First North American Customer for the New RIEGL VQ-1560II Dual LiDAR Airborne System: SAM, LLC Decides to Upgrade Fleet of Sensors!

VQ-1560 II

Press Release

For Immediate Release

October 4, 2019


RIEGL is proud to announce that SAM, LLC, a leader in providing geospatial data solutions, will be the first company in North America to acquire and deploy the most recent major advance in aerial scanning technology, the RIEGL VQ-1560 II dual channel waveform processing airborne LiDAR scanning system for high point density mapping and ultra-wide area mapping.

The sensor will be installed in SAM’s new fixed-wing aircraft, a 2019 Cessna Grand Caravan EX, to further expand SAM’s national aerial mapping capabilities.

“SAM has always been an industry leader when it comes to adopting new technology,” said SAM CEO, Chris Solomon. “By combining this RIEGL scanner and new Cessna with our deep experience in aerial mapping, we continue to expand our capabilities and increase the value we deliver for clients.”

The dual LiDAR waveform processing airborne scanning system, the RIEGL VQ-1560 II, provides further increased performance and highest productivity based on a laser pulse repetition rate of up to 4 MHz, resulting in more than 2.66 million measurements per second on the ground. The system is the most flexible choice for data acquisition with an exceptionally wide range of achievable point densities and the utmost data collection efficiency at the same time.

The new RIEGL VQ-1560 II has been unveiled to the world geospatial audience during INTERGEO in Stuttgart, Germany just two weeks ago and has been met with enthusiastic feedback by the global community. In addition to SAM’s VQ-1560 II acquisition in North America, several more units from the European markets have been ordered, particularly from Poland and Belgium.

“We are excited to bring the state of the art VQ-1560 II Airborne LiDAR sensor to market and are thrilled about the extremely positive feedback our customers have provided so far. Congratulations and thanks to our long-term customer SAM, LLC on their recent decision to deploy the latest RIEGL Airborne Advancement!” stated Johannes Riegl Jr., President of RIEGL USA.

To see the original announcement from SAM, LLC on the acquisition of their RIEGL VQ-1560 II airborne scanning system, please use the following link: SAM First in North America to Deploy Advanced Aerial Scanning Technology



RIEGL is an international leading provider of cutting edge technology in airborne, mobile, terrestrial, industrial and unmanned laser scanning solutions.

RIEGL has been producing LiDAR systems commercially for over 40 years and focuses on pulsed time-of-flight laser radar technology in multiple wavelengths.

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 LiDAR industry.

From the first inquiry, to purchase and integration of the system, as well as training and support, RIEGL maintains an out-standing history of reliability and support to their customers.

Worldwide sales, training, support and services are delivered from RIEGL‘s headquarters in Austria, main offices in the USA, Japan, Australia and China, and by a worldwide network of representatives covering Europe, North and South America, Asia, Australia, and Africa.


About SAM, LLC

Founded in 1994, SAM has grown to become one of the largest providers of geospatial data solutions and construction phase services in the United States. The company offers a complete suite of geospatial services including professional land surveying, airborne/mobile/ terrestrial LiDAR, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE), Utility Coordination (UC), Building Information Modeling (BIM), aerial mapping, and photogrammetry. SAM also provides construction phase services through its wholly owned subsidiary, SAM-Construction Services, LLC (SAM-CS). Headquartered in Austin, Texas, and employing more than 1,000 professionals, SAM has the capacity to field more than 200 crews with the ability to mobilize quickly, perform reliably, and consistently provide quality deliverables. For more information, visit,


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