COWI to operate two new Leica ALS80-HP scanners for large area scanning and forest assessment

COWI, based in Denmark, is the first mapping company in Europe to start operating two new Leica ALS80-HP airborne scanners. The new advanced technology will be used for large area scanning as well as forest assessment, and supporting engineering design services.

The new Leica ALS80-HP scanners will be an essential part of COWI’s strong workflow that includes a wide range of aircrafts and helicopters as well as data processing facilities and will strengthen COWI´s leading position in the airborne LIDAR service industry.

“We have worked in close collaboration with Leica Geosystems since we invested in the first ALS50 scanner many years ago. The ALS80-HP offers the latest and most powerful solutions in this market and are extremely efficient for second generation high-density national DTMs,” explains Dr. Simon Musäus, COWI Director for the International Business Line Mapping & Survey.

“The two new systems delivered to COWI have been thoroughly tested and COWI have approved that they are working due to specifications. Test flights with both systems have shown a significant better efficiency than the previous systems. This brand new technology inside the Leica ALS80-HP will provide a significant better point distribution, even under tough flight conditions,” says Poul Nørgård, VP Mapping Operations at COWI.

“Leica Geosystems is proud to have COWI as the first European customer to upgrade their LIDAR fleet to the new market leading ALS80 technology. The extremely high point densities as well as faster acquisition and processing times will allow COWI to realise new applications in the mapping, utility and transportation market,” comments Dr. Hartmut Rosengarten, Director of Airborne & Mobile Mapping Solutions EMEA at Leica Geosystems.


About COWI
COWI is a leading Danish consulting group that creates value for their customers, people and society through their unique 360° approach.  Based on world-class competencies within engineering, economics and environmental sciences, COWI tackles challenges from many vantage points to create coherent solutions for its customers.

With offices all over the world, COWI combines global presence with local knowledge to take on projects anywhere – no matter how large or small. At any given moment, the 6300 employees of COWI are  involved in more than 17,000 projects. For more information please visit:

Further information on the Leica ALS80 LIDAR solution can be found at:


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