OGL Engineering of Calgary, Alberta is the first Canadian company to purchase the Optech Galaxy T2000 lidar sensor. With the purchase of the Galaxy T2000 and a GSM4000 sensor mount, OGL will increase the efficiency of their aerial data collection, which includes projects for a variety of industries including: electric utilities, pipelines, forestry, mining, and government infrastructure. As a team that provides A to Z aerial survey services from project design and data acquisition, through to data processing and engineering analysis, OGL understands how integral a reliable and efficient data acquisition solution is to achieve project success.
Since its founding in 1980, Calgary-based OGL Engineering has undergone a number of name changes to reflect their expansions and evolutions. From the original ‘Orthoshop’ moniker to Orthoshop Geomatics to the current OGL Engineering, the Canadian geospatial intelligence firm has worked to provide more and more value for clients by continually building their repertoire of expertise and services — one of which is housing their own fleet of aircraft and offering in-house maintenance.
This year, OGL sponsored a capstone design project for a geomatics engineering team from the University of Calgary Schulich School of Engineering. Their goal was to create a digital map and 3D-model of the Calgary Zoo using aerial photogrammetry and LiDAR data.
"As just referenced, the use of aerial mapping and LiDAR data has become critical in the generation of accurate and detailed design drawings. In the early stages of a project, when preparing routing plans for a golf course, particularly on heavily treed sites, aerial imagery and topographic data is our ‘road map’, without which we would be working blind. LiDAR data has given me contour accuracy to within 4”. Amazing when you think about it."