Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions and Optech Incorporated announced their strategic alliance to jointly market and further develop airborne flight management and data acquisition systems. Under the terms of the agreement, both companies will sell a bundled solution consisting of Optech’s Airborne Laser Terrain Mapper (ALTM) and Intergraph’s Z/I Imaging Digital Mapping Camera (DMC) at a special bundled price. Commercial photogrammetry, surveying, civil engineering and mapping firms would now be able to cut costs on purchase of these two data acquisition technologies, said the Intergraph’s release. Also, users will gain the efficiencies of combined lidar and digital data collection to speed the generation of Digital Terrain Models (DTMs) as input into orthophoto production. Additionally, the two companies will cooperate on the development of flight systems that more tightly integrate lidar and large-format digital camera technology.
The Z/I Imaging DMC offers a rigid frame and fixed-pixel geometry that delivers high-quality imagery with proven ground resolution down to 1 ½ inches per pixel for input into a completely digital workflow.
Optech’s ALTM, on the other hand, offers area coverage rates as high as 100 kHz at 1,100 m altitude, producing elevation data of unparalleled density and unprecedented low cost per posting.