leica sensorLeica Geosystems announced today the release of the Leica SPL100 as part of the RealTerrain reality capture solution, enabling airborne professionals to more efficiently collect and process LiDAR data of large areas day or night in leaf-on or leaf-off conditions.  Combining the SPL100 single photon LiDAR (SPL) and imaging sensor with Leica HxMap, the scalable post-processing workflow software, RealTerrain enables, for the first time in history, the efficient collection and rapid processing of large area LiDAR data sets. SPL100 collects an unprecedented 6 million points per second with 100 output beams, and HxMap provides a complete single-interface post processing platform to create industry standard LiDAR and image data products.

The efficiency gained by SPL100 acquisition and HxMap data processing enable larger and more frequent LiDAR data acquisition for applications such as dense vegetation mapping and change detection. One such large-area study conducted in Maryland, USA, used the innovative SPL. The principal investigator of the study sees real benefit in this new technology. “Due to the large terrain mapping capabilities, this LiDAR system helps us efficiently collect data in our effort to study the biomass of the forests contributing to NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS),” said Ralph Dubayah, professor of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park. “We are now able to repeatedly map terrain providing critical insight for guiding forest management decisions, informing greenhouse gas reduction initiatives and climate treaties.”  Read More