Aerial Photography Successfully Captured in Greenland

Despite challenging conditions three towns in Greenland have been successfully captured as part of a photographic aerial survey project by European survey specialist Blom. The photographic survey was commissioned by NIRAS, international multidisciplinary consultancy company, and will be used to update urban mapping within the region.

Taking advantage of a rare break in the usually unfavourable regional weather conditions Blom quickly deployed their GB-WLF aircraft and Vexcel UltraCam XP digital survey grade camera to Kangerlussuaq.

Laurids Rolighed Larsen, Expertise Director for NIRAS said “Aerial photography in Greenland is very challenging in terms of weather, terrain and distances between airports. We are very pleased with the performance from Blom, having mobilized promptly when the weather was suitable for capture of aerial photography. The mission was completed professionally, with a good result and a perfect and continuous communication between Blom and NIRAS during the mission”.

Whilst Blom captured 10cm resolution aerial photography over Sisimiut, Ilulissat and Nuuk an additional request from NIRAS came in, including damage caused by flooding to a road bridge (right) in Kangerlussuuaq.

Andy Fleetwood, Business Development Executive at Blom UK added “Whilst our survey crew were in Greenland, a late request from NIRAS came in to the office in Cheddar requesting imagery capture of a small area at Telegrafoen Island. This was promptly planned, agreed with the client and air ops were given the go ahead. Additionally, some high river water had caused some severe damage to a road bridge at Kangerlussuaq. Further flight plans were drawn up and some excellent imagery of the bridge was captured.”

Blom has now processed and delivered the aerial photography to NIRAS and the urban mapping update is due to begin imminently.

About Blom
The Blom Group is the largest provider of geospatial services in Europe for both government agencies and private commercial organizations and companies. Blom owns exclusive spatial databases composed of maps, images and 3D models. Focused on online services, Blom provides data and solutions to its customers in many markets and allows its partners to create high added-value applications based on Blom data models and services. This strategy is backed by Blom’s major technical capacity in aircrafts, cameras, laser scanners and mapping systems. This makes it possible for all projects to be carried out within the company, assuring a high quality product is delivered both on-time and to budget. Blom has more than 900 employees and offices in 13 countries and its HQ is located in Oslo, Norway. Blom is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (ticker BLO). For more information, visit The demand of advanced and high quality geographical information is steadily growing from year to year. Blom holds a strong position in the digital geodata market and aims to be the most innovative service provider and preferred choice for its customers."