RIEGL Waveform-LiDAR Sensors and Systems
Data Acquisition in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Documentation
Celebrating 40 years in 2018, RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems is an international leading provider of cutting edge technology in airborne, mobile, terrestrial, industrial and unmanned laser scanning solutions for multiple fields of application, including archaeology and cultural heritage documentation.
RIEGL mobile mapping systems can be mounted on various moving platforms, such as boats, trains, road and off-road vehicles, and enable the acquisition of highly accurate, dense, and feature-rich data while in motion. The RIEGL VMX-250 was used to scan the palaces at Canal Grande in Venice, Italy.
RIEGL has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to the digital preservation of cultural heritage sites. Its digital preservation support of sites such as the Pyramids in Giza, the Sphinx, the Domitilla Catacombs in Rome, Frauenkirche in Dresden, St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna and numerous other significant monuments is providing future generations with the ability to visit such sites in digital form.
Terrestrial Laser Scanners provide highly accurate 3D data from the whole scene. Scan data is combined with camera data to create highly informative point clouds. Here, the RIEGL VZ-400i was used to scan Rome’s famous Flavian Amphitheatre Colosseum.
The company maintains an outstanding history of reliability and support to their customers. From initial purchase, to integration of the systems, as well as training and support, RIEGL stands out as an industry leader. Worldwide sales, training, support and services are delivered from RIEGL’s Austrian headquarters and its offices in Vienna, Salzburg, and Styria, main offices in the USA, Japan, and in China, and by a worldwide network of representatives covering Europe, North and South America, Asia, Australia and Africa.
The new RIEGL VZ-400i Terrestrial Laser Scanner sets a new standard in user-friendliness –the scanner is easy to operate, customizable workflows provide high field efficiency and automatic registration enables tremendous time savings. Here, the RIEGL VZ-400i was used to scan the whole complex of castle Niederweiden in Lower Austria.
RIEGL has been producing LiDAR systems commercially since 1978 and focuses on pulsed time-of-flight laser radar technology in multiple wavelengths.
Unmanned laser scanning offers an excellent cost-to-benefit-ratio for numerous applications, e.g. cultural heritage documentation. Here, Goettweig Abbey has been surveyed using the RiCOPTER, RIEGL’s remotely piloted octocopter equipped with the RIEGL VUX-SYS airborne laser scanning system.
RIEGL’s core “smart waveform” technologies provide pure digital LiDAR signal processing, unique methodologies for resolving range ambiguities, multiple targets per laser shots, optimum distribution of measurements, calibrated amplitudes and reflectance estimates, as well as the seamless integration and calibration of systems. RIEGL’s various 3D scanners offer a wide array of performance characteristics and serve as a platform for continuing “Innovation in 3D®” for the laser scanning industry.
Using the RiCOPTER for a 3D laser scanning documentation of Vianden Castle, Arctron 3D GmbH clearly demonstrated that it is able to conduct very complex 3D inventories in an extremely short amount of time
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