Aurora, Colorado, May 24, 2006 - Merrick & Company, a world leader in LIDAR, digital ortho imaging, photogrammetry and GIS mapping is pleased to announce the purchase of Leica Geosystems' newest LIDAR sensor, the ALS50 Phase II Airborne Laser Scanner.

Aurora, Colorado, May 24, 2006- Merrick & Company, a world leader in LIDAR, digital ortho imaging, photogrammetry and GIS mapping is pleased to announce the purchase of Leica Geosystems' newest LIDAR sensor, the ALS50 Phase II Airborne Laser Scanner. Featuring significantly reduced size and weight, the new ALS50 Phase II also offers a 150 kHz pulse rate, gain control improvements and a new GPS/IMU solution.

Mark Romano, Director of LIDAR Operations, GeoSpatial Solutions, states, "The recent acquisition of the Leica ALS50 Phase II sensor allows Merrick to expand its LIDAR operations domestically and abroad. We are the only North American data collection provider to currently operate three (3) Leica sensors and this capability, coupled with the Merrick Advanced Remote Sensing (MARS®) software, provides a comprehensive LIDAR offering that is unrivaled in the marketplace."

Leica Geosystem's ALS50 Phase II Airborne Laser Scanner is a laser-based system for the acquisition of topographical and return signal intensity data. The most versatile and powerful LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) sensor in the industry, the ALS50 Phase II offers scanning speeds 20-40 percent faster than competing systems and boasts a pulse rate of 150 kHz.

Learn more about Merrick's LIDAR collection capabilities at http://www.merrick.com/servicelines/gis

About Leica Geosystems

Leica Geosystems provides solutions to help professionals collect analyze and present spatial information. Based in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, Leica Geosystems is a global company with tens of thousands of customers supported by more than 2,400 employees in 23 countries and hundreds of partners located in more than 120 countries around the world. Leica Geosystems is a publicly listed company, registered with the Swiss Stock Exchange (SWX).

About Merrick & Company

Founded in Denver in 1955, Merrick & Company is a world-leading multidisciplinary engineering, architectural, geospatial solutions, and construction management firm. The employee-owned company provides these services to municipal, state, federal, and private-sector clients. With approximately 400 employees, Merrick has offices in Aurora and Colorado Springs, CO; Los Alamos and Albuquerque, NM; and Atlanta, GA.

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