The Big Sur(vey): Invading Nature & History with Technology

The American Surveyor recently published an article highlighting a RIEGL miniVUX sensor being utilized by Environmental Engineers to analyze a river that was encroaching upon a local campsite in Big Sur, California. The river in question has moved almost 250ft from its original location due to a series of heavier winters in the area and the erosion is causing problems for the local campsite. The plan was to evaluate where the river had been and where it is tracking to go in order to prevent further impact to this cherished local getaway location.

Learn how the RIEGL miniVUX fitted to a drone was able to create a precise digital terrain model and easily identify the old river channels and the small drainage swales within the area.

Read the full article: The Big Sur(vey) – The American Surveyor (

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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