Mobile Mapping Systems

Mobile mapping systems utilize the latest in LiDAR technology, with scanners capable of collecting around 1,000,000 measurements per second. When combined with positional equipment, these georeferenced data points can be used to create accurate, three-dimensional digital elevation models (DEMs) or Digital Terrain Models of almost any environment.

Modern mobile laser scanners aren’t just limited to vehicle mounted systems, mobile LiDAR units can now be mounted to backpacks, helicopters and UAVs. Mobile mapping systems also have many uses across a wide range of industries, from surveying applications like city modelling & highway surveys to environmental, transportation and utility mapping. Take a look at our LiDAR applications page for an extensive, but by no means exhaustive, list of uses).

The 3D Laser Mapping team are specialists in Mobile Mapping LiDAR Systems. In 2005 we developed StreetMapper which was the first commercially available Mobile Mapping System on the market. StreetMapper has been a global success and is now in its fourth iteration named StreetMapperIV.

We have continued to innovate throughout the years and are proud to have introduced ROBIN, the first universal mapping system, to the market. ROBIN is a 3-in-1 system which can be configured for WALK, DRIVE and FLY functionality. Completely flexible and robust, ROBIN can be mounted on virtually any vehicle or aircraft. It can be fully customised to suit the users’ needs with several optional extensions available to enhance your projects.

The Evolution of Mobile Mapping

StreetMapper System (2013)

ROBIN in DRIVE Mode (2017)

The videos above show two 3DLM mobile mapping systems being used for a rail survey, four years apart. You may notice that there’s not much difference in the quality of the data. From its inception, LiDAR has been a high definition measurement technique. The advancement of modern LiDAR systems, while ensuring the quality of data capture, is ease of use and affordability.

In 2005 the first StreetMapper system required a team of engineers to fit it on a locomotive. Today, StreetMapperIV can be installed by one engineer. Likewise, the ROBIN mobile mapping system can be worn on a backpack and walked down a track by one person just as easily as it can be mounted on a train by a single operator.

The benefits of a mobile mapping systems extend well beyond flexibility and convenience. Mobile mapping systems can save time and money due to their ability to gather greater amounts of data over a shorter space of time. Safety risks are also mitigated because of MLS’s remote capture capabilities and the long-range potential of a LiDAR sensor.

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