LiDAR Services International Announces Major LiDAR Contract Awards

May 22, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta – LiDAR Services International (LSI) is pleased to announce two major contract awards, one in Canada and the other in Central America.

LSI has been awarded the second and final phase of the Mackenzie Valley Highway new route corridor survey in the NWT. Project is approximately 500 linear km in length and requires a 1 km width of LiDAR and digital imagery coverage. LSI is pleased to have teamed up with Challenger Geomatics/Inukshuk Geomatics for the establishment of a GPS control point network every 10 km along the new route corridor. LSI will use their latest high altitude proprietary MATRIX LiDAR system which integrates a Riegl Q780 laser with an IXSEA ARINS inertial measurement unit (IMU). This final phase of the highway survey runs from between Fort Good Hope and Norman Wells and ends north of Inuvik. LSI will be mobilizing the survey aircraft to the NWT in June.

LSI has also recently been awarded a large LiDAR mapping project in Costa Rica that is approximately 700 sq. km. in size. The project is for the detailed LiDAR survey of a number of potential hydroelectric dam sites located in Costa Rica. LSI teamed up with W.I.R.E. Services a division of Manitoba Hydro International for this contract award. The final client is Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) the Costa Rican national electrical utility. LSI will ship one of their proprietary MATRIX LiDAR systems to Costa Rica for installation and use on to a local Bell 206B helicopter.

MATRIX is LSI’s 5th generation of in house LiDAR system development and utilizes software modularity architecture to allow fast and flexible system configuration to meet clients’ requirements. Each MATRIX system integrates Riegl scanning lasers with various IMU’s and various downward and forward looking digital still and video cameras. All MATRIX systems can be flown in either helicopter or various aircraft platforms. LSI operates 3 MATRIX LiDAR systems.

About LiDAR Services International Inc:

Based in Calgary Alberta, LSI is a highly experienced LiDAR service company offering LiDAR mapping and digital imagery data collection services for a wide variety of industries. LSI has completed LiDAR projects in the USA, Canada, South and Central America, Malaysia, Indonesia and Africa. LSI is a privately owned company with a staff of 22 highly qualified team members.

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Art Silver, Vice President Sales & Marketing
Tel: 403-517-3130

Town of Canmore Contracts Advanced Aerial LiDAR Survey to Assess Damage from Southern Alberta Floods

July 10, 2013 – Calgary, Alberta – The Town of Canmore, Alberta contracted LiDAR Services International Inc., (LSI), a Calgary based airborne LiDAR mapping company to mobilize their advanced helicopter equipped laser mapping system to conduct an aerial LiDAR and imaging survey of 54 square kilometers of the Bow River valley in the Canmore area to assess damage as a result of the 2013 Alberta floods.

The mountain town declared a state of local emergency on June 20 as over 220 millimeters of rain fell in 36 hours, nearly half of Canmore’s annual average rainfall on already saturated ground, coupled with a steep mountain watershed, resulted in a rapid increase in the size and flow of several rivers. The normally tranquil Cougar Creek raged, spilling over its banks, washing away roadways, a rail line, pathways and destroying swaths of green space and creek side homes.

“A tremendous amount of material has been swept off the mountain …  rocks, dirt, soil, boulders and trees …into Cougar Creek and depositing the material in the Town of Canmore causing several homes to be destroyed and taking out the Trans-Canada Highway and a CP Rail line,” said Blair Birch, P. Eng., Municipal Engineer, Town of Canmore. 

The flood initiated the need for the LiDAR survey … the Town contracts the collection of aerial ortho photos every five years, however, the flood created the immediate need for accurate, detailed  topographic data that LiDAR can provide.

“The LiDAR survey will capture where the water caused the greatest damage …where water courses were rerouted, how the hydrology of the watershed has been altered. The survey’s topographic data and imagery will assist in studying what happened and how to mitigate these events in the future,” said Birch. “We need to establish how much debris came down from the mountain and was deposited in the Town. The LiDAR will help to reestablish new watersheds and hydrological assessments and will also be helpful in applying for relief funds from federal and provincial governments.”

“We used a Bell 206B helicopter to allow us to fly low and slow over the survey area in mountainous terrain to provide a very high accuracy data set of both LiDAR and imagery data,”  said Tony Tubman, president, LSI. “We are very pleased to be able to respond to the Town of Canmore and its residents on such short notice in their time of need …there has been a lot of devastation as a result of the2013 Alberta flood …and we are happy to be a part of the relief effort.”

LSI has expedited processing of the LiDAR and imagery data to get it to the Town of Canmore as soon as possible.  Turning around the delivery of such huge volumes of collected data which normally takes several weeks to days is a testament to the commitment LSI has made to Canmore. 

The aerial LiDAR survey deliverables include LiDAR point clouds classified to Ground, DTM Keypoints, Low Vegetation and High Vegetation classes; Bare Earth and Full Feature grids at 1 m spacing; Greyscale hillshades of Bare Earth and Full Feature surfaces at 1 m pixel resolution; and Ortho-mosaicked color digital imagery mapped at a 10 cm pixel resolution.

