Job Opportunity: Forest Inventory Analyst

Forest Inventory Analyst

We are currently seeking a qualified Forest Inventory Analyst to join our team. Reporting to LEG’s Forest Product Manager and Operations Manager, this is a full-time, one year contract.

The Forest Inventory Analyst is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining an efficient forestry analysis, interpretation, and digitization system to ensure the highest levels of accuracy, data integrity representation to focus on client needs. In addition, this position is an integral component of the LEG marketing team, advising on and contributing material to aid in promoting and educating forestry professionals on the LEG Forest Management Solution. This position in primarily based in the LEG Office in Lincoln, NB, with occasional evening and weekend work/travel required to complete field work (data collection), and participate in industry events.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
•  Assist in identifying forest industry related needs for regular LEG products
•  Technical support for LEG staff and external collaborators in product development
•  Technical support for clients of forest products
•  Managing Projects under limited guidance including forest stand level measurements and generation of inventory related layers
•  Organizing and conducting field data collection to support and validate forestry products
•  Leading others in the field
•  Representing LEG at various industry events (forestry conferences, tradeshows, etc)
•  Travel as required for business related activities (industry events, field work)
•  Assist as needed with maintenance of forestry section of website and coordination of:
•  Case Studies
•  Social Media updates (Twitter, LinkedIn)
•  Other Forestry Market initiatives
•  Assist in generating new sales leads
•  Assist in maintenance of client accounts/relations
•  Assist Executive Team with Business Development efforts as needed
•  Participate in training in data processing as required
•  Compiling tree measurements into larger assessments
•  Developing standards and procedures
•  Analyzing and documenting processes
• Auditing data quality and forest measurements of coworkers

Essential Qualifications:
Successful completion of a post-secondary degree or diploma program in forestry, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

• Valid driver’s license and clean driver’s abstract
• Be physically able to fulfill the demands of field positions in all weather conditions
• A solid understanding of collecting forest measurement techniques
• Thorough knowledge of Acadian Forest tree species and ground vegetation
• Understanding of statistics
• Technical writing abilities
• Proficient with Microsoft Office (MS Word, MS Excel and MS Access)
• Proficient with ArcGIS
• Familiar with GPS

Desired attributes:
• Highly motivated, with a passion for forestry and enjoys working outdoors as needed
• Strong communication skills and commitment to customer service
• A strong sense of business and a desire to work in a competitive environment
• Strong organizational, analytical, and problem solving skills
• Demonstrates initiative and the ability to work independently
• Continual learner and innovative thinker
• Ability to lead others and work in a team

To learn more or apply to this position, please email your cover letter and resume in PDF format to hr@legeo.ca . LEG thanks all applicants, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Job Opportunity: Aviation Stores Manager

At Leading Edge Geomatics (LEG) our mission is to provide next generation service and technology solutions in the geomatics industry.  Leading Edge has grown to be one of the top providers of digital aerial photography and LiDAR throughout Canada and the United States. Leading Edge Enterprises (LEE), represents our aviation division, including pilots and aircraft mechanics. As a result of our expanding service offerings, we are seeking an Aviation Stores Manager to join our growing team.

The overall goal of this position is to significantly contribute to the ongoing success of
LEE and by monitoring and maintain inventory for our aviation division. Reporting to LEE’s Person Responsible for Maintenance (PRM) and Operations Director, this is a full-time position based out of Lincoln, New Brunswick.

 Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  •  Thoroughly familiarizing yourself with needs and timelines of maintenance teams
  • Familiarizing yourself with company manuals and Transport Canada standards and procedures
  • Review requisition orders for accuracy and verify that materials, equipment and stock are not available from current inventories
  • Source and obtain price quotations from catalogues and suppliers, providing management with most-cost effective and efficient options
  • Calculate cost of orders and charge or forward invoices to appropriate accounts
  • Process purchases within purchasing authority
  • Ordering, confirming, and tracking shipping and receiving related to aviation division, contact suppliers to schedule deliveries and to resolve shortages, missed deliveries and other problems
  • Prepare and maintain purchasing files, reports and price lists.
  • Effectively monitoring and maintaining inventory for all aircraft related projects, and building supplies, monitor inventory levels as materials, equipment and stock are issued, transferred within establishment using company inventory systems, reconcile physical inventories with computer counts.
  • Compile inventory reports, recording the quantity, type and value of materials, equipment and stock on hand, using company inventory systems
  • Prepare requisition orders to replenish materials, equipment and stock
  • Maintain stock rotation and dispose of and account for outdated stock
  • Enter data for production scheduling, stock replenishment/relocation and inventory adjustments

