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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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National Geographic features Vassar College’s analysis of Gothic Cathedrals through “exquisite precision” of Leica Geosystems laser scanners
In June 2015, National Geographic featured the architectural research of Professor Andrew Tallon of Vassar College. Professor Tallon’s on-going research includes the use of a Leica ScanStation C10 to achieve “exquisite precision” in his otherwise impossible mapping of Gothic cathedrals around the world to ‘unlock the mysteries’ of these architectural wonders. With Tallon’s research identifying and seeking imperfections (both the result of circumstance/time and the result of intentional design), as well as attempting to ‘reverse engineer’ the construction sequences of some of the iconic cathedrals, Leica Geosystems’ HDS solution provides the tools to “tease out clues hidden in the ancient stones”. “You can’t hang from a vault and measure it by hand,” Tallon said, emphasizes the research’s reliance on the long-range remote sensing features of the C10 in capturing these major, towering monuments. more
CNN features Leica Geosystems HDS technology and its founder in technology segment
CNN’s new science and technology series, “Make, Create, Innovate”, tells the stories behind technological inventions and breakthroughs that reshape our world. The April 9, 2015 edition featured Ben Kacyra, founder of the tech company Cyra Technologies, which invented the first commercial, portable, 3D laser scanning hardware and software solution in the 1990s--which was later acquired by Leica Geosystems to become its HDS division. Describing the technology in the combined text and video interview, Kacyra describes Leica Geosystems’ HDS solutions as “[giving] the world a 3D laser scanner that has revolutionized how reality is captured”, which is being used in “[new] applications way beyond what we had anticipated”. These ever-growing applications include cultural heritage preservation, which is the focus of Kacyra’s non-profit, CyArk, founded in by Kacyra and his wife in 2003 for use of laser scanning for the benefit-to-humanity. CyArk’s origin and mission are discussed in further detail alongside the technology in the interview. more
Laser Scanning technology to end the dedicated survey field crew?
This 2-page article asks James Shaw of RK&K Engineers, LLP for his outlook on surveying for 2015 and beyond. Shaw has been a professional land surveyor for 26 years, won Maryland's Surveyor of the Year in 2012, is the former president of the Maryland Society of Surveyors, and is its technology committee's chair. Shaw discusses his experience watching laser scanning and other "reality capture" technologies evolve since his first exposure to Leica Geosystems HDS technology in 2007. Shaw references the continuous march forward in hardware versatility and software automation, particularly in recent major improvements in automated/targetless registration and scan alignment tools (Leica Cyclone 9.0), as well as better automated feature extraction. Shaw discusses how this is changing the balance between field and office crews and prophesies the gradual elimination of traditional fully dedicated field crews as they blur or merge with office crews, creating more efficient overall workflows. more
The visionary origins of Leica Geosystems HDS business and laser scanning products
Marc Cheves, long-time industry editor and widely respected founder of The American Surveyor magazine, details the roots of the Leica Geosystems HDS business in this 5 page, in-depth article on Ben Kacyra, founder of Cyra Technologies (later acquired by Leica Geosystems). Cheves covers Kacyra's background as a civil engineer rising through the ranks to eventual success with his own engineering firm; and then as a technology entrepreneur working with world experts in computer science, engineering, and laser systems with Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, and MIT to pioneer laser scanning hardware and software. Kacyra's background helped him understand the customer problem his team was addressing, and to that end their solution won early investment and support from organizations like Chevron, Fluor-Daniel, and the US Navy. Leica Geosystems’ 2000/2001 acquisition of Kacyra's Cyra Technologies is the starting foundation of Leica's market leadership in the terrestrial laser scanning products industry. more
UK's Plowman Craven cautions success in Scan-to-BIM still involves expertise
AEC Magazine's 2-page feature from long-time HDS user Peter Folwell, Plowman Craven's director of BIM deliverables, provides insight into the rapid evolution of laser scanning technology, its interplay with BIM demands, and some of the essential considerations for conducting good data collection to meet deliverable needs. Folwell discusses hardware trends driving non-surveyor professionals into the market of accurate measurements and how appropriate expertise trumps access to equipment. Folwell also provides insight into the necessary considerations for good data acquisition, like angles of incidence, surface reflectivity, on-board hardware calibration and system monitoring, target vs target-less registration, and a scanners ability to see targets at range. Folwell also discusses growing demands on software to keep up with huge point clouds, and recommends good data management. Folwell's final comment, “Just because the data may look right, it does not mean it is right” summarizes his overall emphasis on expertise and real understanding of hardware and software capabilities to reduce project risk and add value to real-world versatility of laser scanning solutions. In order to meet this, Plowman Craven has added their own BIM modeling expertise and experience to their foundation surveying and laser scanning expertise.  more
SPAR launches new SPAR Insider podcast series with Leica Geosystems HDS executive Geoff Jacobs
