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First commercially available terrestrial laser scanner

Post by WWilford » Sat May 04, 2019 11:58 am

I am curious to know what the first commercially available terrestrial laser scanner was and when it was released for sale.

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Re: First commercially available terrestrial laser scanner

Post by grahamhunter » Sun May 05, 2019 12:59 pm

Around 1997 (that's when I first used a Riegl LMS-Z210)

https://www.fig.net/news/news_2011/geos ... taiger.pdf

The company who was first on the market cannot be determined exactly. RIEGL (Austria) and CYRAX (USA) were certainly two pioneers in the field of terrestrial Laser Scanning.

1st generation (from 1997): The instruments are bulky, look like prototypes and the data storage and the power supply were external. The measurement frequency is between 1 and 5 kHz within a range of 50 to 200m. All systems are pulse based.Typical representatives are: CYRAX 2200, RIEGL LMS Z210.
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Re: First commercially available terrestrial laser scanner

Post by Jason Warren » Sun May 05, 2019 2:08 pm

Looking at cyra.com website the Cyrax 2400 was launched commercially in 1998...

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I seem to remember another system around at about that time which looked pretty neat by CALLIDUS Precision Systems GmbH, because it was claimed to be the first fully panoramic 3D Laser Scanning system commercially available June 1999.
Acquired by Trimble Jan 9th 2009
The Callidus Precision Systems GmbH is a small-to medium-sized company based in the German Federal State of Saxony-Anhalt. It was founded on the 6 June, 1990.

As well as providing a comprehensive range of services for installation and maintenance of hardware and software, the company concentrated in its first years mainly on the production of technical software. Considerable experience was obtained programming conveyor belt and ordering systems in the area of automation technology.
In addition, between 1990 and 1996, the company was actively involved in building up the largest chemical data banks in the world "Beilstein-Online" and "Gmelin-Online" for the Gmelin and Beilstein Institute of the Max-Planck-Company in Frankfurt/M.
Since 1996 the company has been working on the development of the laser 3D scanning system known as "Callidus®".

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Callidus Precision Systems GmbH
Weinbergweg 23
D-06120 Halle/Saale
Phone: +49 - (0)3 45 - 5 58 36 33
Telefax: +49 - (0)3 45 - 5 58 36 21
E-Mail: cps@callidus.de
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Would be great to know if any of these are still about for the LSF collection :ugeek:
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Re: First commercially available terrestrial laser scanner

Post by WWilford » Fri May 17, 2019 12:20 pm

Interesting. I feel like a late arrival here purchasing my first TLS in 2010.

It would seem like Rudolph Staiger has written the most about the history of TLS. In the article linked the stages of development progressed quickly with 1997 the 1st, 2002 the 2nd, 2007 the 3rd, and 2009 the 4th. I am wondering if we are still in the 4th generation of TLS? If so what will be the 5th? Progression seems to have slowed down somewhat.

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Post by tomkoz » Fri May 17, 2019 1:09 pm

We have one Callidus in our collection :D

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Re: First commercially available terrestrial laser scanner

Post by gregory_lepere » Fri May 17, 2019 11:49 pm

MENSI had their first commercially available scanner in 1992. It was the MENSI SOISIC: 10m range, 100 pts/sec, 0.3mm range noise.
To be fair, I think the first customer buying one was in 1993. For technology archeologists, here is the old website: http://mensi.free.fr/english/techno.htm
And MENSI became part of Trimble 10 years after, in 2003.

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Re: First commercially available terrestrial laser scanner

Post by Jason Warren » Sat May 18, 2019 3:55 pm

tomkoz wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 1:09 pm
We have one Callidus in our collection :D
nice one .... post some pictures ;)
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Fri May 17, 2019 11:49 pm
MENSI had their first commercially available scanner in 1992. It was the MENSI SOISIC: 10m range, 100 pts/sec, 0.3mm range noise.
To be fair, I think the first customer buying one was in 1993. For technology archeologists, here is the old website: http://mensi.free.fr/english/techno.htm
And MENSI became part of Trimble 10 years after, in 2003.
Thanks for posting this, and cant believe the website is still up! any still about?
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