“This new technology will open up opportunities for new mapping activities, including tackling projects not imaginable with traditional methods.”
Colorado Springs, Colo., October 19, 2004—John Copple, CEO of Sanborn, a Colorado Springs-based geographic information system (GIS) and photogrammetry industry leader, announced today that the company has purchased a state-of-the-art ground based lidar (light detection and ranging) instrument for an alternate means of terrain and digital image acquisition.
Used to capture detailed, accurate 3D geometry, laser scanning technology captures more detail and is faster than traditional surveying methods.
With its rapid acquisition method, prompt turnaround time, and higher accuracy rate, the Trimble GS 200 3D laser scanner will enhance the end products that Sanborn delivers to customers. Civil engineering, architectural, and surveying companies rely on the topographic information Sanborn provides for various projects such as highway design and bridge repair. Sanborn’s new laser scanner will allow the company to make volume calculations, measure quantities of rock and stockpiles of materials, and map quarry faces with detail that would be difficult to meet with traditional, ground-survey methods. The Trimble GS200 3D laser scanner will develop practical, geo-referenced image mapping for web application, simulation and training.
Bob Williams, senior vice president of Sanborn and general manager of the company’s St. Louis office, remarked, “This instrument enables us to meet the requirements of the most demanding engineering design projects by allowing us to pair “close range” LIDAR with traditional photogrammetry. Sanborn has always been a leader in implementing new technologies and we intend to keep our advantage with the investment of this instrument.”
“This new technology will open up opportunities for new mapping activities, including tackling projects not imaginable with traditional methods,” comments Tom Seiler of Seiler Instrument. “With this technology, Sanborn can offer better solutions by expanding their operational window, improving their accuracy, and providing quicker turnaround time for their clients.”
With a rich tradition of mapping dating back to 1866, Sanborn offers end-to-end spatial solutions to GIS and photogrammetric mapping customers. The company’s combined product and service offerings include consulting, off-the-shelf products, analog, digital and lidar data acquisition, photogrammetric mapping, and data conversion. Sanborn offers product solutions for government and commercial customers. A nationally recognized company, Sanborn has multiple offices within the United States. For more information, visit www.sanborn.com.