Company History

Aero-Metric, Inc. (dba AeroMetric) has built enduring client relationships based on consistent quality service.  Over the years, AeroMetric has grown from a progressive midwest firm to a national leader through hard work and strategically selected firms that together bring more than eight decades of experience.  Each firm had a long history of superior mapping capabilities and success in delivering mapping solutions.

  • Aero-Metric Engineering, Inc., Sheboygan Wisconsin, Founded in 1969.
  • AeroMap U.S., Anchorage, Alaska, Founded in 1960.
  • Walker and Associates, Seattle, Washington, Founded in 1953.
  • Air Survey Corporation, Dulles, Virginia, Founded in 1946.
  • MARKHURD (Mark Hurd Aerial Surveys, Inc.), Minneapolis, Minnesota, Founded in 1922.

AeroMetric was founded under the name Aero-Metric Engineering, Inc. in 1969, by four photogrammetrists in Sheboygan, WI. The firm originally supported local engineering and construction firms with high-quality photogrammetric mapping and survey services. In 1995, the firm changed its name to Aero-Metric, Inc. to better reflect our mapping credentials. Beginning in 1981, AeroMetric expanded its operations with strategic acquisitions and mergers with other aerial firms.  

Initially, AeroMetric contracted for aerial photography. In 1977, the firm completed the purchase of its first aerial camera-ready aircraft, a 1959 Rockwell Aero-Commander. Additional aircraft have come and gone since that time, leading to the current complement of eight specially equipped planes strategically located across the United States.

The firm has led the way for the industry in four significant applications. In 1970, AeroMetric introduced the use of natural color film for photogrammetric applications in place of traditional black-and-white panchromatic film.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, AeroMetric developed specialized hardware and software applications to generate digital orthoimagery and to conduct photogrammetric compilation in softcopy. We completed some of the first statewide Digital Orthophoto Quads (DOQQ) projects using AeroMetric’s own software which was developed several years in advance of ortho rectification software being commercially available.

In the late 1990s, AeroMetric offered airborne four-band digital imagery to its customers using the Digital Multi-Spectral Video (DMSV) system by SpecTerra Ltd. Success with this system led to the acquisition in 2004 of the first Z/I Imaging Digital Mapping Camera (DMC) in North America. AeroMetric worked closely with the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to provide sample DMC data for the development of digital camera manufacturer certifications. Success with this device was immediate; AeroMetric added a second DMC in 2006 and a third in 2010.

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