SPAR Point Group has chosen to interview long time Leica Geosystems HDS marketing executive Geoff Jacobs to launch its new SPAR Insider podcast series. The new series is intended to give SPAR’s audience of professionals who are interested in 3D imaging access to “leadership insights that are driving today’s dynamic marketplace”. In the premiere podcast, SPAR Editor Sean Higgins probes Jacobs in a 15-minute, one-on-one interview about his industry background and then solicits guidance to the best resources for people doing homework on getting into laser scanning. more
Regional survey society uses Leica HDS solutions to train, aid maintenance at local museum
LIDAR News Magazine's 7-page cover story discusses a collaboration between Haag 3D Solutions, LLC, the Battleship New Jersey Museum, and Leica Geosystems to provide training in 3D data capture solutions to surveyors and engineers of the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors, while contributing to the digital preservation of the most decorated battle ship in US naval history, the USS New Jersey (a.k.a, the Black Dragon). As part of the Society's 150th anniversary, Leica and Haag volunteered training services and utilized a Leica HDS7000 scanner, two ScanStation P20s scanners, and a Leica MS50 to document the vessel as part of the exercise.  more
Leica C10 and Cyclone help analyze structural integrity of threatened local heritage in South Africa
LIDAR News Magazine features a 4-page story on efforts using Leica's HDS solutions to digitally preserve historic vernacular architecture (architecture uniquely utilizing local materials) in South Africa. The African Conservation Trust and University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) utilized UKZN's two ScanStation C10s plus an HDR-capable scanner to digitally document two examples of local South African architecture: corbelled houses of the Northern Cape Province, and a Dutch (Voortrekker) Homestead in the KwaZulu-Natal Province. With recent fracking literally shaking the corbelled houses apart, combined with decades of misuse and neglect, these structures are collapsing. Only 136 remain and nine houses representing different architectural styles were captured and analyzed for structural integrtity. Cyclone provided detailed measurements and sectional views to identify structural deforation as the cause of major cracking in the walls. The Homestead is similarly under threat due to a bordering quarry mine. Frequent vibrations from mine blasting have shattered the main structure's walls and fully collapsed outstanding buildings in the last four years. Data provided by UKZN's C10 and analyzed in Cyclone is being used by local heritage conservators to determine if current structural braces provide sufficient stabilization or if additional measures are needed. Long term, the accurate detail of the point clouds will continue to provide condition assessement information, while also creating a lasting record of these unique and significant buildings before they are completely lost to resource extraction and/or neglect.  more
Leica ScanStation C10 reduces cost, improves accuracy on aging dam civil survey
This 5-page, in depth article details how West Virginia-based Allegheny Surveys used a Leica ScanStation C10 laser scanner and Leica point cloud software to dramatically reduce cost and schedule for a 110-acre survey of a multi-faceted dam site in Ohio for the US Army Corps of Engineers. Use of their Leica scanning tools also provided, valuable additional benefits for the client, which led to additional scanning business. The article cites how laser scanning has saved time & money for every project where Allegheny Surveys used it instead of conventional surveying. For this project, scanning slashed field labor by 75% and also reduced office time. Of particular value for this project was the ability to take advantage of the versatile C10’s resect (survey) mode and its long-range targeting capability. Only 65 set-ups were needed for the 110-acre site; registration of multiple point clouds was done automatically upon import of the scan data into Cyclone software. Allegheny Surveys added value by supplying the client with TruViews of the site. This let the client, which did not have laser scanning software, to view the rich point cloud data in free TruView software and access X,Y,Z values to check elevation differences and site subtleties on their own without any training. The article also describes the selection of this project as a 1st place winner of the “HDS Plan Contest” at HxGN LIVE 2014 in the popular Civil/Infrastructure category. more
Leica C10, CloudWorx bring big benefits to small firm's football field/track renovation project
This 4-page article details the many, significant benefits achieved when The Land Group, a small, multi-disciplinary firm in Idaho, used their ScanStation C10 and Leica CloudWorx software on a recent topographic survey. The survey supported their internal civil and architectural design team on a high school football field/track renovation project. The survey deliverable was only a simple 2D topo map. However, the project and site featured many aspects where the benefits of laser scanning and Leica’s suite of tools came into play. This included: a tight window to collect data; high detail needed for design of the track surface to meet demanding state and national standards; high detail needed for tie-ins and ADA compliance; changing project scope; line-of-sight analyses that benefited from 3D point cloud visualization; multi-discipline use of the data; and scanning’s cascading benefits for design, construction, and the school district/owner. Internally, using Leica tools reduced field costs by >50%. The firm was also able to avoid multiple, additional site visits that would have otherwise been needed (if surveyed conventionally) to accommodate the changing scope. In addition, using Leica’s scanning hardware and software on this project led to additional business for The Land Group with the project’s Construction Management firm (Beniton Construction). Plus, The Land Group has since adopted scanning and CloudWorx for AutoCAD as their go-to method for many more 2D topographic surveys. more
