Technology has been breaking new grounds and making innovations in the land surveying industry, from the use of drones to GPR scanning, and now the introduction of 3D laser scanning. The 3D laser scanning technology has brought significant changes and improvements in land surveying by helping surveyors and contractors create virtual images of a property and its topographic features and details. Read on to find out more about this technology, its significance, and why you should consider utilizing it during the survey of your property.
Definition of 3D laser scanning technology
3D laser scanning is a digital, non-destructive technology that involves the use of laser light to identify and capture the shape of topographical features. The 3D scanner is used to emit laser beams on a particular part of the property. As the beam hits the ground, its path is distracted by barriers and objects. This causes the software within the device to create point clouds of data which are rendered into 3D virtual and real-time images of the objects on the surface.
3D laser scanning in land surveying
During a land survey project, land surveyors work together with architects, engineers, and contractors by map and measure land to produce accurate descriptions of the topographic features on the surface of the earth. The introduction of 3D technology in survey enables surveyors not only to describe the surface of the earth accurately, but also to produce images of the features and objects that are on and beneath it. In the case of a pre-construction survey, the resulting 3D models can be used to design and superimpose a 3D building on the property for planning and design.
Advantages of 3D laser scanning
The 3D laser scanning technology may be a little costly to use. Why should you consider it for your land survey project? Here are some few benefits of this technology.
- High-precision and accurate data
This technology produces accurate and precise data and measurements of the earth's surface. The generation of 3D objects also eliminates human error, as the information is objective and not subjected to human error in interpretation. Working with precise data and measurements improves the accuracy and outcome of projects.
- Reduced topographical risks
Sometimes, the topography of land can be challenging, but other traditional survey methods may not reveal this until the project has started. 3D laser scanning technology enables surveyors to identify these risks and manage them, reducing downtime during construction.
- Reduced project costs
Since the data produced is accurate, precise, and free of human error, costs associated with the remapping of property are eliminated. Also, reduced risks also reduce downtime once the project has begun, and this can result in significant savings.
The 3D laser scanning technology has brought about great improvements in land surveying. Talk to your land surveyor about utilizing this technology during your land survey to improve the production of your project.