Airborne Sensing Corporation founded. First project: side-looking oblique aerial photo (SLOAP) system for water quality studies of the harbour at Hamilton, Ontario.
First in Ontario to offer colour infrared surveys for detecting new coniferous trees after a forest fire or cut.
Acquired photogrammetric mapping camera and Ontario’s first private aerial colour printing system.
First successful high-altitude mapping photography of Newfoundland.
Ontario’s first colour aerial survey of an entire municipality, Hamilton-Wentworth.
First U.S. contract: 10,000 square miles (1/5 of Kansas) in 24 days.
First contract outside North America in Aruba and Curaçao.
Acquired first forward motion compensation (FMC) camera, compatible with kinematic global positioning system (KGPS) technology.
Among the first in North America to test KGPS technology, reporting success in scientific journals. Subsequently used KGPS to map Confederation Bridge between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
Produced the first Kinematic Airborne GPS survey of Belize, initially surveying irrigation systems for banana plantations, and later taking images of old-town Belize City and various private properties for land development.
First contract in Jamaica. KGPS mapping of highway corridors in Ontario.
Etak digital mapping of all major cities east of the Mississippi. Also Labrador highways (KGPS), northwestern Ontario forests, surveys of Boston and Toronto.
Acquired second aircraft and camera system. Mapped south coast of Newfoundland.
Aerial mapping of Bermuda and Hells Gate Canyon, Sable Island seal survey, New Brunswick forest inventory.
Conducted aerial surveys of 25 major American cities for Map Factory Inc. Also conducted airborne GPS surveys of the flooding area and transmission corridor for Labrador Hydro’s proposed Lower Churchill Falls development and the Nova Scotia forest inventory.
First application of Applanix technology in Ontario. Established Airborne Scans division, providing precise large-format film scanning services for mapping. Turks and Caicos project.
Guatemala City survey, Newfoundland forestry, NASCAR racetracks.
First very large scale photogrammetry (VLSP) project using proprietary Airborne helicopter-based system. Pine beetle infestation in Williams Lake, BC.
Seal survey off Newfoundland and Labrador coast: over 15,000 exposures flying up to 200 km offshore at 160 m above sea (ice) level.
Acquired first Vexcel digital camera in Canada. First West Coast project: digital image production in Seattle and San Francisco. High-altitude mapping of Labrador’s north coast. First National Forest Inventory in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Various digital imaging projects in Ohio, Illinois and Ontario.
Flew 11 of the 15 largest cities in Mexico for the Virtual Earth® 3D project by Microsoft. Flights completed in only 10 days after customs clearance. The remaining 4 areas were flown in the winter of 2008-2009. This was followed by the first digital Labrador seal survey, 3 different provincial forestry inventories and coverage of 10 western Canadian cities. This was the first year ASC flew imagery projects in Canada from Sea to Sea.
Photographed the entire Communauté Métropolitaine de Montréal at pixel sizes of 8cms and 12cms and provided aerial triangulation of over 14,000 images in only 17 days. All images taken between snow melt and leaf flush. One of the first times ever that CMM was covered that quickly.
Completed the South Western Ontario Ortho Program (SWOOP) an area covering 45,000 sq. kms in just 40 days. The entire project area was covered with over 80,000 16cms pixel size images between snow melt and leaf flush. This was the first time any company had ever covered such a large territory in such a short period of time. There were zero re-flights and we also provide aerial triangulation of 50% of the project area. This was followed by completing a 15,000 sq. kms area known as CDQ (Centre du Quebec) and the entire Greater Vancouver area.
Involved in a national mapping project known as SIGTIERRAS which was a national GIS project requiring new airborne imagery of the entire Republic of Ecuador. ASC was contracted to cover 30% of the landmass in a zone extending across the middle of the country from the Pacific to the Amazonia. At one point we photographed Mount Chimborazo, the point on the earth’s surface closest to the sun. Also in this year, we provided aerial photography, digital elevation modelling and ortho-rectified imagery of Santo Domingo capital of the Dominican Republic in aid of a waste water management plan.
During this year, we flew projects from Kitimat BC to Blanc Sablon QC, or from Pacific tidewater to Atlantic tidewater In addition to providing large areas (ca. 30,000 sq. kms) of forest inventory projects in various provinces of Canada. During the spring season, we completed the aerial imagery as well as the ortho mapping of the City of Toronto at 5 cms. All images and maps at this level of detail were delivered on time and on budget. We also finished our contractual requirements for the Ecuador project. By the end of the year, we conducted a very rare simultaneous LIDAR/LARGE FORMAT PHOTOGRAPHY evaluation test to determine the most appropriate technology for our future needs.
In addition to providing a road survey project in Jamaica, we produced high resolution imagery for Niagara Region (2000 SQ KMS) in two days, we followed this by flying the entire Eastern Townships (Estrie) an area of approximately 5000 sq. kms in 5 days, once again demonstrating our ability to get work done far ahead of schedule. This was followed by an invitation to provide 3D imagery of a number of cities in North America for a new mapping app, totalling 300,000 photos over 8 cities.
Over the year of 2014, Airborne Sensing was busy. We purchased a fifth aircraft, flew over half a million images across Canada and the United States, and acquired an Optech Gemini LiDAR system, bringing us firmly into the age of laser-based sensors. Our first LiDAR project was completed by the end of the year, allowing us to provide multi-platform surveys to our clients with full testing of the comparative advantages of each. We also continued to maintain our proven track record of completing challenging projects within exacting timeframes, completing full city surveys of Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, New York City, Boston, Chicago and Minneapolis, to show a few examples, as well as our conventional survey work across rural areas.
Airborne Sensing continues its multi-pronged approach to completing projects across the continent, with a bilingual office opening in Quebec City, combining further international expertise in our operations.