Riegl was presented with the Sebastian Sizgoric Technical Achievement Award at this year’s JALBTCX conference in Savannah, Ga. The award recognizes those who have made a major contribution in the field of LiDAR bathymetry and airborne coastal mapping and charting within the past two years. The 18th Annual JALBTCX Airborne Coastal Mapping and Charting Workshop was held June 6- 8 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.

JALBTCX is the Joint Airborne LiDAR Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise. Its mission is to perform operations, research and development in airborne LiDAR bathymetry and complementary technologies to support the coastal mapping and charting requirements of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the U.S. Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Since entering the field of shallow water bathymetry over five years ago, Riegl has been continually innovating.

With the first entrance of Riegl into the field of airborne laser bathymetry through a research project together with the University of Innsbruck, Austria, special focus was put onto compactness and lightweightness of the instrument hardware and the compatibility to Riegl’s established hardware and software solutions.

The first commercial instrument Riegl released specifically for topo-bathymetric purposes was the VQ-820-G. This system had a high-pulse repetition rate, a short laser pulse and a comparatively small beam divergence, which leads to high spatial resolution. The VQ-820-G operates at green wavelength only. The VQ-820-G was the first representative of a new class of ALB instruments, the topo-bathy laser scanners, which made mapping of shallow water areas possible via an extremely compact sensor at an affordable price point.

The dramatically improved, fully integrated VQ-880-G was launched in 2014. This system, compared to the VQ-820-G, had improved performance in every aspect, especially in depth penetration. An additional infrared channel, in combination with the green channel, gives the system an advantage of being able to pick up a signal from the water surface, even under unfavorable conditions.

The latest instrument introduced is the BDF-1, a laser rangefinder employing a green laser small enough to be operated from a small-scale UAV. This combination is capable of generating profiles of waterbodies. This surveying system, including IMU, GNSS and camera, has been successfully operated from Riegl’s self-developed and manufactures octocopter, the RiCOPTER.

Riegl says it is honored to be the recipient of this prestigious award.

About Riegl

Riegl delivers cutting-edge technology in airborne, mobile, terrestrial and the newest unmanned laser scanning solutions. Riegl specializes in the mobile mapping, civil infrastructure, airborne scanning, unmanned, hydrographic, bathymetric, mining and terrestrial based industries. Instruments are ruggedly designed for reliability under demanding environmental conditions. Riegl USA, located in Orlando, Fla., serves as the North American center of sales, training and support for all Riegl products.