On Oct. 30, RIEGL won the Geospatial Excellence Award in the Technology Innovation category at the MAPPS/ASPRS 2012 Specialty Conference for the RIEGL VQ-820-G.

The RIEGL VQ-820-G introduced the world's first "tightly coupled", shallow water, land and smart echo waveform LiDAR sensor. A live demonstration of the RIEGL VQ-820-G took place in South Florida from March 12-16 to showcase the capabilities of the scanner.

The MAPPS awards competition recognizes the professionalism, value, integrity and achievement that member firms have demonstrated in their projects and technology developments over the previous year.

“We are proud to receive this prestigious award and feel acknowledged to further intensify our R&D efforts for this exciting field of combined topographic and hydrographic airborne laser scanning” states Martin Pfennigbauer, RIEGL’s director of research and product manager for bathymetric sensors.

The Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards program has eight categories for projects and technologies delivered in 2012: airborne and satellite data acquisition; photogrammetry/elevation data generation; remote sensing; GIS/IT; small projects; surveying/field data collection; technology innovation and licensed data products.