Since 1991 thousands of businesses around the world have come to rely on Applanix.

Founded on defense and aerospace industry expertise, and a Trimble (TRMB on NASDAQ) company since 2003, our Position and Orientation Systems (POS™) have become the world's industry-standard for airborne, land, marine, and indoor mobile survey operations.  With global reach, unequaled engineering excellence, and worldwide 24/7 customer support, Applanix leads the world in high-productivity in-motion surveying, direct data georeferencing, and robust mobile mapping.

Applanix POS technology is now powering new revolutions in both autonomous vehicle technology and mobile mapping in GNSS-denied spaces.

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The Leadership Team

Applanix' leadership team is comprised of engineering experts and business leaders with decades of industry and technology experience.

Steve Woolven

Steve Woolven is President of Applanix Corporation. As a senior executive he has extensive leadership and management skills in the areas of product business development, marketing, sales and support, and research and development. His technical expertise covers a wide range of disciplines including inertial sensor/GNSS technology, signal and image processing, sensors, and systems design. He is a published author on a variety of technical topics including Aided Inertial Navigation Systems for Submersible Vehicles and System Performance with Tightly-Coupled Inertial/RTK GNSS Integration.

Steve holds an B.A.Sc. Division of Engineering Science, Electrical Option, University of Toronto, a M.A.Sc., Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Toronto, a PhD, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Toronto. He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and the Institute of Navigation (ION).

Bruno Scherzinger

Bruno Scherzinger is the Chief Technology Officer at Applanix Corporation, where he is responsible for advanced navigation technology development and the core navigation technology behind the Applanix product line of Position and Orientation Systems. Prior to Applanix Corporation, Bruno was with Honeywell Canada’s Advanced Technology Centre, where he worked on military navigation systems development. He obtained his B.Eng. degree from McGill University in 1977, followed by M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in System Control Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1979 and 1983 respectively. Bruno is a recognized authority on aided INS in the navigation community with over 20 years’ experience in GNSS-INS integrated navigation systems technology. He is a member of the IEEE and the Institute of Navigation and the inventor or co-inventor in over 15 patents. In 2015 Bruno was appointed as a Trimble Fellow, acknowledging his technical leadership across the Trimble organization.

Peter Teixeira

Peter Teixeira is the Director of Finance and Administration, and is responsible for all financial, administrative and contractual functions within the company. His senior financial expertise with biotechnology and software-based organizations, has given Peter an acute perspective on the business needs of companies operating in the high-tech sector, and as such, brings a valuable business dimension to Applanix. Peter holds an MBA from York University, a BComm from the University of Toronto, and has specialized in the area of entrepreneurial studies. He obtained his CA while articling with Coopers & Lybrand, and his corporate-level financial management expertise through previous appointments with Keycorp Limited and The Molson Companies.

Joe Hutton

Joe Hutton is the Director for Airborne Products at Applanix Corporation, where he is responsible for new business development and overall product direction for the airborne business. Joe has been with Applanix since 1991. He obtained his B.A.Sc degree in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto in 1989, followed by a M.A.Sc. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies in 1991. Joe has over 18 years experience in GNSS-INS integrated navigation systems technology and its application to mobile mapping and surveying. He is a member of ION and is a licensed professional engineer in the Province of Ontario.

Louis Nastro

Louis Nastro is the Director for Land Products at Applanix Corporation, where he is responsible for new business development and overall product direction for the Land business. Louis Nastro joined Applanix in 2005. He earned his B.A. (Hons) from York University, M.A. in International Relations and Economics from McMaster University, and an M.Sc from the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, University of North Dakota. Prior to joining Applanix, Mr. Nastro served as Director of Strategic Planning for Vantage Consulting, an international business consulting company, from 2000 to 2005.

Peter Stewart

Peter Stewart is Director of Marine products at Applanix Corporation, responsible for the development and implementation of business strategy for the company’s marine products and solutions, as well as for product development activities. Peter holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Topographic Science from the University of Glasgow, and a M.Sc.E. in Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering from the University of New Brunswick. He has worked for Applanix since 2000 in a variety of technical and commercial roles within the Marine segment.

Kevin Andrews

Kevin Andrews is Director of Indoor Products, responsible for new product development and product lifecycle management for Trimble's Indoor Mobile Mapping Solution (TIMMS) including the coordination of Sales, Marketing, Support and Engineering.

Kevin holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business where he focused on Business Strategy. Kevin also holds a Bachelor of Science in Geomatics Engineering from the University of Calgary, where he focused on remote sensing and low-cost GNSS-aided Inertial Navigation. He and has been with Applanix since 2000 serving clients in varied support, engineering, and business roles.

Eric Liberty

Eric Liberty is the Director of Sales at Applanix Corporation, responsible for leading the sales team in providing exceptional business-to-customer communication and sales services. Furthermore Eric is responsible for the overall strategic sales plan for Mobile Mapping and Positioning Solutions.Eric holds an MBA from the University of Toronto. Eric Liberty joined Applanix in October 2006 as DSS Product Manager. Prior to joining Applanix, Eric had worked with Optech managing sales activity for airborne and land lidar systems.

Michelle Papanikolov

Michelle Papanikolov joined Applanix Corporation in April 2003 as Director, Human Resources. Prior to Applanix Michelle was the Director of Human Resources for an international direct sales organization. She holds an Honors B.A. from York University and a CHRP (Certified Human Resources Professional) designation. Michelle has over 20 years of progressive human resources experience in direct sales, high tech, advertising and food industries.

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