Graz, Austria — September 25, 2012 — Cornerstone Mapping, Inc., an aerial mapping company based in Lincoln, Nebraska,
has contracted with Vexcel Imaging GmbH, a Microsoft company, to purchase an UltraCamLp photogrammetric digital aerial camera
system. A new aircraft is also being purchased and retrofitted to accommodate the UltraCamLp. Cornerstone intends to fly
the UltraCamLp in conjunction with its thermal sensor to serve the agricultural, environmental, and engineering communities.
Cornerstone will also use the UltraCamLp to generate volumetric calculations of stockpiles, such as coal and sand.
“My business approach involves investing in the best technology available that provides a good cost ratio to my business. This allows me to collect and process data as efficiently as possible without increasing my overhead,” stated Mr. Aaron Schepers, Owner and President, Cornerstone Mapping. “I absolutely needed proven technology because I do all the work myself, from flight planning, to flying the plane, to post processing. Although the UltraCamLp is Microsoft’s base level mapping camera, it is built on the same work flow and processes as the higher end UltraCam cameras, so I am confident that it is reliable and produces high quality results.”
The UltraCamLp features an image footprint collection capacity of 92 megapixels (11,704 x 7,920 pixels) with forward motion compensation (FMC), as well as 4-band and panchromatic collection capabilities. “Collecting four bands of data at higher volume was a priority to allow me to expand into new markets and compete on RFPs,” explained Mr. Schepers. “Also, I found Microsoft’s sales and technical support team to be very responsive to my questions throughout the evaluation process. This was a significant investment for Cornerstone, and the information and references provided made me feel very comfortable with the decision.”
“Microsoft is excited to be a part of Cornerstone’s growth plans,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “The UltraCamLp is an excellent fit for the company at this stage of its development, and our clearly defined upgrade path offers more choices for the future.”
With its operations based in Graz, Austria, and sales and support teams in North America and Asia, Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit brings more than two decades of photogrammetry expertise to Microsoft’s Bing Mapsbusiness unit. The division is responsible for the highly successful line of UltraCam digital aerial mapping systems that today include the UltraCam Hawk, UltraCam Falcon, and UltraCam Eagledigital photogrammetric sensors, and the UltraCam Ospreynadir/oblique photogrammetric digital aerial sensor. Also offered is the UltraNav Flight Management and Direct Georeferencing system, designed to maximize the efficiency of UltraCam aerial mapping. Rounding out the UltraCam offerings is the fully integrated UltraMap workflow software system, with features that include high-density 3D point cloud creation, highly accurate and detailed digital surface model (DSM) generation, and ortho mosaicing capabilities based on an automatically generated DSM or traditional DSM.
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Cornerstone Mapping, the only aerial mapping company in Nebraska, was founded in 2002 by Aaron Schepers to provide end-to-end
aerial surveying services. Cornerstone owns and operates two aircraft, a thermal sensor, a medium-format digital aerial camera,
and now an UltraCamLp. By continuously investing in better technology, Cornerstone has established itself as a low cost,
high quality, reliable mapping provider throughout the central US. Cornerstone believes that developing close ongoing relationships
with its customers produces better results and greater satisfaction. For additional information, go to
www.cornerstonemapping.comor contact Aaron Schepers by telephone (402) 450-3194 or email