HxGN LIVE 2014 showcased cutting-edge 3D immersive technology utilizing Leica ScanStation P20 data
This 3-page cover story describes MadSpelunker LLC's merging of 3D point clouds, 4K videography, and digital photography to meet today's growing demand for immersive realism, from the Oculus Rift to the Sony Morpheus, to the growing ubiquity of 3D gaming platforms which now include smart phones and tablets. MadSpelunker's ground-breaking developments in the evolving 3D immersive space made their public debut at HxGN LIVE 2014, Leica/Hexagon's annual user conference. Session Moderator, Geoff Jacobs, Leica's Sr VP of Strategic Marketing, emphasized the implication of the technical work being debuted by noting it was the first time a professional photographer was presenting at the annual event. The conference's world premiere talk signified the evolving relationship between scanning, videography, and photography. With a Leica ScanStation P20, video and photo equipment, the MadSpelunker team spent 12 days documenting the rough terrain of remote Claustral Canyon in Australia's Blue Mountains. Due to limited, often precarious scanning setup locations in the narrow canyon, the P20's ability to capture high-definition detail at range, down to the elements of the ferns, was key to realistically mapping the environment in 3D. The detailed point cloud data is processed into meshes, on to which photos and videos are mapped to complete the dynamic 3D environment. The P20's laser scan data means MadSpelunker's 3D environments are not just wholly created artificial worlds like the video game industry, but rather they're measurable photo-real digital replicas of reality. The realism of MadSpelunker's efforts was a huge hit with heritage and forensic attendees seeking evermore convincing 3D materials and looking to partner with the organization on future business opportunities beyond natural environments. more
University's Leica ScanStation C10 aids important Canadian archaeological discovery
In 1845, the Franklin Expedition's two ships disappeared in Canadian arctic. All crew were lost. The Expedition was seeking the Northwest Passage. For over 150 years the ships and their crew have been sought, spurring six major expeditions by Parks Canada since 2008 alone. On September 1, 2014, archaeologists found two artifacts from the ships on Hat Island in Nunavut. Researchers mapped the artifacts and their surrounding topography with a Leica ScanStation C10. The University of Manitoba's Archaeology Department owns the HDS scanner, and the University of Waterloo's Archaeology Department operated it. The researchers augmented the topographic laser scan data with ice flow maps. This allowed them to pinpoint probable underwater locations to send their ROVs to in search of the shipwrecks. On September 7th, researchers identified the location of one of the two Franklin shipwrecks. The remains lay submerged in 11m of water just off the coast of the Hat Island. The versatility of the C10 provided archaeologists with 3D data from long range topography down to artifact details. All to the benefit of a major, and now historic, archaeological expedition. more
HDS Highlighted in GW’s Review of HxGN LIVE 2014
Geomatics World (UK) reviewed the 2014 HxGN LIVE conference in its September/October issue. HxGN LIVE is Leica Geosystems' corporate family's annual user event. The article has a strong focus on the conference's Leica Geosystems portions. HDS-specific topics include: the record HDS attendees, assessment of the HDS business climate ("never been busier"), the popularity of hands-on HDS training classes, benefits of Leica's ScanStation P15 & P20, project integration of the MS50 with various Leica HDS laser scanners, a multitude of Cyclone software announcements, and trends within the HDS user community. The review is particularly bullish on the Scan-to-BIM trend and evolving solutions in this area. Other reported trends are point clouds becoming industry standard and "CIM" (Civil Information Modeling). Hexagon CEO Ola Rollén's Opening Keynote is also discussed along with the division presidents', including Geosystems' Juergen Dold. more
Leica C10 laser scanner reveals hidden geometry of Washington National Cathedral
A feature article in the August 17, 2014 edition of The Washington Post details how Vassar College Professor and Gothic Architecture expert, Andrew Tallon, is using a Leica C10 to accurately measure massive and elaborate Gothic churches in Europe as well as the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Taking advantage of the C10’s „high-accuracy at long range“ capabilities, precise as-built measurements of the churches are allowing Prof. Tallon to analyze construction techniques and further research a century-old question about whether or not misalignments and imperfections in the design and construction of these Gothic masterpieces were intentional. more
Hexagon goes “Beyond the Machine” to create synergistic solutions with its HDS technology
xyHt's Gavin Schrock interviewed Hexagon CEO Ola Rollén for the five-page cover story in the August 2014 issue. Rollén talks about taking the helm and changing Hexagon's vision. Hexagon shifted its focus from just the machines to a total solution offered by hardware and software. This was the true value to the customer. Rollén also discusses that Leica Geosystems became an obvious acquisition for Hexagon. Leica's laser scanning systems were the next step from metrology to longer-range 3D measuring. Leica's global establishment had the infrastructure and distribution power needed for Hexagon's growing company. And Leica had a similar focus on total solutions of hardware and software to create value for customers. Leica's HDS scanners, Cyclone software, and point cloud plugins is evidence. With Leica's acquisition by Hexagon, Rollén next sought more supporting technology companies. Hexagon thus brought GPS, UAVs, GIS, and CAD systems into its corporate umbrella. And Leica Geosystems and its HDS division are able to create whole new synergies between Hexagon's divisions. more
