iXblue & Woolpert snap up NZ airborne LiDAR contracts

By on 18 June, 2020

Bathymetry specialists to partner on New Zealand mapping projects covering 38,500 square kilometres.

The two projects are for the Hawke’s Bay and Waikato regional and local councils, a component of the New Zealand government’s Provincial Growth Fund LiDAR program.

iXblue’s General Manager Airborne, Matthew James, said the acquired data was intended for land management decisions, precisely predicting sea level rise impacts, stormwater design and geohazard mapping.

“We are privileged to have been awarded these major projects in New Zealand. The team have built a strong technical offering that aims at using the latest sensors and processing techniques available, with a strong customer relationship focus to deliver world class products,” he said.

The Provincial Growth Fund LiDAR programme is a joint effort to develop 3D models of landscapes that contribute to the economic development of regional New Zealand between the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Land Information New Zealand and local councils.

Woolpert’s geospatial sector leader Joseph Seppi said the award played to both firm’s strengths. “Woolpert is very excited to work with our partners at iXblue and participate in this New Zealand opportunity,” he said.

iXblue and Woolpert formed their strategic partnership in 2019, building regional capability in airborne digital Imagery, topographic LiDAR and bathymetric LiDAR operations from helicopter and fixed wing platforms.

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