Category Archive: Imagery

May 24

Unmanned Aerial Systems – one tool in the geospatial toolbox

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) have become an established tool in the survey, mapping, and engineering fields. Incorporating these aerial imaging and mapping platforms into our services is adding new dimensions and perspectives as we measure, observe, and inspect project sites and structures. This technology excels in situations where site safety and accessibility are a concern. …

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Mar 06

“Orthos 101” webinar coming May 3, 2018

The science behind aerial imagery, orthoimagery production, and photogrammetry, and what it means for Wisconsin Our aerial mapping experts will be hosting an “Orthos 101” webinar on May 3, 2018 at 1pm. In today’s world of drones, obliques, and LiDAR (light detection and ranging), you may be asking yourself if the principles of photogrammetry still matter. …

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Dec 28

Integrating Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) with Geospatial Services

  Ayres Associates has always been driven to develop the best solutions to fit our client’s needs by utilizing a combination of advanced technologies and work flows.  So, it should not be surprising that Ayres has embraced the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and now regularly integrates the data from such systems into its …

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Dec 20

High Density Lidar for Colorado DOT Applications

High Density Aerial Lidar of Wray, Colorado (CDOT Front Range NPS – Region 4 – Riverine Design & Analysis) Ayres expands upon its use of high accuracy Lidar for important transportation corridor design and improvement projects throughout Colorado.  In the past year, our Aerial Mapping Services group has been working closely with our engineering staff …

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Aug 10

Capturing an Impressive Display of Aviation History

Ayres Associates and Applied Ecological Services were granted the privilege to capture high resolution digital aerial imagery of the EAA AirVenture gathering in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Ayres and AES have been partners in aerial imagery acquisition and specialized remote sensing application for over 5 years.  Using a Leica RCD30 we have collaborated on projects ranging from …

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Apr 18

Droning on and on…Are drones destined for the trash?

No, drone technology is not going away. In fact, its use in the professional services marketplace is only expanding. One application we’ve developed expertise in is utilizing UAS to analyze landfills. Landfills are often run as a business, and, like any business, operators make decisions based on metrics and try to increase efficiencies to improve …

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Mar 30

Using Remote Sensing for Forest Regeneration Analysis

Forestry is the backbone of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin’s economy. For 150 years, Menominee Tribal Enterprises (MTE) has managed the Tribe’s 235,000 acres and has become an industry leader in sustainable forestry.  In 2007, a tornado destroyed over 2,200 acres of prime hardwood forest, creating a massive impact on future revenue. MTE was …

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Feb 24

Land information gathering highlights best of Wisconsin

    This week, hundreds of land information professionals, GIS specialists, mapping experts, and others have come together for the 30th annual Wisconsin Land Information Association conference in Wisconsin Dells. The event, which Ayres Associates proudly sponsors at the platinum level, offers more than 50 educational sessions, technical workshops, and countless opportunities to network with …

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Feb 10

Four Weeks of Fun: Ayres Completes City-wide Asset Management Project in Record Time

Complex real world problems require multifaceted solutions, and Ayres Associates stepped to the plate and delivered during the 2016 holiday season. Under tight time constraints and adverse weather conditions, the staff from our Aerial Mapping and Land Survey groups combined forces to fulfill an important year-end delivery. The result was accurate data put into the …

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Dec 12

Geospatial Technology for Stormwater Management

Effective stormwater management can make or break a municipalities preparedness for major rain and flood events. Too often municipalities opt for reacting to major storm events, rather than properly preparing for them.  Storm event preparedness is no easy feat and it often takes tremendous effort to identify and prioritize best management practices.  Ayres Associates understands the …

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Oct 26

Integrating UAS into Ayres Professional Services

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or drones, are becoming increasingly common tool in the survey, mapping, and engineering fields. Incorporating these aerial imaging and mapping platforms into our services is adding new dimensions and perspectives as we measure and observe project sites and structures. This technology is a tremendous tool where site safety and accessibility are …

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Aug 23

Cooperative Aerial Imagery Missions in Illinois

County and municipal governments in Illinois are benefitting from coordinating their aerial photography programs- saving money through efficient use of aircraft and high accuracy mapping cameras.   In the past four years, Ayres Associates has collected thousands of square miles of aerial photography- for dozens of counties and communities throughout the State. No matter the size …

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Jul 21

Geospatial Analysis of Road Washouts

On July 11 Northern Wisconsin saw severe storms leading to millions of dollars of damage in several counties.  Many roads could remain closed potentially for months greatly affecting transportation in the height of the region’s tourism season.  Ayres Associates structural and highway engineers mobilized quickly to provide extremely fast-track design services to replace culverts with …

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Dec 01

New EPSG codes published for Wisconsin

On November 25, 2015, EPSG codes were published for Wisconsin’s county-specific coordinate systems. This is the first time that the Wisconsin Coordinate Reference System (WISCRS) will have registered EPSG codes. The codes reference the NAD83 (2011) definition of WISCRS, which was required by EPSG. The codes can be found at http://www.epsg-registry.org/. What does this mean …

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Oct 07

Topographic Change Detection Models from LiDAR

Using multiple LiDAR surface models for detecting and monitoring change in topography over time.  by Mike Seidel (Geospatial Services Technician) and Jason Krueger (Project Manager) Local government entities are building new applications for Lidar that go far beyond the typical stormwater and floodplain applications. For example, we have written several articles on this blog site about vegetation and building extraction …

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