Bluesky Signs Aerial Mapping Contract with Ordnance Survey Ireland

Aerial mapping company Bluesky has signed up Ireland’s National Mapping Agency as an exclusive reseller for the public sector market. The agreement between Bluesky and Ordnance Survey Ireland covers the provision of the highest resolution, most up to date aerial photography for the Republic of Ireland, together with associated 3D height products. Under the terms of the agreement Ordnance Survey Ireland, with support from Bluesky, will exclusively licence Bluesky’s Ireland products to public sector organisations such as local councils, central government departments and executive agencies. The agreement between Bluesky and Ordnance Survey Ireland comes at the start of the 2015... (read more)
2017-01-11 04:44:23

Bluesky Aerial Laser Survey Reveals Hidden Bronze-age Archaeology

Lidar is being employed to reveal the hidden archaeology of a Bronze-age hill settlement in Lancashire, England. Visually, the archaeological features are very difficult to see, but the Bluesky laser survey, commissioned by the Morecambe Bay Partnership, is expected to reveal previously undiscovered details of the settlement at Warton Crag. Identified as an important ‘Heritage at Risk’ site, the site has already been subject to low-level archaeological investigations, which have identified remains from a small, well-defended hill fort. “It is imperative that we get a better definition of the archaeological remains that are currently ‘hidden’ by the dense vegetation cover,”... (read more)
2017-01-11 12:12:33

Bluesky Captures Ultra-high-resolution Aerial Survey of Dublin

Aerial mapping company Bluesky Ireland has captured the first-ever 12.5cm-resolution aerial photography coverage of the whole of the Greater Dublin area. Covering a total of 1,850 square kilometres, the imagery is so detailed that road markings, street furniture and property boundaries are all easily visible and is accurate for use in GIS and desktop mapping software. In another first for the Republic of Ireland, the data is also being made available through a dedicated web mapping service (WMS), allowing users to stream the imagery directly into their GIS or other compatible software. “This is a first for Ireland and is a... (read more)
2018-08-15 10:38:34

Bluesky Acquires US Aerial Survey Company Col-East

British aerial mapping company Bluesky International is expanding its business into North America following the acquisition of Col-East Inc (, a Massachusetts based aerial survey company.  Col-East has been mapping the Northeast United States for 65 years and will continue as Col-East International Ltd, forming the US arm of Bluesky. Founded in 1952, Col-East has a long established reputation for very high quality topographic mapping, with particular expertise in specialist aerial surveys such as high precision aeronautical mapping, requiring highly skilled analysis. Bluesky has seen an increase in the demand for specialist large scale mapping, 3D modelling and feature extraction in recent... (read more)
2017-03-17 10:48:59

Inaugural European Aerial Survey Industry Association Event Attracts Global Audience

Delegates from around the world flocked to the first European Association of Aerial Surveying Industries (EAASI) Summit. Attracted by a topical conference programme, working group sessions and a variety of networking opportunities the event in Brussels earlier this month welcomed representatives of more than 40 organizations, from 18 countries and 3 continents. The EAASI Summit conference included keynote speakers Eduardo Garcia Gonzales of CANSO (Civil Air Navigation Services Organization) and Hugo De Groof, Directorate General for the Environment at the European Commission. Other highlights of the two-day programme were a talk on geo-political advocacy by Brian Raber, past president of... (read more)
2019-12-20 09:44:18

French Aerial Survey Firm Purchases First Leica CityMapper-2

Hexagon’s Geosystems division has announced that Aero Photo Europe Investigation (APEI), an international aerial survey firm headquartered in Moulins, France, has become the first customer to purchase the Leica CityMapper-2 oblique imaging and Lidar hybrid airborne sensor. With the CityMapper-2, APEI expands its business to the rapidly growing smart city market, which today requires more detailed and more accurate data on larger areas in fast-changing urban environments. APEI is currently operating a CityMapper that incorporates the latest-generation linear-mode Lidar from the Leica TerrainMapper. With the higher performance 2MHz pulse rate Lidar scanner, the firm has benefitted from significant operational advantages,... (read more)
2020-02-26 09:12:18

MOSAiC Aerial Survey Campaigns Temporarily Suspended Because of Coronavirus

Polarstern Crew Continues to be Unaffected by the Corona Pandemic
The Norwegian government recently announced comprehensive measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus, effective immediately. As a result, all travellers to Norway from non-Nordic countries who do not have a residence permit will most likely have to immediately leave the country again or be placed in quarantine for 14 days. In response, and due to the highly dynamic development of the coronavirus pandemic, the MOSAiC project management has decided to temporarily suspend the aerial survey campaigns planned for this spring and based in the Svalbard archipelago, which is under Norwegian administration. There are currently three icebreakers underway in the Central... (read more)
2020-03-18 04:56:49

Aerial Photography Coverage of Ireland

Bluesky International has completed a detailed aerial survey of Ireland. The company has now acquired full aerial coverage of the Republic of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. The accurate aerial photography together with 3D terrain mapping will be used to update national contracts with government and commercial organisations and will also feature as part of more than 100,000 square kilometres of imagery data that is now available to view and download from Bluesky’s dedicated online Mapshop for Ireland.   On 1 June 2020, a Bluesky plane completed the last few hours of flying over County Monaghan. Once processed, the 2020... (read more)
2020-06-29 04:07:23

European Aerial Mappers Challenge Data Streaming Competitors

Members of the European Association of Aerial Surveying Industries (EAASI) came together for a virtual meeting to question two of the industry’s leading sensor manufacturers about their recent acquisitions of large aerial survey companies and the potential impact on the wider industry. In an online webinar, pre-submitted questions about imagery specifications, capture plans and data licensing opportunities and the prospect of competing with their own customers were placed to Alexander Wiechert, managing partner and CEO of Vexcel Imaging, and John Welter, division president at Hexagon Geosystems. The EAASI-hosted event also included answers to questions about future sensor development plans and... (read more)
2020-05-27 08:54:08

Bluesky Aerial Photography Helps Economic Growth

High resolution aerial photography from Bluesky is helping Darlington Borough Council produce plans of Council owned land, in order to promote growth and development in the North East of England authority. Primarily used by the Estates and Property Section of the Economic Growth Group, the Bluesky imagery helps locate and identify previously undeveloped land parcels, producing maps for acquisitions and disposals, right to buy and tenancy agreements, way leaves and easements. Used in combination with GPS surveying, the photomaps provide comprehensive ground detail, are up to date and accurately match the Council’s Ordnance Survey mapping. “Post-2014, Darlington became a hive... (read more)
2017-12-21 01:01:39
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