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RIEGL Airborne Laser Scanning

Airborne laser scanning is a rapid, highly accurate and efficient method of capturing 3D data of large areas, such as agricultural or forestry sites, urban areas, industrial plants, etc.

RIEGL Airborne laser scanners make use of the latest state-of-the-art laser and signal processing technology. They are exceptionally compact, lightweight and cost effective, and are designed to meet the most challenging requirements in airborne surveying.

RIEGL LMS-Q1560

The high performance, fully integrated long-range airborne laser scanner system RIEGL LMS-Q1560 is a cutting-edge tool for a variety of airborne surveying missions. The two channel scanner makes use of powerful laser sources, Multiple-Time-Around (MTA) processing, echo digitization and waveform analysis. That allows operation at varying flight altitudes and is therefore ideally suited for aerial survey of ultra wide areas as well as of complex urban environments.

The RIEGL LMS-Q1560 can be operated at a maximum pulse repetition rate of 800 kHz providing an effective measurement rate of 530,000 measurements on the ground, and operates at an altitude of up to 15,500 ft. Usually occurring range ambiguities at this measurement rate are automatically resolved by RIEGL’s multiple time around processing software RiMTA, handling more than 10 pulses in the air simultaneously. This enables the user to do effective flight planning even for difficult terrain, reducing the flying time significantly. The system allows the user to plan safe flights with sufficient clearance to terrain.

The RIEGL LMS-Q1560 comes with a unique and innovative forward/backward looking capability. This enables capturing data from multiple angles more effectively and more accurately at high point density, along with a 60 degree field of view (FOV).

RIEGL Airborne

Main Features

  • High laser pulse repetition rate up to 800 kHz
  • Innovative forward/backward looking capability
  • Digitization electronics for full waveform data
  • Single multifaceted polygon mirror for beam deflection
  • Integrated multi-megapixel aerial medium format camera
  • Integrated secondary camera (e.g. IR-camera)
  • Integrated inertial navigation system and GNSS receiver
  • Fiber coupled high speed data interface to single RIEGL Data Recorder

Main Applications

  • High Altitude Wide Area Mapping
  • Mapping of Complex Urban Environments
  • Glacier & Snowfield Mapping
  • Mapping of Lakesides & River Banks
  • Agriculture & Forestry
  • Corridor Mapping

RIEGL LMS-Q780

The RIEGL® LMS-Q780 long-range airborne laser scanner makes use of a powerful laser source, multiple-time-around (MTA) processing, and digital full waveform analysis. This combination allows the operation at varying flight altitudes and is therefore ideally suited for aerial survey of complex terrain.

Unique features of this instrument include the automated resolution of range ambiguities, typically occurring at large measurement ranges and high repetition rates. The effect of range ambiguities appearing in airborne laser scanning is known as “multiple-time-around” or “multiple-pulses-in-the-air. RIEGL’s new generation of airborne laser scanners overcome this limitation by multiple-time-around (MTA) processing.

The RIEGL LMS-Q780, with more than 10 simultaneous pulses in the air, results in the best point spacing on the ground. This eliminates the need of terrain following while retaining a high effective rate. Industry leading digital signal processing, combined with the comprehensive RIEGL Software Suite, delivers best in class results.

RIEGL Airborne

Main Features

  • up to 266,000 measurements/sec on the ground
  • operating flight altitude up to 15,500 ft AGL
  • multiple time around processing:more than 10 pulses (MTA 10) simultaneously in the air
  • full waveform analysis for unlimited number of target echoes
  • high laser pulse repetition rate up to 400 kHz
  • various laser power settings for different fields of application
  • high ranging accuracy 20 mm
  • wide scan field of view up to 60°
  • suited for measuring snowy and icy terrain

Main Applications

  • High Altitude Wide Area Mapping
  • Flood Zone Mapping
  • Large Scale National Mapping
  • Glacier & Snowfield Mapping
  • Topography & Mining
  • Mapping of Lakesides & River Banks
  • Corridor Mapping
  • Agriculture & Forestry
  • City Modelling

RIEGL VQ-820-G

Repetitive surveying of inshore waters is becoming more and more essential to evaluate reservoir sedimentation, river degradation, water flow and water level dynamics, structure and zone variations of rivers and riparian areas. This can only be achieved in an effective way by employing high-resolution hydrographic airborne laser scanning.
The VQ-820-G Topo-Hydrographic Airborne Laser Scanner is specifically designed to survey seabeds or ground of rivers or lakes integrated into a Complete Platform for Airborne Scanning, simply installed in any type of aircraft platform, e.g. fixed wing or helicopter.

