Complete range of geomatic solutions on display.

Leica Geosystems, the world's first supplier of a complete range of geomatic products based on aerial and terrestrial sensors, will be present at the largest professional congress for surveying, remote sensing, and mapping. Several thousand professionals from around the world will discuss the recording, documentation and management of our environment using the most modern space-oriented methods. These multi-faceted and constantly-expanding tasks are described today under the term geomatics.

The FIG Congress, being held this week in Washington, D.C., is affiliated with a professional exhibition where Leica Geosystems will be demonstrating new solutions for the collection and processing of geomatic information. According to its organisers, this professional congress is not only the largest presentation by the industry ever held on American soil, it is also the first meeting of the professional world since the formation of Leica Geosystems, the international producer with the largest technology basket of geomatic solutions. And the Swiss have been busy in this short time. Leica Geosystems CEO Hans Hess says: "Thanks to our acquisitions of the last year, we can present at this congress a company and new products that are groundbreaking in this area. As the only complete producer worldwide, we can present to the professional public products ranging from the most modern digital aerial laser sensor to 3D modelling of industrial facilities; and thus, we can ensure a closed, automated process chain."

Innovations in Aerial Data Collection and Remote Sensing

Leica Geosystems will present, in professional lectures and in its exhibition booth, a whole series of innovations. For aerial data collection, there is the Leica ADS40, the world's first digital aerial sensor. In Washington, Leica Geosystems will also present new possibilities in remote sensing: new solutions for processing this picture data and transforming satellite picture signals into 2D or 3D models. Leica Geosystems' Erdas Imagine software the leader on the global market for remote sensing combined with a Geospatial Light Table (GLT) will enable much better environmental analyses. This Leica process chain ranges further still, encompassing the photogrammetric software packages SocetSet, Orima and PRO600, which deliver the desired analyses directly from the digital aerial picture data collected by the Leica ALS40 or ADS40 scanners.

Centimeter-Precise Dynamic GPS Location Determination for Cadastral Projects

Another innovation on display at the FIG congress will be the Leica GS50 data collection system, which, thanks to two-channel GPS signals, can deliver centimeter-precise position data for Geographic Information Systems (GIS). For the fast-growing GIS market, Leica Geosystems will present other innovative solutions that were only made possible under the aegis of the Swiss company through the integration of various technologies and strategic alliances. A typical example is the ArcCadastre software, which was developed by the Swedish surveying and mapping authority Lantmriet together with the Heerbrugg company and with the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). A Leica Geosystems software package that runs on the global market-leading ESRI technology platform, will be shown for the first time at this congress, and counts among the groundbreaking innovations in GIS, as it will significantly ease data collection and the exchange of data between field and office.

First Software Solution for the Measuring and Construction Worlds

Until now, factory and facility planners and designers did not belong to Leica Geosystems' classic customer base, yet Leica Geosystems' CloudWorx software introduces a geomatic method that solves an old problem: how to measure facilities with complex pipelines and structures in just a few minutes and continue working on these directly in CAD systems. This new software, which belongs to the company's New Businesses Division uses the Cyrax 2500 3D laser scanner to transform collected point clouds from objects directly into AutoCAD and MicroStation construction data. Thus, for the first time, the previously cumbersome gap between the measuring and construction software worlds will be closed.

Digital Leveling Line with Leica DNA03 and DNA10

Anyone wishing to determine differences in elevation precisely to within one hundredth of a millimeter and in half the time will want to see the Leica digital levels DNA03 and DNA10 at the FIG congress exhibition. One of the largest customers for this type of device is not far from Washington: the New Jersey Department of Transport (NJDOT). NJDOT uses device number 10,000 of the previous model as well as 17 more of these instruments to, among other things, permanently examine New York's bridges. The technique of digital leveling was invented in Heerbrugg and has revolutionized elevation measurement in the last decade. In the ergonomically and attractively-designed digital levels Leica DNA03 and DNA10, the processes of automated levelling staff recognition, reading, and measurement has been greatly improved with the latest technologies.

Leica Geosystems' primary target audience, which consists of geodesists and surveyors, will find numerous new solutions: further-improved GPS systems and SKI software, various models for reflectorless automated TPS measurement, and even an automated GeoMoS monitoring system for bridges, slope slips, mining facilities and barrages.

Due to specialization of the FIG congress and Leica Geosystems' desire to focus on its customers, no building measurement devices will be shown at this exhibition. In this area alone, Leica Geosystems, with its range of laser alignment building products could show six further innovations. The same applies for industrial measuring systems, where Leica Geosystems offers the most precise theodolites on the global market for high-precision tasks and the most modern laser/radar tracker technology for monitoring large components. These are currently in use as examples for the construction of the Crew Rescue Vehicles of the ISS space station, where congress participants are able to see the latest IMAX movie at Washington's Space Museum.