The two founding companies:
LaCoste Romberg LLC founded in 1939 by co-founder Dr. Lucien LaCoste was a manufacturer of high precision gravity meters. They introduced the world’s first worldwide range gravity meter, the Model G meter , in 1959 based on the famous patented L&R zero-length spring and suspension system. In 1965 LaCoste Romberg introduced the world’s first dynamically stabilized platform gravity meter called the S-meter system. These meters revolutionized the geophysics world by making it possible, for the first time, to take highly accurate gravity measurements from a moving ship or aircraft.
The first generation borehole gravity instrument was introduced in the 1960s and was suitable for large diameter petroleum wells called the L&R BHGM probe.
In 2001, LaCoste & Romberg, based in Austin, Texas, a long time producer of metal, spring-based land and air /sea relative gravimeters, and Scintrex merged to form a new company known as LaCoste & Romberg – Scintrex, Inc., operating out of headquarters in Concord, Ontario.
Micro-g Solutions, Inc founded in 1993, co founded by Dr. Timothy Niebauer, specialized in the manufacturing and design of the ballistic freefall gravity meters. The FG5 laboratory series of meter’s the industry standard in absolute gravity instrumentation. Based directly on international standards of time and distance, the FG5 provides unparalleled accuracy and precision that measures the vertical acceleration of gravity. In 2000, a portable meter called the A10 was introduced as a portable absolute gravity field instrumentation. Based directly on international standards of time and distance, this ruggedized, temperature- controlled cousin of the FG5 laboratory instrument provides unmatched accuracy and precision in the harshest environments.
In 1999, Micro-g Solutions merged with Toronto based Scintrex Limited, a leader in the relative gravity meter market and Auslog Pty. Inc., an Australian based borehole logging company, in order to expand its already diverse line of instrumentation.
In 2004, the BIPM (Bureau International des Poids et Mesures) proclaimed the ballistic freefall method as an official primary method for measuring gravity.
In September, 2006, Micro-g Solutions, Inc. and LaCoste Romberg LLC merged under the new name “Micro-g LaCoste, A Division of LRS”.
By operating together in a single location, Micro-g LaCoste can more efficiently design, build, and support a wide array of gravimeter systems and gravity survey services. This merger combines the strengths of the oldest-best established name (L&R) in the gravity business with the absolute gravity company (Micro-g). The new company will focus on absolute gravimeters and dynamic gravimeters.
Today with continuous R&D, Micro-g LaCoste has improved on both root company products to the latest innovative gravity meter instruments available in the market place today like the FG-5X, TAGS-7.