Maptek launches smaller, lighter laser scanners

Maptek has unveiled the third generation I-Site XR3 and LR3 laser scanners – a smaller, lighter model offering an improvement in range capability while retaining reliability and usability.

When Maptek first released I-Site Studio software 18 years ago it focused on developing powerful, practical tools for modelling survey data. Five years on, in 2004, the company started building laser scanning hardware, and over the next decade continued to refine its systems.

Compared to the I-Site 8800 series, the latest I-Site XR3 and LR3 laser scanners are 30 per cent smaller and 25 per cent lighter, with 2.5 times faster data acquisition, and offer 25 per cent improvement in range capability, according to Maptek.

A new high-dynamic-range panoramic camera produces high resolution digital images for geotechnical analysis and geological mapping, the company added.

The I-Site XR3 has a scanning range of up to 2400m, giving wider coverage with fewer scans and allowing survey of otherwise unattainable areas. The I-Site LR3 scanning range of 1200m makes it a suitable system for small to medium pits and quarries, as well as indoor stockpile volumetrics, Maptek outlined.

Maptek global business development manager laser imaging solutions Jason Richards said the new products fulfilled the company’s mandate to package survey capability, digital imaging and laser scanning in an easy-to-use system designed for harsh environments.

“I-Site laser scanners remain the only truly mining-tough systems rated IP65 for environmental protection,” Richards said.

“Surveyors are asking for ever more compact systems. Site conditions demand reliability and ease of field use alongside increasing flexibility for teams to share operational data.

“Our first laser scanner, the I-Site 4400 has stood the test of time. We have in fact just announced ‘end of life’ to the disappointment of at least one customer still using that model productively for mine survey.”

The I-Site XR3 and I-Site LR3 are compatible with laser scanning applications such as Maptek Sentry for surface monitoring and PerfectDig for design conformance. Modular design allows configuration of the system to match site requirements.

Maptek has also built and launched Sentry as a fully transportable monitoring system. Deployed in a custom trailer, the system offers a power and communications module, cellular and Wi-Fi networking, a dedicated, stable bollard for an I-Site laser scanner and proven Sentry software.

I-Site XR3 and LR3 laser scanners are available for order. A unit optimised for underground use, the I-Site SR3, will follow onto market mid 2017.

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