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Surveying at the South Pole

Posted by RIEGL on March 7, 2017

In January, Adam LeWinter and Dave Finnegan, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), traveled to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station to conduct a terrestrial lidar/thermal infrared survey of the elevated station as part of a National Science Foundation-funded project.

Surveying South Pole Station

They used a Riegl VZ-1000 with integrated InfraTec VarioCAM high-definition thermal camera to capture a three-dimensional thermal map of the building, to assess the building envelope for thermal efficiency.

Customer Spotlight: US Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory

Posted by RIEGL on March 1, 2017

Editor's Note: This customer spotlight features the US Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) and their creation of a HeliPod system, which utilizes RIEGL airborne scanners to allow for terrain-following surveys in high-relief areas. Enjoy!

Airborne Laser Mapping

he US Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), in collaboration with the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM), has developed a helicopter pod-based airborne LiDAR system to allow for terrain-following surveys in high-relief areas. The HeliPod System accepts either a RIEGL VQ-480i or VQ-580 scanner, integrated with an iXBlue ATLANS-C IMU and a NexTrack 2 Flight Management System.

RIEGL VZ-4000 Supporting the NASA SnowEx Campaign

Posted by RIEGL on February 16, 2017

Peter Gadomski, of the US Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, and Jeffery Deems, of the National Snow and Ice Data Center and the University of Colorado, Boulder, used a RIEGL VZ-4000 TLS in February 2017 to support the NASA SnowEx campaign

VZ-4000 Supporting

The VZ-4000 was used to measure snow depths in the Senator Beck basin in southwestern Colorado, collecting data in areas that are unsafe to sample directly due to avalanche hazard. Two other teams collected TLS data at Grand Mesa, Colorado.

Fly Through a Huge Volcanic Cave With These Stunning 3-D Scans

Posted by RIEGL on February 16, 2017

The detailed animations will help NASA scientists figure out how to use natural caves as shelter on future missions to the moon or Mars.

3-D Map of Indian Tunnel

When humans at last reach the surface of Mars, one of the first things they may need to do is dive beneath it.

That's why a team of NASA researchers gathered in August at Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho: The intrepid explorers created the first complete three-dimensional scan of Indian Tunnel, one of the largest and most accessible lava tubes at the monument.

The VZ-1000 at the South Pole!

South Pole

Posted by RIEGL on February 9th, 2017

Adam LeWinter and Dave Finnegan (US Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory) traveled to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station to conduct a terrestrial LiDAR/Thermal Infrared survey of the Elevated Station as part of a National Science Foundation funded project.

The system utilizes the Riegl VZ-1000 with integrated InfraTec VarioCAM HD thermal camera to capture a 3-dimensional thermal map of the building, used to assess the building envelope for thermal efficiency. Working in temperatures down to -30 degree C, CRREL designed a heated thermal jacket to keep both scanner and camera warm.

FHP's New Laser Scanner Cuts Down Time at Crash Scene

Posted by RIEGL on January 20, 2017

The RIEGL 3-D laser scanner spins 360 degrees and collects raw data up to 500,000 points per second, using laser and light. (Julie Gargotta, Staff)

RIEGL 3-D Laser Scanner

It's a device that's revolutionizing how local law enforcement investigate crash scenes, and Florida Highway Patrol is only the second state agency in the entire country to use it.

Caltrans Takes Delivery of the RIEGL VMX-1HA

Posted by RIEGL on January 11, 2017

Caltrans, the California state agency responsible for highway, bridge, and rail transportation planning, construction, and maintenance, has taken delivery of the NEW RIEGL VMX-1HA mobile mapping system!


The RIEGL VMX-1HA is a high speed, high performance dual scanner mobile mapping system. It provides industry-leading performance and dense, accurate, and feature-rich data at highway speeds.

Researchers, snow safety experts develop new techniques for mapping snow and avalanches

Posted by RIEGL on January 4, 2017

A researcher prepares to use a laser scanning (lidar) unit to scan snow depth at the Arapahoe Ski Basin Ski area in Keystone, Colorado. Credit: J. Deems, NSIDC/CIRES/CU

Laser Scanning (Lidar) Unit

In 2014, two Colorado avalanche control workers were whisked to the hospital after an avalauncher accident near the Continental Divide. They had been using the avalauncher, a compressed gas cannon, to shoot small charges into snowy slopes that posed a serious avalanche risk to motorists below.


Posted by RIEGL on December 29, 2016

If you have been searching for a 3D laser scanning system that would justify the required six figure investment, then this article is for you.

3D Laser Scanning System

With over 35 years of experience serving the oil and gas industry in eastern Ohio, David Bodo and Associates, Inc. has built a strong reputation as a traditional, full service 16 – person surveying firm.

NASA Goddard G-LiHT: Images and Articles

Posted by RIEGL on December 13, 2016

These articles have been provided to us here at RIEGL by NASA Goddard, who are currently utilizing the VQ-480 in their G-LiHT (Goddard's LiDAR, Hyperspectral, and Thermal) airborne imager.

