Heliguy expands team with GIS and drone mapping expert hire


Heliguy has recruited Ben Sangster to provide comprehensive workflow support to its commercial clients, with a focus on spatial mapping, photogrammetry, surveying, and LiDAR.

According to Heliguy, he will be offering specialist and dedicated advice on industry-specific hardware, including DJI’s next-gen mapping drone the Phantom 4 RTK, plus the M210 RTK Series V2 aircraft.

He will also guide clients through software and drone data platforms built for architecture, engineering, and construction professionals, such as 3DR Site Scan, DroneDeploy, and Pix4D.

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Heliguy went on to confirm that he would also be on hand to assist any drone missions.

The North East-based firm added that bringing Sangster into the ranks strengthens this area of expertise within the company.

Commenting, Sangster said: “I have experience in all aspects of photogrammetry, spatial mapping, surveying, and geospatial data. I am excited to assist Heliguy clients by applying this experience to their situation. “

Prior to joining Heliguy, Ben graduated with a BSc in Geographical Information Science at Newcastle University and was employed as a land surveyor.

Discussing his GIS experience, he said: “I am a Newcastle University graduate with a BSc degree in Geographical Information Science which gave me essential experience in all aspects of photogrammetry, spatial mapping and surveying.

“I moved onto employment as a land surveyor in which my knowledge has been confounded and I developed an understanding of the many problems which arise when dealing with geospatial data. I am excited to use this experience to assist Heliguy clients by applying my experience to their situation.”

On putting his experience into practice, he explained: “My role at Heliguy is to support clients using drones for mapping and surveying by using the experience I have gained in the field. I will specialise in RTK (real-time kinematic) drones which obtain survey-grade accuracy, but I can also advise on non-RTK drones for mapping.

“I will also provide information, advice and customer support to clients interested in LiDAR solutions, the fastest growing area in the geospatial market. The support I will offer to clients will include drone flight software and hardware, as well as flight and processing advice. In a nutshell, it will be complete workflow support.”

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