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KBM Resources Group Expands its Aerial Survey Capacity with Canada’s First Trimble Harrier 68i Airborne LiDAR System Print E-mail
Written by KBM Resources Group   
Monday, 03 June 2013

Thunder Bay, ON – May 31, 2013 - Locally owned KBM Resources Group has purchased new state-of-the-art remote sensing equipment to complement its existing suite of camera systems and thermal imaging technology. The new equipment (from Trimble) includes:
• Advanced LiDAR sensor head;
• Integrated digital camera;
• Inertial direct georeferencing and advanced flight management system;
• Computer system; and,
• Data storage and backup system.

KBM’s new Trimble Harrier 68i LiDAR system’s simultaneous image capture and 266 kHz effective measurement rate (at 60 deg scan angle) delivers high point density (up to 12 points per square metre) to provide the detailed data needed for precise planning, engineering, and monitoring applications. KBM Resources Group is the only firm in Canada to own a Harrier 68i.

“We are excited about the wide variety of uses our new LiDAR technology has for our clients,” Higgelke explained. “KBM has the most advanced LiDAR system in Central Canada, and we are the only company in Northern Ontario that owns and operates our own system. We are proud of the assurance we can provide our clients of timely delivery of top quality products.”

KBM Resources Group has been providing remote sensing and GIS services for over 20 years. KBM’s aerial survey and geomatics division has expanded considerably, having purchased a third fixed-wing aircraft, initiated plans for construction of a new hangar and nearly doubled its staff over the last year. KBM has nine softcopy workstations for photo interpretation, and up to 17 photo interpreters on staff.

KBM not only captures aerial survey data, but also provides services and products that easily integrate into existing geospatial systems. By turning spatial data into information, KBM can help maximize the power of the data to inform and support clients’ decisions. KBM’s experienced technicians provide geographic data enrichment through spatial analysis, visibility analysis, volumetric analysis, terrain mapping, hydrological modelling, advanced cartographic mapping and modelling, 3D photo-interpretation and client training.
KBM has the expertise to acquire, analyze, visualize and communicate the spatial information required for environmental and feasibility studies, mineral exploration, site planning and monitoring. KBM has been evaluating the use of LiDAR in collaborative R&D projects for several years, and is confident that this versatile technology has exceptional potential for utilities, forestry, mining, energy and other resource sectors.

KBM will be offering its airborne LiDAR service to clients across Canada and the United States.

Photo caption: KBM Resources Group’s Aerial Survey and Geomatics division with the new Trimble Harrier 68i.

About KBM Resources Group
Founded in 1973, KBM is based in Thunder Bay and has a satellite office in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. KBM Resources Group – originally KBM Forestry Consultants – expanded from a leading service provider in forest management to one that also provides a comprehensive range of natural resource management solutions for mining, energy and other resource sectors. For more information on KBM, please visit http://www.kbmrg.com.

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