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Top Cutting-Edge Uses for Terrestrial Scanning

by Cindy on March 24, 2014

Terrestrial scanning has a rapidly expanding market. It is fast becoming an essential tool in many fields, from archaeology to land mapping. It can be used to survey and map all types of locations, as well as produce detailed 3D models. The data it provides is easily represented in a variety of practical formats. It has a wide variety of potential applications.
 
What is Terrestrial Scanning?
Terrestrial laser scanning allows one collect a large amount of data very efficiently. It relies on a technology called LiDAR. LiDAR, meaning "light radar," or more accurately “LIght Detection And Ranging”, works on the same principle as radar. But by utilizing lasers, it provides a much higher level of resolution. The terrestrial scanner is portable and sits on a tripod. A surveyor can obtain a high number of data points in a short amount of time. Though the scanner cannot be used in rain or snow, it can be used indoors or outdoors, day or night.
 
The large body of points produced with the scanner is called a point cloud. Once collected, the point cloud data can be matched up with survey control points and integrated with other scan data. It can be used to create many types of maps and models. Some examples include typical survey drawings, 3D models, and building information models (BIM).
 
Applications
Terrestrial scanning is a valuable tool for a variety of projects and project types. It produces accurate up-to-date models of locations such as roads or buildings. Models can also be incorporated with other detailed information. Hence terrestrial scanning is very effective for many types of projects and operations, like construction documentation and asset management. Additionally, it can be used at all types of locations, including airports, runways, manholes, utility vaults, and tunnels.
 
Schneider Geomatics delivers each laser scanning project in a deliverable that is customized to meet the client’s need for the project. Interesting in learning more about terrestrial scanning? Click here for a demonstration.