The V-Line 3D Terrestrial Laser Scanner (TLS) RIEGL VZ-400 provides high speed, non-contact data acquisition using a narrow infrared laser beam and a fast scanning mechanism. The TLS is a compact and lightweight surveying instrument, mountable in any orientation and under limited space conditions.
The Remote Sensing Centre (RSC) at Queensland Department of Environment and Science (DSE) and TERN Auscover (via the Remote Sensing Reserch Centre – RSRC, at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Queensland), co-own a RIEGL VZ-400 and it is available for loan to the research community for research purposes.

The scanner is housed and administered by DSE and the Eco-Sciences Precinct, Boggo Road, Dutton Park. If you wish to borrow this equipment, please follow the process below:



Borrowing Procedure

In the first instance the intended borrower must read and agree, without exception, to all conditions of use, below and then email the following information to RSRC Equipment:

  • An explicit description of the intended use/purpose of the scanner including the intended location the TLS will be used and details of the environment.
  • The duration the scanner is required,
  • Details of experience of operating a TLS. It is mandatory that an experienced and approved (by RSC and UQ RSRC) operator is responsible for the equipment. If you do not have sufficient training you will be required to have an approved operator assist you.

The intended borrower will be advised, by return email, on their application approval. Please note that an application may be declined due to availability (DES RSC and the UQ RSRC have precedence over bookings), the nature of the request does not meet suitable research purposes, or insufficient trained personnel will be present or available.

Conditions of Use

  • The TLS must be operated by an approved and trained operator. If the intended borrower does not have sufficient experience and training cannot be obtained, then the borrower will need to cover costs of a TLS operator for the trip.
  • Within two months of using the TLS the captured data and meta must be uploaded onto the TERN Auscover Data Portal  and be provided under a cc by licence. This is a mandatory condition of use.
  • The borrowing party is responsible/liable for:
    • Any loss or damage to the equipment (the TLS, the accompanying components and accessories). The borrower must return the TLS in the same condition is was borrowed. However, if loss or damage occurs to the TLS, the accompanying components and accessories the borrower accepts responsibility and will pay the insurance excess and/or repair/replacement costs. 
    • Organising and incurring the full cost of transportation/shipping costs. Important note when transporting the TLS by air: some airlines have restrictions on carrying NiMh batteries (the TLS uses external NiMh batteries), check with your airline on their policies. The TLS has been transported without difficulties on Qantas flights, this has not been the case with all airlines.