Merrick & Company Releases Version 7.0 of MARS Software Suite

Newest Version Will Be Demonstrated at International LiDAR Mapping Forum in New Orleans, Feb. 7 – 9

Aurora, CO February 2, 2011 Merrick & Company (, a world leader in light detection and ranging (LiDAR), digital orthophotography, hyperspectral mapping, and geographic information systems (GIS) data integration, is pleased to announce the release of Version 7.0 of the Merrick Advanced Remote Sensing (MARS) software suite. The MARS software suite provides comprehensive support for LiDAR point cloud visualization, data management, automated processing, quality control, and geospatial data production.

Our new release builds on the foundation of Version 6.0 and adds many new functions that directly support the end-user. In addition to the optimization of MARS for 64-bit operating systems, weve built an automated quality control (QC) module that allows users to verify a LiDAR datasets compliance to the United States Geological Surveys v13 LiDAR specification. Weve also added support for Open Geospatial Consortiums Web Map Service (WMS), improved data navigation performance and enhanced our breakline compilation capabilities, stated Matt Bethel, Manager of Systems Engineering of Merricks GeoSpatial Solutions group.

The newest version of MARS will be demonstrated publicly for the first time at the International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana from Feb. 7 – 9, 2011 at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel. MARS software demonstrations will be conducted at Merrick & Companys exhibit at ILMF (Booth #42). Additional product information and a free, 30-day trial software download is available at

Merrick & Company is a $100 million geospatial technologies, surveying, engineering, architecture, and design-build firm, serving domestic and international clients in the energy, infrastructure, security, and life sciences markets. The firms most recent work includes providing terrestrial scanning for an electrical substation for Xcel Energy and acquiring light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data for F.E. Warren Air Force Base and for a wind farm located in Kansas. Headquartered in Colorado, the employee-owned company maintains nine offices in the U.S. as well as offices in Canada and Mexico.

More information about Merricks GeoSpatial & Surveying Solutions business unit is located at Merrick GeoSpatial Solutions.