Rice Associates, Inc.



Light detection and ranging

Our commitment to using the most advanced surveying technology has spanned over 30 years and continues today with the use of mobile mapping systems. LiDAR allows us to offer our clients increased safety, enhanced scheduling, improved quality and accuracy while reducing cost.

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For the past ten years, Rice Associates has utilized static terrestrial scanners to map highways, bridges, tunnels and buildings. LiDAR scanning supports many disciplines including architectural, structural, MEP, and civil. LiDAR provides 3-D spatial information as well as conventional survey mapping products. Point cloud data can be used to develop BIM models for use in conflict analysis for retrofit and rehabilitation projects, constructability review and implementation planning.

Benefits to static LiDAR scanning:

•    Minimizes safety risks
•    Comprehensive visuals for
     project scoping
•    Enhances schedule
•    Improves quality
•    Reduces cost
•    Decreases number of road closures

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Rice Associates' commitment to using the latest in technology has spanned 30 years and continues today with the addition of the Leica Pegasus:Two, a complete mobile mapping solution from hardware to post-processing. Unlike many mobile mapping systems, the Pegasus does not require dedicated or modified vehicles. The addition of the mobile scanning capability to Rice Associates’ geospatial services tool box allows us to be a one-stop shop provider with a full range of in-house mapping services.

This system captures calibrated imagery and point cloud data and enables processing, visualization, and interpretation through a single, user intuitive software platform. It provides plug-and-play hardware including cameras and LiDAR sensors, enabled by a software solution to control data acquisition, calibration, post-processing, viewing, editing and storage modules.


Rice Associates provides airborne LiDAR acquisition and processing services. This technology uses a high-resolution laser, mounted on a helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft to scan ground features. The resulting point cloud consists of millions of xyz points that are both horizontally and vertically accurate and can be used to generate topographic datasets.  

The data collected from the LiDAR sensor can be used to generate a Triangulated Irregular Network (TIN) which is then used to develop DTM datasets, topographic maps, and (bare earth) models. This technology offers one of the most accurate and cost-effective ways to capture elevation information.