The continued rapid advancement in technology and software worldwide now includes vehicles that sense when they need to brake on their own, photos from Instagram can be used to create a point cloud that can be measured from, and designers and movie makers alike are using geospatial data to plan and preserve our future. Arguably, all of these advances have been driven by the ongoing development of Laser Scanning. We’ve seen the latest hardware trends use anything that moves (including people) with a laser scanner to capture data – in real time, for immediate analysis and extraction. This has culminated in “backpack scanning systems” now emerging that allow for extraction of building information for design and development stages; and can help in planning, construction, mechanics, industrial, infrastructure, design and redevelopment. So what do these outcomes look like when adopting the latest solutions on your project, in comparison to traditional laser scanning, or even conventional surveying?
From a project workflow perspective, there are researchers establishing “grammar” to develop automated procedures used for building structures, automatically and with minimal interaction – to create a virtual world that can be designed, amended, redesigned, documented, approved, built and as-built. So can new and traditional Laser Scanning help with these initiatives, and in what way?
This talk will cover off for technical people on the origins of scanning, where we “thought” we’d be now 7 years ago, where we actually “are” now with the technology, and where we as avid users see people applying the technology, using existing data, and asking for types of deliverables. I will also talk through the workflows and cost savings associated with new technologies and the benefit of more information over less that comes from laser scanning – with a focus on risk management; and an indicative timeline for when to use what technology. Time permitting, trends in integrated systems research on all things Scanning – Above Ground, Below Ground, Underwater and sub-mm measurement can also be discussed.
Thomas Werner is a Business Development Manager at Land Surveys (and Global Scanning Solutions) in Melbourne. Thomas helps demonstrate the different capabilities of the company, particularly for overcoming problems where the documentation of existing project sites is limited, or site requirements require more information than conventional solutions can provide during project lifecycles. This helps reduce the risk to the client’s project costs and timelines; using all the latest Survey, Aerial and Laser Scanning solutions.
Thomas consults and assists Project Managers, Consultants and Contractors with decision making information to support redevelopments right through to design, and construction stages of projects, and across the full project lifecycle using IPD frameworks and BIM. Thomas has also assisted in raising the profile of our Surveying and Spatial Sciences Industry through many professional bodies: – Surveying Task Force (Vic) – FIG Young Surveyors – Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Young Professionals – CRC-SI.