Applied Ecological Services

Tech Specs


The Leica RCD30 aerial camera provides color and near-infrared (NIR) imagery to support a wide variety of projects, from engineering grade mapping to environmental assessments.

Introduced by Leica Geosystems as a digital follow-up to its highly successful RC30 film cameras, the RCD30 is a medium-format digital imaging system developed for a wide range of photogrammetric and remote sensing applications. The 60 MP single camera head design delivers co-registered, multispectral imagery in the red, green, blue and NIR portions of the spectrum. The sleek, modular design allows the camera to fit easily in aircraft previously outfitted with film cameras, and the RCD30 integrates with many LiDAR sensors, including the Leica ALS series.

The camera purchase, in conjunction with flight services offered by AES, provides Ayres and AES with in-house aerial acquisition services for clients including governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, land trusts and others.

AES will conduct image collection with the RCD30, while Ayres will perform post-processing work; both firms will use imagery to support work that includes ecological assessments and monitoring, utility corridor mapping, forestry, mining, water resources, invasive species management and restoration planning projects. The co-ownership of the medium-format digital camera allows Ayres and AES to provide rapid mobilization and cost-effective aerial acquisition services throughout the Midwest and elsewhere.

Click here to download the Leica RCD30 Series Preliminary Product Specifications pdf.

About Applied Ecological Services

Established in 1978, AES consulting and design services offer comprehensive, coordinated expertise in ecological science, sustainable civil engineering, landscape architecture and GIS. Consulting and design services are supported by an experienced contracting division that implements on-the-ground ecological projects, backed by one of the largest, most diverse native seed and plant nurseries in the U.S. This unique combination of in-house staff experience – bringing together ecology, engineering, design, data management, contracting services and nursery science – provides innovation, accountability, flexibility, streamlined project management and, most importantly, designs that work. With offices in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, Kansas and Iowa, AES conducts projects throughout the U.S., Canada, Central and South America. AES established its unique flight services division and has supported AES projects with cost-efficient aerial monitoring and imaging for more than five years.

About Ayres Associates

Ayres is an employee-owned, multi-specialty engineering consulting firm that has served public and private clientele since its incorporation in 1959. The firm provides services in geospatial mapping and imagery; transportation, civil, structural, water resources, levee and river engineering; energy corridors; architecture; environmental science; surveying; and grant and planning services. Its staff of almost 300 provides services from 13 offices in seven states, with corporate headquarters in Eau Claire, WI. The firm’s geospatial division in Madison, WI, provides clients with mapping and imagery services, including aerial imagery acquisition, digital orthoimagery, planimetric and topographic mapping, digital terrain modeling and LiDAR acquisition and processing. Numerous entities around the country have benefitted from the geospatial division’s expertise in mapping and remote sensing for engineering applications and floodplain mapping. These include Departments of Transportation for various states, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and numerous state and local governments nationwide. Learn more at