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Jul 15

Ayres Oblique 3D Viewer Incorporates Municipal GIS Layers

As a follow up to our earlier blog article on our new oblique solution, we are demonstrating that our 3D viewing platform will permit referencing of existing vector data.  In this example, we are showing parcel data and road centerline data layers from the City of Madison draped over the 3D photo mesh model. Please …

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May 27

Ayres Shares New Oblique Solution at UMGEOCON ’16

Ayres Associates is developing a new oblique imagery solution for local government and utility applications.  We were excited for the opportunity to show this off at Upper Midwest GEOCON in La Crosse, Wisconsin this week.   UMGEOCON 2016 was a first-of-a-kind gathering of geospatial professionals and users from multiple states in the region: Illinois, Iowa, …

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Mar 23

WROC Earns ‘Best of State’, Featured in Latest TRENDS

We’re very proud of the feature article about the Wisconsin Regional Ortho Consortium (WROC) in the latest issue of TRENDS magazine.  Learn how a collaboration of local, county, state, and private organizations worked together to build this program and how it’s being applied by this diverse range of stakeholders. The American Council of Engineering Companies …

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Mar 08

Catching up with USGS & 3DEP at ILMF

Ayres Associates sent a contingency of project managers and supervisors to the 2016 International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) in Denver, Colorado.  ILMF is a technical conference and exhibition showcasing the latest LiDAR advances and emerging remote-sensing technologies.     Our team had a unique opportunity to meet with key staff from USGS staff regarding the ongoing …

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Feb 29

Spring Aerial Photography Season is Here!

The Aerial Mapping group at Ayres Associates has officially kicked off their spring aerial photography season for 2016.  The flight crews will be busy traveling throughout the Midwest over the next couple of months capturing high resolution aerial imagery.  Take advantage of the opportunity to capture cost effective imagery for your projects while the aircraft and digital …

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Dec 17

Ayres Employees Attend Annual ESRI Wisconsin User Group Conference

Over two days in early December three Ayres employees attended the annual ESRI Wisconsin User Group (EWUG) conference at the Hilton City Center in downtown Milwaukee. The conference is a great opportunity for Ayres’ GIS staff to stay abreast of advancements in GIS technology as well as network with other industry professionals. Adam Derringer (Project …

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Oct 28

Cutting Culverts into Lidar DEM’s

Lidar has become an important tool for management of water resources and for designing mitigation efforts for localized flood events.  While regional issues have driven topographic mapping efforts for counties, watersheds, and floodplains, the high accuracy and high definition Lidar surface models are now being applied to micro-drainage solutions.  However, the lack of culvert information with these surface models can present an issue for proper …

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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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Aug 02

High Density Lidar for Illinois Municipalities

Communities in northeastern Illinois incorporate high density aerial Lidar into everyday municipal engineering applications.  The rich data derived from these point clouds are being used for capital improvement projects, stormwater management, urban forestry, and planning.  Collaboration between municipalities allow smaller and mid-sized communities to economically implement this technology. Micro-Drainage Analysis The higher definition surfaces derived from Lidar …

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May 24

Semi-automated Building Extraction from Aerial Imagery

A combination of traditional photogrammetric techniques and new software applications can now be used for semi-automated building extraction from high-resolution aerial imagery. This process enables a cost-effective alternative to manual building footprint compilation. Ayres Associates has developed workflows that support the creation of both simple 2D footprints and complex 3D buildings tailored to meet project …

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May 12

Ayres Spatially Integrated Video System

Our Spatially Integrated Video system provides street level information for a wide range of municipal and highway applications.  The mobile video captured with geo-referencing capabilities can be formatted for use within a GIS platform with hyperlink attribution. The video segments include embedded directional and vector displays for efficient locational orientation. Applications for this product may …

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Apr 23

Another Successful Aerial Imagery & LiDAR Flight Season for GIS Consortium

Ayres Associates wrapped up another year of aerial imagery and LiDAR missions for the Illinois GIS Consortium.  This marks 15 consecutive years of aerial mapping missions for these Chicago area communities.   Digital Aerial Imagery Approximately 90 square miles of high resolution aerial imagery was acquired this spring using an UltraCAM Eagle digital imaging system. The …

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Mar 08

3D Mapping: Valuable By-product of LiDAR

3D Feature extraction from LiDAR can provide municipalities with fresh perspectives on urban planning and help secure broad project support. The traditional view of LiDAR as a tool to produce topographic contours for floodplain studies is being challenged by increasingly complex applications for feature extraction from this technology.  Today, instead of merely looking at the …

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Feb 26

Ayres/SAA to Present at 2015 APA-WI Annual Planning Workshop

SAA’s Blake Theisen and Jason Krueger of Ayres Associates will present at the 2015 American Planning Association-Wisconsin Annual Planning Workshop at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. The workshop this year focuses on the Tech Side of Planning. Blake and Jason will present their talk “GIS Data: Different Sources, Similar Environments – Aerial Imagery, LiDAR, 3D.” The conference …

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Jun 06

Ayres Geospatial team invited to present at HxGN LIVE

A group of us from Ayres Geospatial attended the HxGN LIVE conference in Las Vegas earlier this week. The conference was a great opportunity to learn about emerging technologies from Hexagon’s geospatial and geosystems leaders. We attended a keynote presentation by Juergen Dold, the President and CEO of Leica Geosystems, in which he discussed how …

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