Lidar

GeoSLAM launches ZEB-REVO RT at fall exhibits

November 1, 2017By
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The ZEB-REVO RT is the next generation of the ZEB-REVO, GeoSLAM’s lightweight handheld laser scanner that allows the rapid and simple mapping of complex, indoor and multi-level spaces. The ZEB-REVO RT uses technology to seamlessly connect the scanner to a mobile phone or tablet, allowing for real-time data visualization as you walk and scan. GeoSLAM launched its new offering in... read more

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Riegl launches three waveform lidar sensors

October 9, 2017By
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Riegl has launched new waveform lidar sensors in all of its segments. It introduced the products at Intergeo 2017, held in September in Berlin. The Riegl VQ-780i waveform processing airborne laser scanner is a high-performance, rugged, lightweight and compact airborne mapping sensor designed for ultra-wide-area mapping and high productivity. The versatile system is designed for highly efficient data acquisition at low, mid and high... read more

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LizardTech granted US patent for lidar point-cloud compression

September 22, 2017By
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LizardTech, a provider of software solutions for managing and distributing geospatial content, has been awarded a U.S. patent for the compression of lidar point clouds (US 9753124). The patented technology provides lossless compression of point clouds captured by airborne lidar sensors or terrestrial laser scanners for easy and cost-effective processing, storage and transmission of data sets. “Lidar systems capture terabytes... read more

Teledyne Optech coastal and ocean monitoring helps with disasters

June 14, 2017By
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Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar System (CZMIL) to be shared at conferences as a critical rapid environmental assessment tool for both natural and manmade disasters Teledyne Optech’s Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar (CZMIL) system is a critical rapid environmental assessment tool for monitoring natural and man-made disasters. From detecting sewage pipe leaks, mapping oil slicks and measuring coastline changes... read more

Leica Geosystems’ 3D imaging laser scanner comes to Europe

June 6, 2017By
The BLK360 is now available for reservation in Europe.

Leica Geosystems’ BLK360 miniaturized 3D imaging laser scanner is now available for reservation within Europe, for delivery in summer. The laser scanner simplifies the collection of as-built reality capture data for work in architecture, design, construction and engineering among other vertical markets. The Leica BLK360 is an easy-to-use and powerful reality-capture solution that enables professionals to capture 360-degree HDR spherical... read more

Exhibitors at GEOINT to launch range of new products

June 1, 2017By
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Numerous geospatial intelligence companies are exhibiting at the GEOINT 2017 Symposium, which takes place June 4-7 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. Hosted and produced by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), the annual GEOINT Symposium is the nation’s largest gathering of industry, academia, and government to include defense, intelligence and homeland security communities... read more

Polaris scanner uses GNSS to go indoors, outdoors

April 4, 2017By
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Teledyne Optech has released its Polaris terrestrial laser scanner, which automatically detects its location with a built-in GNSS receiver and selects the planned survey parameters for the site. Alternatively, operators can set up surveys in the field and resection/backsight the system using the menu-driven graphical user interface (GUI) on its touchscreen. The announcement was made at the SPAR 3D Conference... read more

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Eyes in the Sky: Advanced survey technologies give 20/20 view of remote assets

April 3, 2017By
Time-lapse of fixed-wing aircraft collecting near-shore topobathy lidar after Superstorm Sandy near Holden Beach, North Carolina. (Photo: Brett Murphy)

By Will Fellers Remote sensing technology has come a long way and is delivering serious benefits across a wide range of industries. Since the early 1970s, when the first LANDSAT satellites were launched, there has been rapid technological innovation in platform architecture and sensor technology used to collect both active and passive spectral information. These advancements have dramatically changed the... read more

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UK’s Bluesky acquires US aerial survey company Col-East

March 15, 2017By
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British aerial mapping innovator Bluesky International is expanding its business into North America following the acquisition of Col-East Inc., a Massachusetts-based aerial survey company. Col-East has been mapping the Northeast U.S. for 65 years and will continue as Col-East International Ltd., forming the U.S. arm of Bluesky. Founded in 1952, Col-East has a long-established reputation for high-quality topographic mapping with... read more

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Mapping avalanches for safety

February 10, 2017By
A researcher prepares to use lidar to scan snow depth at Arapahoe Basin in Colorado. (Photo: Riegl)

In 2014, an avalanche injured two Colorado avalanche control workers. They had been using an “avalauncher” compressed gas cannon to shoot charges into slopes that posed a serious avalanche risk to motorists below, but the charge exploded too early, in the barrel of the launcher. The accident prompted a re-evaluation of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s avalanche control techniques. Now,... read more