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 National Geographic features Vassar College’s analysis of Gothic Cathedrals through “exquisite precision” of Leica Geosystems laser scanners
 
 
 CNN features Leica Geosystems HDS technology and its founder in technology segment
 
 
 Laser Scanning technology to end the dedicated survey field crew?
 
 
 The visionary origins of Leica Geosystems HDS business and laser scanning products
 
 
 UK's Plowman Craven cautions success in Scan-to-BIM still involves expertise
 
 
 SPAR launches new SPAR Insider podcast series with Leica Geosystems HDS executive Geoff Jacobs
 
 
 Regional survey society uses Leica HDS solutions to train, aid maintenance at local museum
 
 
 Leica C10 and Cyclone help analyze structural integrity of threatened local heritage in South Africa
 
 
 Leica ScanStation C10 reduces cost, improves accuracy on aging dam civil survey
 
 
 Leica C10, CloudWorx bring big benefits to small firm's football field/track renovation project
 
 
 HxGN LIVE 2014 showcased cutting-edge 3D immersive technology utilizing Leica ScanStation P20 data
 
 
 University's Leica ScanStation C10 aids important Canadian archaeological discovery
 
 
 HDS Highlighted in GW’s Review of HxGN LIVE 2014
 
 
 Leica C10 laser scanner reveals hidden geometry of Washington National Cathedral
 
 
 Hexagon goes “Beyond the Machine” to create synergistic solutions with its HDS technology
 
 
 Aging New York World’s Fair towers scanned with Leica C10 to better guide restoration decisions
 
 
 Airport tower construction uses Leica ScanStation C10, Cyclone for pre-fabrication of 1000 trusses
 
 
 Boston land survey firm's ScanStations C10 and P20 pay dividends on business success
 
 
 Major, New “Time Scanners” TV series features Leica HDS laser scanners
 
 
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  Scots Scan Global Landmarks
 
