An Introduction to Leica Geosystems

Leica Geosystems is one of the oldest, and best, manufacturers of land surveying equipment in the world.

Article By: Francesca Burke
Last Update: November 2018

Swiss company Leica is best known for its high-quality cameras, but the geosystems aspect of the brand, which manufactures land surveying equipment, dates back to the beginning of the 19th century.

In 1819  mechanical company Kern & Co formed in Switzerland. Kern produced geodetic and photogrammetric devices as well as cameras, binoculars, microscopes and film lenses. In the 1920s, Kern & Co was bought by Swiss optical instrument company Wild Heerbrugg. Wild Heerbrugg’s founder, Heinrich Wild, was an engineer and inventor who developed the world’s first portable opto-mechanical theodolite (a precision measuring instrument) and in doing so formed the foundations of modern land surveying!

Over the next century, Wild Heerbrugg continued developing total stations, lasers, levels, aerial systems and more. The Wild Heerbrugg brand merged with optical company Leica in 1989 and over the next few years the company was divided into smaller units. The Leica Camera brand was founded in 1996, while the Leica Geosystems brand was founded in 1997 to focus on land surveying equipment such as total stations, lasers and 3D scanners. Today, the general Leica name covers four independent companies: Leica Camera, Leica Geosystems, Leica Microsystems and Leica Biosystems. In 2005, global technology firm Hexagon AB, which is based in Sweden, bought Leica Geosystems.

You can read more about Leica’s company history on their website.

We use Leica Geosystems total stations and surveying equipment because we believe Leica is the highest quality providers of surveying equipment on the market. We pride ourselves on our professionalism and Leica has literally centuries of experience! If you’re thinking of getting a survey and have any questions about the particular equipment we use, drop us a message.

Leica Geosystems Total Station

One of Leica’s total stations, from leica-geosystems.com

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