The Town of Canmore has a full-time population of 17,000 but that can double during the winter ski and summer tourist seasons. TheTown attracts world-class athletes to its Nordic Centre. Officials are now conducting an overall assessment in the area to determine the full extent of the damage. With the local state of emergency in Canmore lifted, attention is turning toward ways to fix up Cougar Creek — the small but powerful stream that has breached its banks for the second time in two years – as well as several  other stream courses entering Town.

About LiDAR Services International Inc.:

LiDAR Services International Inc., is a Canadian, Calgary based airborne LiDAR provider that celebrates 11 years of airborne operations in 2013.  LSI owns and operates a number of proprietary airborne LiDAR systems that have been used on projects throughout North America, Central and South America as well as Africa and Asia. What differentiates LiDAR Services International from other mapping companies is their single-minded commitment to their client’s project, their unequalled experience, technical expertise, innovation and customized survey solutions. For more information contact Art Silver, LiDAR Services International, 403-517-3130,, or visit

About the southern Alberta floods:

In June 2013, Alberta, Canada, experienced heavy rainfall that triggered catastrophic flooding described by the provincial government as the worst in Alberta’s history. Areas along the Bow, Elbow, Highwood, Red Deer, Sheep, Little Bow, and South Saskatchewan rivers and their tributaries were particularly affected. A total of 27 local states of emergency were declared and 28 emergency operations centres were activated as water levels rose and numerous communities were placed under evacuation orders.

Situated east of the Canadian Rockies, southern Alberta is a semi-arid region that does not usually receive high amounts of rainfall. A high-pressure system in northern Alberta blocked the passage to a low-pressure area to the south. This blocked circulation and easterly winds pumped Pacific moisture on the rising slopes of the Rocky Mountains foothills, causing heavy rain into the province with rainfall amounts of over 100 millimeters (3.9 in) to fall in less than two days in many regions of the province, particularly west and southwest of Calgary.

LiDAR Services Mobilizes Laser Mapping System to Saskatchewan for Flood Plain Mapping

May 15, 2013 – Calgary, Alberta – LiDAR Services International Inc., (LSI), a Calgary based airborne LiDAR mapping company, announced they will be mobilizing a fixed wing aircraft equipped with an advanced laser mapping system into Saskatchewan for an 835 km2 flood mapping project north of Saskatoon around the Rural Municipality of Corman Park.

The aircraft is scheduled to arrive on site towards the end of May.  LiDAR, an acronym for Light Detection and Ranging, is scanning laser technology which accurately measures topography or surface elevations to an accuracy of less than 15 cm.  The collected data will include LiDAR point clouds classified to determine Ground, Low Vegetation and High Vegetation, a Bare Earth Model, Greyscale hillshades of Bare Earth and Full Feature surfaces at 1 m pixel resolution, and Orthorectified mosaicked color digital imagery with 0.20 m pixel size. Once processed and integrated, the LiDAR data will become part of a detailed concept plan for North Corman drainage.

On May 7th the Rural Municipality of Corman Park declared a local state of emergency due to flooding of roadways, land and private property. The Water Security Agency informed the media that Corman Park is experiencing above average flooding because of changes to the landscape from increased development over the past 40 years. High rainfalls last fall combined with heavy snow have left the earth saturated.

“In regions of closed basin prairie hydrology with gentle elevation change, like the Rural Municipality of Corman Park, LiDAR data has been essential to acquiring the level of detail required in developing solutions for flooding problems,”  said Dwayne Keir, manager of Infrastructure and Watershed Planning, Rural Municipality of Corman Park No. 344. “The challenge is to evaluate and then identify the hydrology of flood prone areas, while assessing the risk of water runoff problems from snow melt and extreme precipitation scenarios.  With these understandings as a starting point, the goal is to ultimately design detailed options to construct solutions that remedy existing problems while minimizing any future concerns.” 

LiDAR is commonly used to accurately determine river and stream networks, develop computer-based flood simulations, and delineate floodplains.  The data is used in conjunction with hydrography to describe the geometry of streams and rivers, and hydrology to predict the amount of water flowing in streams, simulate flow behavior and estimate flood elevations.

“Airborne LIDAR technology allows large areas of precise data to be captured relatively quickly and economically without direct access to the areas of interest. LIDAR is particularly well suited to flood mapping whereby massive amounts of accurate topographic points are collected which is critical in flat areas where the difference of flood waters rising by an additional foot can inundate thousands of acres. This knowledge can make the difference between flood remediation efforts being effective or not,” said Tony Tubman, president, LSI.

About LiDAR Services International Inc.

LiDAR Services International Inc., is a Canadian, Calgary based airborne LiDAR provider that celebrates 11 years of airborne operations in 2013.  LSI owns and operates a number of proprietary airborne LiDAR systems that have been used on projects throughout North America, Central and South America as well as Africa and Asia. What differentiates LiDAR Services International from other mapping companies is their single-minded commitment to their client’s project, their unequalled experience, knowledge, technical expertise, innovation and customized survey solutions and services. For more information contact Kari-Ann McNabb, LiDAR Services International, 403-517-3130,, or visit

LiDAR Services International Demonstrates Aerial LiDAR Benefits to the Mining Industry at PDAC

LiDAR Services International (LSI), Calgary, Alberta will be exhibiting at PDAC 2013, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada International Convention, Trade Show and Investors Exchange on March 3-6 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre demonstrating how mining operations can save time, reduce costs and minimize risks by eliminating redundant surveying and mapping services by using advanced aerial LiDAR technology.

