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Integrating a Traditional Survey with Laser Scanning

by Cindy on May 8, 2014

Since laser scanning is a data collection tool, I like to think of laser scanning equipment as just another tool in my tool box, with the laser scanning adding value to traditional survey work.  This tool is increasing the efficiency of our surveying crews.
 
For example, we had a project where a traditional topographic survey was being done on a project; and there was an underground tunnel that was crossing the area being surveyed.  The underground tunnel was scanned; and the scan data was tied into the above ground survey control horizontal and vertically.  This allowed for the depths of the tunnel to be extracted.  The distance from ground level to the ceiling level of the tunnel was able to be extracted.  The scan data also collected the piping networks that were in the tunnel to be used for design.
 
The example above is one of the many ways laser scanning can be integrated with traditional survey work to add value to the client and increase efficiency in the field.