Mapping Dubrovnik and Split with Integrated Airborne Sensor Systems

 A composition of 3D mesh model and LiDAR point cloud of Split city center

GIM International recently published an article about the usage of the RIEGL VQ-1560 II and RIEGL VQ-1560i-DW Laser Scanning Systems for the city mapping of the Croatian cities Dubrovnik and Split.

To realize this challenging project, EUROSENSE decided to make use of these integrated RIEGL airborne sensor systems, in which imagery and LiDAR data are complementary. The simultaneous acquisition of scan data and images can provide interesting opportunities, especially in complex situations like city mapping.

Challenging Geographical Conditions

One of the challenging aspects of this project was the difficult landscape and relief in the survey area. There were local elevation differences of over 1,000m with extremely steep and rocky shorelines. The historical city centers, with narrow streets and relatively high buildings, placed high demands on data acquisition. The project was also made more complex by the large number of different products required by the clients.

Data Acquisition and Sensors

The RIEGL VQ-1560 II and the VQ-1560i-DW – Laser Scanning Systems of the latest generation featuring full waveform digitization and online waveform processing – operate a dual laser channel design, enabling forward/nadir/backward-looking capabilities with highly homogeneous point density distribution, which has proven advantageous in urban scanning. A mandatory high-grade inertial navigation system, a flight management system and up to two digital cameras complete the systems.
For the area of Split, Eurosense used its own aircraft with the VQ-1560 II sensor with integrated mid-format 150MP RGB PhaseOne camera, for the Dubrovnik area, they cooperated with OPEGIEKA (Poland) using their VQ-1560i-DW scanner with an integrated mid-format 100MP RGB PhaseOne camera.

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About Eurosense

Eurosense is one of the leading aerial surveying, remote sensing and geo-data companies in Europe, with headquarters in Belgium. The group has offices in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania.

Eurosense offers high quality geographical information, derived from two remote sensing sources, being spaceborne and airborne. All data is processed and interpreted by Eurosense in order to meet high standards for quality, precision and reliability. Eurosense is constantly developing knowledge to respond quickly to new technologies on the market.



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

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 LiDARTM 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 outstanding history of reliability and support to their customers.

Worldwide sales, training, support and services are delivered from RIEGL’s headquarters in Austria and in the USA; main offices in, Japan, China, Australia, Canada and the UK; and a worldwide network of representatives.


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