Ready Willing Able: The SWAT Team of LiDAR


Editor’s Note: LiDAR Magazine recently published a feature article on aerial cinematography artist, helicopter pilot, and businessman Ron Chapple; and his company GEO1, to give us a glimpse of their incredible range of projects using a combination of high-density LiDAR, high-resolution imagery, and video with augmented reality technology.

Years ago, Chapple’s Southern California-based firm received a client request for a high-resolution video of an electrical transmission circuit. When planning the shoot, his team made the decision to add aerial LiDAR scans collected with RIEGL equipment to their traditional video tools, giving them a product that included the element of 3D. The team and the client were both impressed with the quality of the LiDAR data and images, and this new way of viewing the world. They knew they were on to something special with LiDAR. Since then GEO1 has never looked back and is using LiDAR on project after project around the globe!

The article linked below includes project stories from GEO1 such as uncovering multiple archeological settlements in the Columbian rainforest, creating a “Digital Twin” of the massive Hong Kong International Airport, and their work for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) on an active volcano in Hawaii.

GEO1 uses the RIEGL VQ-480II, and two RIEGL VUX-1LR’s to perform these and other extraordinary projects. “The idea of creating 3D visualization was always intriguing and finding new ways, such as LiDAR, to explore and document landscapes that we were already documenting with gyro-stabilized video seemed like a natural extension”, said Ron Chapple.

To read the original article and learn about the extraordinary projects click the link below.

Ready Willing Able: The SWAT Team of Lidar


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 Ultimate LiDAR™ 3D scanners offer a wide array of performance characteristics and serve as a platform for continuing “Innovation in 3D” for the LiDAR industry.

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