NASA Goddard G-LiHT

Please note that "references to any specific commercial products, processes or services or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name are for the information and convenience of the reader and do not constitute endorsement, recommendation or favoring by the US government or National Aeronautics and Space Administration".

Maser Consulting P.A. Perspective: Mobile LiDAR and data collection

Posted by RIEGL on December 6, 2016

Original article written by Francis Miller III, PE, director of rail engineering services.
Maser Consulting, a forerunner in the industry using Mobile Light Detection and Ranging (Mobile LiDAR), employs the use of Mobile LiDAR, 3D hi-definition laser scanners and other methods to assist in the implementation of PTC.

Maser Consulting

A PTC system must be able to reliably determine the precise location, direction and speed of trains; warn operators of potential issues; and automatically take immediate action to safely stop a train if an operator does not or cannot respond to the warning provided by the system.


Posted by RIEGL on October 10, 2016


Since its inception in 1995, Chustz Surveying, Inc. has continued to grow through hard work and client satisfaction. They began by providing surveying and mapping services as a sub-contractor for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (New Orleans District) project with only a pickup truck and a single boat.

From that point on, Chustz has invested in the most knowledgeable and qualified employees, along with state-of-the-art technology, in order to assure the highest caliber of service. This has allowed them to expand into other surveying areas including hydrographic, GPS, singlebeam and multibeam sonar technology, terrestrial LiDAR acquisition and more recently low altitude, UAS LiDAR acquisition.

Customer Spotlight: Leading Edge Geomatics

Posted by RIEGL USA on September 20, 2016

Leading Edge Geomatics

Leading Edge Geomatics is a New Brunswick based company that provides aerial survey and geomatics services across North America.

To date, they have flown over 100,000 km² of LiDAR data acquisition, and more than 90,000 km² of aerial photography.

Utilizing a fleet of five aircraft and seven digital sensors, including the RIEGL LMS-Q680i, LMS-Q780, and VP-1 airborne systems, Leading Edge offers customized solutions to clients across a number of industries including forestry.


Posted by RIEGL USA on July 26, 2016


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The Early Days

One of the pioneers in the airborne LiDAR industry is Robert, "Bobby" Tuck. His firm Tuck Mapping Solutions, Inc. is a leader in the use of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft to collect highly accurate LiDAR data for a number of industries.


Posted by RIEGL USA on June 22, 2016


The Firm

Kapur and Associates, is a multi-discipline, consulting engineering firm with four offices in Wisconsin and one in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1981, the firm ranges in size from 150 – 200 people and is partially employee owned with approximately 1/3 being involved with survey.

Kapur has been growing steadily over the past couple of years performing heavy construction layout, road topos, DOT work, site survey and energy – related projects, not just in the Midwest, but all over the country. In addition, they have become known for their 3D laser scanning capability. Here's some insight in how they were able to accomplish that.


Posted by RIEGL USA on June 7, 2016


Back in the late 1980's John F. Sawyer saw the need for a surveying services company that could provide accurate hydrographic surveying and quantity calculations. Mr. Sawyer had a background in dredging and in 1989 Arc Surveying and Mapping (Arc) was born. The company is family – owned and operated with three brothers running the day – to – day operations.

A good portion of their work is hydrographic – related. They perform work in all of the Caribbean Islands and have completed projects from Panama to New York. Arc currently has a main office in Jacksonville, Florida, with satellite offices in Memphis, Tennessee and Melbourne, Florida.

AXIS GeoSpatial Takes Delivery of the RIEGL LMS-Q1560!

Posted by RIEGL USA on February 2, 2016

RIEGL USA is pleased to announce that AXIS GeoSpatial LLC, through their purchase and delivery of the LMS-Q1560 dual LiDAR channel airborne laser scanning system, has become the latest U.S. based commercial firm to own this sensor, adding to their LiDAR and camera system fleet!

AXIS GeoSpatial LLC

With the addition of the LMS-Q1560 to their fleet, AXIS is empowering their clients with the latest technology to meet their topographic/LiDAR needs, delivering both classified and unclassified Hi-Definition LiDAR datasets to them quickly and efficiently. This cutting-edge system will allow AXIS to fly higher and faster on large scale mapping projects and corridor work, which will provide clients with more dense point clouds, high precision data, faster acquisition, and more responsive service.

RME Geomatics Purchases and Takes Delivery of Two RIEGL VUX-1's in Two Months!

Posted by RIEGL USA on June 17, 2015

RME Geomatics

RIEGL USA is excited to announce that RME Geomatics purchased and took delivery of two RIEGL VUX-1 UAS laser scanners in two months!

The addition of the second VUX-1 to RME Geomatics will allow the company to aggressively expand their capacity through the installation of a permanent crew in Calgary. This crew will consolidate and expand the West Coast Canadian operations of RME Geomatics.

RME Geomatics is a subsidized division of a large publically traded company, Rocky Mountain Equipment, and with the influx of projects the company is receiving, the need for the highest quality and best capability is constantly growing. RME's Renegade™, combined with the RIEGL VUX-1, will allow the company to continue to expand operations while providing the highest quality services to their customers.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Recently Deploys the RIEGL LMS-Q1560

Posted by RIEGL USA on April 7, 2014

RIEGL USA is proud to announce that NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has recently deployed their RIEGL LMS-Q1560 airborne laser scanner system!


