Leica Geosystems GIS & Mapping, LLC announced that the Laris Center (Moscow, Russia) purchased two units of the Leica ADS40 Airborne Digital Sensor for VISKHAGI, Russia’s cadastre research institute. The ADS40s will be used for the Land Registration Implementation Support (LARIS) project in Russia mainly to obtain digital imagery of cities and rural areas and for orthophoto map production. The LARIS project was started in 1996 by the World Bank to provide cadastre services (national registers detailing ownership and value of land) for Russia. This undertaking is extensive since no land ownership paradigms existed when Russia was a part of the Communist-ruled Soviet Union.
To perform the LARIS project successfully, project needs were divided into six packages:
- Aerial Survey Equipment
- Photo Laboratory Equipment
- Field Survey Equipment
- GPS Equipment for Field Survey
- Computer-Assisted Cadastral Mapping
- Hardware and Basic Software for Automated Title Registration Systems
Before system delivery, Leica Geosystems was required to obtain a certification of the ADS40s by the State Committee of Russian Federation for Standardization and Metrology (Gosstandart or “GOST”). Leica Geosystems was required to fulfill strict quality requirements set forth by GOST and obtain the proper paperwork required to export the hardware, including the ADS40’s Inertial Measuring System (IMU), to Russia from the United States. By successfully meeting GOST requirements, Leica Geosystems’ ADS40 became the first airborne digital sensor in the industry to be certified by a government standardization organization, as well as the first to be granted export permission of an IMU component to Russia.
VISKHAGI purchased a total of two ADS40 sensors, two servers with a total of 12 TB background storage capacity, two download stations and 10 photogrammetric processing stations. Product delivery, installation and training were completed in August 2003.