Aging New York World’s Fair towers scanned with Leica C10 to better guide restoration decisions
As featured in Archaeology Magazine’s „In the trenches“ section of its August 2014 issue, since the opening of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, its towering New York State Pavilion has become an iconic symbol in its own right. Over the years, however, corrosion has set into the exposed concrete and steel pavilion and is jeopardizing its structural integrity. The pavilion includes the Tent of Tomorrow with its 100-foot (30m) tall piers, as well as three Observation Towers - the tallest being 226 feet (69m) high. To help the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation better decide on possible restoration options and costs, a Leica ScanStation C10 scanner and Leica Cyclone software were called into action. The C10’s ability to execute very detailed, accurate scans of selected areas of the structure’s tallest elements from afar (the scanner was mounted on a tripod at ground level) was a major benefit for complete geometry capture of the pavilion. The Leica C10 was able to capture detail including individual rivets to aide accurate 3D modeling and to better inform future restoration work. Multiple scans were registered together using scan targets and cloud-to-cloud methods in Leica Cyclone REGISTER software, which also allowed the geolocation of the data to the surveyed targets. The scanning project was executed by the University of Central Florida's Institute for Simulation and Training with assistance from CyArk (heritage non-profit and Leica Geosystems partner) and Langan Engineering. more
Airport tower construction uses Leica ScanStation C10, Cyclone for pre-fabrication of 1000 trusses
Point of Beginning's cover story for its June 2014 issue featured Canada's Tronnes Survey. A 25-person firm in Alberta, Tronnes has more than 40 years experience. The firm is a user of Leica Geosystems' laser scanners and purchased its first ScanStation 1 in 2004. In 2011, with its ScanStation C10, the firm laser scanned the construction of Edmonton Airport's new combined office and control tower. The tower has eight office floors, a control tower, and exterior of undulating cladding. One thousand individually designed trusses support the sleek cladding design. To save project time and cost, prefabrication of each truss would take place. Over 8,000 key structural points needed precise measuring to guide the prefabrication process. This allowed accurate prefabrication for mounting the trusses to the structure. Yet with active airport runways, the project had limited vantage points and short time frames for the survey work. The job was too big for a total station given the project time line. Tronnes' C10 provided the best solution for measuring the airport's tall, complex tower. Site restrictions in schedules and locations were overcome by the C10's speed and at-range-accuracy. Tronnes Survey also used Cyclone MODEL for quick, direct processing of the laser scan data. The models found intersections between steel, variations of as-builts from design, and potential conflicts. The HDS data showed significant variation in the as-built. The variations could have triggered extensive on-site rework at major cost. Instead, the ScanStation C10 and Cyclone solution guided truss prefabrication through as-built analysis. Of 1,000 trusses prefabricated off-site, only one had to be custom reworked during installation. A 99.9% success rate with trusses designed to the as-built scans. more
Boston land survey firm's ScanStations C10 and P20 pay dividends on business success
POB Editor John Hetztler highlights the laser scanning business success of Leica HDS user Feldman Land Surveyors (FLS), a 33-person survey firm in Boston, MA, USA.The editor notes that the company takes a multi-faceted approach to their work, so having good laser scanning capabilities enables them to perform all land surveying functions. The company incorporated Leica laser scanning tools into their toolkit in 2004 and, as of February 2014, owned a Leica ScanStation C10 and P20. These two tools helped generate 13% of the company’s 2013 revenues. The editor also talks about some of the practical aspects of what providing laser scanning services entails for FLS. For example, the article describes how FLS has leveraged pro bono scanning of heritage buildings and ships into valuable media exposure, which, in turn, has led to business referrals. The article also discusses the company’s ongoing need to invest in client education about scanning and the benefits to FLS of using scanners with long range capabilities. more
Major, New “Time Scanners” TV series features Leica HDS laser scanners
A major, new TV series featuring the use of Leica ScanStation scanners on six (6) iconic heritage sites has been developed for Natonal Geographic TV (www.natgeotv.com, mulitple countries) and PBS (USA). Developed by Atlantic Productions, an award-winning documentary production company based in the UK, the series consists of six 1-hr episodes, each featuring a different site: the Roman Colisseum; Machu Pichu; Petra; Egyptian Pyramids; Jerusalem; and, London's St. Paul's Cathedral. Detailed, 3D high-definition survey data, collected by a team from the University of Arkansas Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, is analyzed by world-class structural engineer, Steve Burrows, to provide compelling, new insights into how these structures were built, how people lived there, and how they have survived so amazingly over time. A special sneak-preview of this TV series was given to attendees at the HxGN LIVE conference, June 2013, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. more
F3 and Associates combine Leica Scanners with Augmented Reality to give engineers X-ray vision
