17 states, 9 months, 100’s of hours, and one dedicated team

When orthoimagery was needed to remotely inspect natural wetlands and floodplains, we jumped (or flew) at the chance to collect the footage required!

Over the course of nine months, 17 states were extensively photographed for the National Resources Inventory (NRI) project to help them take a closer look at how land is used in our country. 

PINE Orhtoimagery Project


For this project, the data we collected allowed the NRI to assess the status and changing conditions of the soil, water, and related resources on private land. But how did our data help shape the decisions needed to benefit our country?

Identification and Mapping:

By remotely inspecting these areas, officials can accurately pinpoint their locations, sizes, and changes over time.

Monitoring Changes:

Continuous observation allows for the monitoring of changes in wetlands and floodplains, such as alterations in their boundaries, encroachments, or degradation.

Planning and Regulation:

Having up-to-date data helps shape policies that protect vital ecosystems to ensure sustainable development and disaster risk reduction. (This is especially helpful for governments and local authorities for urban planning, zoning regulations, and land-use management.) 

Emergency Response:

In times of natural disasters, orthoimagery aids in assessing the extent of damage to wetlands and floodplains, facilitating swift and effective emergency response and recovery efforts.

Public Awareness and Education:

Sharing information with the public raises awareness about the importance of preserving these ecosystems. It can encourage community involvement in both conservation efforts and in promoting understanding of the value of these precious areas.


Precise Acquisition:

Northern wildfires created such a thick haze across our country that our team had to work within a four week window to acquire all of the necessary images. During that time, our UltraCam 4.1 (UCE 4.1) cameras ensured that our client could inspect the natural lands and waters of our nation in the greatest detail possible. Read more about the UltraCam 4.1 here

Extreme Environmental Challenges:

Cloud coverage, snow, flooding, and high winds created weather variations that required collaborative efforts to closely monitor conditions.

Restricted Airspace:

Navigating easements in restricted areas demanded meticulous air traffic control coordination and extensive experience in gaining clearance.

Data Control:

For processing with little to no downtime, $4M has been invested in our network storage hardware/software to ensure data is processed as efficiently as possible. Once data was received, custom tools were developed and implemented to help automate the workflow.

Strict Deadline:

With a 30 day image turnaround, utilizing our EagleCam 4.1 cameras’ unique configuration (best image-size to image-number balance) on our multiple aircrafts, was imperative to the success as we were able to collect data in multiple states, at the same time, with fewer images to process. Read more about the UltraCam 4.1 here

The reward always comes as you cross the finish line. From this vantage point, we can conclude without a doubt our 85 years of combined experience was imperative to a project like this. Our team was tested, stretched, and fine-tuned, but our methodical approach remained the same as we kept the finish line in sight. Many thanks to our dedicated staff and partners that allowed us to maintain a fluid rhythm as we cleared each hurdle. On to the next one!

Learn more about the UltraCam Eagle 4.1 and discover how this game-changing technology can elevate your aerial imaging experience to unprecedented heights!

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