Steve Myshak had an idea; he shared the concept with a fellow University of Lethbridge classmate, Owen Brown, who agreed the idea could work. So with a great deal of tenacity, brainstorming, feedback from associates and encouragement from family, the two young men built a multi-faceted company that focuses on aerial imagery data to employ in various industries.
Isis Geomatics Inc. was founded in 2011, and uses a Quadcopter, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, to fly into the designated area to gather the specified data using a variety of sensor packages. The gathered data is compiled to give a detailed visual aid providing a site record at the time of the image capture.
The sensory packages include infrared, thermal, visual, HD video and zoom video. The process employed captures imagery data traditional survey techniques would not. “It’s like building a mosaic,” explains Owen. “We set the flight plan for the drone, define the area coverage and slowly stitch the pieces of imagery together to create a digital surface model through photogrammetric processing.”
The variety of services offered by Isis has attracted companies from the agricultural, oil and gas and transportation industries, both locally and internationally, so far. Brown further states, “We have completed vegetation health mapping, livestock head counts, stockpile inventory imagery and even snow dune imagery required for a recent research project at the University of Calgary”. The businessmen get excited when they discuss the possibilities as endless from accident reconstruction to environmental disaster management. They see the solutions offered by Isis Geomatics as timely, cost effective and a safer response alternative for company personnel.
The two young entrepreneurs share similar working backgrounds in agriculture, oil and gas, surveying and geographic information systems (GIS) making them a dynamic partnership, who are confident in each others strengths and skills. They both desired a career that would allow them to be independent and to work outdoors. Forming Isis Geometrics Inc. seemed like the next natural step for their career paths after their Master’s degrees. Steve expresses he likes the great feeling you get when you know the business is your own. “With your own business you have the freedom to pursue new ideas and push your learning curve well beyond your knowledge base. ”
“Working with Community Futures Lethbridge was a benefit to help us get started,” the young men explained. “They believed in us” said Myshak, “and when we told them ‘to trust us’, they did.” Community Futures was willing to listen to the technical concepts, assist with the ever changing business plan, secure funding opportunities and provide support.
Steve Myshak the Chief Executive Office of ISIS Geomatics acknowledges that he knew at the beginning of his educational pursuits, he wanted to start his own company; he just wasn’t sure what it would be. While Owen Brown, Vice President of Isis says he is able to fulfill his love of the outdoors.
It all started with an idea, shared with a friend.