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February 19, 2014
ORTHOSHOP Geomatics Expands Mapping Capabilities with Leica Technology

NORCROSS, Ga., Feb. 13, 2014—Leica Geosystems Inc. today announced that Calgary, Canada-based ORTHOSHOP Geomatics Ltd. has purchased a second Leica ALS70-CM airborne laser scanner and a third 80-megapixel Leica RCD30 RGBN digital camera.

ORTHOSHOP is a geomatics engineering firm that recognizes the value of leading edge technology in providing custom solutions. “We specialize in providing geomatics engineering solutions to discriminating clients with demanding requirements,” said George Constantinescu, ORTHOSHOP’s CEO. “We started our company with Leica’s groundbreaking OR1 orthophoto processing equipment at its core,” he explained, “and in the 34 years since we have been loyal purchasers of Leica Geosystems’ products, from analytical stereo plotters and analog cameras to photogrammetric scanners and software systems.”

The firm embraced digital processing early on in its development and two years ago added digital data acquisition capabilities with the purchase of its first Leica ALS70-CM laser scanner and two Leica RCD30 cameras. The Leica ALS70/RCD30 integrated sensor configuration enables the acquisition of comprehensive datasets in which the LiDAR and photographic data are co-registered. This characteristic provides for very detailed and accurate information extraction and complex problem solving. Additionally, the Leica ALS70 and Leica RCD30 sensors permit flying in less than ideal conditions and collecting large volumes of data quickly and accurately, which Constantinescu said is a distinct advantage. “Leica’s focus on innovation and product improvement is critically important to us,” he said. “Since we use the sensors in demanding real world conditions, we are able to provide feedback to support Leica’s continuing product development. We believe that the mutual respect and free communication that we enjoy between our organizations is the cornerstone of our long-term relationship.”

Constantinescu describes ORTHOSHOP as an “atypical” engineering company, meaning it goes beyond the design and planning phase and fully implements projects to completion. “Our capabilities include execution of our engineering solutions in-house,” he said. “This includes project planning, remote sensing, data processing, interpretation and integration of solutions into customers’ GIS. Adding another ALS70 and RCD30 at this time will allow us to satisfy the increasing market demand for our engineering solutions, and to better respond to urgent data requests from our customers.”

“ORTHOSHOP is a valued strategic partner for Leica,” said Jean Gardiner, General Manager of Leica Geospatial Solutions. “With these latest additions to their digital sensor inventory, ORTHOSHOP furthers its ability to serve clients at the highest level of reliability and quality.”

ORTHOSHOP Geomatics Ltd.

ORTHOSHOP (www.orthoshop.com) is a premier provider of geomatics engineering services based in Canada. Established in 1980 by a team of surveyors and photogrammetrists that saw a market for high-quality orthophotography and photogrammetric mapping, it is now a geomatics engineering firm with full execution capabilities. It owns seven aerial sensors and three aircraft and its own Aircraft Maintenance Organization, and maintains in-house processing capabilities for all aspects of its services. Clients include companies in diverse industries including oil and gas, mineral exploration, transportation, and utilities, as well as government agencies, often involving disaster response, where accuracy and execution speed are critical.

Leica Geosystems

With close to 200 years of pioneering solutions to measure the world, Leica Geosystems products and services are trusted by professionals worldwide to help them capture, analyze, and present spatial information. Leica Geosystems is best known for its broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyze easily, and visualize and present spatial information.

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