Rice Associates Expands Design-Build Capabilities and Strengthens Geospatial Services with Purchase of Leica Pegasus:One Mobile Ma

The addition of a compact, highly flexible, highly accurate mobile mapping system enables the leading Virginia-based surveying and photogrammetry firm to complete its in-house geospatial service offerings 20 times faster than traditional methods.

NORCROSS, GA, March 17, 2014 Keeping construction projects on track just got easier for public agencies and private developers working in the Commonwealth of Virginia. A new mobile mapping solution gives surveyors and mappers the ability to gather detailed planimetric and terrain data 20 times faster than traditional surveying and photogrammetry equipment. This means the data can be quickly processed into final survey data in days, not weeks, giving managers on projects ranging from highway construction to subdivision stake out an improved ability to deliver projects on schedule.

The cutting-edge technology, Leica Pegasus:One, manufactured by Leica Geosystems Inc. and recently acquired by leading Virginia-based survey firm, Rice Associates, Inc., is a compact, highly flexible mobile mapping solution that combines the best of imagery with a traditional terrestrial laser scanner to provide high-quality data acquisition at or near posted roadway speeds.

This technology solution allows Rice Associates’ surveyors and mappers to quickly analyze existing data or provide data for preliminary design. Once captured, the data can be processed and incorporated into final survey data, said David "Charlie" Rice, LS, president of Rice Associates, Inc. This capability is crucial for keeping fast-paced design/build project schedules on track.

The geospatial services provider, with offices in Manassas, Richmond, and Virginia Beach, Virginia, serves a diverse base of public and private clients. The company has operated a photogrammetric unit for 14 years and partnered with mobile mapping service providers to support its work with the Virginia Department of Transportation. Having its own highly flexible, highly accurate mobile mapping system will allow the firm to offer new design-build capabilities from conception to completion.

We considered a mobile mapping system in the past, but were concerned about maintenance requirements, the capital cost, and the vehicle dependency of most systems, said Rice. The Pegasus:One addresses all issues with a single scan head, calibration is easy, the cost is not prohibitive, and the unit is completely modular. With the Pegasus:One, we can now provide our clients with all geospatial services in house.

The compact Leica Pegasus:One provides a plug-and-play hardware solution, including cameras and LIDAR sensors, enabled by a complete software solution, including data acquisition, calibration, post-processing, viewing, editing and storage modules. It provides an easy process for object capture and referencing into a common Esri GIS-based platform.

Rice Associates has an outstanding reputation for providing high-quality geospatial data to state, municipal and architectural/engineering clients, said Bradley Adams, PE, Manager Mobile Mapping for Leica Geosystems. We are pleased to be able to support them in expanding their business with the addition of this innovative mobile mapping technology.

For more information about Leica Geosystems mobile mapping solutions, visit http://www.leica-geosystems. us/en/Mobile-Mapping_103549. htm.

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Rice Associates, founded in 1986, is a SWaM Certified and Federal Small Business geospatial services firm providing in-house photogrammetry, LIDAR scanning (mobile, airborne and terrestrial), BIM, conventional surveying and subsurface utility designation and mapping. With offices in Manassas, Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia, Rice Associates has a full-time staff of 67 personnel including ten licensed surveyors, four photogrammetrists, five subsurface utility designators and multiple field and office technicians that possess a high level understanding of project requirements from project planning through project delivery. Project types include rural roadways, interstate highways, bridge structures, airports, rail and transit, storm and sanitary sewer facilities, parks, trails, wetlands, public space developments, and facilities.

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