Meet our Top-Notch Team of Aerial Mapping Professionals
95West is comprised of professionals who are among the best in the industry. Our experience brings a level of efficiency to your project that is unparalleled. We use the latest state of the art technology to the fullest, which means you get the best value for your money. Our team is stacked with experts and support staff. Meet our core aerial mapping team below.
Miles Strain, CP RPP
Aerial Services Manager
Miles Strain is the leader of the 95West Aerial Mapping team. He received his Bachelor of Science in Geography at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a minor in Cartography. Miles is an ASPRS certified photogrammetrist with more than 35 years of experience in the Geospatial Industry.
Andrew is a Commercial Pilot and Unmanned Aircraft Systems operator who has worked for 95West since graduating from the University of North Dakota in 2017. He is responsible for planning and executing manned and unmanned flight missions. Andrew manages the aircraft and equipment operated by 95West and assists with stereo compilation of planimetric features.
Geospatial Imagery Lead
For more than 35 years, Lon has served the Upper Midwest with mapping products and completed projects across the country. Over the last 16 years, he has specialized in orthophoto production delivering detailed and accurate products to both private and public sectors. Lon is responsible for overseeing the data processing procedures relating to the production of highly accurate digital orthophotos used for engineering and transportation design applications.
Christian Sovak, CMT-LIDAR
Certified Lidar Technologist
Christian has 8 years of experience processing Lidar data. He started working for 95West while finishing his degree in Geography at the University of North Dakota. Starting as a sensor operator and processing technician, he now has experience in data acquisition and planning, and extensive experience with Lidar data processing. He has worked with a wide variety of Lidar mapping projects such as powerline corridor mapping, DOT, open mine, and city scale Lidar processing. Christian holds ASPRS certification as a Certified Lidar Technologist.
Bryan Balcome, LS
Land Survey Coordinator
Bryan has more than 26 years of land surveying experience. He oversees all estimating, scheduling, and technical resources necessary for projects with land surveying services. Bryan has a solid foundation and understanding of aerial mapping, which makes him incredibly valuable when planning and executing projects that require coordination between the aerial team and land surveyors with boots on the ground. Bryan holds a professional land surveyor license in MN, ND, SD, IA, NE, and WI.
Lidar Processing Technician
Andrew brings more than 10 years of experience working with Lidar point clouds of various densities and from multiple platforms. His responsibilities include intake and processing of Lidar data, post processing of point cloud data including classification, feature extraction, and creation of final products, quality control and client communication, and general support for the aerial mapping team.
Lidar Technician/Sensor Operator
As a Lidar Technician/Sensor Operator, Casey’s responsibilities include working on specialized Lidar surveys, digital orthophotography, and photogrammetry projects. Other tasks include assisting with data processing such as calibration, cleaning and classification, and producing highly accurate mapping for engineering and transportation design applications.
sUAS Remote Pilot
Brady is a certified small unmanned aerial systems remote pilot. He understands and follows the regulations, operating requirements, and procedures of the FAA for safely flying drones. Besides flying for aerial mapping and inspections, Brady also captures aerial photographs and videos for a variety of client needs. He produces informative videos to help clients clearly communicate their vision to project stakeholders and the community.
sUAS Remote Pilot
Kylee is a certified small unmanned aerial systems remote pilot. She assists the aerial team by capturing high resolution images and video for a variety of projects. Kylee follows the regulations, operating requirements, and procedures of the FAA for safely flying drones. She also assists Brady with all aspects of the video production process.