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.

LiDAR News: High-Resolution LiDAR Topography and Bathymetry data for Puerto Rico

Originally Published on LiDAR News website. See original publication Dewberry selected to produce high-resolution LiDAR data for Puerto Rico

Firm to produce nearly 4,000 square miles of topographic and bathymetric lidar data for USGS, NOAA, and Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, was selected by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to collect and process topographic lidar data of Puerto Rico and the islands of Culebra, Vieques, and Isla de Mona.

Falling under the USGS’ Geospatial Product and Services Contract and co-funded by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the data will be used to produce a high-resolution digital elevation model portraying the topography and bathymetry of Puerto Rico and its surrounding islands. The data will provide improved elevation products to support important flood control, emergency management, and natural resource planning activities.

Dewberry will produce more than 3,400 square miles of topographic lidar data for this study and selected Leading Edge Geomatics to perform data acquisition using its Riegl Q680i and Q780 sensors. Dewberry will also process more than 500 square miles of existing topobathymetric lidar data collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Geodetic Survey Remote Sensing Division using a Riegl 820G sensor.

“The nearly 4,000 square miles of lidar data we will process contain a variety of geographical challenges that we are uniquely prepared to meet,” said Dewberry Director of Remote Sensing Amar Nayegandhi. “Our professionals have a deep understanding of USGS lidar specifications and a familiarity with the landscape that stems from more than a decade of project work in Puerto Rico. Our more recent experience mapping the East Coast of the U.S. and the state of Alaska has equipped us with the practical knowledge necessary to help make this endeavor a success.”

Dewberry recently produced a high-resolution land cover map of Puerto Rico for NOAA’s Office of Coastal Management’s Coastal Change Analysis Program. The firm has supported projects in Puerto Rico for the Federal Emergency Management Agency since 2006, creating inflow hydrographs, sea level rise studies, mitigation plans, and GIS maps.

About Dewberry

Dewberry is a leading, market-facing firm with a proven history of providing professional services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. Recognized for combining unsurpassed commitment to client service with deep subject matter expertise, Dewberry is dedicated to solving clients’ most complex challenges and transforming their communities. Established in 1956, Dewberry is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than 40 locations and 2,000+ professionals nationwide. To learn more, visit

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.”

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