3D Laser Mapping Launches StreetMapper in the USA

UK-based 3D Laser Mapping has created with GeoDigital International and Terrametrix, LLC a Joint Venture Company to launch StreetMapper, the world’s most accurate mobile mapping system, in the United States. The joint Venture company will provide end-to-end service including local production of StreetMapper systems, research and development, frontline technical support, training and the provision of bespoke survey services.

StreetMapper has been specifically designed for the rapid 3D mapping of highways, runways, railways, infrastructure and buildings using vehicle-mounted lasers. Travelling at normal road speeds, StreetMapper 360 offers a 360-degree field of view with high precision mapping to a range of 300 metres. Capturing every detail along the highway corridor including barriers, gulleys and overhead wires, surveyors can create highly accurate 3D computer models for planning, maintenance, wide load route assessment and post-incident investigations.

“This is an important step in the development and launch of StreetMapper in the USA,” commented Dr Graham Hunter, Managing Director of 3D Laser Mapping. “By working with established and recognised industry leaders we can strengthen StreetMapper’s growing international reputation with this powerful, innovative and technologically advanced alliance.”

GeoDigital International is a world leader in field data acquisition, asset mapping and inspection services for the electric utility, pipeline, telecommunications, highway, railway and fire mapping industries. The company’s highly trained experienced professionals have mapped more than 250,000 line miles (400,000 line kms) and over 1,250,000 structures worldwide using time-tested expertise and technology, proven to reduce costs while providing critical data for inventory maintenance, security and regulatory compliance issues. “We are very excited about the addition of StreetMapper to our surveying toolkit,” said Alastair N. Jenkins, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of GeoDigital International. “This partnership will enable us to contribute to the further development of this world class surveying solution through the inclusion of advanced image and stabilisation technology and will allow us to provide additional services to our growing international client base.”

Terrametrix is the first company in North America to acquire a StreetMapper system.  In June 2008, Terrametrix completed a 3,690 mile, six city tour capturing highly accurate 3D models of urban highways, interstates and trolley routes while this past winter Terrametrix hit the Midwest states of Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and Minnesota. Surveys included a nine acre power plant and a transportation site where StreetMapper was able to identify seasonal changes in paving surfaces. “We have already proven the StreetMapper system to be the most accurate mobile LiDAR system that we have used to date, collecting highly accurate measurements on real world projects. Terrametrix is therefore delighted to be part of this joint venture,” commented Michael R. Frecks, Terrametrix, LLC President.

About StreetMapper
StreetMapper is the result of a joint venture between 3D Laser Mapping, German guidance and navigation specialist IGI mbH and technology company Riegl. The system employs the latest laser scanning technology for improved field performance and accuracy, precision navigation including a solution for reduced GPS coverage in urban areas, combined with a flexible, modular configuration and increased ease of use and deployment.

About 3D Laser Mapping
3D Laser Mapping is a global developer of laser scanning solutions for sectors such as mapping, mining and manufacturing. 3D Laser Mapping specialises in integrating laser scanning hardware with their own software and peripherals to create solutions at the cutting edge of technology. Through a worldwide network of distributors 3D Laser Mapping is able to provide frontline support and service for a growing international client base.

About GeoDigital International
GeoDigital International is a world leader in field data acquisition, asset mapping, and expert visual and infrared inspection services for the electric utility, pipeline, telecommunications, highway, railway, and engineering industries. Our integrated approach to incorporating advanced LiDAR systems, state-of-the-art digital imagers, and global positioning systems (GPS) with geographical information systems (GIS), have provided the quality services our clients expect and the results they need by delivering geographically referenced information and detailed data in customized formats quickly and reliably. GeoDigital International provides services throughout North America from its Lompoc, CA. operations and data center. Additional data processing centers and sales offices are located in British Columbia and Ontario, Canada. 

About Terrametrix
Terrametrix, LLC is driven by the extensive experience Michael R. Frecks has in high tech 3D laser scanning as both an innovator in the industry as well as a consultant and advisor for its software development since 2000.  Data collection experience and expertise is extensive in both the transportation and architectural disciplines.  As a professional Land Surveyor since 1992, Michael’s approach to data documentation combining GPS, 3D laser scanners and INS, makes his approach more accurate, safer, faster, and cost efficient. His vast knowledge of scanner specifications; identifying software and hardware capabilities, how they interact with each other; beta testing of equipment and software; and his demand of high accuracy standards has advanced the evolution of acquiring as-built data documentation through 3D laser scanners. StreetMapper has a proven place in the Terrametrix toolbox.