Leica Geosystems’s Spatial Solutions Division, which includes HDS™ terrestrial laser scanning products, has selected Maptek, a leading mining technology developer, to supply a long range laser scanner and associated mine scanning software to be sold under the Leica Geosystems brand.
Leica Geosystems has entered into a global OEM Supply Agreement with Maptek that will facilitate the supply of Maptek’s I-Site products to Leica Geosystems. Maptek develops and markets I-Site 3D laser scanning hardware and software, as well as Vulcan 3D mine planning software, and the MineSuite interactive, mine production monitoring system.
The partnership follows many months of competitive evaluation and negotiation. Technical demonstrations by Maptek in Leica Geosystems’ Heerbrugg, Switzerland headquarters were followed by a comprehensive qualification of Maptek’s manufacturing facility in Adelaide, South Australia.
Juergen Dold, President of Leica Geosystems Geospatial Solutions Division, states “Our industry-leading HDS™ laser scanners and software already effectively address short- and mid-range, high-accuracy as-built and topographic survey applications. This agreement with Maptek adds complementary, long-range scanning hardware and mining-specific software solutions for easier, faster and more accurate mine quantity surveys and mine mapping.
“The Maptek partnership promises to be especially beneficial in certain geographic regions. The first long range scanners were delivered to Leica in January 2009 for marketing into the Russian, Eastern Bloc and Asian markets.
The OEM Supply Agreement is based on current products and may also be extended to next generation products.
“Maptek’s high-performance I-Site 4400 Laser Scanning Systems, Studio Software package, and internal support organisation, combined with Leica Geosystems’ global distribution network and leadership position in the overall laser scanning industry, forms a winning partnership,” announced Maptek CEO, Barry Henderson.
“The agreement represents a major step forward for Maptek commercially. Maptek can focus on vital I-Site R&D projects and delivering quality products as the I-Site team continues to evolve and enhance the products,” Henderson added.
“The alliance serves to underpin the significant investment in Maptek’s manufacturing infrastructure and capabilities,” he concluded.
Maptek is a global company that has been developing high technology solutions for the mining industry for 28 years. Maptek products are in use at more than 800 sites in over 50 countries, supported by professional and technical services in a worldwide network of 12 offices. Vulcan, one of the world’s dominant 3D mine planning and modelling packages, has more than 3,500 licences in use. I-Site is an easy-to-use software and hardware system for mine survey, face mapping and stockpile calculations, while MineSuite targets production monitoring and fleet management applications.
About Leica Geosystems
Leica Geosystems – when it has to be right. With close to 200 years of pioneering solutions to measure the world, Leica Geosystems products and services are trusted by professionals worldwide to help them capture, analyze, and present spatial information. Leica Geosystems is best known for its broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyze easily, and visualize and present spatial information. Those who use Leica Geosystems products every day trust them for their dependability, the value they deliver, and the superior customer support. Based in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, Leica Geosystems is a global company with tens of thousands of customers supported by more than 3’500 employees in 28 countries and hundreds of partners located in more than 120 countries around the world. Leica Geosystems is part of the Hexagon Group, Sweden.
Photo Caption: L-R – Gerhard Schwaerzler (Director, Quality Management Leica Geosystems), Simon Ratcliffe (I-Site Product Development Manager, Maptek), James Howarth (I-Site Hardware Research & Development Manager, Maptek), Peter Johnson (General Manager, Australia, Maptek), Lars Krueger (Team Leader Procurement, Leica Geosystems); Hans Tuexsen (Product Manager, Hardware, Leica Geosystems), and Athy Kalatzis (Manufacturing Manager, Maptek) met in Adelaide, South Australia in November 2008 to sign the agreement.