RIEGL Airborne

Main Features

  • excellently suited for combined land and hydrographic airborne survey
  • high-accuracy ranging based on echo digitization and online waveform processing with multiple target capability
  • high spatial resolution due to laser repetition rate up to 520 kHz, high scanning speed up to 200 scanlines/second and a wide field of view up to 60°
  • compact, rugged and light-weight modular configuration, compatible with standard airborne platforms
  • optional waveform data output, data accessible with RiWAVELib
  • seamless integration with other RIEGL ALS Systems and software packages is possible

Main Applications

  • Mapping of Coastal Lines
  • Mapping of Lakesides & River Banks
  • Archaeology & Cultural Heritage

RIEGL LMS-Q680i

The long-range RIEGL LMS-Q680i airborne laser scanner makes use of a powerful laser source, multiple time around (MTA) processing, and digital full waveform analysis. This combination allows the operation at varying flight altitudes and is therefore ideally suited for aerial survey of complex terrain.

The RIEGL LMS-Q680i gives access to detailed target parameters by digitizing the echo signal online during data acquisition, and subsequent off-line waveform analysis. This method is especially valuable when dealing with difficult tasks, such as canopy height investigation or target classification. Multiple-time-around processing allows the utilization of target echo signals which have been detected out of the unambiguity range between two successive laser pulses.
The operational parameters of the RIEGL LMS-Q680i can be configured to cover a wide field of applications. Comprehensive interface features support smooth integration of the instrument into complete airborne scanning systems.

The instrument makes use of the time-of-flight distance measurement principle of infrared nanosecond pulses. Fast opto-mechanical beam scanning provides absolutely linear, unidirectional and parallel scan lines. The instrument is extremely rugged, therefore ideally suited for the installation on aircraft. Also, it is compact and lightweight enough to be installed in small twin- or single-engine planes, helicopters or UAVs.

The instrument needs only one power supply and GPS timing signals to provide online monitoring data while logging the precisely time-stamped and digitized echo signal data to the rugged accompanying digital data recorders RIEGL DR560, DR560-RD or DR680. These high performance data storage devices are capable of handling the continuous high speed data stream.

The Data Recorder DR680 uses 3 removable drive carriers with integrated 250 GByte Solid State Drives for smooth operation even in harsh environment and at high flying altitudes. These drives are hot-swappable and allow immediate access to data already acquired, ready to be analyzed on the fly or in the office, while the system is still in operation finishing the survey mission. Data rates up to 80 MBytes/sec guarantee uninterruptible storage of data. Additionally an online data integrity check is performed prior to transferring the scan data to the solid state drives.

RIEGL Airborne

Main Features

  • Full waveform analysis for unlimited number of target echoes
  • Multiple-time-around (MTA) processing
  • High laser pulse repetition rates up to 400 kHz
  • up to 266 000 measurements/sec on the ground
  • High ranging accuracy up to 20 mm
  • High scan speed up to 200 lines/s
  • Wide scan field of view up to 60°
  • Parallel scan lines
  • Interface for smooth integration of GPS

Main Applications

  • Topography & Mining
  • Corridor Mapping
  • City Modelling
  • Mapping of Lakesides & River Banks
  • Agriculture & Forestry
  • Target Classification
  • Glacier & Snowfield Mapping
  • Power Lines

RIEGL VQ-580

The V-Line Airborne Laser Scanner RIEGL VQ-580 provides high speed, non-contact data acquisition using a narrow near-infrared laser beam and a fast line scanning mechanism and was especially designed to measure on snow & ice. High-accuracy laser ranging is based on RIEGL's unique echo digitization and online waveform processing, which allows achieving superior measurement results even under adverse atmospheric conditions, and the evaluation of multiple target echoes.

