Aerodata supports wildlife rescue center (Mar 28th, 2011)
Wildlife is getting more and more susceptible to injuries due to the urbanization in Flanders. Wounded, ill and orphaned birds and other wildlife deserve a second chance and are taken into care by Flemish wildlife rescue centers (Opvangcentra voor Vogels en Wilde Dieren; licensed by Vogelbescherming Vlaanderen). In the region of Antwerp, this center is located in Brasschaat. Started in 2006 with only a few volunteers, it has now grown to a voluntary team of 30 motivated people, treating about 2500 animals every year. When the animals are fully recovered or grown up, they are released back into nature. With a growing team, the center has now the need of moving to a bigger and better equipped location, and so be able to treat more animals in a more efficient way. Dependent on gifts, this is a big challenge for the center, and therefore Aerodata supports them by donating a yearly gift.
Aerodata provides the Port of Antwerp a 6-metre wide aerial of the port (Feb 7th, 2011)
The Antwerp Port Authority opened this weekend the visitors’ centre at the Port Pavilion at the foot of the Museum aan de Stroom (MAS). The main attraction of the Pavilion is a 6-metre wide aerial image of the port on the floor. Visitors can see for themselves just how extensive the port is, particularly in comparison with the Antwerp downtown area, by just walking on top of the illuminated floor.
Aerodata provided the authority with this orthophoto mosaic. The images were acquired at a flying height of 5000m (16400 ft, 15cm GSD) with one of Aerodata’s VisionMap A³ camera systems in the spring of 2010. The captured area extends the port of Antwerp and goes southwards all the way to the city of Mechelen, which city services also make use of this unique dataset.
Thermal Mobile Mapping (Feb 7th, 2011)
Aerodata, ITC and imajing companies are proud to announce the Thermal Mobile Mapping system. The system is designed to survey building facades by driving a car with an on board thermal camera at normal traffic speed.
After several years of experience resulting in great references such as Paris, Bordeaux, Nice, Grenoble, etc., aerial thermography mapping became a specialty of the Aerodata/ITC partnership. The end product displays a unique view on heat losses from building roofs, representing about 1/3 of the total heat loss of a building. Facades which may represent up to 30-50% of losses can now also be added to this product.
Up to now, such complementary survey was only achievable on foot with a handheld scanner and therefore slow and inefficient. Aiming to extend such survey to all buildings of larger areas, Aerodata, ITC and imajing joint their forces to couple a FLIR Infrared camera with the compact Imajbox mobile mapping system. The thermal images are associated with accurate geographic positions enabling detailed measurements (using photogrammetric measurements) and even 3D objects extraction. From these images, heat engineers from ITC can precisely identify thermal anomalies on facades (insulation problems, air leakage, etc.). The main goal is to increase public awareness and to stimulate energy efficiency measures.
Well done mates: Sydney survey completed in just 3 days! (Feb 2nd, 2011)
Aerodata International Surveys (AIS) first big 2011 achievement has been realized! 4,000 sqkm of the Sydney basin area has been captured @10 and 20 cm resolution in only 3 flying days, using AIS’s revolutionary VisionMap A3 camera.
Not only the flight mission burned nearly half the carbon dioxide if a conventional aerial survey camera was used, but it also provided oblique viewing thanks to the camera unique sweeping technology. The camera’s key benefits of high resolution which fits between very high resolution low altitude airborne sensors and high resolution space sensors is found in the ability of flying large areas in minimum time without compromising on quality and accuracy. From 10 cm to 35 cm GSD, Aerodata can produce rapidly cost-effective orthophotos and oblique viewing of large areas in nearly half of the time of any other large format digital mapping sensor.