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Quantum Spatial Partners with Hawkeye Helicopter for LiDAR Collection

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Thursday, December 19th 2013

Quantum Spatial Partners with Hawkeye Helicopter for LiDAR Collection

Sheboygan, WI, December 19, 2013 – Quantum Spatial, Inc. (formerly Aero-Metric, Inc.), has recently entered into a Master Services Agreement with Hawkeye Helicopter, LLC (Hawkeye) to provide precision helicopter-mounted LiDAR solutions to both Quantum Spatial and Hawkeye clients.

Through this agreement, Quantum Spatial’s High Accuracy Mapping system pod will be mounted on one of Hawkeye’s helicopters when clients request helicopter LiDAR collection. The LiDAR system is mounted to the belly of the helicopter while an on-board computer collects and stores the data sets or point clouds. Each of the points contained within these data sets or point clouds are geographically referenced, which is tying each point to a precise latitude, longitude, and altitude or elevation. These data sets or point clouds are then analyzed, classified, and compiled by LiDAR specialists.

The system was recently used to fly a transportation solution project in Kansas with favorable results. Robert Merry, Senior Geodesist at Quantum Spatial served as the Project Manager for the job. Merry noted, “Hawkeye’s professionalism and piloting skills allowed us to coordinate and navigate around challenges that were specific to this project, giving Quantum Spatial the ability to achieve a solution that exceeded our client's expectations. We look forward to many more successful collaborations with Hawkeye in the future.”

The technology and deliverable data that results through Quantum Spatial and Hawkeye’s agreement is a unique and valuable asset because capturing images from a helicopter-based system allows orthophotos to be captured from much lower altitudes, resulting in a higher-resolution and more detailed image.

Craig E. Chaney, L.S. of Hawkeye stated “Our main focus is to provide the safest, most dependable, and professional aerial platform services with both our fixed-wing and roto-wing aircraft fleet. Partnering with Quantum Spatial will allow us to continue and expand upon this tradition by offering our own and Quantum Spatial’s expertise to clients.”

About Quantum Spatial, Inc.

Quantum Spatial, Inc. (formerly Aero-Metric, Inc.), is a leading professional services firm specializing in spatial data generation, integration, enablement, and analytics, serving the needs of clients worldwide. Quantum Spatial’s goal is to improve our client’s operations and decision making in areas such as Natural Resources, Government, Infrastructure, Energy, and Public Safety by utilizing the power of geospatial data and analytics through our unique cloud-based delivery infrastructure. For more detailed information please call 1-855-255-5212 or visit

About Hawkeye Helicopter

Hawkeye Helicopter is an aviation operator based in Ottawa, Kansas specializing in providing routine patrols and technical aerial services to petroleum, natural gas, and liquids pipeline companies and electric transmission line utilities and cooperatives. Hawkeye was established in 1995 and has continually built its reputation by providing the utmost dependable, safest, accurate, and professional patrol, reporting, and technical inspection services to its clients. Hawkeye is one of very few patrol companies that offer both airplane and helicopter services. For more detailed information please call 1-785-242-2557 or visit

Photo: J.D. Scott (Owner and Pilot at Hawkeye Helicopter) and Tom Phelps (Central Region Chief Sensor Operator at Quantum Spatial)

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