heron ac-1



HERON AC-1 is the professional indoor/outdoor real time 3D mapping, localization and change detection system! HERON AC-1 is capable to support real time 2cm resolution 3D mapping almost everywhere, with 2cm local accuracy and 5cm* estimated global accuracy; higher resolution scans can be then automatically register on the HERON point cloud when requested. HERON AC-1 can be used almost anywhere (especially where a static scanner is impossible or difficult to use and when you need a quick 3D view of big areas) and it is revolutionary in underground sites, because HERON does not require GPS/GNSS, targets, trolleys and calibration stops to work properly.

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    • Time of initialization: ~ 30 sec
    • Working time (with one battery): ~ 3 h
    • Indoor working: YES
    • Outdoor working: YES
    • Real time visualization: YES
    • Operating temperature: -10° ; + 40°
    • Storage temperature: -40° ; + 60°
    • Scanning rate: 700.000 points per second
    • Local accuracy: ~ 2cm
    • Final global accuracy: ~ 5cm* in short close rings
    • Final survey resolution: ~ 2cm
    • Output data: .E57, .las, .ply
    • LiDAR Sensor: Velodyne HDL-32E
    • Wavelength: 903nm
    • Max range: 80-100m
    • Min range: 1m
    • Angular FOV (horizontal): 360°
    • Angular FOV (vertical): +10.67° ; -30.67°
    • Laser safety class: 1
    • Battery: NiMH 12V 9Ah


    *Global accuracy depends on the effectiveness of the SLAM registration algorithm, which can be influenced by the geometry of the surveyed data. Long paths in absence of loop closures and cross passes, and different conditions as narrow tunnels and stairs, can downgrade the global accuracy to 20-50 cm, partially or fully improvable using the advanced control parameters available in the HERON® Desktop software. Ask to Gexcel support team for more detailed information on how to get the best results from your HERON® instrument.


    HERON® Desktop

    The software specifically designed for the HERON® data post processing.
    It allows to:
    •  Process the acquired data
    •  Minimize the "drift" effects (tical of SLAM process)
    •  Export the final point cloud model (.E57, .las, .ply)
    •  Get reference maps for tracking survey (Localization and Change Detection)
    •  Extract 2D maps and global preview of the model with geometrical changes (obtained by surveying in Change Detection mode)
    •  Easily go to JRC 3D Reconstructor® for results and deeper data analysis

    JRC 3D Reconstructor® CONSTRUCTION

    Designed for construction, infrastructures and civil engineering surveying projects,
    JRC 3D Reconstructor® CONSTRUCTION is the perfect answer to the needs of surveyors working in civil engineering.
    Main output:
    •  Cross sections, front buildings, orthographic views
    •  Displacement and verticality maps
    •  Areas and volumes
    •  Points surfaces comparisons (inspection)
    •  Smart transfer of results into CAD for deliverables production

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    • HERON® Desktop - extra licenses
    • JRC 3D Reconstuctor® CONSTRUCTION - extra licenses
    • JRC 3D Reconstructor® - upgrade to other packages
    • LineUp® PRO automatic target-less registration tool


    • Extra batteries
    • 360° panoramic camera (color)
    • Carbon pole for handheld usage
    • Magnetic attachment for car
    • Tapered spherical planar target
    • Topographic nails for tip