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July 10, 2013

Microsoft unit feeds digital aerial mapping demand in Japan


Shin-Engineering buys Japan’s first UltraCam Eagle photogrammetric digital aerial camera system with 80-mm lens

There’s a growing demand in Japan for aerial mapping services and 3D deliverables for infrastructure. And Microsoft’s UltraCam business, with its digital aerial mapping systems and point cloud workflow software, appears to be doing its part to fill the need.

Shin-Engineering Co., Ltd., an engineering and surveying firm, recently purchased the first UltraCam Eagle photogrammetric digital aerial camera system with a standard 80-mm lens and optional 210-mm lens for high altitude flights.

The company said it will use the UltraCam Eagle, which features a pan-image footprint of 20,010 pixels across the flight strip, to complete construction, infrastructure, and planning and design projects throughout Japan.

“By purchasing an UltraCam Eagle, we can deliver better results more quickly to our clients due to the wide image footprint and superior operating efficiencies,” said Masahiko Hatamoto, Shin-Engineering technical manager.

Another Japanese engineering and surveying firm, Chuo-Kogyo Co., Ltd., recently contracted with UltraCam, based in Graz, Austria, to purchase the new UltraMap DenseMatcher, Ortho Pipeline and Aerial Triangulation software modules.

“Demand for aerial mapping services is increasing in Japan, so we felt that it was the right time to purchase the UltraMap workflow software,” said Morifumi Koike, CEO of Chuo-Kogyo, based in Tokyo. ”The aerial triangulation, dense matching and ortho mosaicing capabilities will allow us to meet requirements for new types of projects, and gain efficiencies in our data processing.”

The company purchased an UltraCamX digital camera system four years ago. The UltraMap photogrammetric workflow software system creates high-density 3D point clouds from UltraCam images, and ortho mosaicing capabilities based on an automatically generated DSM or traditional DSM.

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