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LiDAR Survey

Georeference LiDAR data with ease with OxTS' survey-specific inertial navigation systems

LiDAR Surveying with OxTS

OxTS INS devices have been developed with LiDAR surveying in mind.

Navigation data is often overlooked when considering hardware requirements for LiDAR surveying. However, getting the best navigation data is absolutely crucial and will affect the resulting pointcloud – often more so than the choice of LiDAR equipment.

OxTS offers a range of suitable INS navigation devices that provide accurate and reliable inertial data for your LiDAR survey.


Navigation Data – Our INS devices output survey-grade navigation data that will give you accurate, centimetre-level absolute positioning so pointcloud surveying can be reliable and repeatable. Our IMU sensors offer orientation measurements that will maintain pointcloud accuracy at long distances.

Interfacing – As well as the traditional PPS, OxTS is proud to offer Precision Time Protocol (PTP) and generic Precision Time Protocol (gPTP) Master/Client functionality on all INS devices that allows for simple over-ethernet time synchronisation with compatible LiDAR sensors.

Georeferencing – We offer our georeferencing and calibration software, OxTS Georeferencer, which can georeference data between an OxTS INS and a compatible LiDAR into a finished pointcloud. It also offers the ability to calibrate the angles in your hardware setup and analyse the accuracy in every point of the cloud.

Confidence – OxTS has experience working with a range of LiDAR manufacturers covering all budgets and target applications.

Georeference data from almost any LiDAR sensor with ease!

Our range of survey-specific Inertial Navigation Systems provide LiDAR surveyors with the accurate and reliable position, timing and inertial measurements needed to confidently georeference pointclouds from almost any LiDAR sensor.

Using our LiDAR georeferencing software OxTS Georeferencer, LiDAR surveyors can quickly and easily integrate our highly accurate measurements with raw LiDAR data to create a georeferenced pointcloud.

By georeferencing pointclouds using OxTS Georeferencer LiDAR surveyors can streamline the survey process by:

  • Decreasing LiDAR survey set up time
  • Improving survey repeatability
  • Enhancing the clarity of final results


XNAV650/Velodyne VLP-16 pointcloud

Pointcloud created using an OxTS xNAV650 INS, OxTS Georeferencer and a Velodyne VLP-16 LiDAR

Explore our products

Our INS solutions for LiDAR survey deliver accurate and reliable inertial measurements for use in a wide range of applications.

Each OxTS survey-specific INS provides surveyors with absolute position, timing and inertial measurements that they can use to integrate into their projects. Learn more about them here.

RT3000 v4

For when where matters most

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Robust performance in an economical package
(Ethernet and Serial)

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OxTS Georeferencer and Boresight Tool

Create clear and concise pointclouds with OxTS Georeferencer

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LiDAR Inertial Odometry (LIO)

Fuse LiDAR and OxTS INS data in post-processing and significantly reduce position drift in urban environments

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NAVsuite for Survey and Mapping

Configure, monitor, post-process and analyse your survey data with ease using NAVsuite software applications

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Technology Partners

Our technology partners are integral to the work we do. By working closely with complimentary LiDAR technologies, we are able to help deliver a full survey solution of INS, georeferencing software and LiDAR sensor.

We have done all of the difficult integration work so you don’t have to!


A global leader in LiDAR technology

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High-resolution LiDAR sensors

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RoboSense is a world-leading provider of Smart LiDAR sensor systems

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Velodyne Lidar

Highly accurate LiDAR solutions

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Zoller & Fröhlich

Leading supplier of 2D and 3D terrestrial and mobile laser scanners

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There are multiple applications for which the inertial measurements from an OxTS’ survey-specific Inertial Navigation System can be used.

Below are some of the most common examples, however there is an almost limitless number that we can help you address.

If you applications isn’t listed below, let us know and we will be happy to talk about your specific use case.

Road Survey

Conducting a long baseline survey such as that of a road, can be difficult to accomplish, however that is not a problem for an INS offering absolute global positioning.

Using an INS alongside a LiDAR sensor for this application can have numerous benefits including – pointcloud error estimation and improving survey repeatability.

Contact OxTS to discuss my road survey project

Road Survey

BIM pointcloud

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

An INS allows building survey repeatability, with a high degree of detail in a 3D-model.

Fusing the data from the INS with the raw data of a LiDAR sensor will enhance the clarity of the final output, enabling a clearer indication of areas that require further inspection.

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Infrastructure Survey

Surveying physical infrastructures such as a railway bridge is critical to ensuring the safety of those using it. Where safety is involved the accuracy of the measurements received takes on a new level of importance.

Using an INS alongside a LiDAR sensor to produce a 3D-model of a bridge will ensure that every cm of the structure is mapped and that the measurements of the final output are the best they can be.

Contact OxTS to discuss my infrastructure survey project

Infrastructure survey

LiDAR Survey Support

OxTS is proud to provide support to customers and businesses with their applications from before the sale, to gathering data and beyond.

As well as a dedicated support team that are on-hand to help with troubleshooting, we also have a team of product engineers and experts to help get your application underway.

Furthermore we have a support website with a number of helpful articles, some of which you will find here:

  • Webinars: The following section contains a number of support webinars conducted by OxTS support staff on various topics.

If there is a particular topic or application you would like to speak with us about that isn’t listed here please contact and we will be happy to help.

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