates all components into one unit for simplified installation.

The UltraCam Osprey is fully supported in the UltraMap workflow software system. The ability to perform aerotriangulation (AT) and dense matching allows for the creation of high accuracy point clouds, DSM, DTM, DSMorthos and DTMorthos (traditional orthos). The camera is also compatible with the UltraNav direct georeferencing and flight management system.

“The second version of the UltraCam Osprey incorporates design changes that greatly augment the system’s capabilities,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “With the rapidly increasing demand for 3D modeling for multiple applications, the Osprey’s improved performance levels make it an attractive choice for many mapping firms.”

The UltraCam Osprey will be available for delivery to customers in fall 2014. Existing UltraCam customers can receive trade-in credit toward upgrading to an UltraCam Osprey at any time. Stop by Booth #509 at ASPRS to learn more.

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 UltraCam Hawk,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.

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

 

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Keystone Aerial Surveys Acquires 2 UltraCam Falcon Systems

Official Keystone Logo 20121212Two brands that are quickly becoming synonymous: Keystone Aerial Surveys, Inc. and the UltraCam digital aerial camera system. Keystone has operated UltraCam systems since around 2005 when the Philadelphia-based company first purchased an UltraCamX. Since that time, Keystone has purchased multiple UltraCamX systems, an UltraCamLp, 3 UltraCam Eagles–two of which were just added mid year 2013–and as of February, 2 UltraCam Falcon systems with configuration options of 17,310 pixels (internal reference is FalconP) across the flight path and 100mm focal length lens systems. This makes Keystone the second UltraCam operator to boast a fleet of 7 UltraCam systems and the first in North America.

Additionally, the two systems–already delivered and in operation–are both equipped with the Applanix-based UltraNav GPS/IMUU/FMS system that integrates directly into the sensor head for a compact, lightweight solution with minimal cables and no external “boxes” other than the pilot and operator displays.

Congratulations to the entire Keystone team from the entire UltraCam Family!

Full announcement below.

-Jerry Skaw, Sales & Marketing, Microsoft UltraCam Team

Keystone Purchases Two UltraCam Falcon Systems with UltraNav

Graz, Austria — February XX, 2014 — Keystone Aerial Surveys, Inc., a PASCO Group company, has contracted with Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit and subsidiary to purchase two UltraCam Falcon digital aerial camera systems with the UltraNav GNSS-Inertial Direct Georeferencing + Flight Management System.

Keystone has a long history of serving mapping, engineering, government and other clients with Microsoft aerial products. “The latest offerings of UltraCam cameras are models of reliability, accuracy and usability,” said Mary Potter, President of Keystone Aerial Surveys. “The combination of the mature technology of the CCD, the SSD storage unit and the UltraNav system makes the Falcon very attractive. The dependability can eliminate reflights for camera issues, reducing our overall costs. We are seeing an increase in demand for digital imagery throughout the US, and particularly in the Northeast, so we will use the new Falcons immediately in the spring.”

untitled4The UltraCam Falcon is offered in two image footprint sizes —14,430 or 17,310 pixels across —and two focal lengths —100mm or 70mm. Keystone selected the wider footprint, which facilitates rapid data acquisition at high altitudes, and the 100mm lens that delivers less building lean than other size lenses. As an additional advantage, UltraNav is an integrated unit that consolidates all navigation and flight planning components for simpler installation and more economical operations when compared to similar “standalone” systems.

“Keystone decided on the camera footprint and lens combination that best suits our needs,” said David Day, Vice President Operations at Keystone Aerial Surveys. “The Falcon’s price point and suitability for small to mid-sized topographic, engineering and corridor mapping make this camera perfect for meeting our clients’ needs.”

“Keystone is a major player in the aerial mapping community and Microsoft is pleased that it chooses to use UltraCam products,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “The Falcon meets the growing demand for a lighter, smaller sensor unit without sacrificing data quality.”