Essential Qualifications:

  • Proficient with Office Suite, specifically Excel
  • Must be in good physical condition:
    • Ability to lift and move gear weighing up to 40 pounds
    • Ability to tolerate temporary exposure to dirt, dust, fumes, heat, cold and noise.
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driver’s abstract
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to multitask
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Desired Attributes:

  • Excellent problem solving and decision making skills
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Highly motivated with a strong work ethic and a commitment to continuous quality improvement
  • Demonstrates initiative and the ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrates a helpful and positive approach to all client and colleague interactions

Please email your cover letter and resume in PDF or Word format to hr@legeo.ca. LEG thanks all applicants, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

 

Job Opportunity: Sensor Operator

The overall goal of this position is to significantly contribute to the ongoing success of LEG by conducting efficient aerial surveys that provide highly accurate and high-quality data to meet all specifications designated by the client. Reporting to LEG’s Operations Department, this is a part-time leading full-time position. During peak season this position requires significant overtime as well as overnight travel for up to five consecutive weeks.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Operating remote sensing equipment from aircraft:
• Effectively monitoring sensor parameters through mission software and ensuring project specifications are met
• Ensuring sensors are prepared and working before each mission
• Familiarization with sensors and associated hardware in order to better understand and efficiently troubleshoot errors
• Familiarization with the project areas to be surveyed
• Maintaining comprehensive, detailed and accurate field notes
• Accurately inputting data into databases
• Ensuring data and results of the highest accuracy, integrity and quality are consistently delivered to clients

Essential Qualifications:

• Successful completion of Grade 12
• Must be in good physical condition:
• Ability to lift and move gear weighing up to 40 pounds
• Ability to tolerate exposure to dirt, dust, fumes, heat, cold, noise and vibration, extreme cold, heat, and all types of weather conditions
• Ability to sit for prolonged periods in confined spaces
• Valid driver’s license and clean driver’s abstract
• Strong attention to detail
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Desired Attributes:
• Excellent problem solving and decision making skills
• Strong organizational and planning skills
• Highly motivated with a strong work ethic and a commitment to continuous quality improvement
• Demonstrates initiative and the ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Demonstrates a helpful and positive approach to all client and colleague interactions

Please email your cover letter and resume in PDF or Word format to hr@legeo.ca. LEG thanks all applicants, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Job Opportunity: Land Survey Technician

Land Survey Technician

We are currently seeking a Survey Technician to join our team. Reporting to LEG’s Operations Manager, this is a part-time leading full-time position.

The overall goal of this position is to significantly contribute to the ongoing success of LEG by conducting efficient ground surveys that provide highly accurate and precise coordinates, and processing the data to meet all specifications designated by the client. During peak season, this position requires significant overtime as well as overnight travel for up to five consecutive weeks.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Effectively planning ground control surveys to meet project requirements within the required timelines

• Thoroughly familiarizing yourself with the project areas to be surveyed, assisting in identifying appropriate control points prior to departure

• Correctly setting up, connecting, configuring and leveling the survey equipment, taking sufficient numbers of measurements to confirm the measurements are correct

• Carefully locating all ground control points in the field

• Closely observing data on provincial control monuments simultaneously with the control points identified during the planning stage

• Quickly and effectively troubleshooting equipment or software problems

• Taking comprehensive, detailed and accurate field notes about all procedures used

• Maintenance of survey equipment and basic vehicle maintenance as required

Essential Qualifications:

Must be in good physical condition:

• Ability to lift and move gear weighing up to 40 pounds

• Ability to tolerate exposure to dirt, dust, fumes, heat, cold, noise and vibration, extreme cold, heat, and all types of weather conditions

• Valid driver’s license and clean driver’s abstract

• Exceptional attention to detail

• Strong written and verbal communication skills

Successful completion of a post-secondary degree program in survey, geomatics engineering, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience, is considered an asset.