“When developing mining sites, it is not uncommon for various survey crews to be sent out several times to survey and determine preferred routes for roads, pipelines, drill sites and other infrastructure. This leads to multiple surveys being conducted throughout the lifecycle of a mining project. These redundant surveys result in tremendous costs,” said Tony Tubman, LSI President.

“Airborne LiDAR provides an accurate, detailed base-map from which all preconstruction design and engineering can be done in the office by computer using CAD and GIS software. LiDAR Surveys eliminate redundant, expensive surveys, improves safety by sending fewer crews onsite to survey treacherous and inaccessible terrain, and improves decision making by utilizing the most accurate data for the project area,” said Tubman.

Aerial LiDAR is accepted as the most efficient and cost-effective means to create precise topographic surveys. The latest LiDAR technology is able to create very accurate 3D point clouds from which final deliverables such as contours, Digital Terrain Models (DTM), Digital Elevation Models (DEM), topographic features, planimetrics, 3D facility models, as-built drawings and detailed, accurate volumetric data are extracted.

High-density, highly accurate LiDAR point-clouds provide rich survey data for detailed designs for open-pit slopes, waste dumps, rock piles, earth dam structures, slope stability assessments and provides valuable survey information for the design of earth structures, mine waste management, monitoring programs, mine closure planning, and tailings management.

Please visit LiDAR Services International at PDAC booth #241 to discover how mining operations can save time, reduce costs and minimize risks by eliminating redundant surveying and mapping services by using advanced aerial LiDAR technology. For more information, contact Roland Mangold at 720-934-2482,

About LiDAR Services International
LiDAR Services International (LSI) is a leader in airborne LiDAR services, performing engineering level LiDAR surveys across the globe from the high-Arctic to the jungles of Borneo, operating two helicopter-based LiDAR systems and one fixed-wing system. LSI recently opened their US subsidiary, LiDAR Services, LLC located in Las Vegas, Nevada. LSI celebrated 10 years of operations in 2012 and has provided specialized expertise in collecting high-density, highly accurate LiDAR and imagery data for mining, forestry, oil, gas, pipeline, engineering and electric transmission customers. What differentiates LSI from other mapping companies is their single-minded commitment to their client’s project. Their unequalled experience, technical expertise, innovation and customized service ensures their client’s complete satisfaction on every project.

Las Vegas, Nevada – Airborne LiDAR data collection and processing

As a result of the aggressive time-line for the NERC FAC-008 mandate and to fulfill the precise, exacting facility and thermal rating analysis needs of electric engineering firms and electric transmission companies, LiDAR Services International (LSI) Calgary, Alberta established their wholly-owned subsidiary, LiDAR Service, LLC., in Las Vegas, NV., on July 28, 2011, and are pleased to announce the completion of 1,065 miles of a NERC related LiDAR and imagery survey for a major electrical engineering consulting firm.

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LiDAR Services Completes 1145 Mile Thermal Rating Project

LiDAR Services, LLC., announces the completion of field data collection on a 1145 mile transmission line thermal rating program in the USA.  The LiDAR survey was conducted to verify that the transmission lines physical condition is consistent with current operations to satisfy NERC Line Rating requirements.  LiDAR Services, LLC teamed with a large US based consulting engineering firm for contract award. 

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LiDAR Services Takes Delivery of New Riegl Airborne Scanner.

LiDAR Services International (LSI) has taken delivery of a Riegl VQ-480 scanning laser that will be integrated into LSI’s 3rd MATRIX airborne LiDAR system.  The VQ-480 will be paired with a new Northrop-Grumman tactical grade, low noise IMU. 

“Since beginning operations in 2002, this latest Riegl purchase is the 6th scanning laser acquired by LSI” said LSI President, Tony Tubman.  “From our initial acquisition of a custom manufactured LMS-Q140HR  through early adoption of LMS-Q140 and LMS-Q240 scanners, to our more recent integration of two LMS-Q560 waveform scanning lasers, LSI has been very pleased with the performance of the Riegl product line.  Their operation has performed admirably, especially in the challenging and difficult survey environments and locations that LSI has worked in over the past 9 years”.

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Completion of Panama LiDAR Survey.

LiDAR Services International (LSI) is pleased to announce the January 2011 completion of a major mining LiDAR project in Panama. 

The project was for a Canadian mining company developing a new mine on the Azuero Peninsula in Panama.  The company needed updated topographic information as well as updated aerial photography.  The new mine is located in an area of dense jungle canopy and has limited vehicle access.  From the deliverables that will be provided by LSI, the mining company will be able to move forward on planning the new mine site in a very quick and efficient time line. 

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