Leading Edge Geomatics and Aethon Aerial Solutions partner to deliver next generation LiDAR solutions to Utility and forestry industry

Leading Edge Geomatics, leaders in airborne imagery and LiDAR acquisition for forest inventory mapping, environmental monitoring and the managing of power line assets, announced today that it has reached an agreement to become a partner in the Aethon Affiliate Network.

This partnership brings together the technical expertise of Aethon in the development of state of the art autonomous and semi autonomous Aerial Acquisition Systems with the operational excellence and experience of Leading Edge Geomatics.

In announcing the agreement, Bruce Hogan, VP Sales, stated: “By deploying the next generation of airborne LiDAR systems developed by Aethon, Leading Edge Geomatics will offer its clients a next generation service offering. The capability of the new Aethon system will offer electric utilities the capability to inspect poles, monitor vegetation and manage rights of ways while capturing 3D geospatial intelligence for stress analysis, predictive trending and compliance reporting. This is a capability critical to enabling utility customers to strategically manage the long-term health of their infrastructure.”

As a result of the strategic agreement, Leading Edge Geomatics and Aethon Aerial Solutions will form a Joint Venture company based in British Columbia, which will provide access to the west coast market for Leading Edge’s unique forestry and Utility product offerings. “This type of relationship, which will improve access to the west coast market, is key to our export and growth strategy,” stated Mike Oliver, VP of Corporate Development
About Leading Edge Technologies
Leading Edge Technologies deploys the latest 3D sensor and optic technology to acquire aerial imagery for use in infrastructure asset management applications. The company has mapped over 190,000 km of assets in the past five years, and currently owns a fleet of five aircraft, four LiDAR systems, and multiple digital aerial camera systems.
About Aethon Aerial Solutions
Aethon – Aerial Solutions, as part of Aethon holdings, brings together a seasoned team of industry experts with over 100 years of collective experience in airborne LiDAR and remote sensing for commercial industrial and defence applications. By investing in technology and partnering with groups like Leading Edge and others, Aethon Holdings is creating a level of expertise in airborne remote sensing, field operations proficiency, and 3D data analytics for airborne remote sensing, and UAV based inspection that will be unmatched in North America.