»We develop mobile laser scanners.«

Clearance profile scanner for railway infrastructure measurement.

Object and Shape Detection

3D laser scanning – rapid and eye-safe

In the »Object and Shape Detection Business Unit«, we detect three-dimensional geometries and the location of objects. For this purpose, not only laser scanners but also custom-tailored lighting and camera systems are developed. These devices take measurements at high speed and with high precision, particularly from moving platforms. We focus specifically on speed, robustness and long service life of the systems and efficient data evaluation. The systems scan objects and shapes over a broad size range: from tenths of a millimeter to into the 100-meter range. The measuring systems are in operation all over the world – for monitoring rail infrastructure and for measuring road surfaces. New applications include mobile data recording from the air, in water or by handheld systems.

Our optical distance measuring systems are based on time-of-flight measurement, which enable the distance between objects to be measured at high speed and with high precision. Combined with a scanning unit, theses systems capture three-dimensional object geometries. Mobile laser scanning requires precise positioning and orientation of the measurement system. For this purpose, special camera-based methods, if necessary combined with conventional inertial sensor technology, are developed in order to enable the allocation of the measurement data to a fixed local coordinate system.  

Our offer in the imaging object and shape detection includes

  • Developments of components and tailor-made systems
  • Technology consulting and technology assessment
  • Feasibility studies and suitable tests
  • Contract measurements and measurements at customer's premises
  • Simulation of optics, electronics, mechanics and heat distribution
  • Equipment hire

News & Information



Building and construction surveying with laser scanning


Topics: Automated object recognition in 3D data, data aquisition from the air, multispectral sensor concept for tunnel inspection.


Trade Fairs

In 2018 we will exhibit at INTERGEO and


November 14 - 15, 2018


The Third International MoLaS technology workshop focuses on technological trends in mobile laser scanning. Registration open as of March 1, 2018.

Press Release, April 18, 2017

New Professorship for »Monitoring of Large- Scale Structures«

Prof. Dr. Alexander Reiterer took up the professorship for »Inspection of Large- Scale Structures« at the Institute of Sustainable Systems Engineering INATECH at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Freiburg.

Key topics will be the long-term monitoring of artificial and natural objects with the aid of multi-sensor systems. It should provide information on environmentally induced changes on engineering works, dams, hillsides or large areas of vegetation and thus facilitate the detection of possible geohazards at an early stage.


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