What is LiDAR?
LiDAR, short for light detection and ranging, is a remote sensing technology that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure distances to a target. A LiDAR sensor sends out beams of laser light in all directions and then measures how long it takes for them tore turn back to the sensor. The distance is then calculated using the velocity of light. The velocity, or speed of light, is 299,792,458 meters per second. These are known as time-of-flight measurements. Time-of-flight measurements can be used to record data for distances up to 1 kilometer.
How Does LiDAR Work?
Using ultraviolet, visible or near-infrared light, LiDAR maps spatial relationships and shapes by measuring the time it takes for signals to bounce off objects and return back to the sensor. Each of these is recorded in a laser scan. Each individual scan is made up of millions of three-dimensional data points. Note that each scan is limited to line-of-sight, so multiple scans are needed to provide a comprehensive 3D view of an object or scan area. Entire buildings or campuses will require laser scanners place din multiple positions around a site to take individual scans from varying view points.
What is LiDAR Used For?
The technology is deployed to collect highly accurate digital measurements and images used to create 3D models and 2D maps of objects and environments for construction and engineering projects. LiDAR technology is fast, accurate and reliable.
Why 3D Scan with LiDAR?
3D terrestrial scanners are the most accurate form of LiDAR. 3D scanners capture millions of three-dimensional data points, documenting the accurate existing conditions of a structure or site. Data points are processed into a 3D visualization known asa point cloud. The technology enables users to produce highly accurate digital measurements and images quickly and easily.
What is Terrestrial LaserScanning?
Terrestrial laser scanning is a form of measuring with a tripod-based LiDAR instrument used to capture high accuracy data of buildings and other objects. Terrestrial laser scanning is used to capture existing structure, equipment, utilities and processes to plan for construction, relocation, modernization and enhancements.
Why Does the Construction Industry Use LiDAR?
The construction industry is primarily usingLiDAR to produce data sets of accurate and efficient as-built conditions of existing space or object. The data can be used asa point cloud, or used to create 3D models for varying purposes. 3D Building Information Models (BIM) give contractors and engineers the ability to effectively plan, design, construct and manage projects. They can even be used forFacility Management and Digital Twin purposes.
LiDAR Can Be Used in Every Stage of the Construction Process:
LiDAR Scanning Technology Explained
This pulsed laser technology has so many applications for construction and engineering, providing detailed building information. With LiDAR technology, you can rest assured the data is accurate.
LiDARand 3D laser scan technology requires knowledge and experience in data capture. Contact GPRS/TruePoint Laser Scanning today before beginning your construction or engineering project at 419-843-7226