LiDAR Sensors

Capture high quality, accurate elevation data

Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensors use light energy, emitted from a laser, to scan the ground and measure variable distances. The end result is a rich set of elevation data that can be used to produce high-resolution maps and 3D models of natural and man-made objects.

LiDAR technology dates back to the 1960s, where it was first used by engineers and surveyors to produce high-fidelity topographical maps that included roads, streams and other important landscape features.

Compared to other aerial survey methods, drone-based LiDAR collection yields the highest fidelity data. The point cloud generated from drone-based LiDAR can yield 100–500 points per square meter at a vertical elevation accuracy of 2–3 centimeters.

Available LiDAR Sensors

Geodetics Geo-iNAV®Velodyne's PUCK™ (VLP-16)

Real-time, 360°, 3D distance and calibrated reflectivity measurements.

Geodetics Geo-iNAV® Velodyne PUCK VLP-16
  • Detection Range: 100 m
  • Channels: 16
  • Accuracy: ±3 cm
  • Single Return: ~300,000 points/s
  • Dual Return: ~600,000 points/s
  • Ethernet: 100 Mbps
  • Power Consumption: ~8 W
  • Weight: 830 g / 1.82 lbs
  • UDP Packets: Time of flight distance, calibrated reflectivity, rotation angles, synchronized time stamps

RIEGL miniVUX-1UAV

Extremely lightweight airborne laser scanner with 360° field of view

RIEGL miniVUX-1UAV
  • Detection Range: 150-250 m
  • Accuracy: 15 mm / 10 mm
  • Measurement Rate: ~100,000 points/s
  • Field of View: 360°
  • Weight: 1.55 kg / 3.4 lbs (standalone LiDAR sensor)

LiDAR Sensor Comparison

Velodyne's PUCK™ (VLP-16) RIEGL miniVUX-1UAV
Detection Range 100 m 150-250 m
Accuracy ± 3 cm 15 mm / 10 mm
Measurement Rate (points/second) 300k - 600k 100k

Sample Outputs

LiDAR Sensors Provide Your Industry with Actionable Intelligence

industry-energy
Smarter Energy

Survey and monitor ground elevation changes and the impact on field assets such as substations, towers and wind turbines.

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industry-government
Smarter Insurance

Create detailed models of buildings and property slopes to accurately assess risk factors during underwriting.

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industry-government
Smarter Government

Build bare earth topographic models of flood prone areas to increase the accuracy of risk assessments and improve emergency planning.

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industry-construction
Smarter Construction

Accurately record as-built information and streamline site planning by capturing the exact detail of the ground, soil excavation, buildings and existing structures.

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industry-agriculture
Smarter Agriculture

Generate elevation maps to identify areas requiring improved drainage. Create 3D models of crops to monitor drought stress at different growth stages and optimize water use.

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