Calgary, July 8, 2015 – ITRES and Geodesy crews have been deployed to Northern Alberta to provide rapid response high altitude thermal infrared wildfire mapping services.
Within 24 hours of receiving the order to deploy from Calgary, the TABI-1800 was in the northern half of the province and imaging active fires starting at dusk. Georeferenced and analyzed regional map products are being delivered by 6am following the night time data collection to assist ground teams in understanding the changing characteristics of the fire towards their assignment of air and ground fire suppression crews.
The ability of the TABI-1800 to fly above cloud and smoke tops at high speed while imaging the fire below enables fast, wide area coverage and downstream end product turnaround. Fire perimeter mapping is being conducted at high altitudes and fast ground speeds while achieving 500-700 sq km of coverage per evening mission.
Capable of imaging through thick smoke, possessing high thermal resolution, and able to be flown at fast ground speeds, the TABI-1800 is used to map large-scale active fires each evening. Its data is processed, analyzed, and used to deliver fully-calibrated, precision georeferenced, and orthocorrected maps early the following morning. These maps show the active fire perimeter or residual hot spots. Both products assist wildfire managers to effectively direct ground and air resources in their fire suppression and mop-up efforts.
About ITRES www.itres.com
ITRES is a leading-edge technology company specializing in the development, manufacturing, and use of hyperspectral and thermal airborne sensors. ITRES offers sensor systems that cover visible-near-infrared, shortwave infrared, midwave infrared, and thermal infrared wavelengths. Services include providing airborne hyperspectral imaging for defense & humanitarian applications, and environmental and commercial mapping applications in forestry, agriculture, wetlands, water quality, coastal zone, mineralogy, geology, heat loss, wildfire mapping, and search and rescue.
About Geodesy Remote Sensing Inc. www.geodesygroup.com
Geodesy has operated as an aerial photo survey contractor since 1986. Their operations cover the Calgary region and extend throughout Western Canada into Ontario, the Canadian Arctic, Yukon, Alaska, the northwestern US, and specialty projects globally. They provide comprehensive air photo services using both traditional film cameras and the new generation of digital systems. Geodesy also provides full photogrammetric mapping services to support orthophoto and custom mapping requirements. They are experienced in conducting survey operations with different technologies such as the thermal TABI-1800 with ITRES. Geodesy’s geomatics professionals have extensive experience in all types of photo surveys, mapping, and remote sensing operations and are professionally affiliated with GIAC and ASPRS.