This feature article in LIDAR magazine (2013 VOL. 3, NO. 6) details how California-based F3 & Associates has combined laser scan data collected by Leica ScanStation scanners with advanced Augmented Reality technology to give professionals a compelling new way to visualize on-site what they can't otherwise see. In particular, using a simple tablet device, field staff can orient the tablet toward a wall, ceiling or pavement and see structures behind or under it, just as they were scanned (and modeled) prior to being covered up. Another exciting application lets an engineer or contractor orient the tablet toward an existing structure or element (e.g. valve) and see in 3D on the tablet a modification design proposed for that object (e.g. new piping and tie-in). The article also describes in detail the benefits of the Leica ScanStation's survey-grade dual-axis compensator combined with its high-accuracy-at-long-range capability to speed up field scanning and geo-referencing. F3 staff simply place the scanner on known control points at a refinery and use traditional survey traverse/ foresight/back-sight workflows to automatically register and geo-reference scans. The topics in this article were first presented in public by Sean Finn of F3 & Associates within the Laser Scanning/HDS track of the HxGN LIVE conference, June 4, 2013, at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. more
Tulloch Engineering speeds undergroud mine surveys with Leica HDS scanner and software
This feature article in LIDAR magazine (2013 VOL. 3 NO. 6) describes various applications and workflows for using a Leica HDS7000 ultra-high speed laser scanner for demanding underground mine surveys. The article cites some of the particular challenges of surveying underground: very dusty environments where it can also be difficult to tie accurately into control. By switching to ultra-high speed laser scanning, Tulloch is able to be more productive than traditional reflectorless total station and photogrammetric methods they previously used. In addition, the scanner is able to collect more detailed data for more accurate and detailed wire-frame, mesh, and cross-section deliverables. more
CyArk 500 re-launch at the Tower of London scores broad media coverage
Leica Geosystems long-time partner, CyArk, attracted broad media coverage of its October 2013 major re-launch of the "CyArk 500" initiative to digitally capture and preserve 500 leading heritage sites around the world over the next five (5) years. CyArk founder, Ben Kacyra, who also co-founded Cyra Technologies - the origins of Leica Geosystems' market-leading 3D laser scanning/HDS products business - was interviewed by dozens of television, print and online publications. A featured CNBC television piece, for example, shows Leica Geosystems laser scanners and laser scan images for numerous famous heritage sites. Kacyra cites a large network of laser scanning service providers as a key resource for the initiative. more
The Beck Group describes how Leica HDS hardware and software benefit their BIM projects
This feature article in the November 2013 edition of POB magazine gives the view of a leading architectural and construction firm, The Beck Group, on how they deploy BIM for the benefit of their clients. Beck uses a Leica ScanStation P20, Leica CloudWorx for Revit and other tools to deliver "higher quality and more sustainable projects ... with less risk, time and cost." The article provides guidance on how to best execute laser scanning for BIM in the field and office. more
Langan shares keys to their ROI success with Leica HDS laser scanners and software
A feature, cover article in the May 2013 issue of POB magazine describes six (6) strategies that one leading laser scanning services provider - Langan Engineering - uses to deliver a solid ROI (return-on-investment) on their investment in Leica HDS scanners and point cloud software. At the time of the article, Langan owned five (5) laser scanners including the recently released Leica ScanStation P20 ultra-high speed scanner. Key strategies for Langan include identifying your niche; understanding your capabilities; staying up-to-date on software; "going beyond"; breaking down barriers; and, investing in relationships. more
Leica Geosystems executive honored as “3D Industry Pioneer” by LiDAR Magazine
LiDAR Magazine, a leading trade publication dedicated to 3D laser scanning technology and news, cited Leica Geosystems long-time marketing executive, Geoff Jacobs, as one of the magazine's first-recognized "3D Industry Pioneers". Geoff was the second person to be cited as such by editor Dr. Gene Roe. The article describes Geoff's early path into the 3D laser scanning industry, starting with him joining Cyra Technologies in 1998 as the start-up company's first marketing professional. Geoff shares his recollections of introducing the technology to Leica Geosystems, which acquired Cyra in 2001, and a subsequent long string of technology and market advances that continued to propel the industry forward. He also provides a glimpse into the future of the industry. more
UK's Severn Partnership uses Leica scanners & software to extend survey business into ships
The cover story of Professional Surveyor Magazine's (PSM) April 2013 issue describes how a leading UK surveying company - Severn Partnership - diversified from their main civil and railroad infrastructure uses of Leica HDS tools into a lucrative new market: ships. The article is written by PSM editor Jeff Salmon and features an insightful interview with Severn Partnership's Managing Director, Nicholas Blenkarn. The article describes core skills that Severn was seeking to leverage and why they settled on ships for the next extension of their business. The article further details how the company went about achieving this goal - which they did very successfully! more
Diversification through scanning
