Aerial Surveys capturing LiDAR over majority of the South Island

    Friday, February 7th, 2020

    Aerial surveys will be capturing LiDAR over a majority of the South Island over the next few years which presents an opportunity to consider your LiDAR requirements.  This is a substantial program which is great news for Aerial Surveys and New Zealand.  We will be deploying the latest Optech Galaxy LiDAR sensors on this program.  In addition to LiDAR we will be capturing imagery where sun angles are suitable, which will provide an additional, current imagery dataset.  Should you have any specific requirements for LiDAR or imagery please get in touch.

    LiDAR Technician Wanted

    Friday, June 28th, 2019

    Aerial Surveys Limited is the leading remote sensing and mapping company in New Zealand.  We have been in the airborne surveying and mapping business for over 40 years with a strong history in innovation, product development and service delivery.  We operate some of the most advanced cameras and sensors available ensuring that we offer highly efficient solutions to a wide number of industries while delivering quality mapping products.

    As a result of the growth in demand for LiDAR in New Zealand a new position has been created for an experienced LiDAR technician to join the team.  This  will enable us to expand our in-house capacity in LiDAR processing and product development.  LiDAR is fast evolving both in terms of capability and in use by more industries which means that developing processes and products is vital to our future.

    Ideally you will have experience in working with LiDAR data as well as scripting skills to support development of automation in processing, product generation, and  product QA.  If this is of interest to you please get in touch.

    Technical Skills Required

    • Good understanding of surveying (principles, GPS/IMU processing, base stations etc.)
    • Ability to work with and analyse LiDAR data
    • Experience with LiDAR data (processing, or use thereof)
    • Scripting experience (Dos and Python)
    • Procedure development/documentation
    • A photogrammetric background would be highly advantageous
    • Experience in airborne survey would be highly advantageous

    Personal Attributes

    • Must be a team player with good and open communication skills
    • Methodical and accurate approach to work
    • A good analytical mind and a bent for technology
    • Good written and verbal skills with ability to document processes

    Key Responsibilities

    • Processing of LiDAR data to raw point cloud using various different applications
    • Assisting the planning and design of LiDAR surveys
    • Liaise with the manufacturer of the LiDAR sensor on processing issues arising from time to time and assisting in ensuring processing software is up to date and use is optimised
    • Preparation of scripts for post processing of data as well as for QA assessment of completed products
    • Conducting QA on LiDAR products before acceptance for delivery

    The role is based in Albany, Auckland where we have a great team and a friendly flexible work environment.

    Aerial Triangulation and Photogram Technician Wanted

    Aerial Surveys has an opening for an experienced photogrammetry technician with strong aerial triangulation capabilities.  This position is based in our Auckland office on the North Shore and forms part of our mapping team responsible for all  mapping projects.  The core part of the role is to complete the aerial triangulation on imagery projects while also having the skills to do digital terrain mapping (in stereo) and ortho imagery.  This position would suit someone with a good photogrammetric background as it offers a wide range of work in all stages of the photogrammetric workflow.


    Photogrammetric Mapping

    • Assist in preparation and QA of aerial flight plans for imagery capture
    • Completion of aerial triangulation for imagery projects
    • Management of ground control databases used in aerial triangulation
    • DTM mapping and ortho production
    • Organise and understand AGPS and IMU data for use in AT
    • Communication with flight crews on various

    Team Supervision/Photogram Production Coordination

    • Supervision of photogram mapping staff
    • Ensure project workflows are completed within timelines and to specifications
    • Assist in QA of ortho imagery and other products when necessary
    • Documentation of new procedures and methodologies

    Key Skill Required

    • Must have a photogrammetric back ground with at least +5 years experience in a production mapping environment
    • Experience/understanding of airborne camera calibrations
    • A good knowledge of aerial triangulation techniques and software applications
    • Experience working with LiDAR data in conjunction with imagery for control
    • Experience in working with aerial imagery and an ability to interpret imagery for aerial triangulation
    • Ability to see 3D using stereo glasses for terrain mapping
    • Ability to work in a small team and to have some organisational skills / project management skills to supervise projects through the mapping room
    • As we use Hexagon mapping software (Intergraph Image Station) experience with this software would be ideal
    • A thorough understanding of coordinate systems and datums

    Personal Attributes

    • We are a small to medium sized company where every person is a key member of the team. It is important that this person has a positive, team orientated outlook with good communication
    • Given the importance of the aerial triangulation process in the workflow to generating ortho imagery this person must have a good eye for detail and be able to work quickly and accurately
    • A can do attitude

    We offer a very friendly and flexible working environment for staff.  Remuneration will be matched to the skill levels of the individual.

    Applicants must have the ability to work in New Zealand

    Please email your application to if you feel you have the skills to meet this challenge.

    Survey Pilot Wanted

    Aerial Surveys has an new opening for an experienced pilot to join the team.  This is a great opportunity to join the leading aerial surveying company in New Zealand with a strong team culture.  We operate a variety of aircraft including 2 Cessna 402’s,  a Cessna 206, and Partenavia P68B.  We are seeking someone who will be capable of flying all aircraft especially the Cessna 402 aircraft

    The position requires:

    • Valid commercial pilot licence with a minimum of 500 hours flying time
    • Type ratings for the following aircraft – C206 single engine/C402 twin engine/P68 twin engine.
    • Current medical certificate
    • An IFR Rating would be advantageous
    • Ability to operate in all air traffic controlled airspace in NZ
    • Ability to work to procedures and also assist in developing procedures to improve operations and safety
    • Airborne survey experience would be a distinct advantage

    Core responsibilities include:

    • Conducting flying as required in accordance with Aerial Surveys flight operations manual and CAA regulations
    • Daily Weather assessment and participation in flight planning and decision making
    • Active participation in aviation safety in the organisation and commitment to building a strong safety culture

    Training maybe given for the operation of the various sensors Aerial Surveys operate

    The position offers an attractive level of diversity that makes it both rewarding and challenging.  Due to the weather patterns in NZ flying work can be sporadic in nature and the crews need to optimise favourable weather patterns when they occur.

    Training will be given on different aircraft operation where necessary as well as in the operation of the various sensors/cameras Aerial Surveys operate.  The pilot is expected to gain a good understanding of the aircraft so as to support the maintenance crews in keeping the aircraft operational when required.

    The remuneration package will be based on the applicant’s level of experience.

    The successful candidate should have good interpersonal skills, attention to procedures and detail, and a strong safety conscious outlook. They will need to work flexibly within a small team where teamwork is paramount.  The position is based in our Nelson office at the Nelson airport where all our flight operations are conducted from.

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