Press Review

Here you can find recently published press articles on RIEGL and its activities:

Geologist will upgrade monitoring of Greenland glacier critical to sea-level rise

University of Kansas in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) and supported by the Heising-Simons Foundation will install a second ATLAS System at Helmein Glacier in Greenland. The first system, that is situated on the south side of Helheim Glacier - with a RIEGL VZ-6000 Terrestrial Laser Scanner operating at 1064 um wavelength as its backbone -  already delivers valuable data to measure how the glacier is moving horizontally and vertically at the same time.

Helheim Glacier discharges a lot of ice each year and the scientists are very interested in understanding what controls its behavior. The second ATLAS (Autonomous Terrestrial Laser Scanning system) will be installed opposite of the first one to monitor rates of ice loss on the tidewater glacier undergoing large-scale changes due to global climate change. This will enable glaciologists to better predict future sea level rise – a topic of increasing importance to low-lying coastal communities.

Read here the full article published at August 2017.

Photo Credit: Adam LeWinter, CRREL.

All in a Day’s Work

Can laser scanning from UAV and car replace total station and GPS surveys of roads?

A project in Croatia tried to find out: Developments in the field of laser scanners and laser scanning systems have increased in the past few years. Physical size has decreased while performance has increased. The number of laser pulses per second has reached a million and the measurement distance is in the hundreds of metres.

RIEGL has implemented these and other features in a variety of compact, powerful, and precise scanners. Attached IMU/GNSS units, governing control units and optional cameras collect/record a multitude of additional properties during each scan. Due to the straightforward attachment system, a quick and easy installation is possible onto helicopters, vehicles and even UAVs – the modern tools of choice to accurately surveying road infrastructure in the highest possible quality.

The system’s flexibility became an important aspect in a project of RiCOPTER UAV GmbH, which was executed in December last year on behalf of Geoprojekt LLC, one of the major geodetic companies in Croatia.

The company was interested in a practical demonstration of the benefits and advantages of laser scanning for their fields of operation. The mission was to acquire both mobile and aerial laser scan data of an area of 2km x 1.5km that had previously been surveyed conventionally using DGPS and total stations. The data acquisition was conducted using the RIEGL VUX-SYS laser scanning system. For mobile data acquisition, the system was used with the RIEGL VMQ-1HA mounted on a car wiwhile for the aerial data acquisition the RiCOPTER, RIEGL’s unmanned octocopter, was used as platform for carrying the VUX-SYS.

Read here the full article published at May 2017.

Merging Terrestrial and Hydrographic Scanning

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.

Today Arc has a wide variety of underwater survey systems including multibeam and singlebeam sonar, Blueview 3D sonar and a magnetometer. They use a wide variety of software to post process the data including RiSCAN Pro and Hypack for the hydrographic data. Merging terrestrial and hydrographic data was acquired by using RIEGL VZ-400 3D Terrestrial Laser Scanner.

Read the full article published at June 4, 2016.

Researchers create a virtual version of Chimney Rock in S.W. Colorado

Researchers want to make it possible for everyone to virtually walk through the ancient dwellings at Chimney Rock National Monument as the ancient pueblo people did.

„We’re going to try to recreate the experience of how they perceived the archaeological site,” said associate anthropology Professor Gerardo Gutierrez.

Their work is part of Project Map, an effort to model ancient and historic monuments across the state. Chimney Rock is one of their first projects. The data for the project was acquired by using a RIEGL VZ-400 3D Terrestrial Laser Scanner.

Read the full article published at, May 18, 2016.

UC Santa Barbara Researchers Measure El Niño Coastal Erosion

With research data on tidal impacts, scientists hope to better predict coastal cliff erosion. Winter storms and tides may have battered the coastline, but UC Santa Barbara researchers are using those El Niño conditions to track the rate of cliff erosion in Santa Barbara County.
With any luck, findings might help local officials, planners and homeowners better plan for the future.

Read the full article published at, February 17, 2016.

Der Superscanner der Polizei ist gelandet!

Eigentlich für den Einsatz im Helikopter gebaut, setzt die Kantonspolizei Zürich den VP-1 mit eingebautem VUX-1 Scanner nun auch erfolgreich für mobile Datenaufnahme am Boden ein.

In der Luft kommt das Laserscanning-System zum Einsatz, wenn Schadensplätze oder Ereignisse auf großer Fläche vermessen werden müssen, z.B. bei Zugsunglücken, Flugzeugabstürzen, etc.

Nicht immer aber ist ein Helikoptereinsatz möglich - in einem Tunnel z.B. kann dieser nicht eingesetzt werden. Dafür wird das System nun auch auf einem Auto eingesetzt und liefert bei gefahrenen Geschwindigkeiten von 30 km/h erstklassige Daten. Für eine Übersicht ohne viele Details kann die Datenaufnahme sogar bei Geschwindigkeiten bis zu 80 km/h erfolgen.

Mehr Infos im Artikel und im Video vom 19.11.2015 des Tagesanzeigers auf

Flying-Cam introduces LIDAR to its UAS platform

Flying-Cam (an Academy Award-winning company that pioneered unmanned aerial cinematography) has added 3D laser scanning technology to its line of aerial platforms.

Emmanuel Prévinaire, Flying-Cam’s founder, president, senior pilot and system designer, was at Unmanned Systems 2015 in Atlanta last week to unveil the company’s SARAH (Special Aerial Response Automatic Helicopter) 3.0 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) equipped with the RIEGL VUX-1UAV LIDAR sensor for 3D laser mapping.

