ZEB1 Mobile Mapper Launched in Brazil

Nottingham, UK, 18 October 2013 – CPE Technology, a Brazilian geotechnology company, has purchased the regions first ZEB1 mobile mapping system. The world’s first truly mobile, hand held rapid laser mapping system the ZEB1 system will be presented to potential users active in the fields of underground mining, construction and government agencies with responsibility for national heritage.
“Brazil is the world’s fifth largest country with a rich geology and wide variety of mineral deposits. Occupying forty seven per cent of South America it is a diverse country of continental dimensions,” commented Rogerio Neves, CEO at CPE Technology. “Conventional terrestrial laser scanners can present high system costs and complicated working practices for some applications. We therefore predict a huge potential for a system like ZEB1 which has lower costs and is easy to use.”
“The newly launched data logger developed by 3D Laser Mapping makes the ZEB1 even more appealing for use in inaccessible environments such as thousands of caves and cavities that have yet to be mapped in Brazil,” continued Neves, “making it perfectly feasible for a single operator to carry out a full days surveying underground.”
Developed by CSIRO and commercialised by UK based 3D Laser Mapping, ZEB1 uses robotic technology called Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM). The ZEB1 system includes a lightweight laser scanner mounted on a simple spring mechanism, which continuously scans as the operator walks through the environment. As the scanner loosely oscillates about a spring it produces a rotation that converts 2D laser measurements into 3D fields of view. Its ability to self-localise makes ZEB1 ideally suited for use indoors, underground and in other covered environments where traditional solutions that utilise GPS don’t function well.
About the companies mentioned in this press release
CPE Technology was founded in 1974 and has grown into one of Brazil’s largest providers of geotechnology. Representing some of the world’s best known brands CPE Technology are present in all parts of Brazil with more than 15 regional offices. CPE Technology prides themselves on exceptional levels of customer support delivered by highly trained and experienced personnel. For further information visit www.cpeltda.com.br
ZEB1 was developed by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, and is licenced to GeoSLAM (a UK based start-up company). The competitively priced ZEB1, now exclusively available from 3D Laser Mapping, allows for fast data capture without any complex set up. ZEB1 is easy to use, truly portable and does not require expensive software or high end computers to process the captured data. 
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. For further information see www.3dlasermapping.com
CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is Australia’s national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world. CSIRO works with leading scientific organisations around the world, and is recognised internationally for the quality of its research. CSIRO’s research is performed by the 11 Divisions, which are the business units of CSIRO. CSIRO is one of the largest and most diverse scientific institutions in the world with more than 6500 staff located across 56 sites throughout Australia and overseas. For further information see www.csiro.au
CSIRO Digital Productivity and Services Flagship a $40 million research initiative targeting productivity growth in Australia through frontier services innovation and by unlocking the value of a national broadband infrastructure. Through its research the flagship will help add value to the Australian economy by developing and delivering more efficient and innovative services that improve people’s wellbeing and prosperity.