About the UltraCam Falcon
The UltraCam Falcon features include:

  • PAN, color and NIR data captured in one pass
  • Choice between two image footprint sizes (14,430 pixels across or 17,310 pixels across) and two lens focal lengths (the standard 100mm Pan or wide angle 70mm Pan)
  • Integrated unit that contains all components in the sensor head
  • Solid-state image storage system that holds approximately 7,500 images (with 14,430 pixel footprint) and 5,200 images (with 17,310 pixel footprint)
  • Compatible with UltraNav flight management and direct georeferencing system from Applanix

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 UltraCam Hawk, 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.

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About Keystone Aerial Surveys, Inc.
Keystone Aerial Surveys, Inc., a PASCO Group company, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been providing airborne acquisition services to clients throughout the US for over 50 years. In addition to the new UltraCam Falcon systems, the company operates two UltraCamX and three UltraCam Eagle digital cameras, and ten traditional film mapping cameras. Keystone utilizes 19 aircraft that have been modified and equipped specifically for airborne survey operations. Keystone’s web library, www.kasview.com, allows customers to view digital, film and aeromagnetic archives geographically. For more information about the company, go to www.kasurveys.com or contact John Schmitt at 215-677-3119 or jschmitt@kasurveys.com.

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First UltraCam Hawk Purchased by Berman Photographic Services

Bergman Photographic ServicesThe first UltraCam Hawk to be produced will roll off the manufacturing line in March and be delivered to Bergman Photographic Services in Portland, Oregon!Bergman first became an UltraCam flyer with the purchase of an UltraCamLp in 2009. They later upgraded to an UltraCamXp and have since found that they missed some of the unique aspects of the UltraCamLp for certain projects which the UltraCam Hawk–just announced in October at the Intergeo 2014 conference–delivers. Meanwhile, the UltraCam Hawk is of the “third generation” UltraCam lineage (established with the introduction of the UltraCam Eagle) which means that it can be upgraded to the status of an UltraCam Falcon or UltraCam Eagle through refurbishment.

A hearty congratulations to Bruce and Larry Bergman and the entire team at Bergman Photographic Services from the Microsoft UltraCam team!

Full announcement below.

 -Jerry Skaw, Sales & Marketing, Microsoft UltraCam Team

First UltraCam Hawk in US Purchased by Bergman Photographic

Graz, Austria — February 5, 2014 — Bergman Photographic Services has contracted with Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit and subsidiary to purchase an UltraCam Hawk digital aerial camera system. Bergman Photographic has been an adopter of the UltraCam product line since its purchase in 2009 of the first UltraCamL to be based in the US Pacific Northwest, followed by upgrades to an UltraCamLp and an UltraCamXp. The purchase marks the first acquisition of an UltraCam Hawk that was announced in October 2013 at the Intergeo conference in Essen, Germany.

HawkThe UltraCam Hawk incorporates the third generation UltraCam architecture into a base model that is fully upgradable to the larger UltraCam Falcon or Eagle camera systems. Attractive for use in smaller aircraft due to its compact size and integrated system sensor head, the UltraCam Hawk appeals to mapping companies looking for an affordable option to expand their aerial services or serve smaller, or lower-altitude, projects. The UltraCam Hawk is also fully supported in the UltraMap workflow software system and is compatible with the UltraNav direct georeferencing and flight management system.

“We chose the Hawk for several reasons,” stated Bruce Bergman, co-owner of Bergman Photographic Services. “First, the self-contained camera fits in two of our smaller aircraft that do not accommodate the UltraCamXp system. We intend to use the Hawk for corridor work and smaller mapping/ortho projects. We have a large amount of repetitive jobs, such as construction sites and inventory work, which have gradually shifted to digital over the last couple of years. Having the Hawk provides us the flexibility to operate our UltraCamXp further afield on larger projects for which it is better suited.”