Read the full article published at, May 2015 issue.

SKUR: Change Data Tailored to the End User

SKUR CEO Adam Cohen describes their software solution as a tool for "visualizing variance." At the most basic level, that means it  takes a design model and a current point cloud of the same asset, and generates a visual representation of the differences between the two. It uses cloud computing and advanced algorithms to do it in a negligible amount of time.

When the team demoed the software for me, they pulled up one of these visual representations. It depicted a room with three pillars. Most of the room was green, meaning that the as-built scan (gathered with a RIEGL scanner) matched the design model perfectly. One pillar was yellow, which meant that it had shifted a little bit, and another was red, which meant that it had shifted a lot.

On this basic technology, SKUR has built a tool that could be essential to the construction and facilities management industries.

RIEGL support SKUR as a development partner.

Read the full article published at the SPAR Point Group website.

Takeaways from RIEGL's LiDAR 2015 in China

SPAR Point Group was Media Sponsor of the RIEGL LIDAR 2015 User Conference and sent Sean Higgins to report from Hong Kong and Guangzhou. Find here his impressions from Guangzhou.

With users, RIEGL staff, and press arriving in Guangzhou, RIEGL began the second portion of its international user conference. This portion of LiDAR 2015 was well attended and the keynotes were packed. Here are a few quick takeaways and some more in-depth thoughts on RIEGL's Chinese debut.

Read the full article published at the SPAR Point Group website.

Bathymetry of Lake Constance

In 2014 the by far biggest German lake has been newly surveyed. The transnational project is funded by the European Union and delivers a detailed 3D-model of the lakefloor. The German project name is »Tiefenschärfe – Hochauflösende Vermessung Bodensee «, which in English roughly means: high-resolution survey of Lake Constance. The German term »Tiefenschärfe« (in optics and photography: depth of field) plays with the meanings of »Tiefe« (depth) and »Schärfe« (sharpness). The result of the survey shall be a clear and sharp image of the deep lake-floor. At present the LiDAR and multibeam data are still processed, but first results are presented in this article.

Data was acquired with support of AHM AirborneHydroMapping GmbH ( ) using a RIEGL VQ-820-G hydrographic scanner.

Read here the full article.

RIEGL's CTO, Dr. Andreas Ullrich, talks about the company's future plans and strategies


In the interview with Geospatial World (Issue July 2014) Dr. Andreas Ullrich underlines that RIEGL is continuosly providing the LiDAR markets with innovative products, he mentions the biggest breakthroughs in terms of technology f.e. the introduction of the LMS-Q1560 in 2013 and the VQ-820-G on the airborne side  in 2012 as well as the efforts in raising the ranges.
Dr. Ullrich is talking about new areas of operation, the emerging UAS segment and technical innvoations from RIEGL side in the future.



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Read the full article published in Geospatial World, July 2014 issue.

Des Barker flies the Diamond Guardian DA42 Multi-Purpose Platform

There is no doubt that the technology gap that has traditionally existed between the classic military/civil purpose-built paltforms and the generic, smaller commercial airframes, is rapidly diminishing. A "first" in South Africa as a surveillance platform for CK Aerial Survey, the Diamond DA42 MPP was presented for evaluation in the LIDAR surveillance mission. The aircraft was equipped with a RIEGL airborne laser scanning system LMS-Q680i providing a rapid, highly accuarate and efficient method of capturing 3D data for various applications.

Read the full article published in WORLD AIRNEWS, May 2014 issue.

Australian Aerial Innovation

Airborne Research Australia brings unique capabilities – including powered gliders reported to be more economical than UAVs – to a wide range of research projects. One of the key factors in their all-in-one approach is ARA’s cost-effective aerial platforms, including the RIEGL Q560 full waveform lidar.


The entire article was published in the November 2013 issue of “Professional Surveyor”

Easter Island - Archaeological site is preserved using laser scanning technology

Commissioned by Conaf IPA, ReStudio - a TI company - and with the advice of GEOCOM, the latest technology was made available for the conservation of an archaeological site listed among the one hundred most vulnerable heritage sites of the world. A RIEGL VZ-400 and a RIEGL VZ-4000 terrestrial laser scanner were used for data acquisition at Easter Island.

Find here the full article as published in Spanish language in the September 2013 issue of "Sustenare".

Find here the full article translated into Englisch language.


Innovation in 3D - A visit to RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems

With great anticipation Marc and Allen Cheves from LiDAR Magazine / Lidar NEWS have attended the RIEGL LiDAR 2013 User Conference in Vienna last June.
Following the conference they got very interested in the details behind "Innovation in 3D".

They decided to extend their stay for getting all the details for a comprehensive company portrait. The entire article was published in volume 3, issue 5 this October, and offers a great insight on RIEGL.

Read here the full article.

Dr. Riegl with Peter FitzGibbon at INTERGEO 2012

Meet Dr. Johannes Riegl

At Intergeo 2012 Conference and Trade Fair in Hanover, Germany, Geoconnexion's Peter FitzGibbon interviewed Dr. Johannes Riegl, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems.

Find here the full arcticle.


Foto: Kantonspolizei Zürich

Das 3D-Auge des Gesetzes:
RIEGL VZ-400 im Einsatz bei der Kantonspolizei in Zürich

Sie sehen alles und vermessen auch kleinste Teile millimetergenau - dank Hightech Ausrüstung löst die Schweizer Polizei ihre Fälle schneller.

Lesen Sie den vollen Artikel aus dem "Sonntagsblick" vom 27.1.2013 von Leo Ferraro. /