The scanning mechanism is based on a fast rotating multi-facet polygonal mirror, which provides fully linear, unidirectional and parallel scan lines.

The RIEGL VQ-580 is a very compact and lightweight scanner, mountable in any orientation and even under limited space conditions on helicopters or UAVs. The instrument needs only one power supply and provides line scan data via the integrated LAN-TCP/IP interface. The binary data stream can easily be decoded by user-designed software making use of the available software library RiVLib.

RIEGL Airborne

Main Features

  • Especially designed to measure on snow & ice
  • High-accuracy ranging  based on echo digitization and online waveform processing
  • High laser repetition rate - fast data acquisition
  • Multiple target capability - unlimited number of targets
  • Perfectly linear scan lines
  • Compact, rugged and lightweight design
  • Electrical interfaces for GPS data string and Sync Pulse (1PPS)
  • Mechanical interface for IMU mounting
  • Integrated LAN-TCP/IP interface

Main Applications

  • Glacier & Snowfield Mapping
  • Agriculture & Forestry
  • Topography & Mining
  • Mapping of Lakesides & River Banks
  • Corridor Mapping

RIEGL VQ-480i

The V-Line® Airborne Laser Scanner RIEGL VQ-480i provides high speed data acquisition using a narrow infrared laser beam and a fast line scanning mechanism. High-accuracy laser ranging is based on RIEGL´s unique echo digitization and online waveform processing, which allows achieving superior measurement results even under adverse atmospheric conditions, and the evaluation of multiple target echoes.

The scanning mechanism is based on a fast rotating multi-facet polygonal mirror, which provides fully linear, unidirectional and parallel scan lines.

The RIEGL VQ-480i is a very compact and lightweight scanner, mountable in any orientation and even under limited space conditions. The instrument needs only one power supply and provides line scan data via the integrated LAN-TCP/IP interface. The binary data stream can easily be decoded by user-designed software making use of the available software library RiVLib.

RIEGL Airborne

Main Features

  • high-accuracy ranging based on echo digitization and online waveform processing
  • high laser repetition rate - fast data acquisition
  • multiple target capability - unlimited number of targets
  • perfectly linear scan lines
  • compact, rugged and lightweight design
  • electrical interfaces for GPS data string and Sync Pulse (1PPS)
  • mechanical interface for IMU mounting
  • integrated LAN-TCP/IP interface

Main Applications

  • Corridor Mapping
  • Agriculture & Forestry
  • Target Classification
  • Power Lines
  • Archaeology & Cultural Heritage

RIEGL VQ-380i

The V-Line® 2D Laser Scanner RIEGL Airborne VQ-380i provides high speed data acquisition using a narrow infra-red laser beam and a fast line scanning mechanism. High-accuracy laser ranging is based on RIEGL´s unique echo digitization and online waveform processing, which allows achieving superior measurement capability even under adverse atmospheric conditions and the evaluation of multiple target echoes. The scanning mechanism is based on a fast rotating multi-facet polygonal mirror, which provides fully linear, unidirectional and parallel scan lines.

The RIEGL VQ-380i is a very compact and lightweight device, mountable in any orientation and also under limited space conditions on small fixed-wing aircrafts, helicopters and land based vehicles. The instrument needs only one power supply and provides line scan data via the integrated LAN-TCP/IP interface. The binary data stream can easily be decoded by  user-designed software making use of the available software library RiVLib.

RIEGL Airborne

Main Features

  • high ranging based on echo digitization and online waveform processing
  • high laser repetition rate - fast data acquisition
  • multiple target capability
  • interface for smooth integration of GPS
  • perfectly linear scan lines
  • compact, rugged, and lightweight design
  • integrated LAN-TCP/IP interface

Main Applications

  • Corridor Mapping