Widseth expands, rebrands its aerial mapping subsidiary
KBM Geo has rebranded as 95West Aerial Mapping, highlighting the firm’s expanded capabilities.
95West Aerial Mapping, LLC, formerly KBM GeoSpatial, LLC, has rebranded to reflect and showcase the firm’s expanded capabilities.
Based in Grand Forks, North Dakota, 95West provides aerial acquisition and geospatial services throughout the United States and Canada.
Widseth, which has nine locations, including Alexandria, formed the subsidiary KBM GeoSpatial with its acquisition of KBM Inc. in 2016. The aerial mapping team continued to expand its client reach and added key professionals in leadership, technical, and client service roles. Effective September 30, 2021, KBM Geo has rebranded as 95West Aerial Mapping, highlighting the firm’s expanded capabilities, including:
A new fixed-wing aircraft: Cessna 208B Grand Caravan.
New large format camera: Vexcel UltraCam Eagle M3.
New Lidar scanner: RIEGL VQ-1560 II-S.
The new RIEGL VQ-1560II-S is built to better service mountainous terrain, mining applications, and other demanding topography.
To get an idea of the resolution of the Vexcel UltraCam Eagle M3, first consider that most cameras owned by the general public are now 20 to 30 megapixels. The UltraCam is 450 megapixels, capturing crystal clear images from whatever height.
The larger and more stable platform of the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan offers more room to house and to work with the equipment. 95West now has the capacity to service larger projects of greater coverage areas with improved levels of detail and accuracy for federal, state, and local governments, utilities and private entities.
Aerial Services Manager Miles Strain says of the rebranding, “In a nutshell, the timing was right to capture and reflect the new, exciting opportunities we have in front of us. The commitment from Widseth to invest in the new (bigger and better) plane, Lidar sensor, and imaging sensor; the growth of the department under new management; and upgrades to software and hardware gives us a renewed focus with the latest technology in the aerial industry.”