Leica Geosystems (through its Cyra/New Business Division) announced that the company has begun initial shipments to fulfill a strong order backlog for its 3D laser scanner, the Leica HDS3000. The new laser scanner is shipping with Cyclone 5.0, the company's software for capturing, processing and managing laser scan data. Together, the HDS3000 and Cyclone 5.0 are poised to make High-Definition Surveying attractive for a broader range of everyday as-built, detail and engineering surveys for civil, architectural and plant projects.
Demand for the new systems is coming from three distinct sources. First is the numerous organizations that are investing in 3D laser scanning systems for the first time. Many are attracted by the surveyor-friendliness of the Leica HDS3000. The new scanner not only has the look and feel of a survey instrument, but it also supports standard surveying procedures, such as instrument setup over a survey point, height-of-instrument and target height measurement, instrument orientation, standard tribrach mount, efficient battery swapping and improved portability.
A second source of product demand is Leica Geosystem's existing customers who are adding additional capacity and capabilities to their current Cyrax 2400 and/or Cyrax 2500 laser scanner assets. These new capabilities include a maximum 360Âº horizontal field-of-view (FOV), an equally impressive maximum 270Âº vertical FOV, and a high-resolution, internal color camera that enables calibrated image overlays of the scanned scene. The HDS3000 retains the high accuracy (6mm at 50m; 1.5mm for extracted targets) and the SmartScan Technology versatility of its popular predecessor, the Cyrax 2500.
The third source of demand is Leica Geosystems' existing customers who are trading up their existing Cyrax 2500 systems for the increased productivity and new capabilities of the HDS3000. The maximum scan rate for an HDS3000, for example, is specified up to 80% faster than its predecessor, the Cyrax 2500. In addition, the maximum vertical 270Âº FOV can be achieved without moving or re-orienting the tripod setup, which has significant advantages when capturing detail on objects with vertical relief such as bridges, buildings and plants.
Another requirement for supporting the HDS3000's 360Â° x 270Â° FOV capability and the company's new ultra-high-speed HDS4500 laser scanner was for the next generation software, Cyclone 5.0, to support the use of much larger scan data sets.
Source: Leica Geosystems, March 25, 2004