Desired Attributes:

• Excellent problem solving and decision making skills

• Strong organizational and planning skills

• Highly motivated with a strong work ethic and a commitment to continuous quality improvement

• Demonstrates initiative and the ability to work independently and as part of a team

• Demonstrates a helpful and positive approach to all client and colleague interactions

To learn more or apply to this position, please email your cover letter and resume in PDF format to hr@legeo.ca. LEG thanks all applicants, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Job Opportunity: Quality Assurance/Quality Control Analyst

Leading Edge Geomatics (LEG) is currently seeking an experienced Quality Assurance/Quality Control Analyst to join our growing team. The QA/QC Analyst is a vital point of contact for clients and members of the LEG team. By overseeing all remote sensing projects’ QA/QC, and liaising on a daily basis with the LEG team and clients, the QA/QC Analyst ensures delivery of complete and accurate aerial survey data, using company workflow processes to ensure the highest levels of accuracy, data quality, and client satisfaction. Reporting to the Manager of Positioning and working closely with all department managers, this is a full-time, permanent position based at company headquarters in Lincoln, New Brunswick.

Responsibilities:

The Quality Assurance/Quality Control Analyst has strong organizational skills with an ability to manage a diverse team and competing client demands. They are involved in all stages of project management including planning, monitoring and reporting, resource and timeline management, risk assessment and mitigation, and quality assurance. The QA/QC Analyst is also expected to assist in creation and completion of data processing on a regular basis. The QA/QC Analyst is thoroughly familiar with all LEG processes, contracts and timelines, enabling them to coordinate and provide support to all departments on a regular basis. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Overseeing and performing QC on project deliverables to ensure they are consistent with contract requirements and delivery dates, completing or advising on necessary alterations
• Coordinating and organizing various departments and resources to ensure contract deliverables and timelines will be achieved
• Consult on procedures for standard product deliverables, thus improving quality, and providing clarity in project capabilities and product options
• Maintain communications with all departments in order to stay up to date on project status
• Assist with completion of basic LiDAR and Photo processing checks and tasks
• Complete various Project Quality Reports as required
• Assess LiDAR dataset accuracies, coverage and densities
• Examine data integrity
• Assist in crafting remediating action to improve data creation workflow
• Assist with researching and testing new methodologies to increase efficiencies, and help develop work arounds for tasks requiring alternative software

Essential Qualifications:

Must have successfully completed a post-secondary training program in remote sensing and/or GIS (including mapping, projections and datum) from a recognized post-secondary institution, and have at least three years’ experience in remote sensing or GIS industry. Strong computer skills are also required. Experience with trajectory processing is considered an asset. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

• A thorough understanding of remote sensing products and applications
• Experience in project management and coordination of multiple departments
• Highly motivated, with very strong leadership and organizational skills
• Exceptional attention to detail
• Strong communication skills and commitment to customer service
• A strong sense of business and a desire to work in a competitive environment
• Strong organizational, analytical, and problem solving skills
• Demonstrates initiative and the ability to work independently
• Continual learner and innovative thinker

To apply to this position, please email your cover letter and resume in PDF format hr@legeo.ca LEG thanks all applicants, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Job Opportunity: Junior Remote Sensing and LiDAR Analyst

As a result of our expanding product offerings, we are seeking a Junior Remote Sensing and LiDAR  Analyst to join our positioning and production team.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assist in the efficient cataloguing, organizing and storage all current survey data
  • Process trajectories of the highest levels of accuracy and integrity to meet project specifications
  • Provide assistance to the survey section in high survey season as needed
  • Assist with flight planning as needed
  • Provide Production Team with well-organized and standard format data sets
  • Making process improvement suggestions and contributing to best practice documents
  • Regularly researching new remote sensing and GIS/GPS technologies and service providers

Essential Qualifications:

Successful completion of a post-secondary degree program remote sensing and/or GIS. Strong computer skills and a valid driver’s license are also required. Experience with trajectory processing is considered an asset.

The ideal candidate is a highly-motivated, innovative thinker with the ability to lead others and work in a team. Additional attributes include:

  • Very strong data management and organization skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Thorough working knowledge of computer database systems and data security requirements.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • A continuous learner and self-starter with excellent problem solving skills
  • Ability to project manage, and work with others

To learn more or apply to this position, please email your cover letter and resume in PDF format to hr@legeo.ca. LEG thanks all applicants, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Fredericton’s Leading Edge Geomatics Ready for Takeoff With New Investment

Originally Published on Huddle: http://huddle.today/from-the-military-to-business-how-frederictons-leading-edge-geomatics-scored-a-big-investment/ 

 

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When Bruce Hogan, Bill Kidman and William Lowry retired from the Canadian military about 10 years ago, they came home with an idea of how to apply what they learned overseas in the business world.
The three men had worked in geomatics in Afghanistan and they knew those skills would be applicable here. They just weren’t sure they could build a viable business.

