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High Definition 3D Laser Scanning: What It Is, Benefits & More

laser scanning of Albany buildings done by C.T. Male Associates

High Definition 3D Laser Scanning is a technology that has revolutionized the surveying industry. Below you can learn more about what 3D laser scanning is, its benefits, and learn more about C.T. Male Associates surveying services and experience utilizing this technology.

What is High Definition 3D Laser Scanning or LiDAR?

High definition 3D laser scanning, also called LiDAR (Light Detection and Range) is a form of high definition surveying that uses a laser to spotlight an object or target and then evaluates the reflection. The data collected from the scans is then used to create a map of the object(s). With several LiDAR setups throughout a room or building, it is possible to create a complete 3D model of the existing conditions using the data gathered by the devices.

Benefits

3D image of a building as a result of laser scanningHaving only been used in the surveying industry since 1998, this relatively new technology has quickly become a new industry standard in the surveying industry, as it is one of the best ways to collect accurate measurements in complicated environments. This technology allows for the ability of the user to collect extremely large amounts of data in a short amount of time and at a very high degree of accuracy and detail.  In fact, the quality and volume of the data collected is greater than that of traditional surveying methods.  Hi-def 3D laser scanning technology can be used in all kinds of situations and serves a variety of purposes including:

  • Recording existing conditions
  • Reverse engineering
  • Quality control/inspection
  • Historical documentation

In addition, structures that were once inaccessible or complicated to locate now can be measured with a single location.  For example, a bridge over a busy highway needs to be surveyed. Utilizing LiDAR and 3D laser scanning technology, this bridge can be surveyed without requiring surveyors and other personnel to go out onto the highway to survey the bridge or require lane closures.

C.T. Male Associates Hi-Def 3D Laser Scanning Services

C.T. Male Associates has been providing land surveying services for over 100 years to clients throughout New York State including Syracuse, Albany, Glens Falls, Latham, Red Hook, Johnstown, Highland and much more. Learn more about the land surveying services we provide or visit our land surveying project portfolios to browse some of our past projects, including several that highlight our experience with hi-def 3D laser scanning such as:

Contact us today for more information about our 3D laser surveying services at 518-786-7400 or to speak with a member of our land surveying team.

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