 
  Using 3D movies to portray proposed landscapes
 
 
  Review of Leica Geosystems HDS 2009 User Conference by Tom Gibson
 
 
  Existing condition documentation for adaptive reuse of 32-acre building site
 
 
  Sunrise Engineering shines quickly with HDS in challenging financial climate
 
 
  Civil infrastructure mapping: scanning above and below
 
 
  Mt. Rushmore to Use HDS for 3D Site Documentation
 
 
  Dynasty Group scores with HDS for bridge survey
 
 
  Deliverables - with Competitive Advantage
 
 
  Conference Encourages New Scanning Companies
 
 
  Cianbro Construction used a Leica ScanStation2
 
 
  CNN broadcast on laser scanning in forensics
 
 
  Documenting castle stonework
 
 
  Scanning Aids Building Upgrade
 
 
  Nolte Assoc. Enters Laser Scanning
 
 
  Geomorphic Monitoring with ScanStation & TruView
 
 
  Scanning Dodges Economic Storm
 
 
  Booming scanning business for many
 
 
  POB on 2008 User Conference: HDS Shines in Bad Economy
 
 
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2009 Article Archive

Scots Scan Global Landmarks
Noting that "cultural expertise transcends national borders", the Nov. 5, 2009 issue of the New York Times reports on the use of Leica Geosystems High-Definition Surveying laser scanners by leading Scottish organizations to provide detailed, 3D documentation of key world heritage sites.The sites not only include famous sites in Scotland, such as Rosslyn Chapel (of The DaVinci Code fame) and Stirling Castle, but also Mount Rushmore in the United States. These projects are also being supported by CyArk (www.cyark.org) which focuses on documenting key world heritage sites for archive, preservation, and education. more
Using 3D movies to portray proposed landscapes
This online article in the Dec 22, 2009 issue of the LANDonline newsletter was sent to 18,000 members of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Written by Bob Oelberg, ASLA, the article describes how easy and cost effective it is to create compelling 3D fly-throughs of proposed landscape designs using rich, laser scan data and simple CAD and animation software. He further projects that in the future this will be standard practice, expected by clients. more
Review of Leica Geosystems HDS 2009 User Conference by Tom Gibson
This editorial review notes that the 2009 annual conference reinforced the fact that "laser scanning is opening new business opportunities and allowing many organizations to survive and even thrive in today's economy." Gibson summarizes many presentations, including ones on scanning cell towers for asset management; scanning historic ships for archive and tourist promotion; technical insights into the new Leica ScanStation C10 laser scanner; university research on automated feature extraction from point clouds; 3D laser scanning of Istanbul for better city planning; daily use of a Leica Geosystems HDS laser scanner by a 2-person survey business in England; and, a Florida firm's increasing emphasis on scanning for surveying & mapping. more
Existing condition documentation for adaptive reuse of 32-acre building site
POB's Dec 2009 issue details the application and efficiency benefits of a Leica HDS6000 laser scanner and Cyclone software for documenting a 32-acre site, including 1 million square feet of building space. Designers needed accurate existing conditions information to develop concepts for the adaptive reuse of the buildings and site for a new community college campus, mandated to comply with the U.S. Green Building Council's "Leadership in Energy and Environmental (LEED) green building certification system. Architectural Resource Consultants (ARC) provided the laser scanning services and coordinated the project documentation with a network of Leica Geosystems HDS service providers. more
Sunrise Engineering shines quickly with HDS in challenging financial climate
This Nov. 2009 article in POB describes how Sunrise Engineering, a multi-discipline consulting firm, succeeded in building "a buoyant and diverse" laser scanning business, with project bookings nearly exceeding the company's initial investment within only eight (8) months of their February 2008 purchase of a Leica ScanStation2 and Cyclone software. This was achieved without an existing backlog. HDS champion Burton Christensen states" ... you can integrate it [HDS] into your daily operations to both secure new business and to increase revenue without increasing staff ..." more
Civil infrastructure mapping: scanning above and below
This article, written by Coastway Surveys of the Republic of Ireland, describes an innovative approach for performing sub-surface laser scanning by inverting a laser scanner within a manhole. The scan results are combined with above surface scan data to form a complete infrastructure model. more
Mt. Rushmore to Use HDS for 3D Site Documentation
The July 29, 2009 issue of USA TODAY reported that this famous archaeological site will take advantage of laser scanning to accurately record its complex geometry in 3D. The data will be insurance against possible damage to the site, as the resulting computer model will enable precise reconstruction.  more
Dynasty Group scores with HDS for bridge survey
The Dynasty Group used their Leica laser scanners and software to successfully survey a major Chicago landmark bridge. The accurate as-builts were needed for a detailed design of a major modification to the historic bridge. Dynasty saved project time while providing higher quality client deliverables. more
Deliverables - with Competitive Advantage
Laser scanning provides service organizations with many more options for deliverables to give clients, in addition to traditional deliverables. These additional types of deliverables offer benefits to clients and they can provide competitive advantage for service organizations. more
Conference Encourages New Scanning Companies
Angus Stocking, reporting for the March 2009 issue of The American Surveyor magazine, states "I believe that scanning will continue to grow, even in a tough economy. Here's why: many industries are turning to laser scanning in an attempt to save money." This report is based on the reporter's attendance at the recent Leica Geosystems HDS Worldwide User Conference. more
Cianbro Construction used a Leica ScanStation2
Cianbro Construction company describes how they successfully used a Leica ScanStation2, Cyclone 6.0 and CloudWorx 4.0 to aid in the construction and QA of large modules being fabricated for a major refinery project in Texas. The American Surveyor magazine, March 2009. more
CNN broadcast on laser scanning in forensics
CNN's reports on how government agencies in California are using Leica scanners and software to quickly capture forensic scenes with high detail in 3D. In interviews with CNN reporters, users also describe the benefits of opening traffic lanes faster, improved staff efficiency, and delivering more compelling evidence for jurors. more
Documenting castle stonework
Cadalyst Editor Kenneth Wong describes how a Gridpoint Solutions, a small surveying company equipped with a Leica laser scanner and software, successfully documented the very detailed stonework of Ireland's Nanagh Castle tower. He discusses the benefits of using laser scanning for this type of work and the field and office processes that enabled the challenging project to be completed with high-quality results. more
Scanning Aids Building Upgrade
Editor Christine Grahl describes how Optira teamed with two other firms to provide critical as-built data using Leica scanners and software for a major upgrade to the Las Vegas Convention Center. The article references the use of a Leica HDS time-of-flight scanner and two (2) Leica HDS phase-based scanners for capturing building geometry - including above-ceiling plenum areas - efficiently and accurately. Deliverables included 3D CAD models. more
Nolte Assoc. Enters Laser Scanning
This cover story article describes how Todd Beers of Nolte Associates went about educating management about the business benefits of laser scanning for a civil/survey firm to the point where they recently acquired a ScanStation2 and associated Leica software. The benefits include being more productive with existing business and securing new business via diversification. The article also describes various projects where the technology has been successfully used and why the company chose Leica Geosystems as their supplier. more
Geomorphic Monitoring with ScanStation & TruView
The surveying firm of Glahe & Associates writes about their use of ScanStation, TruView and other tools for a monitoring survey for Idaho Power of sand bars and other terrain in a river gorge . The cover story article describes benefits to the client that include more complete information that gave the client a more comprehensive understanding of the river's effect on river bed materials. more
Scanning Dodges Economic Storm
Article details why and how HDS laser scanning users are doing well in tough economic times. Many examples are given along with guidance of low risk paths to enter scanning. more
Booming scanning business for many
Geomatics World (UK) reporter Nick Day covers the October 2008 HDS & Airborne Sensor Worldwide User Conference in detail, describing many individual presentations and discussions with users. He writes, "Many surveyors I talked to reported a downturn in regular survey work, but a surge in scanning." The article discusses uses in civil, building, plant, heritage and forensic applications. more
POB on 2008 User Conference: HDS Shines in Bad Economy
POB editor reviews 2008 HDS & Airborne Sensor User Conference in this feature article. She notes "A number of industries contracted severely in 2008 and are expected to remain weak. Notably absent from this trend, however, is the broad field of geospatial data capture using laser scanning, LiDAR and other technologies." more