“We were geomatics in the military flying airborne sensors. Bill Kidman’s last mission was to fly the entire country of Afghanistan [and do] aerial photography,” says Hogan. “We knew what we were doing in terms of the product. Business was a bit of a stretch for us. We had to learn a lot, but we knew how to make the actual systems work and data work.”

But the team did make the business work. Ten years later, Leading Edge Geomatics is a New Brunswick company providing aerial survey and geomatics services across North America. Based in Lincoln, Leading Edge has a fleet of four aircraft and seven digital sensors and offers customized solutions to clients across different industries including energy, forestry, and mining.

Hogan says Leading Edge has worked for companies such as NB Power, Nova Scotia Power and Hydro One in Ontario. On the forestry side, they work with J.D. Irving and other forestry companies in the Maritimes. Leading Edge also has clients in the United States, including Michigan, Texas, Virginia and South Carolina.

What makes the company stand out from others in the industry, Hogan says, is their specialty in the forestry sector. The company has developed its proprietary Enhanced Forestry Inventory management solution. It combines lidar terrain and surface products to offer forestry professionals a mix of forest metrics and terrain data that lead to an improved management strategy and operational efficiencies.

“It’s kind of changing the way for forestry interpretation of the land base,” says Hogan. “We definitely have some intellectual property around forestry that makes us very unique.”

The company’s specialties and potential for growth recently caught the attention of Novacap, a private equity firm based in Montreal and Toronto that has over $2.26-billion of assets under management. The firm announced this month that it made a “strategic investment” in Leading Edge. The details of the investment are not being revealed publically, but founders Hogan, Kidman and Lowry, will continue to operate the business.

While they don’t reveal the size of the investment, Hogan does say it gives them enough capital to double the size of the company.

“It’s a significant investment for us because it allows us to grow. Capital is always not simple to get, so it allows us to have the ability to have unlimited amounts of capital,” says Hogan.

“Our hope is to grow this by double. We’re 60 people now and hopefully [we’ll have] 120 people in the next three to five years. They have the capital to make all that happen. The plane and the sensor itself is like $2-million, so it takes a lot to make that happen.”

Yong Kwon, a partner at Novacap in Toronto, says the firm was interested in Leading Edge because of their story and growth potential.

“We were immediately attracted to the company because it looked like a niche business where they had a differentiated solution,” says Kwon.

“We thought, ‘hey, this is a really neat story.’ Then they had the financials to back it up. Very nice growth and a very profitable company, but they really they hit a constraint in terms of access to capital to buy equipment, to hire people and so on.”

Like all investment firms, Novacap’s goal with Leading Edge is to make a profit. Kwon says they plan on doing this by providing Leading Edge with not just capital, but guidance too.

“Our return is the exact same as management’s return. We hold the same shares that they hold and whatever percentage return we benefit from, they will as well. It’s a true alignment,” says Kwon. “At certain firms, they have very structured investments. They’ll say, ‘we want to make our dollar before you make your dollar.’ There are scenarios where those turn very ugly. We don’t like to put ourselves in the situations. We take a true partnership approach.’”

Hogan says the Leading Edge team is excited to take their company to the next level, while still being based in New Brunswick.

“We take great pride in being in New Brunswick and having a fairly substantial company and getting Montreal and Toronto involved with us to try to turn this into a bigger entity in New Brunswick,” he says. “It’s really exciting to try and actually grow and have the capital investment to be able to grow.”

NOVACAP MAKES STRATEGIC INVESTMENT IN LEADING EDGE GEOMATICS

Montreal, Quebec – November 6, 2017: Novacap, one of Canada’s leading private equity firms, today announced that it has made a strategic investment in Leading Edge Geomatics (“Leading Edge”), a New Brunswick-based provider of aerial survey and geomatics services and solutions. Novacap’s investment will further accelerate growth through expansion into new markets, drive strategic acquisitions and continue investments in research and development of the company’s industry leading decision-support solutions.

 
Based in Lincoln, New Brunswick, Leading Edge provides end-to-end aerial lidar surveying services, complete with unique data processing capabilities and industry leading decision support solutions. The company owns and operates its fleet of aircrafts for lidar data collection for end-users across various industries to better manage their assets. The company has developed its proprietary Enhanced Forestry Inventory management solution, combining lidar terrain and surface products to offer forest professionals the combination of forest metrics and terrain data that lead to an improved management strategy and efficiency in operations. Leveraging their experience and technology, the company developed its Powerline Mapping solution to support utility companies in better managing hazardous vegetation for thousands of kilometers of powerlines throughout North America.

