New Leica ScanStation 2 Boasts Exponential Increase in Scan Speeds to 50,000 Points/second

July 27, 2007
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(Norcross, Ga.) – Leica Geosystems has announced the next generation Leica ScanStation 2 pulsed laser scanner with significantly faster scan speeds and functionality for as-built and topographic surveying. Now housed in a lighter, lower profile design, the Leica ScanStation 2 is capable of a maximum instantaneous scan speed of 50,000 points/second, more than 10-times that of its ScanStation predecessor (4,000 points/second) and the highest in the industry for pulsed scanners.

Ideal for high-density scanning of building facades, plant as-builts, structural as-builts and forensic scene capture, the Leica ScanStation 2 also incorporates a number of new features including the industry’s first coordinate lock function. This feature allows a user to point the scanner’s visible green beam to visual location specific, pre-selected coordinates such as drill or attachment points for fabrication. In addition, users can reduce the minimum point-to-point spacing in any scan. The previous allowable minimum scan spacing was 1.2 mm; now users are free to space points less than 1 mm apart. This is particularly advantageous for those that need to survey fine features such as architectural details or structural elements like bolt head geometry.

Actual field productivity achieved is dependent on many variables, such as the specific scan density and field-of-view selected for any given scan.

Charles M. Coiner, vice president of Sales, Leica Geomatics Survey: High-Definition Surveying (HDS), says, “Combined with the basic advantages of using this type of scanner for everyday topographic surveys, ScanStation 2 significantly expands the overall speed, versatility and functionality of laser scanning. It’s uniquely suited to meet the increasing demand for high density scanning technology in a wide range of industries from engineering and surveying to public safety and forensic investigation.”

While setting a new standard for scan speed in pulsed laser scanners, Leica ScanStation 2 retains the four fundamental total station features that defined ScanStation as a new category of laser scanner. This includes a full 360º x 270º field-of-view; survey-grade dual-axis tilt compensation for traversing and re-sectioning; survey-grade accuracy for each measurement and excellent measuring distance (300 m at 90% albedo).

Leica ScanStation 2 will be available for shipment in mid- to late-August. Pricing information is available via authorized Leica Geosystems representatives.

Leica Geosystems – when it has to be right

With close to 200 years of pioneering solutions to measure the world, Leica Geosystems products and services are trusted by professionals worldwide to help them capture, analyze, and present spatial information. Leica Geosystems is best known for its broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyze easily, and visualize and present spatial information.

Those who use Leica products every day trust them for their dependability, the value they deliver, and the superior customer support. Based in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, Leica Geosystems is a global company with tens of thousands of customers supported by more than 2,400 employees in 22 countries and hundreds of partners located in more than 120 countries around the world. Leica Geosystems is part of the Hexagon Group, Sweden.

Source: Leica Geosystems, July 25, 2007.

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