Leica Geosystems Sets Benchmark for Deep Water Surveying with the Launch of HawkEye-5 LiDAR Solution

20 Apr 2023

Leica Geosystems, which is a division of Hexagon, recently announced the release of its latest innovation, the HawkEye-5. This advanced technology is designed to facilitate deep water surveying using airborne bathymetric LiDAR solutions. The HawkEye-5 offers high-performance capabilities that allow for more accurate and detailed mapping of deep-water environments. 

This breakthrough in technology is set to revolutionize the way underwater surveying is conducted, making it faster, safer, and more efficient than ever before. 

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With the launch of the HawkEye-5, Leica Geosystems is set to establish itself as a leader in the field of airborne bathymetric LiDAR solutions, offering cutting-edge technology that meets the demands of modern surveying requirements.

HawkEye-5 is an exceptional bathymetric LiDAR sensor that offers stabilization, which is currently unparalleled by any other product on the market. This unique capability allows for precise and accurate data capture in deep water environments.

The system is an expansion of the Leica Chiroptera-5 bathymetric LiDAR sensor, taking its capabilities to new heights. The HawkEye-5 enhances productivity by accommodating a wide range of application requirements, from shore-based surveys to deep-sea operations. With its advanced features and exceptional performance, the HawkEye-5 is set to transform the field of bathymetric LiDAR sensor technology. 

Feature Highlights of HawkEye-5

Here are some feature highlights of the HawkEye-5:

Purpose-Built Modules: The HawkEye-5 and Chiroptera-5 work together as a system and include three LiDAR sensors, one 4-band camera, and a Quiet Kontinuous in Camera (QC camera). Each of these modules is designed to be optimal for a specific task, ensuring that the data acquisition is of the highest quality from the land to the deep ocean seafloor. The seamless integration of these components ensures that the data capture process is efficient and effective, delivering superior quality data for a range of applications. 

Integrated Workflow: With the Leica LiDAR Survey Studio, users can enjoy various advanced features, including full waveform analysis, automatic data classification, and sophisticated turbid water enhancement. This software suite also facilitates project management, data analysis, and the detection of water and land interfaces with maximum efficiency. Additionally, users can view cloud data in any standard format, enhancing the versatility and compatibility of this technology. Overall, the Leica LiDAR Survey Studio is a highly capable software suite that enhances the efficiency and quality of data analysis in a range of applications. 

Versatile Applications: The HawkEye-5, when used in conjunction with the Chiroptera-5, offers a complete and all-inclusive solution that can support multiple applications. These applications can include activities such as nautical charting, environmental monitoring, and maritime surveillance in coastal and deep waters. 

Easy Upgrade Path: Leica Geosystems makes it easy for owners of previous HawkEye systems to upgrade their sensor capabilities for deep water bathymetric surveys. With this approach, users can expand the capabilities of their existing system without the need to replace it entirely, thereby leveraging their initial investment in the technology. By offering this upgrade option, Leica Geosystems makes it more accessible for users to access the latest and most advanced sensor capabilities while also minimizing the overall cost and time associated with upgrading their systems.

Recent advancements in LiDAR hardware and software have contributed to reducing the cost of these solutions, resulting in increased adoption of LiDAR technology globally. 

According to the BIS Research report, the global LiDAR software market was valued at $335.4 million in 2022 and is anticipated to reach $1.94 billion by 2031, witnessing a CAGR of 21.53% during the forecast period 2022-2031. 

Software solution providers in the LiDAR industry are collaborating with other key stakeholders in the software ecosystem to expand their global reach. As a result of this collaboration, LiDAR solution providers can offer more competitive solutions that cater to the unique demands of a broader range of customers worldwide.


According to Dhrubajyoti, Principal Analyst, BIS Research, “The LiDAR software market is likely to grow multi-fold in the coming years during the forecast period, owing to the rapidly growing adoption of LiDAR software solutions across smart infrastructure applications.” 

Thus, as LiDAR technologies continue to advance, the hardware and software used in LiDAR solutions are becoming more cost-effective and high performing. In response to changing demand patterns across various industries, LiDAR software solution providers are developing solutions that cater to these evolving needs.

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