NASA JPL is utilizing their RIEGL LMS-Q1560 to more completely and accurately measure snowpack depth of major mountain watersheds. This will be accomplished through the use of innovative airborne LiDAR from RIEGL. NASA JPL's use of the RIEGL LMS-Q1560 will allow them to better gauge the volume of water that travels down rivers and streams as runoff from snowpack. The data is then made accessible to state officials, water districts, power plant managers, and farmers to alert them to the possibility of flooding and water allocation.

First VMX-450-RAIL delivered to SNCF

Posted by RIEGL USA on September 12, 2013

SNCF, the national French railway society, has taken delivery of a RIEGL VMX-450-RAIL intended for the sole purpose of railway mapping. The complete scanning platform is either installed onto a mounting rack in the rear of a wagon or right into the engine cart.


he main tasks of railway mapping include geo-referencing of railway infrastructure, clearance monitoring in order to detect natural obstacles like vegetation, or determine infrastructural limits for special load transportation. Other applications of railway scanning include track and base terrain inspection, as well as supervision and registration of changes in train station structures, such as thresholds between platform and wagon due to renovation works in train stations. All these different tasks serve the enhancement of railway safety.

AeroMetric-Maser mobile LiDAR

Posted by RIEGL USA on September 5, 2013

Aerometric Maser Mobile Lidar

This is a Reigl VMX-450 Mobile LiDAR being used for DOT work in Alaska.

Maser-AeroMetric Mobile LiDAR

Posted by RIEGL USA on September 5, 2013

Maser Aerometric Mobile Lidar

GAMS initializing

Aerial Cartographics of America, Inc. Purchases Riegl VMX 450 Mobile Laser Scanning System

Posted by RIEGL USA on June 3, 2013

Aerial Cartographics of America, Inc. (ACA) of Orlando, FL in conjunction with its parent company, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. (GPI), announced today the purchase of a RIEGL VMX 450 Mobile Laser Scanning System. ACA now offers our clients the latest in high accuracy mapping technology, Mobile LiDAR Data Collection, with this system we can capture high-accuracy, high-density range and intensity data as well as digital imagery simultaneously at highway speeds for transportation projects and within navigable waterways and railroad corridors.

The RIEGL VMX scanning system is self-contained and designed to easily transfer between multiple working platforms. These include trucks or SUV's for transportation project; boats and barges for scanning and mapping structures, bridges, piers, shorelines and coastlines; and high-rail vehicles for precision scanning within railroad corridors. The system's dual laser scanners send over a million pulses per second and collect 2000-5000 points per square meter, resulting in an extremely dense 3-D point cloud data base providing accurate and detailed as-found conditions of structures and topographic features.

Performance Considerations for Small-Footprint Topobathymetric LiDAR

Posted by RIEGL USA on April 12, 2013

A new suite of commercial small-footprint, green-wavelength airborne LiDAR systems are being developed to enable topobathymetric mapping in coastal and riverine environments. These sensors can provide seamless topography across the land-water interface at very high spatial resolution (five to six points per square meter).

The new LiDAR systems enable numerous applications in coastal and aquatic ecosystems, including floodplain mapping, fisheries management, marine resource and coral reef ecosystem management, storm surge modeling, and storm damage assessment.

RIEGL USA and Maser Consulting Expands Into Mobile Mapping Market with Delivery of RIEGL VMX-450

Posted by RIEGL USA on April 11, 2013

RIEGL USA continues to set new milestones within the mobile mapping market with their second VMX-450 Mobile Mapping System sale in 2013. Maser Consulting P.A. will be taking delivery of two RIEGL systems: the VMX-450 CS-6 with four cameras and a new dual antenna system, and a VZ-400 Terrestrial Laser Scanner. These systems help satisfy the need for high-quality mapping projects in all of their areas of service.

RIEGL USA is excited to partner with Maser Consulting in this endeavor as this exciting new business opportunity will complete Maser Consulting's high resolution 3D data acquisition services. Keeping on the leading edge of technology will enable Maser Consulting to continue to introduce new types of projects to mobile mapping services, and to offer their clients high-quality, innovative, and cost effective mapping solutions.

EMC, Inc. Selects State-of-the-Art Complete Mobile Mapping System, the RIEGL VMX-450

Posted by RIEGL USA on February 12, 2013

RIEGL USA has started off 2013 with a bang by completing its first VMX-450 sale within the first quarter of the year. EMC, Inc. is expanding their line of RIEGL products with this addition of the mobile mapping system to their already established terrestrial and marine LIDAR scanning services. The RIEGL VMX-450 was chosen by EMC, Inc. for its high collection speeds with the highest measurement accuracy and the most comprehensive workflow in the industry.

EMC will utilize their RIEGL VMX-450 for survey and mapping of highways, railways, bridges, and for volumetric surveys. The system is also going to be used for as-built surveying, road and bridge modeling and any civil engineering projects where clients need fast and reliable data.

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