This feature article in the February 2013 issue of Professional Surveyor Magazine (PSM) describes how US-based Fenstermaker & Associates used their Leica Geosystems laser scanning tools (hardware and software) and their own capabilities to successfully diversify their surveying and engineering business. The ability to use Leica scanners and software for traditional civil/survey mapping and as-built surveys and to then leverage the combined capabilities into new markets is well documented. In this case, Fenstermaker not only diversified their traditional civil infrastructure surveying services into "downstream" oil & gas clients (e.g. refineries), but they also successfully added new engineering documentation capabilities and dimensional control services to better service these new clients. For these extensions, Fenstermaker developed plant documentation skills with CADWorx software (provided by Leica Geosystems' sister company, Intergraph) and high-accuracy dimensional control capabilities based on Leica Geosystems survey and metrology-grade total stations. more
Latest laser scanning trends spotlighted by Leica Geosystems' Geoff Jacobs
The August 2012 issue of GeoSpatial World magazine features a 4-page article on the latest trends in laser scanning, written by Leica Geosystems Sr VP, Strategic Marketing, Geoff Jacobs. The article details specific advances in laser scanners and point cloud software, plus specific "market pull" factors that have led to the current rapid adoption of the technology and its mainstream use in certain areas. more
London Olympic Stadium construction benefits from Leica HDS laser scanners, software
The August 2012 issue of Professional Surveyor magazine cover story describes the workflows and benefits of using Leica HDS laser scanners and Cyclone software to aid in the accurate and timely construction of the new East London Olympic Stadium - the centerpiece venue of the 2012 summer games. The 80,000 seat stadium is designed and constructed so that it can be readily modified after the games to a smaller capacity venue for other events. more
Leica HDS6200 laser scanner and CloudWorx software aid Titanic Belfast Light Show
To help commemorate the opening of the Titanic Belfast museum building for the 100th anniversary of the ship's sailing, Leica Geosystems laser scanning solutions were used to create an accurate 3D model of the building's irregular exterior - the model was then successfully used as an "architectural canvas" for 3D projection of a spectacular light & sound show. more
ENR.com Features Leica ScanStation use by Alberisi Construction
A feature article in the February 13, 2012 edition of ENR.com describes Alberisi Construction's use of their Leica ScanStation laser scanner and Leica Cyclone software to cut four (4) weeks off of a major construction project in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. more
Historic Scotland features Leica HDS laser scanners in six Youtube videos
Historic Scotland, the government agency that safeguards and promotes Scotland's historic environment, features six (6) videos on their Youtube channel involving the use of Leica Geosystems HDS laser scanners to efficiently and accurately document and digitally preserve important heritage sites. Videos feature Scotland's famous Roslyn Chapel and two Scottish sites that are part of the "Scottish Ten" world heritage digital preservation project - New Lanark and remote St. Kilda - plus two international sites that are also part of the Scottish Ten project: Mount Rushmore (USA) and India's Rani Ki Vav Stepwell. more
Leica HDS scanners featured in Historic Scotland's heritage projects
Historic Scotland safeguards and promotes Scotland's historic environment. The colorful 2011 edition of their annual "Focus" magazine includes three articles on the use of Leica Geosystems laser scanning systems to aid in these activities. Articles cover the progress of the famous Scottish Ten project (pp 6-10); stone conservation at 12th century Holyrood palace in Edinburgh (pp 18-19), itself a World Heritage site; and, "Skills for the future" (pp 38-39). more
Using Leica HDS Scanners for Theme Park As-builts
POB magazine interviews Jerry Rinnert, President of JMR Surveying, about his company's use of Leica Geosystems laser scanners and software for efficient as-built and topographic surveys of theme parks. Rinnert describes how and why he got into laser scanning with Leica Geosystems' products in 2003. Note: Jerry Rinnert gave a presentation on this topic in the HDS track at Hexagon 2011 in Orlando, Florida, where he showed numerous case study examples. more
Using Leica HDS laser scanning systems for movies and video games
In the October 2011 issue of POB magazine, an article entitled "High-Precision VFX" describes how three different surveying companies have found a successful niche applying their laser scanning capabilities to provide High-Definition Surveys of movie sets, structures, and objects for more compelling visual effects. The article details the experiences of SmartGeometrics (Texas), 4DMax (UK), and FX Surveys (California) in this field and provides advice for those seeking to apply their surveying and laser scanning expertise to it. References are made to the successful use of a Leica HDS6200 and Leica ScanStation C10 laser scanner for specific movie projects. more
Nine-page review of Hexagon 2011 conference, The American Surveyor
by Dr. Gene Roe, Editor LidarNews and Gavin Schrock, surveyor and administrator of the regional cooperative real-time Washington State Reference Station Network more
GW magazine reviews Hexagon 2011 conference
The September-October 2011 issue of Geomatics World (GW) magazine, UK, features a 4-page review of the Hexagon 2011 conference held June 2011 in Orlando, FL. The article focuses on the Leica Geosystems and ERDAS portions of the conference, and includes a detailed review of the HDS/Laser Scanning track and its smooth transition from the prior stand-alone HDS User Conference format. more
Professional Surveyor Magazine editor TJ Frazier reviews Hexagon 2011 conference
Professional Surveyor editor TJ Frazier, veteran attendee of prior HDS Worldwide User Conferences, gives his views on Hexagon 2011, held June 6-9 in Orlando, FL more
Using Leica ScanStation 2 plus Cyclone
This 2-page feature article in the July/August 2011 issue of GEOInformatics magazine describes how consulting engineers Zimmermann & Meixner Z&M 3D Welt GmbH successfully deployed their Leica Geosystems laser scanning tools to quickly and accurately capture and document the building interior and exterior and adjacent terrain features of the Inselhalle Conference Center in Lindau, Germany. more
