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."