Category Archives: Lidar/Imaging

Scanning Sensitive Slopes

A team collects data with the Polaris terrestrial laser scanner at an engineered slope within the Site C construction area. Laser scanning will be a critical tool for slope monitoring during nine years of construction for a hydro electric dam in a sensitive area of British Columbia. Construction was started on the Site C hydro...

World’s Biggest Digital As-built?

Above: Darling 3D scanning division manager Charlie Warren checks his settings while scanning the Mercedes-Benz U.S. International automotive plant.  A whopping 1.5-million square feet of a Mercedes-Benz facility expansion was scanned for as-built documentation and construction verification. A GROWING geospatial application of 3D digital data from laser scanners is for as-built documentation and construction verification....

Refitting a Building in Continuous Operation

I’m a surveyor and technical specialist at Plowman Craven, one of the largest surveying companies in the UK. My company has worked closely with Leica Geosystems for more than 50 years, going back to the days of the T2 mechanical theodolite and DI10 EDM. Technology is different now, but the collaboration between our two organizations...

A Truly Unique Scanner

A look at innovation in hardware, software, and workflow in the Leica RTC360. Not far from London in the UK is a place called Milton Keynes. Although it’s not as famous as places like Manchester, Birmingham, or Brighton, it is the home of the Red Bull Formula 1 team; it’s where WD40 is made; and...

RiVR

Virtual Reality Training Thanks to Scanning

Laser scanning helps create effective VR training for public safety in England. While virtual reality (VR) is commonly associated with video games, it is shaping many industries by opening up a vast array of new possibilities to sell products, experience places, or train employees. VR has multiple applications based on its ability to immerse users...

Life after the Little BLK360 Scanner’s Big Splash

Above: A “new-user” 1-person firm scanned this complex historic building in five hours with 75 set-ups of the BLK360 and created final drawings. Credit: Southwest Scanning. Almost everyone is familiar with splashy announcements of new products. For much of my career with Trimble and with Leica Geosystems, I personally drove many product introductions, so I’m tuned into...