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Katelyn Strong of Leading Edge receives Registered Professional Forester Designation

Leading Edge Geomatics is pleased to announce Forest Inventory Analyst, Katelyn Strong, has received her Registered Professional Forester (RPF) designation through the Association of Registered Professional Foresters of New Brunswick.

Throughout her second year at LEG, Katelyn has been working towards her designation, and successfully completed required coursework and evaluations in April of 2015. LEG is excited to have an RPF on staff, and congratulates Katelyn on this accomplishment.  LEG values continuing education and professional development, and appreciates Katelyn’s ongoing commitment to expanding her knowledge and skill set.

Leading Edge Geomatics in Growth Mode

Leading Edge Geomatics has recently closed a transaction with Capital Airways to acquire three aircraft along with the aviation maintenance and operations resources and capabilities.  The acquisition brings the Leading Edge fleet of aircraft to five, and the team of professionals to over 30, to service the growing demand for airborne remote sensing and geomatics.   Remote sensing and geomatics information is important to assist forestry, utility, engineering and natural resource management organizations to map, monitor and manage their assets more cost effectively.

The additional aircraft will enable Leading Edge to provide services to a larger geographic market and meet the growing demand in eastern Canada for remote sensing services. The acquisition was key for Leading Edge to recently win an opportunity in Virginia.

“The investment in the additional aircraft competitively positioned us for projects in the U.S, enabling us to extend our flying season by a month, which is an important component of our growth strategy,” stated Leading Edge vice president of Sales Bruce Hogan.

“As the Fixed Base Operator for the Fredericton International Airport, Capital Airways’ core business is providing aeronautical services such as fueling, flight planning, and aircraft storage for private aircraft as well as WestJet,” says vice president Mike Dana, “since Leading Edge has been the primary user of our aircraft fleet since 2009, the transaction will bring better efficiency to both companies.”

Mike Oliver, P. Eng., Joins LEG as VP of Corporate Development

Leading Edge Geomatics is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Oliver as Vice President of Corporate Development. Having served on the LEG advisory board since 2010, Mike officially joined the executive team full time on February 2nd, 2015.

With extensive executive experience in system engineering, project management, business development and sales, Mike has worked more than 20 years within the energy, engineering and military/aerospace industries. An electrical engineer, Mike has served on the Board of Directors of the Information Technology Association of Nova Scotia (ITANS), Enterprise Fredericton, and continues to instruct part-time for the University of New Brunswick’s Technology Management & Entrepreneurship Program.

As Vice President of Corporate Development at LEG, Mike will strengthen LEG’s corporate strategy, overseeing activities in support of marketing, training, and resource optimization.

Leading Edge Geomatics completes first flights with Chiroptera Topobathymetric LiDAR system

Originally Published on the Canadian GIS and Geomatics website. See original publication here.

Earlier this year the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) announced that the Government would invest over seven hundred thousand dollars through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) that would help researchers at the Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG) unlock some of Nova Scotia’s coastline mysteries known as the “white ribbon gap” from the challenges involved with mapping shallow water coastal areas. The project also made them the only college in Canada with a research bathymetric Laser Imaging Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) device.Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG)

Bathymetric LIDAR equipment provides the ability to measure subsurface topography in shallow water, offering a safe, cost-effective and efficient means of collecting data in difficult-to-access areas. This bathymetric LIDAR equipment is unique to most others as it can be mounted in an fixed wing aircraft to scan down into the water or can be mounted sideways onto a boat to also measure the coastline details. Continue reading