“We also felt the time was right to get into the new generation of UltraCams that have a graceful and pre-planned upgrade path to a Falcon or Eagle version,” continued Bergman. ”As we already have an UltraCamXp, staying in the UltraCam family of cameras just makes sense. The market acceptance of UltraCam cameras and the proven support from the Boulder, Colorado, crew added to the decision to stay and expand our use of UltraCam products.”

The UltraCam Hawk’s space requirements, weight and electrical specs allow the system to work as a “film camera replacement” when necessary. In Bergman’s case, the self-contained digital camera can be used effectively with existing corollary pieces of film equipment and can quickly be moved from one aircraft to another.

“Initially the Hawk will be used with a standard (non-gyro) mount, an optical viewfinder and simple Airborne GPS without an IMU,” explained Bergman. “As we go forward the system will be upgraded with higher level support components and to a larger footprint using the upgrade path designed into the camera. This may be our last year for film, so the Hawk eases our transition to 100% digital acquisition capabilities.”

“Microsoft is pleased that Bergman Photographic decided to purchase the new UltraCam Hawk to complement its existing resources,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “The small integrated unit fits well into the company’s aircraft and is perfectly suited for the intended types of projects.”

About the UltraCam Hawk
The UltraCam Hawk system architecture offers features and benefits that include the following:

  • A 92 mega-pixel (11,704 x 7,920 PAN) image footprint with a 70mm focal length lens, ideal for smaller aircraft and local projects that require a rapid response
  • A system sensor head that integrates the sensor, computing sub-systems, solid-state devices (storage sub-system), and the optional UltraNav direct georeferencing and flight management system, simplifies installation and requires minimal space in the aircraft
  • Advanced electronics for excellent frame rate and a minimal 72 dB signal-to-noise ratio achieves high image dynamic
  • Filters with curved characteristics to flatten out vignetting ensures operation of lens system at best Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) performance for maximum sharpness and contrast

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 UltraCam Hawk, 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.

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About Bergman Photographic Services, Inc.
Bergman Photographic Services, Inc. (BPS), based in Portland, Oregon, has been providing imaging services to the Pacific Northwest since 1975. BPS specializes in precision mapping and oblique aerial photography. Clients engage BPS routinely throughout the western US and points east. Its versatile fleet of five aircraft enables it to optimize efficiency for missions ranging from low obliques and large-scale mapping to high altitude and high speed for small-scale and long-line projects. For more information, visit www.bergmanphotographic.com or contact Bruce Bergman at bruce@bergmanphotographic.com or call (503) 239-6010.

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UltraCam Eagle Takes to the Skies in the UK!

blueskylogoIf you read any of the geospatial periodicals, the name Bluesky is likely familiar, given that they are often making news for the impressive projects they complete, often on a national level. (If you haven’t been paying attention, check out the news page on the company’s website.)

They are making news again, this time for the acquisition of an UltraCam Eagle!  I am looking forward to seeing more news from Bluesky about the efficiencies they will gain on their projects–especially the larger, national ones–from the UltraCam Eagle’s whopping 20,010 pixel image footprint.

But no one is more excited than the Bluesky team, evident by a tweet posted on February 2nd when they received their Eagle that read: “The Eagle has Landed!  Bluesky’s new UltraCam Eagle has been delivered.  There are a lot of boxes!”

Like a kid on Christmas morning! Love it. Congrats to the entire team at Bluesky!

Full press release below.

-Jerry Skaw, Sales & Marketing, Microsoft UltraCam Team

Bluesky Purchases UltraCam Eagle with UltraNav

UNAV integrationGraz, Austria — January 22, 2014 — Bluesky International Ltd. has contracted with Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit and subsidiary to purchase an UltraCam Eagle digital aerial photogrammetric camera system with a 100mm lens, an UltraNav GNSS-Inertial Direct Georeferencing + Flight Management System and a gyro-stabilized UltraMount. The UltraCam Eagle has an ultra-large footprint that results in enhanced data collection capabilities.

