Aerial Laser Scanning Platform Already Pressed Into
Aero-News has learned Wolfgang Grumeth, Managing Director of
Diamond Airborne Sensing GmbH, personally delivered the first DA42
Multi-Purpose Platform (MPP) in serial production to Dr. Johannes
Riegl, CEO of RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems GmbH on November 13.
RIEGL plans to use the aircraft as a customer demonstrator for
aerial surveying via laser scanning, and as a prototype for testing
and continued development of laser technology.
RIEGL, located in Horn, Austria and Diamond Aircraft Industries
located in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, combined their know-how in
aerial laser scanning and aviation to develop the only complete
airborne laser scanning system (aircraft with integrated scanner)
on the market.
Diamond Aircraft and RIEGL were recently awarded the "Karl
Ritter von Ghega" Prize for innovation in Lower Austria for their
efforts in developing this complete system solution for aerial
The aircraft, outfitted with an integrated laser scanner, has
already surveyed areas in Lower Austria, the entire city of Vienna,
and continual laser scanning missions outside of Austria with plans
for further projects already on the table. One of the main
businesses of Diamond Airborne Sensing remains the marketing of
complete systems for aerial surveying.
The level of interest in this sector is very high and the
company continues to receive orders, according to Diamond.
Laser scanning technology is a new and highly accurate method of
surveying and it is applied in fields such as catastrophe
prevention and flood, avalanche, landslide and rockslide area
mapping. This revolutionary technology is also applied in the
planning and building of highways, railways, pipelines, and power
Both companies expect worldwide sales of surveying aircraft to
reach up to 100 aircraft per year. The interested parties are
surveying companies, who are switching from traditional terrestrial
surveying to aerial surveying or surveying companies, who organize
with great difficulty their own aircraft with integrated surveying
equipment. The companies RIEGL and Diamond are in high-demand for
the distribution of turn-key, complete surveying aircraft.
The use of Diamond aircraft as a surveillance aircraft for
reconnaissance missions is also in high-demand, as every DA42 MPP
can be easily transformed from a surveying aircraft into a
reconnaissance aircraft by exchanging the surveying equipment with
a camera system and vice versa.