Aerial Services Adds RIEGL VQ-480 Airborne LiDAR Sensor Enabling High-Accuracy Point Data Collection

After decades of aerial imagery acquisition, with requisite orthoimagery processing and optional mapping and terrain services, Aerial Services, Inc. (ASI) has added the RIEGL VQ-480 airborne LiDAR sensor to their list of high-accuracy mapping tools.

The RIEGL VQ-480 LiDAR sensor provides high-speed data acquisition using a narrow infrared laser beam and a fast line scanning mechanism. High-accuracy laser ranging is based on a unique echo digitization and online waveform processing, which achieves superior measurement results even under adverse atmospheric conditions and the evaluation of multiple target echoes. The scanning mechanism is based on a fast rotating multi-facet polygonal mirror, which provides fully linear, unidirectional, and parallel scan lines. The device is compact and lightweight, which will allow Aerial Services to mount it on their fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter platforms.

"The VQ-480 is a major development for our current clients and will allow some prospective clients to consider Aerial Services for their LiDAR and terrain survey needs," explained Kirk Fisher, Vice President & CFO of Aerial Services. "While we have acquired and processed LiDAR data for nearly a decade, this sensor will allow us to more aggressively apply our reputation as a high-quality data provider to a whole new data acquisition offering."

Mounted on a helicopter or fix-wing aircraft, the VQ-480 unit will be perfectly suited for the following, in addition to dozens of other, specific applications:
• Corridor Mapping
• Power Line Inspection
• Topography & Mining
• City Modeling
• Mapping of Lakesides & River Banks
• Agriculture & Forestry
• Target Classification
• Cultural Heritage Mapping

"Our choice of the RIEGL VQ-480 was based on providing the very best, high-accurate LiDAR service possible, paralleling our stature as one of the premier high-accuracy geospatial providers in the U.S.," noted President & CEO, Mike Tully. "We are excited we’ll now be able to provide both high-quality imagery, mapping, and LiDAR data."

To learn more about Aerial Services, the RIEGL VQ-480 sensor, or the company’s suite of remote-sensing services, please visit and/or contact Director of Business Development, Chuck Boyer at 281-733-1992 or

About Riegl
RIEGL has more than 30 years experience in the research, development and production of laser rangefinders, distancemeters and scanners and deliver proven innovations in 3D. Dedicated to designing, developing, and producing the best possible laser sensors for the desired application in order to perfectly fulfil the given measurement tasks and therefore, fully satisfy the customers’ expectations worldwide. They are located in Horn, a small town in Lower Austria that is right in the heart of the European Union.

About Aerial Services
Aerial Services, Inc. (ASI) is an integrated team of professionals providing premier services and products to government, utilities, engineers, and other geospatial customers. Based in the Iowa heartland for over 40 years, Aerial Services’ Midwestern work ethic, cutting-edge technology, and experienced staff combine to harness the power of geographic information and provide solutions you need. To learn more, visit