“Bluesky needs to maximize data capture when we have good weather in the UK, therefore we need a camera with the largest acquisition capacity possible without sacrificing data quality,” stated James Eddy, Technical Director of Bluesky International. “We currently update our aerial photography every five years, but with the UltraCam Eagle, we plan to update every 3 years. We need a big image footprint to optimize our flying, but also a camera that is compatible with our existing workflows. We have worked with UltraCam data since 2005 so we are familiar with it, and we trust it.”

“Our primary use of the UltraCam Eagle during the summer will be to update the UK _MG_9299national dataset, which is used across a wide range of markets, including government and commercial,” said Rachel Tidmarsh, Managing Director of Bluesky International. “We also use the aerial photography to create derived products, including DTM, DSM, the National Tree Map, and our color infrared data. During the winter we are looking forward to using the system in other parts of the world for project work, perhaps in the southern hemisphere.”

“We are pleased to have Bluesky as a repeat customer, having purchased an UltraCamX in 2012,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “The advanced technology of the UltraCam Eagle will help support their future ventures and innovative activities.”

About the UltraCam Eagle
The UltraCam Eagle features a pan image footprint of 20,010 pixels across the flight strip and includes enhanced electronics for improved frame rate and less noise (72 dB signal-to-noise ratio for high image dynamic) when compared to previous UltraCam systems, and innovative high-resolution, high-performance lenses and state-of-the art CCD technology (@ 5.2 µm pixel size) for sharp images with a high dynamic range. The UltraCam Eagle is the first multi-cone digital photogrammetric camera to offer an exchangeable lens system with 80mm, 100mm, and 210mm options. This digital camera system boasts an integrated housing concept with all of the parts residing in a modular sensor head. The small physical form factor of the UltraCam Eagle requires minimal space in the aircraft and makes installation and operation simple.

About UltraNav
UltraNav is an integrated unit that consolidates all navigation and flight planning components for simpler installation and more economical operations when compared to similar “standalone” systems. UltraNav is comprised of embedded GNSS/inertial hardware, pilot and operator displays, and office software for flight planning and generation of exterior orientation.

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 UltraCamLp, 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.

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About Bluesky International Ltd.
Since its inception in 2003, Bluesky has evolved into a leading aerial photographic mapping company pioneering new digital aerial surveying techniques and to that end maintains nationwide aerial photography and height datasets. The company has led the way with thermal heat-loss mapping, produced the first solar power potential maps and completed the only UK National Tree Map. Bluesky is also at the forefront of research into the use of geographic data to support renewable energy production with projects both in the UK and Europe. In addition to the UltraCam Eagle, Bluesky’s resources include an aerial survey system that integrates a photogrammetric survey camera, a LiDAR sensor and a thermal infra-red imaging system. For more information, please go to www.bluesky-world.com or contact Ralph Coleman, Sales Director, by telephone at +01 530 518518 or email Ralph.coleman@bluesky-world.com.

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The UltraCam Eagle Takes Flight in Utah

AG_LogoCasey and Kelly Francis of Aero-Graphics Inc. in
Salt Lake City share with me a love of (at least) two things: blues music and aerial imaging tools that enhance their productivity. Kelly, I hear, is an excellent drummer and I hope to yet have an opportunity to get him behind the drums at one of my band performances. But I am not sure that we will be singing the blues anytime soon because Aero-Graphics recently expanded their digital aerial acquisition capabilities through the purchase of an UltraCam Eagle, complete with the UltraNav direct georeferencing and flight management tool.

Aero-Graphics has been successfully operating an UltraCamX since 2008. The system has served them well but in the last couple of years, the team has been licking their chops at our User Group meetings in Boulder over the UltraCam Eagle, suspecting that the system would allow them to be more efficient. They became convinced of that this past December (2013) when they had the opportunity to test drive the Eagle. The system never made it back to our Boulder operation!

