Latest Leica HxMap Features LiDAR Point Cloud Integration
Post processing software proves useful for CityMapper oblique, nadir, LiDAR imagery
Leica Geosystems has added LiDAR data processing capability to the Leica RealCity solution package. Leica Geosystems partnered with Fugro, an international asset integrity and geo-intelligence solutions provider. The collaboration involves the acquisition and processing of data over multiple cities and coastal regions across the US.
“We have a long history working with Leica Geosystems sensors because they are so reliable. CityMapper has proven no different,” says Mike Wernau, Fugro program manager. “The platform's superior design, coupled with Leica Geosystems’ newest version of HxMap, amplifies our ability to create highly accurate, feature-rich geospatial content.”
Using CityMapper, Fugro conducted aerial surveys over some of North America’s most densely populated urban centers in support of their geospatial mapping services. The CityMapper is a hybrid airborne sensor combining oblique and nadir imaging, as well as a LiDAR system into one instrument. It is designed to create time and cost savings by flying once to collect both imagery and LiDAR data. All collected LiDAR and imaging data can be processed in the unified workflow solution, Leica HxMap.
The results of the airborne surveys were post-processed using the latest version of Leica HxMap, the unified multi-sensor workflow. Within a single interface common to processing other Leica Geosystems airborne sensors, all typical data products, from orthophotos and oblique images to point clouds, 3D meshes and models, can be quickly and efficiently produced.
“The added enhancements enable users to work more efficiently while saving on training and IT costs,” says Belai Beshah, VP software, Leica Geosystems, Geospatial Solutions Division.
The latest update of the common-sensor, post-processing software sees the addition of LiDAR point cloud generation, calibration, strip matching and viewing to the current image processing capability. Leica HxMap version 2.2 also incorporates enhanced noise filtering for both CityMapper and Leica SPL100 single-photon LiDAR sensors.
“HxMap v2.2 is extremely powerful, as it establishes a single environment to process our CityMapper oblique and nadir imagery, point cloud and terrain data all at once,” Wernau says. “The products derived from the Leica RealCity workflow serve as the foundation for our land and property solutions, delivering real value to our customers in state and local government, insurance, and land-use management.”
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