Synergy Geomatics is a Phoenix-based Survey, Mapping and Inspection Company. We specialize in the rapid and accurate measurement of natural and improved earth surfaces using the latest surveying technology available. This approach delivers on all of the major elements of value – safety, speed, quality, and cost.
The company was founded in 2014 and incubated under ASU’s SkySong startup accelerator. Initially, the focus was on leveraging the founding team’s land surveying, aviation, and engineering experience in utilizing small unmanned aerial vehicles to provide mapping and inspection services. Over time, this scope has extended beyond unmanned vehicles and into more powerful platforms and sensors to solve the problem of accurate, timely and affordable measurement of the earth’s surface. We discovered that a blended solution using traditional ground survey methods and aerial data provides the most accurate and defensible results. While in ASU’s startup incubator, we were given access to the Suguaro 2 Supercomputer in ASU’s research computing laboratory. This enabled us to discover the variable sensitivities that influence accuracy in structure from motion photogrammetry. In 2015, we started the Yavapai test range located just outside of Fountain Hills, Arizona which provided us with a survey reference surface to repeatedly test platforms, sensors, and software. Well ahead of the UAS market, we achieved repeatable accuracy at less than .08’ RMSEz90 utilizing a drone mapping system that we developed.
As our business continually grew, it became apparent that FAA restrictions on the use of drones would inhibit our ability to offer services in populated or other FAA restricted areas. Several interstate lane expansion projects in which the use of drones would have clearly reduced enterprise risk to the project had to be turned down due to FAA restrictions. In response to these market blocking forces, we made the strategic move to mount our UAS sensors on full-size helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft which could operate comfortably inside the regulatory envelope. Ironically, the first project with this system was to map a portion of the taxiways at Sky Harbor Airport. After coordination with the FAA, we were granted permission to enter the class B airspace surrounding the airport to complete the project. We spent a total of 20 mins collecting data in the air, and 20 minutes on the ground, which prevented the airport from having to close the north side for 3 days for a traditional survey.
Over time our company’s focus sharpened and we decided to change our name to Synergy Geomatics in 2016 which accurately describes two of our fundamental values. “Synergy” represents the interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements, such as land surveying, aerial photography, robotics and IT. “Geomatics” which represents the gathering, storing, processing, and delivering geographic information.