Airborne LiDAR/ALS

Orion-CS10K-SledAerial Surveys operates an Optech Orion H300 LiDAR system for surveys throughout New Zealand.   This system, with its 300 kHz airborne laser terrain mapper and high altitude capability is ideal for New Zealand conditions offering a range of options from high accuracy surveys to corridor mapping to larger area surveys for modelling. For details of the system specifications see:

The H300 LiDAR system has a superior signal to noise ratio, which delivers cleaner data. It also has a stronger laser which means higher vertical RMSE accuracies and a PRF range that allows us to meet a wide range of client specifications efficiently and cost effectively.


AucklandAirport-DSM-2014 Prior to this Aerial Surveys deployed the the Optech 3100EA system but the recent investment was key to meeting the changing demands of our clients.



Airborne LiDAR has matured as an accurate and highly effective technology for the automated capture of terrain data through x, y and z points commonly referred to as point clouds.  The point clouds represent the simplest form of ALS data which can then be classified into a variety of products including digital terrain models, contours and above ground features.  ALS systems collect many more points than are necessary to define the terrain and hence generate large sized databases which are then filtered to create usable dataset sets.  Depending upon the area of interest, size, shape and type of terrain, the parameters within the LiDAR system (pulse rate, swath width and scan angle) are set to achieve the best solution for each project.


Intensity Image

Unclassified Data

Ortho Image

Not only does the ALS system measure the time taken for each laser pulse to return to the sensor but it also measures the strength of the return signal.  This data is referred to as intensity data and when greyscale readings are applied to the measurements, an intensity image is created, effectively delivering a medium resolution black and white ortho image.  This greatly assists in validating classified datasets and identifying features in the surveyed area.

Elevation data provided by LiDAR is a perfect complement to high-resolution imagery, as it adds vertical dimension to enable 3-D modelling and much more.

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Download our LiDAR brochure from the home page for more information.

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