GEOInformatics magazine reviews Hexagon 2011 conference in July/August issue
Editor Remco Takken describes the Hexagon 2011 conference, held June 2011 in Orlando, Florida as " ... an historic event ... unmatched in the geo world". The wide-ranging article includes specific coverage of the HDS sub-track, noting that numerous parallel tracks at two Crystal Ballrooms and several adjacent rooms were generally packed". more
Preserving Auburn's Roots with ScanStation C10 Laser Scanner
This 4-page article (June 2011, POB magazine) describes how an Alabama-based, minority owned survey firm, Marshall A. McLeod, PLS, LLC leverages Leica Geosystems laser scanning tools to provide cutting-edge land surveying solutions for a varied client base. more
GEOInformatics interview with Geoff Jacobs
In this wide-ranging, 6-page feature article, GEOInformatics editor Joc Triglav interviews Geoff Jacobs, long time marketing executive for Leica Geosystems' industry-leading laser scanning products business.  more
Leica Laser Scanning Tools Aid Theater Restoration
A feature in the March 2011 issue of Architectural Products magazine details how Leica Geosystems laser scanning services provider, 3D Laser Imaging, used their Leica HDS6000 laser scanner and Leica Cyclone and Leica CloudWorx software to create accurate, cost-effective Revit and Orthographic tif deliverables needed to plan the restoration of historic Saenger Theater, New Orleans, Louisiana. Project metrics (2-person field crew for three days to capture the 70,000 sq. ft theater) and workflows are described, along with guidance of how to best specify the level of detail needed for various client deliverables. more
ScanStation C10 proves ideal for safe, accurate Electrical Power Substation surveys
This 3-page article by Vernen Lee of Merrick & Company (USA) in the February 2011 issue of POB magazine, describes the advantages and practical aspects of using high-accuracy, long range terrestrial LiDAR technology for as-built surveys of electrical substations that need to be modified or expanded.  more
Complementary Application-specific Expertise for Laser Scanning
In addition to having versatile laser scanners and software tools, it can also be advantageous to have or develop complementary expertise in certain intended applications for your high-definition surveying services. This article delves into the “complementary application expertise” side of scanning opportunities. Examples are given in which complementary expertise in BIM, heritage & archaeology, industrial plant design, and other fields has helped users be increasingly successful. Guidance is given for optional, low-risk ways to add this type of expertise if it does not already exist in your organization. more
GEOInformatics Review of Leica Geosystems HDS Worldwide User Conference 2010
This 3 1/2 page article describes some of the more interesting aspects of the 8th annual HDS User Conference, held 24-28 October in San Ramon, California, specifically for users of Leica Geosystems HDS laser scanning and point cloud software. more
POB editor Kristi Grahl reviews 2010 Leica HDS User Conference
A feature by POB editor Kristi Grahl provides a detailed review of the 2010 Leica Geosystems HDS Worldwide User Conference, held Oct. 25-27 in San Ramon, CA. more
Collaborative lava cave scanning
The vol. 7, number 9 issue of The American Surveyor includes and 8-page feature on how civil/survey firm David Evans Associates (DEA) and the survey department of Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) teamed up to provide a detailed laser scan survey of Mushpot Cave for the US National Park Service. more
National Geographic magazine spotlights 3D Scanning for Heritage Preservation!
The October 2010 issue of the internationally famous National Geographic magazine includes a 3-page feature on CyArk's use of 3D laser scanners to digitally preserve and share via the internet many of the world's great heritage sites. more
Capturing Mt Rushmore with four Leica scanners: spectacular cover article
2010 Volume 7, issue 7 of The American Surveyor magazine includes a 9-page cover story on the ambitious use of four (4) Leica Geosystems 3D laser scanners to capture iconic Mt Rushmore. The CyArk project was done for the United States National Parks Service (NPS) with major support from local service firms and Scotland's Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualization (CDDV), a joint initiative between Historic Scotland and Glasgow School of Art's Digital Design Studio. more
Loy Surveys: ScanStation C10 is right entry to scanning at right time
Loy Surveys was the first company in the UK to buy the new ScanStation C10. They report, "... not only was it [C10] a significant step ahead of previous scanners, it provided us with an excellent entry point into scanning." more
HDS aids construction of World Cup stadium
The July 2010 issue of PositionIT magazine details how surveying technology was used in the construction of the spectacular, new Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. The project took advantage of Leica Geosystems High-Definition Surveying technology for critical as-builts of the stadium's oval array of 102 giant concrete columns. more
Georgia survey firm shares HDS lessons learned
The 2010 Vol. 7 No. 6 edition of The American Surveyor magazine includes a detailed, 6-page feature article on LandAir Surveying Company's use of Leica HDS technology. more
Glass fabricator switches to Leica laser scanning for structural as-builts
California's Carvist Corporation reports in the July 2010 issue of Glass Magazine how they used their Leica High-Definition Surveying (HDS) tools to obtain exact field dimensions of an existing, three story elevator shaft structure at the Santa Monica Place mall. more
Scanning Mount Rushmore