 
“Novacap is excited to join forces with Leading Edge and continue investing in people and products, and will support the company in finding new market opportunities to bring the business to the next level,” said Yong Kwon, Partner at Novacap. “Over the last decade, Leading Edge has delivered best-in-class aerial lidar services and industry leading solutions to the forestry, utility and other sectors and we look forward to partnering with the company to help execute an aggressive growth plan and truly bring the business to new heights.”
Bruce Hogan, Bill Kidman and Will Lowry, Leading Edge’s founders will continue to operate the business and maintain a significant interest in the company’s ownership.

 
“We see tremendous growth opportunities in the market for Leading Edge and know we have picked a strong partner with deep operational expertise to help us deliver on this potential,” said Bruce Hogan, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder. “We couldn’t be more excited about the future for the business and what this means for New Brunswick and our key stakeholders.”
The transaction is being financed through the NOVACAP TMT IV Fund, which specializes in partnering with exceptional companies that have high growth potential in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Leading Edge was advised by Confederation M&A, an Atlantic Canada-based boutique M&A advisory firm.

 

ABOUT NOVACAP
Founded in 1981, Novacap is a leading Canadian private equity firm with $2.26 billion of assets under management. The Firm has raised over $2.6 billion in capital since its inception. Novacap’s unique investment approach, based on deep operational expertise and an active partnership with entrepreneurs, has helped accelerate growth and create long-term value for its numerous investee companies. With an experienced management team and substantial financial resources, Novacap is well positioned to continue building world-class companies. For more information, please visit www.novacap.ca.

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ABOUT LEADING EDGE GEOMATICS
Founded in 2008, Leading Edge Geomatics is an industry leader in providing aerial survey and geomatics services across North America. The company was founded by three principals who gained extensive experience in the geomatics industry while working for the Canadian Forces on projects throughout North America and Afghanistan. Leading Edge specializes in using lidar and advanced airborne imagery to help clients in the forestry and utility sector produce maps, collect data and better manage their assets.

March 29/30: LEG and MCFT offering Introduction to LiDAR Based Enhanced Forest Inventory (EFI), Terrain and Surface Products for Forest Professionals

The Maritime College of Forest Technology’s, Department of Continuing Education is pleased to offer Introduction to LiDAR Based Enhanced Forest Inventory (EFI), Terrain and Surface
Products for Forest Professionals with Riley Côté-DeMerchant as instructor. The dates are March 29 and 30, 2017 beginning at 8:30 AM each day. The course will be held in room 230 of the Maritime College of Forest Technology, Fredericton, New Brunswick. Specific course details including an instructor profile, application form, and tuition costs can be found at http://mcft.ca/en/continuing-education/upcoming-courses 

As LiDAR accessibility continues to increase, more industries are adopting the technology and discovering its practical and cost-saving applications. Resource industries including forestry, mining, and energy, are using LiDAR to increase efficiencies and lower operational costs. These industries are continuously discovering new ways to manipulate and apply data to better their operations, such as discovering watercourses and previously undetected structures and growth patterns.

Much like the GIS, LiDAR has the potential to revolutionize the forest industry. The availability of LiDAR derived Enhanced Forest Inventories has recently become more common and available
across many land bases in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, presenting forest professionals with an unprecedented amount of relevant data. The available information ranges from basic tree height, to more complex and detailed inventory attributes such as diameter distribution of stems throughout a stand. Further, EFI provides highly detailed information on the ground, including elevation data, percent slope and, and accurate hydrographic information.

Through hands on demonstrations of software, this course will introduce students to the basics of LiDAR; what it is, how it works, and why it is an economical choice for data collection and analysis. An overview of LiDAR equipment, and discussion of predicted upcoming LiDAR advances, applications and trends will also take place. Riley will also provide insight into the cost-savings that Leading Edge Geomatics (LEG)’s LiDAR products and services provides. You will find out exactly how LiDAR technology can:
-Lower operational costs
-Identify high value wood products
-Analyze variation in forest growth and performance
-Increase safety
-Reduce negative environmental impacts
-Improve change detection
-Account for within stand variability across the landbase

If you have any questions or wish to reserve a seat on this or any other course, please call MCFT at 506-458-0649.