Congratulations to Kelly, Casey and the whole Aero-Graphics team. I hope to make it out to Salt Lake City to celebrate, perhaps with guitar in tow!

Full announcement below.

-Jerry Skaw, Sales & Marketing North America, Microsoft UltraCam Team

Aero-Graphics Purchases UltraCam Eagle with UltraNav

 Graz, Austria — January XX, 2014 — Aero-Graphics has purchased an UltraCam Eagle digital aerial photogrammetric camera system with a 100mm lens and an UltraNav GNSS-Inertial Direct Georeferencing + Flight Management System from Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit and subsidiary.

“The UltraCam Eagle represents the flagship product from Microsoft and we feel it’s the finest camera system on the market today,” stated Mr. Kelly Francis, President, Aero-Graphics.  “The Eagle’s larger footprint along with UltraNav’s efficient flight management system allows Aero-Graphics to image more area in less time, which lowers our operating costs and accelerates delivery to our clients.”

“The optics and electronics technology used in the UltraCam product line has developed considerably since our purchase of an UltraCamX in 2008,” said Mr. Casey Francis, Vice President, Aero-Graphics. “The UltraCam Eagle offers us the opportunity to improve our data quality. In particular, the 100mm lens minimizes building and tree lean, which is important to many of our customers.  It also provides consistently sharp and geometrically correct imagery from corner to corner.”

“The UltraCam Eagle complements the data acquisition capabilities of Aero-Graphics,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “The integrated system gives them the flexibility to move the unit between aerial platforms quickly to respond to weather changes or projects requiring unique specifications.”

_MG_9240About the UltraCam Eagle
The UltraCam Eagle features a pan image footprint of 20,010 pixels across the flight strip and includes enhanced electronics for improved frame rate and less noise (72 dB signal-to-noise ratio for high image dynamic) when compared to previous UltraCam systems, and innovative high-resolution, high-performance lenses and state-of-the art CCD technology (@ 5.2 µm pixel size) for sharp images with a high dynamic range. The UltraCam Eagle is the first multi-cone large format digital photogrammetric camera to offer an exchangeable lens system with 80mm, 100mm, and 210mm options. This digital camera system boasts an integrated housing concept with all of the parts residing in a modular sensor head. The small physical form factor of the UltraCam Eagle requires minimal space in the aircraft and makes installation and operation simple.

About UltraNav
UltraNav is an integrated unit that consolidates all navigation and flight planning UNAV integrationcomponents for simpler installation and more economical operations when compared to similar “standalone” systems. UltraNav is comprised of embedded GNSS/inertial hardware, pilot and operator displays, and office software for flight planning and generation of exterior orientation.

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 UltraCamLp, 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.

About Microsoft
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About Aero-Graphics
Aero-Graphics is a privately owned geospatial services company located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Incorporated in 1965, Aero-Graphics uses the most current mapping technology to provide high-quality aerial mapping services. Aero-Graphics owns and operates three fixed-wing platforms, with additional local access to four Bell helicopters, which allows for quick mobilization and internal control of its flight schedule. Professional Land Surveyors, ASPRS Certified Photogrammetrists, and Certified GIS Professionals are on staff to ensure adherence to the highest quality mapping and accuracy standards. In addition to a combination LiDAR/digital camera system, Aero-Graphics owns two film cameras equipped with gyromounts and an UltraCam Eagle with UltraNav system. These up-to-date resources are used to produce classified LiDAR datasets, digital topographic maps, and orthorectified imagery for clients across many different industries, including government, transportation, resource management, GIS, civil engineering, mining, utilities, forestry, and more. The experienced Aero-Graphics Project Management Team handles complex projects and effectively incorporates customized risk mitigation, quality assurance/control, and organized scheduling. For more information, go to www.aero-graphics.com or contact Casey Francis at 801.428.3104 or cfrancis@aero-graphics.com.

 

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