At the 2022 Technology Impact Awards in British Colombia, the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) recently received the Excellence in Industry Innovation Award by the BC Tech Association. The award-winning project involved a Digital Twin that was produced by GEO1 using RIEGL LiDAR and in partnership with GeoSim and Talon Helicopters.

A Digital Twin is a virtual representation that serves as the real-time digital counterpart of a physical object or process. Digital Twin models are being used at an increasing rate by airports to anticipate passenger movement and deploy resources, such as staff and vehicles, accordingly. They can also be used to develop simulations for training ground personnel and first responders, as well as to model emergency events or visualize future infrastructure development.

The project flight profile required a 500’ Above Ground Level (AGL). Through careful coordination with Air Traffic Control, our operators were able to safely share the space with arriving and departing aircraft.

Once the data for YVR had been acquired by GEO1 with two RIEGL VUX-1LR Long Range Laser Scanners at an oblique angle to get improved coverage, the data could be stitched together by GeoSim to produce the final 3D model.

As the second largest airport in Canada, this Digital Twin allows YVR to be positioned at the forefront of innovation in the industry.

The digital twin of YVR is a visually immersive, accurate, and interactive 3D model of the airport. It can be integrated with real-time data to visualize operations or manipulated to simulate future change.

With an array of Phase One 150-megapixel cameras and RIEGL VUX-1LR Long Range Laser Scanners, the GEO1 team collected data at the rate of almost 1,000 megabytes per second.

GEO1’s acquisition of data at YVR was completed in partnership with Talon Helicopters.

Read more about how YVR is utilizing their Digital Twin here and click here to read more about the 2022 Excellence in Industry Innovation Award.

About RIEGL:

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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