Optech announces shipments of ILRIS-36D have begun

Houston, May 23, 2005 Optech Incorporated, the global leader in the development and manufacture of advanced laser-based survey instruments, is pleased to announce that it is now shipping its new ILRIS-36D Laser Scanner.

Announced at InterGeo 2004 with versatility unmatched in the scanning market, demand for ILRIS-36D has been very strong.

The ILRIS-36D builds on the functionality provided by the Optechs ILRIS-3D by increasing the scanners field of view to 360 x 360. A modular design and a unique method of data collection ensures that the usability and the accuracy of the system is the best in its class.

With several dozen backorders in place, the design decisions we made for the new scanner have been very well received, said Brent Gelhar, Director, Laser Imaging Division for Optech. We are happy to begin delivering production units to our customers.

The unique design of the ILRIS-36D laser scanner leverages the most important characteristics of a laser scanner accuracy, resolution, size, range and modularity. These characteristics, in combination with Optechs pedigree in the lidar development world have created a system that considers all of the users critical needs.

With a dynamic scanning range of 3 m to beyond 1,000 m and a Class 1 laser eyesafety designation in all operating conditions, the ILRIS-36D provides the versatility that ILRIS-3D users have come to expect. ILRIS-36D provides the largest field of view, longest dynamic range, highest resolution and best eyesafety rating in its class.

About Optech
Optech is the world leader in the development, manufacture and support of advanced laser-based survey instruments. In addition to ILRIS-3D, Optech products and applications include: the ALTM airborne laser terrain mapper; the SHOALS-1000T airborne lidar bathymeter; atmospheric monitoring and space based systems for planetary exploration, orbital operations and Earth preservation; mine cavity monitoring systems; and industrial process control solutions.

For further information, please contact:
Brent W. Gelhar
Director, Laser Imaging Division
Optech Incorporated
100 Wildcat Road
Toronto, ON M3J 2Z9
(416) 661-5904