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Merlin vessel-based coastal, offshore, and inland waterway lidar mapping system

The time-tagged laser scanner for cost-effective coastal, offshore and inland waterway surveying

What if you could map the full marine environment in a single pass?

Merlin is engineered specifically to integrate with your vessel's existing hydrographic surveying equipment. It enables you to synchronise Merlin's above-water lidar data with your below-water sensors to simultaneously produce an accurate dataset of the environment above and below the waterline.

An affordable marine-grade lidar sensor

Merlin gives you access to the advanced laser surveying technology you need without making you pay for equipment you already own.

Introducing the latest innovation in the hydrographic surveyor's tool box

Renishaw Mapping Products Business Manager Karl Bradshaw presents Merlin and reveals how its versatile deployment options allow for a wide range of marine applications. Find out how mobilising Merlin enables survey companies and their end clients to complete safer, faster and more comprehensive projects.

The dedicated marine laser scanner for hydrographic surveying

At the heart of the system is a 250m range laser scanner and a GPS receiver, which together provide accurately time-tagged survey data. Merlin supports the long-range lidar scanning of all above-water features associated with rivers, canals, coastlines and offshore areas. It will integrate with your vessel's existing hydrographic equipment, enabling data capture above and below the waterline simultaneously.

Don't spend more than you need to

Seamless integration with your existing vessel hardware and software means you do not duplicate equipment, infrastructure or technologies that you already own.

Reduce project timescales

Merlin's time-tagged data synchronises with that of your below-water bathymetric equipment for collection of full 360° data in a single pass. This also reduces data processing times.

Minimise training costs

The low-maintenance plug-and-play Merlin system is easy to install and operate, so there's no need for specialist training. It is also compatible with industry-standard software packages.

Add value and stay competitive

By adding a dedicated marine lidar system to your product range, you can beat the competition by offering complex project capability while staying competitive in an evolving market.

Our animation reveals more about how Merlin is deployed

Check out this animation, which shows how Renishaw's new Merlin lidar scanner is deployed for fast and effective marine surveying. Designed to make mapping the full marine environment affordable, quick and simple, Merlin also represents a unique opportunity for hydrographic survey vessel operators to enhance their portfolios.

Designed to support hydrographic surveyors

Manufactured in the UK at Renishaw's award-winning production facilities, Renishaw's mission is simple - to provide hydrographic surveyors with an accurate lidar sensor that offers:

  • Simple operation
  • Fast mobilisation and demobilisation
  • Flexible deployment options
  • Seamless integration with existing hardware
  • Full compatibility with industry-standard software packages
  • High performance in extreme marine environments

Cutting the cost of vessel-based laser surveying

Vessel-based surveying can be time-consuming, costly and potentially dangerous given the changeable nature of the marine environment. Therefore, Merlin is designed to support safer, faster and more efficient survey data acquisition.

Work quicker and improve safety

Quickly achieving a full 360° pointcloud of the marine environment minimises the amount of time that surveyors spend in potentially hazardous areas.

Key features

  • IP66 (marine grade) water and dust resistance
  • 250 m range
  • ±1 cm accuracy
  • 360° field of view

Engineered by Renishaw

Renishaw laser measurement systems are manufactured to provide high-performance operation in the harshest conditions. The Merlin lidar system is Renishaw's first laser scanner specifically engineered to perform in the challenging marine environment.

Exceptional data acquisition

Merlin supports safer, faster and more complete hydrographic survey data acquisition for efficient coastal, offshore and inland waterway project management and enhanced decision-making capabilities for vessel operators.

A unique low-cost solution

Merlin is the only plug-and-play laser scanner that combines exceptional levels of performance and affordability – it enables you to expand your hydrographic surveying capabilities and improve your service offering at low cost.

Don't duplicate expensive technologies that you already own

Most survey vessels are already equipped with some form of data-acquisition system. Multibeam echosounders, for example, use positional information derived from global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) and inertial measurement units (IMU). Vessel operators do not, therefore, need to duplicate these high-cost components with each additional piece of surveying kit they acquire.

Incorporating a GNSS or IMU into Merlin when those items are already present on the vessel would add unnecessary expense to the cost of laser-based surveying. Instead, Merlin integrates flawlessly with your existing hardware infrastructure for cost-effective laser-based surveying.

Downloads

  • Brochure: Merlin Brochure: Merlin

    Engineered by Renishaw, Merlin is the marine laser scanner developed specifically for cost-effective offshore and inland waterway surveying. Merlin is designed to complement your vessel’s existing hardware and software infrastructure. Seamless integration with your below-water sensors, enables the fast and effective acquisition of time-tagged survey data above and below the waterline simultaneously.

  • Data sheet: Merlin Data sheet: Merlin

    Detailed list of technical specifications and dimensions for Renishaw’s Merlin vessel-based lidar sensor.

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