Midwest Aerial Completes Three Airborne Acquisitions with DMC II Cameras

GALLOWAY, Ohio -- 25  March  2013 – Midwest Aerial Photography has completed three large-area airborne imaging projects in early 2013 as part of statewide mapping programs in North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia. All three collections were completed with Midwest Aerial’s DMC II-140 digital mapping cameras.

Midwest Aerial is the only commercial imaging firm in the world to own and operate three Z/I Imaging DMC II systems. To satisfy the tight acquisition windows for each of the three projects, the firm deployed two aircraft for simultaneous collections in each state.

“We were selected to participate in each of these important statewide mapping programs because we fly DMC II cameras and our staff is experienced getting complex, large-area projects done right,” said Ken Scruggs, Midwest Aerial President and Founder. “The image clarity, geometric accuracy and color resolution have made the DMC II the digital imaging system of choice for photogrammetric mapping projects, both big and small.”

Based in Galloway, Ohio, Midwest Aerial focuses exclusively on airborne acquisition of high-quality digital imagery and photography for clients and business partners in the private and public sectors. With six aircraft, three DMC II-140s, and four Zeiss RMK TOP film cameras, the private firm completes projects throughout the United States and Canada, specializing in covering large areas at high resolution on tight schedules.

For the North Carolina Orthoimagery Project, 2013 was the second year of participation by Midwest Aerial on the team led by Spatial Data Consultants (SDC) of High Point, NC. Midwest Aerial acquired four-band imagery at 15-centimeter GSD covering 3,600 square miles (9,400 sq. km.) of North Carolina’s Piedmont Plateau. Two aircraft collected an average of 1,000 square miles (2,500 sq. km.) per day on that project.

“Midwest Aerial takes great pride in our ability to respond quickly to a client’s needs and get the job done correctly,” said Scruggs.

In the Maryland project, Midwest Aerial acquired imagery over 1,900 square miles (4,900 sq. km.) of the Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern Shore under sub-contract to AXIS GeoSpatial of Easton, Md. Midwest Aerial’s two airplanes finished the job in just two days over a weekend, capturing 15-centimeter GSD natural color imagery from an altitude of 6300 feet (1,920 meters) above ground level. For the Virginia project, two Midwest Aerial planes collected 30-centimeter GSD imagery for 4,800 square miles (12,500 sq. km.) as a subcontractor to Sanborn of Colorado Springs.

“In addition to our DMC II cameras, our ability to deploy aircraft on short notice was the other major consideration in our selection for the projects in Maryland and Virginia,” said Scruggs. “We had less than a week’s notice for both jobs.”


The Z/I Imaging DMC II-140 is a large-format, square-frame camera designed specifically as an aerial photogrammetric sensor. It collects four-band multispectral (Red, Green, Blue, Near Infrared) and panchromatic imagery at low altitude for large-scale survey applications and at higher altitudes for small-scale regional projects. In operational projects, Midwest Aerial has captured 5-centimeter-resolution imagery meeting the exacting standards of engineering applications.


For more information on Midwest Aerial Photography, visit  www.midwestaerialphoto.com or call 1-614-853-2902. For complete information and specifications on the Z/I Imaging DMC II-140 system, visit h ttp://www.midwestaerialphoto.com/services-and-technology/digital-imaging-and-sensors/



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