Remote Sensing

VerticalGeo started as a remote sensing company. We have experience working with LiDAR, aerial photography, satellite imagery, and thermal imaging solutions and have provided these services for a mixture of federal government, local government, and private organizations.

City of O’Fallon, Illinois Construction Project

VerticalGeo collected and processed Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data for the City of O’Fallon Illinois.  The target area consisted of approximately 50 square miles. The LiDAR was acquired at better than 0.5m nominal spacing, and the data was calibrated and processed to a bare earth surface.  Hydroflattening breaklines were compiled from this surface model. Contours were generated from the hydroflattened surface and cleaned of topological errors and appropriately attributed.  We included the mobilization of a survey crew to collect approximately 25 control points to support the LiDAR processing and mapping. These points were used to calibrate and validate the LiDAR data.

In 2014, VerticalGeo began providing LiDAR processing support for the Missouri Department of Fish and Wildlife.  We cleaned and processed approximately 20,000 square miles of LiDAR data in both Missouri and Arkansas over the course of a year. The result of our effort was a bare earth surface model that is the foundational dataset in each state’s LiDAR holdings.

Here is a screenshot of a LiDAR scene we processed for the Missouri Department of Fish and Game:


VerticalGeo works with thermal imagery to provide infrastructure analysis.  The thermal photo below was collected by our friends at Idaho Airships and shows some worn roof membranes at a facility near the Boise International Airport.  Thermal imagery can be used as a non-destructive way to assess roofing wear and impending failures, underground utilities, heated walkways and driveways, HVAC heat and cooling leaks, and many other anomalies that affect infrastructure.

Infrastructure roofing issues