Laser scanning technology can be a game-changer when it comes to planning and executing many transportation projects, including road network upgrades and smart city initiatives. By creating a virtual 3D model of a city grid or even entire county, it is possible to analyze road and rail conditions as well as plan engineering works which will cause the least disruption. Many of the top surveying companies and local authorities around the world are now either using LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) systems to gather enhanced intelligence of local infrastructure, or commissioning surveys which will enable them to study complex transportation systems retrospectively in the form of a three dimensional map.

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mapping tunnels with 3d lidar

3D Laser Mapping combine decades of experience of laser scanning technology with feedback from clients to create LiDAR systems which are perfectly suited to highway mapping and city modelling. From scanning London’s historic bridges, to creating a 3D map of New York’s Battery Park area and scanning an entire city in France, our mobile mapping systems are in increasing demand when it comes to infrastructure management.

Most infrastructure surveys are now carried out using mobile mapping systems for several reasons, one being the time saving capabilities. When mounted to a moving vehicle or locomotive, scans can be carried out around 80% faster than by using more traditional methods such as total stations or terrestrial scans. Thanks to the improved accuracy of systems such as ROBIN, whole city grids and rail networks can be covered in minutes, from the safety of a car, truck or even from a UAV, meaning that mobile laser scanning is not just faster but also safer than other methods of data capture.