I am attending the MAPPS Summer meeting this week in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Not a bad place to be in July: it is beautiful in this part of the country and we have had perfect flying weather. Meanwhile, we have mostly been holed up in the hotel meeting rooms networking and discussing the business of mapping. A question that I have been asked–and that I am often asked when working with prospective new UltraCam operators–is what does installation and training look like. To this, I tell prospects that when their new UltraCam is delivered it is followed by someone from our Implementation and Support team who will install the system, train the operator on its use and then on the use of our UltraMap software, and that the whole experience is a matter of about a business week. I am then typically asked about the ease of use of the UltraCam systems. “How long does it take to get up and flying and to be proficient.” To this, I speak to Leading Edge Geomatics of New Brunswick, Canada.
Bruce and Bill Kidman approached me right about this time in the summer of 2012 interested in an UltraCam. Given their typical projects, we very quickly identified the 92 megapixel UltraCamLp as the best fit for them from our product portfolio. Leading Edge tested the camera that fall. We installed the camera in their aircraft on a Monday and Leading Edge was up and flying on Tuesday. By Friday they had calibrated, created operational checklists, trained a new camera operator, and had flown 5 projects which, as I recall, amounted to about 1,500 images. Certified UltraCam operators!
We recently published a case study on Leading Edge that I think you will find good reading. Take a look.
-Jerry Skaw, Microsoft UltraCam Team