Scanning Mount Rushmore - May 2010. The US National Parks Service set up a special website to document this historic 3D laser scanning project. An international collaboration between the US National Parks Service, CyArk, Historic Scotland, and Glasgow University's Digital Design Studio scanned the global landmark with unprecedented accuracy and completeness using a Leica ScanStation 2 and Leica ScanStation C10. Follow-on activities include transforming the laser scan data into final deliverables. The project is being documented by National Geographic magazine for print and television projects. more
Discovery Channel TV spotlight
This March 3, 2010 broadcast covers the use of Leica Geosystems HDS laser scanners and software by Historic Scotland and the University of Glasgow to accurately capture and model the famous Stirling Castle in realistic 3D. Starting at the 4:30 minute mark, this informative movie shows the scanning and modeling as described by project leaders Doug Pritchard (Digital Design Studio, University of Glasgow School of Art) and David Mitchell (Historic Scotland). more
ABA Surveying deploys Leica HDS6000 laser scanners for mobile scanning
The January/February issue of Geomatics World (GW, UK) features an article by Alan Barrow, Managing Director of ABA Surveying, on ABA's adaptation of three Leica HDS6000 laser scanners onto a vehicle for mobile scanning. The benefits to ABA of using these scanners include the fact that ABA already owned these scanners for static scanning and mobile rail applications, so it was an incremental investment for ABA to expand the company's capability to include mobile vehicle scanning. Also, the scanners' high accuracy meets ABA's requirements for engineering surveys better than other alternatives considered. The article details other key aspects of system integration, which was performed by QPS of the Netherlands. more
Leica Geosystems HDS Worldwide User Conference
This 4-page, detailed review of the successful 2009 conference was written for the Jan/Feb 2010 issue of GeoInformatics Magazine (Netherlands) by the conference organizer and moderator, Geoff Jacobs. This write-up includes observations gathered at the conference about the latest, important trends in High-Definition Surveying/3D laser scanning, including its rapid uptake for BIM (Building Information Modelling), heritage documentation & archaeology, and forensics. more
HDS User Conference review in Geomatics World
This detailed article, written by Nick Day, FRICS, FRGS, PLS, provides insightful summaries of 22 of the conference's 38 presentations. He notes "250 attendees came from 20 countries, their enthusiasm undaunted as ever, eager to network, see what new and wonderful techniques others were using, and hoping through osmosis, a little entrepreneurial spirit would rub off." In his concluding notes, Nick encourages users to "keep using" their scanner and actively marketing their services as a way to survive and thrive during a recession. more
Laser scanning a haunted prison
National Geographic television features Langan Engineering & Environmental Services (New Jersey, USA) using Leica Geosystems laser scanners and software to perform High-Definition Surveys of a reportedly haunted prison. Complete "3D, as-is snapshot" information collected by the Leica Geosystems laser scanner is used by scientists who attempt to definitively establish the existence of ghosts at the infamous, abandoned prison. The show premiers at 7:00 pm (EST), March 7, 2010. more
''Capturing'' the Mighty Mo' Battleship
The cover story of the March 2010 issue of POB magazine details how Smart MultiMedia (Texas), a Houston-based scanning and multimedia services company, and a field team that included Meridian Associates (Houston), Asbuilt Modeling Services (Houston) and Mustang Engineering (Houston), used a fleet of three (3) Leica HDS scanners to accurately capture complex exterior geometry of the USS Missouri in only four (4) days, while the massive ship was briefly out of water for refurbishment. The High-Definition Survey of the ship is being used by USS Memorial Association, Inc. for ongoing restoration & maintenance work, plus they plan to use the computer models of the scan data to provide a better educational experience for the ship's many tourist visitors at Pearl Harbor's Battleship Row. The USS Missouri, the last battleship launched by the United Sates, was the site of Japan's surrender, Sept. 2, 1945, ending World War II. more
HDS proves cost effective for documenting a heritage fort
PBS&J Engineering used their Leica Geosystems ScanStation2 and Cyclone software to quickly, safely and accurately capture detailed geometry of 23-acre Fort Jefferson (Dry Tortugas, Gulf of Mexico) in just 2 days. Deliverables included cross-sections of the fort's eroding walls at specified locations for ongoing rehabilitation work. Laser scanning services were provided within the project's survey budget, which ironically did not originally include scanning; however, scanning proved to be more than (5) times more cost effective than the originally planned traditional survey and drafting methods. In the February 2010 issue of POB magazine, PBS&J's project manager, Roberto Montecon states that "on an increasing number of projects, laser scanning is allowing PBS&J to be profitable and still save your client money".  more
HDS laser scanning monitors movement for rehabilitation of concrete plaza near dam
US Bureau of Reclamation reports in their Feb 18, 2010 regional newsletter (Lower Colorado Region) that they've successfully used their Leica ScanStation 2 and Cyclone software to accurately capture and archive detailed geometry of Hoover Dam's "Monument Plaza" for the purpose of monitoring any deterioration of the plaza's many detailed elements and for guiding rehabilitation efforts of the historic plaza. more
Leica HDS 2009: Simplifying the Complicated
This feature article by Angus Stocking reports on key observations and trends found at the 2009 Leica Geosystems HDS Worldwide User Conference. The author favorably compares the strong adoption curve for laser scanning – even in the face of a recession - to that of GPS, another key surveying technology. more
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