New technology has always been at the forefront of the spatial industry. Terrestrial scanning is the most recent and specialised development in survey technology allowing for the observation and collection of accurate detailed 3D data quicker and more efficient than ever before.
Terrestrial scanning is ideally suited for surveys with occupational health and safety constraints, fragile or 'zero impact sites' or where conventional single point survey methodologies can be too time consuming and cumbersome. Instead, it allows for substantial simultaneous data to be collected beyond the immediate area of interest, often eliminating the need for additional site visits due to changes in the original scope of works.
The speed of data capture, reduced safety requirements, scanner range and reduced field survey requirements result in significant time and cost savings.
Terrestrial scanning provides survey methodology for a range of applications including:
Mines and quarries
Topographic or detail surveys
Architecture and archaeology
RPS has invested a great deal of time and effort into R&D for terrestrial scanning to ensure that our clients are able to have the best available technology and deliverables for their projects. RPS turned to laser scanning as we were encountering ever increasing complex projects and safety concerns on some of our survey jobs.
The multidisciplinary nature of RPS’ business allows us to apply our terrestrial scanning services beyond the conventional survey market. Instead, it can be applied across a number of our service lines including design and planning.
Brisbane Senior Surveyor – Terrestrial Scanning, Nick McKelvey has been involved in terrestrial scanning for the past three years. During this time, he has worked on a diverse range of projects ranging from sites as small as a set of stairs for an insurance claim to much larger projects such as providing pre-design information for the full length of the 6.5km Airport Link project in Brisbane. Late last year, Nick attended and presented at SPAR Europe 2010 - an international scanning conference on 3D imaging for design, construction, manufacturing and security planning.
Held in Amsterdam over two days, SPAR Europe provided attendees with the opportunity to connect with others involved in 3D laser scanning from all over the world, to share experiences and to expand the technological capabilities of 3D in all fields of work. The conference was well attended by approximately 450 laser scanning users including surveyors, engineers, architects, and archaeologists. During the conference, Nick presented at the FARO Europe Laser Scanner User Meeting. FARO is a leading edge company in scanning hardware and during SPAR Europe they invited their community of users to exchange knowledge and share some of their most interesting projects and experiences with each other. Nick’s presentation focused on RPS’ extensive laser scanning experience and our unique multidiscipline approach to scanning.
Closer to home, Nick and his team have been using their 3D laser scanning technology to great effect on some recent projects. They have just completed modelling the entire Queen St Mall for a lighting study for Brisbane City Council. This is a particularly unique application of the technology turning the scan data into a 3D model.
2011 has started strong with a number of interesting projects in the pipeline including archaeological preservation as well as involvement in other projects.