RIEGL VZ-i Line Scanners for Permanent Monitoring Applications and Integration Capabilities into Customers Risk Management


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In the context of climate change and the expansion of areas of urban settlement, e.g., in Alpine regions, the demand for high-quality datasets as well as the integration into risk management as an early warning system are constantly increasing. RIEGL’s latest developments in LiDAR technology allow permanent laser scanning (PLS) installations in endangered areas and their integration into real-time early warning systems. Integrated to the DMT SAFEGUARD monitoring solution, tailored solutions for customer risk management can be offered now.

 This white paper presents the technology of RIEGL, its technical possibilities as well as its application in the context of permanent monitoring. In particular, the ability for user specific system integration by means of open system architecture based on software is shown. DMT GmbH & Co. KG has integrated the scanner into its DMT SAFEGUARD monitoring system based on these capabilities and can offer tailored solutions to customers in the mining and infrastructure sectors. The integration of the laser scanner is shown on an example project in the Vals Valley, Tyrol (Austria).


 System installation of the RIEGL VZ-2000i laser scanner at the case study area in Vals, Tyrol (Austria)

The open architecture of the RIEGL VZ-400i and the RIEGL VZ-2000i 3D Terrestrial Laser Scanner allows customizing the scanner for complex data acquisition and processing tasks by means of Python scripts and Python-based Apps. RIEGL’s Online-Waveform-Processing technology ensures high quality data. 24/7 fully remote operation is proven. Laser scan data is processed by integrated apps in real time on the scanner, final results are visualized via a web-viewer tool.

 With DMT SAFEGUARD a precise integration of RIEGL’s VZ-i Series scanners into a web-based platform is available. The individual customization options allow additional sensors to be integrated directly on site or external data sources to be integrated as well. GIS functionalities allow the integration of maps in order to display the most important data. Real-time documentation options, document management, an automated real-time assistance system and sophisticated reporting complete the service.

 The new system provides real-time, exhaustive geospatial information and all decision-relevant parameters such as deformation values on demand from anywhere on the globe. In case of status changes users are notified promptly by a push warning service.

 Based on the example of DMT SAFEGUARD, it is shown that the scanners can be integrated in various applications, demonstrating their high degree of flexibility.

 Click here for downloading the white paper.

  About DMT-GmbH & Co. KG

 DMT is a global engineering services and consultancy group with 280 years of experience. With 14 engineering and consulting companies at 30 locations around the world, they focus on the markets of plant and process engineering, infrastructure and civil engineering, and natural resources. The mission of DMT is to achieve excellence, performance and innovation in everything they do. Knowledge, digitalization, and globalization are the key to this.


 RIEGL is an international leading provider of cutting-edge technology in airborne, mobile, terrestrial, industrial and UAV-based laser scanning solutions for applications in surveying.  RIEGL has been producing LiDAR systems commercially for over 40 years and focuses on pulsed time-of-flight laser radar technology in multiple wavelengths.  RIEGL’s core Smart-Waveform technologies provide pure digital LiDAR signal processing, unique methodologies for resolving range ambiguities, multiple targets per laser shots, optimum distribution of measurements, calibrated amplitudes and reflectance estimates, as well as the seamless integration and calibration of systems.  RIEGL’s Ultimate LiDARTM 3D scanners offer a wide array of performance characteristics and serve as a platform for continuing Innovation in 3D for the LiDAR industry. From the first inquiry, to purchase and integration of the system, as well as training and support, RIEGL maintains an outstanding history of reliability and support to their customers.  Worldwide sales, training, support and services are delivered from RIEGL’s headquarters in Austria and in the USA; main offices in Japan, China, Australia, Canada and the UK; and a worldwide network of representatives.  http://www.riegl.com

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