The International Airborne Geophysics Safety Association (IAGSA) is a nonprofit association supported by its members whose mandate is to promote and enhance safety in the airborne geophysics survey industry. With initial backing from some of the leading companies in worldwide geophysics, IAGSA was incorporated in November 1995 and is currently working on developing standards and recommended practices for the industry. In addition to mining companies that directly carry out geophysical surveys, the associated group of IAGSA members include companies that provide aerial services in order to collect spatial data for further geophysical research. As the leader in photogrammetric business in the region, from April 2017 MapSoft became the IAGSA member since the company recognized the benefit and responsibility for the overall safety performance of aerial imaging.
IAGSA’s activities aimed at promoting and enhancing safety include the following:
- develop standards and recommended practices related to the operation of aircraft used in geophysical survey;
- provide a central clearing house for the exchange of safety related information within the industry;
- organize meetings and seminars to discuss and resolve safety issues;
- prepare a safety manual incorporating industry-wide approach to airborne operations;
- maintain a central data base on accidents, incidents and safety actions;
- analyze and distribute information on survey industry accidents and incidents;
- work with client and provider companies to develop common safety standards;
- maintain cooperative relations and represent the industry’s interest to regulatory authorities and facilitate a common approach to safety agencies;
- provide advice and consulting services to individual member firms related to safety issues.