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A Compelling Combination; Surveying, Mapping and Smart Geo Solutions at Their Best Print E-mail
Written by Sterling and Blom   
Monday, 23 July 2012

Sterling and Blom have come together to combine Sterling’s Utility ground surveying, geospatial products services expertise with Blom’s aerial imagery, LiDAR and 3D modelling solutions.

Both Sterling and Blom recognise that there is a combined synergy of skills and market access between the two companies which, together, create a more capable service offering. Not only is this of particular interest to the electrical transmission marketplace, but also for the utility marketplace and its various players in the UK and potentially beyond. By extending the total capabilities of both parties a joint approach to business development and project implementation will also create greater opportunities.

The collaboration will see namely the following collective services being offered to the marketplace;
• Geophysical survey
• Structural survey and overhead power line survey
• Additional ground survey resources
• Geo-data capture services (including aerial photography acquisition and terrestrial and airborne LiDAR acquisition)
• Data processing services and software supply and licensing where appropriate

Blom has long-established links with major engineering companies that offer services to the electricity transmission market, and has established links with a number of DNO’s. Sterling provides a wide range of services to this sector, including survey services, and has many of the DNOs as its established clients.

Phil Cooper, Director of Sterling commented: “The evolution of new laser technology, such as terrestrial and mobile LiDAR, will see the capabilities of surveying available to the Utility sector being more detailed and precise than has been previously possible. With the need for accurate asset condition and continual monitoring high on utility asset manager’s priority we are able to provide strong industry knowledge, in particular in the Energy Sector, with cutting edge spatial measurement technology and data management in the Geospatial market place.”

Simon Kraeter, Commercial Director, Blom UK added: “We know that the combined resources and experience that Sterling and Blom hold is an exciting prospect for DNO’s and believe that this collaboration genuinely offers a prospective ‘go-to’ supplier of survey services for the utilities marketplace as a whole.”

About Sterling
Sterling Power Group, a company offering engineering services for markets within the utility sector, boasts a range of capabilities including consultancy, design, build, installation, maintenance and replacement. It offers solutions for DNOs (Distribution Network Operators), the private sector, commercial network’s electrical assets and infrastructures. The Group work in all types of energy and utility industries throughout the UK, Europe and Internationally, meeting the commercial and regulatory pressures that face any modern utility, private and commercial market.

In addition to the utility industries, Sterling also appeals to the wider markets; having areas of expertise in the mechanical installation, renewable energy divisions and more recently in the software geo marketplace. It boasts a training centre to comply with employees’ and clients’ needs, which delivers a number of informative, industry related courses. Sterling is passionate about maintaining sustainable infrastructures. What sets them apart from others is their capability to ‘think ahead’ and to meet the energy challenges of the future.

Sterling’s software division was formed from the former ERDAS UK distribution team of Astrium Geoinformation Services (formally Infoterra, branded as Symetri Geo). Sterling acts as the sole distributor for ERDAS desktop and enterprise products in Great Britain via Intergraph. For more information on Sterling Power Group, visit www.sterling-powergroup.com and for more information on Sterling’s software division and ERDAS, visit www.erdas-uk.com

About Blom UK
Blom UK (www.blom-uk.co.uk) are the UK member of the BLOM Group and we have recently celebrated our 90th year. Originally Aerofilms, we were founded by Francis Willis in 1919 and were the first ever commercial aerial photography company in the UK. Simmons Mapping was founded by Derek Simmons in 1965 and in 1997 merged with Aerofilms to become Simmons Aerofilms Ltd. In 2005 Simmons Aerofilms was taken over by Blom ASA and became Blom Aerofilms. Since 2009 the company has solely been known as Blom.

About Blom
The Blom Group is the largest provider of geospatial services in Europe for both government agencies and private commercial organizations and companies. Blom owns exclusive spatial databases composed of maps, images and 3D models. Focused on online services, Blom provides data and solutions to its customers in many markets and allows its partners to create high added-value applications based on Blom data models and services. This strategy is backed by Blom’s major technical capacity in aircrafts, cameras, laser scanners and mapping systems. This makes it possible for all projects to be carried out within the company, assuring a high quality product is delivered both on-time and to budget. Blom has more than 1,000 employees and offices in 13 countries and its HQ is located in Oslo, Norway. Blom is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (ticker BLO). For more information, visit www.blomasa.com

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