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January 19, 2012

Hexagon acquires surveying, mapping software firm MicroSurvey

NACKA STRAND, Sweden – Hexagon, parent company of active 3D firms like Leica Geosystems, Intergraph, and Erdas, announced today it has entered into an agreement to acquire all outstanding shares of MicroSurvey Software Inc., a “Canadian-based developer of surveying and mapping software for the land surveying, construction, and forensic markets.” Financial terms were not released, but MicroSurvey reportedly employs 30 people and had 2010 revenues of roughly $2.5 million. The company does business in more than 100 countries around the world. 

“The acquisition of MicroSurvey notably expands Hexagon’s product offerings and software development capabilities for several of our key markets including land surveying, construction and public safety,” said Ola Rollen, CEO and president of Hexagon AB, in a statement. “Additionally, both MicroSurvey’s software products and Hexagon’s instrument products enjoy strong leadership positions in these markets. The ability to offer such comprehensive, market-leading and innovative solutions will undoubtedly benefit both current and future customers of Hexagon.”

MicroSurvey struck a deal with Leica in 2010 for the laser scanner manufacturer to distribute MicroSurvey’s PointCloud CAD, a software package that uses Leica’s point cloud engine technology “to efficiently manage large laser scan data sets from any scanner or aerial Lidar as users process point cloud data into mapping elements in the software’s final deliverables.”

You can see how the software manages point clouds in the following video:


MicroSurvey also makes MapScenes, a popular software package used to process 3D data in the forensics field. 

“MicroSurvey has grown very rapidly in the last two years,” said Darcy Detlor, president of MicroSurvey Software, in a statement, “and the acquisition by Hexagon gives us the means to grow even faster and keep pace with the ever-growing customer demand. Our team is extremely excited about this acquisition as it provides us the vehicle for further investment in innovation and greater access to the market.” According to a press release, Detlor will continue as president of MicroSurvey.

SPAR 3D continues to report on this story.

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