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SAM Acquires New Technologies to Expand Geospatial Capabilities

SAM, LLC has advanced the technology in its suite of geospatial solutions and enhanced its capacity to perform aerial mapping nationally with the purchase of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX aircraft and an additional Riegl 1560i Aerial LiDAR Sensor.

The Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, a single engine turbo-prop airplane, is extremely well suited for aerial mapping. Its ample payload allows it to transport a significant amount of equipment, and it can land on shorter runways than many aircraft, giving it access to more airports. Also, its ability to fly slowly allows for the acquisition of denser point clouds and collecting greater detail of our clients' assets.

The aircraft will be equipped with two sensor ports allowing for multiple data collection systems which will give SAM the ability to collect multiple data sets in a single pass, reducing costs for clients. The Riegl 1560i Aerial LiDAR Sensor mounted on the aircraft features two tightly integrated 150 megapixel medium format cameras; one camera will be used to acquire high resolution RGB imagery and the second camera will be configured to acquire imagery in the Near-Infrared (NIR) region of the spectrum of light. This sensor will be able to collect a 2,200 foot swath of 35 points per square meter of design grade LiDAR data and 2-inch resolution four-band imagery in a single pass at speeds in excess of 100 knots.

The combination of this aircraft and aerial LiDAR sensor will allow SAM to strategically place multiple systems throughout the country to reduce mobilization costs and response time. This system also allows SAM to efficiently acquire high-quality datasets that exceed industry standard specifications for remote sensing data acquisition on electric transmission and distribution, renewable energy, transportation, and oil and gas mapping projects.

Direct control of its own aircraft gives SAM greater ability for rapid deployment to critical sites. With a reliable PT6-140 engine, and the latest in weather technology, SAM expects less downtime due to maintenance and weather impacts.

SAM's plans to deploy the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan with the new 1560i Aerial LiDAR Sensor beginning Q1 2020.