Optech, a Teledyne majority-owned company, has been a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of advanced lidar instruments for 40 years. Optech is widely recognized for its technological depth in lidar and related technologies, with decades of experience in lidar and photogrammetry, as well as auxiliary technologies such as GPS, inertial measurement systems, and waveform digitization. Our rugged, reliable, and innovative lidar and camera products are deployed on all seven continents—and even on other planets, where an Optech lidar provided proof of precipitation on Mars.
Over the last 30+ years, Optech has proven that airborne surveying offers many advantages for acquiring spatially-located data across large areas. From an aircraft’s vantage point, sensors capture wide areas of terrain such as cities, forests and farmlands, or long corridors such as power lines, railways and rivers. Airborne sensors also have the speed and flexibility to survey many square kilometers in a single flight, even over rough or inaccessible terrain.
Laser based Level and Process measurement has become indispensable to industry by allowing continuous measurements in hazardous locations and environments that often impede the performance of more conventional non-contact technologies. The compact units can be easily mounted where needed, will automatically detect levels and regularly transmit with a user adjustable update rate of up to 5 per second. Optech systems in particular are designed for the harshest environments, are explosion proof, and have been rated for operation in hazardous locations.
Mobile surveying, loosely defined, is the collection of spatially-located data from a moving platform. Depending on the application, mobile mapping systems can include any number of sensors. In the survey industry mobile mapping systems typically consist of cameras, GPS, inertial navigation and, most recently, high-resolution lidar.
Over the past decade, Optech has helped terrestrial lidar become a mature, reliable technology. Modern systems take up less weight, power, and size while still collecting XYZ geospatial data with excellent precision, range and collection rates to produce highly accurate 3D point clouds.