Mobile Laser Scanning Point Clouds

Automatic 3D Mapping of Road Objects
The demand for 3D maps of cities and road networks is steadily increasing and mobile mapping systems are often the preferred acquisition method for capturing such scenes. Manual processing of point clouds is labour intensive and thus time consuming and expensive. This article focuses on the state of the art of automatic classification and 3D mapping of road objects from point clouds acquired by mobile mapping systems and considers the feasibility of exploiting scene knowledge to increase the robustness of classification. Management of roads requires inventories on pavement conditions, road markings and objects in the vicinity of the road including... (read more)
2018-01-15 10:56:58

Topcon Appoints Laser Scanning Dealer for Finland

Topcon Europe Positioning B.V. (TEP) announces the appointment of a new scanning and mass data collection dealership in Finland. Located in the city of Helsinki, Nordic Geocenter will promote and distribute Topcon scanning, UAV and mobile mapping products throughout the whole of Finland. “With more than 40 years of experience in the field of geomatics, and a particular expertise in the field of scanning, Nordic Geocenter are the perfect distributor for mass data collection solutions in the region, and have been particularly impressed by the performance of our GLS-2000 scanner,” said Leighton Davies, business manager for North and West Europe.... (read more)
2017-01-10 05:07:45

3D Laser Scanning for Topo Survey

A recent project carried out by J Breheny Contractors on behalf of Cambridge University showcases the economics of using a high definition 3D laser scanner for topo surveying. The rate at which geospatial technology is changing is increasing, and with it, our ability to collect more data more rapidly. 20 years ago it would have taken several seconds and possibly minutes to get a single point using GPS; today we can collect one million points per second using a 3D laser scanner. The methodologies and workflows of data collection by total station, GNSS, video, images, laser scanning, terrestrial and mobile... (read more)
2017-07-19 12:37:30

Leica ScanStation P50 Laser Scanner Offers Long Range Scanning

Leica Geosystems has announced the Leica ScanStation P50, the fastest and safest long-range 3D laser scanner, as the newest member of the 3D terrestrial laser scanner P-Series. The P50 combines all the well-known features of the P40 plus a longer-range scanning capability of more than 1 kilometre. Adding this feature enables professionals to capture 3D scans at great distances with angular accuracy paired with low range noise and survey-grade dual-axis compensation. Professionals can now scan the inaccessible The ScanStation P50 enables companies to scan what was previously unreachable such as big mine pits, long bridges, dams and skyscrapers. This also... (read more)
2017-11-17 11:20:53

Major Update for RIEGL’s Terrestrial Laser Scanning Software

RIEGL is pleased to announce the release of a major update to their Terrestrial Laser Scanning Software Suite of RiSCAN PRO, RiMINING and RiSOLVE! The update includes a number of key upgrades featuring the new Point Cloud Database (RDB 2.0), which provides new and advanced point cloud capabilities. With this upgrade, it is now possible to visualize and manage massive files, hundreds of scans and billions of points simultaneously with a new level of detail approach. These new features enable massive point clouds to be visualized with the added advantage of providing the user with the ability to instantly toggle... (read more)
2017-01-13 03:28:40

Laser Scanning Professionals Convert Point Clouds with NavVis Cloud

NavVis, a provider of indoor spatial intelligence solutions for enterprises, has announced the launch of NavVis Cloud, a new cloud-based platform that gives laser scanning professionals access to NavVis IndoorViewer as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution. Fully immersive, web-based 3D buildings can now be delivered as part of every scan project using point cloud files from terrestrial laser scanners and the NavVis M6 Indoor Mobile Mapping system (IMMS). NavVis IndoorViewer is a web-based application that transforms data captured by laser scanners into fully immersive 3D buildings. With a few clicks, scan data is automatically structured into a basic model of the... (read more)
2019-03-25 11:04:06

Pointfuse Laser Scanning Software Set to Transform Digital Construction Workflows

Pointfuse has released the latest version of its advanced point cloud processing software that converts the millions of individual measurements captured by laser scanning and photogrammetry. Featuring new streamlined classification to ensure maximum efficiency and multicore processing for unlimited conversion power, the new version of Pointfuse is set to transform workflows within digital construction, facilities management and virtual design applications. “Pointfuse is designed to make the use of point cloud data more accessible by removing many of the traditional barriers to use,” commented Mark Senior, regional sales director at Pointfuse. “Obstacles such as processing time and computer power, incompatibility within... (read more)
2019-08-20 10:40:47

Leica Geosystems Introduces New 3D Laser Scanning Bundle

Leica Geosystems, a Hexagon company, has announced a new 3D laser scanning bundle for the Leica BLK360 and greater integration with Autodesk ecosystem. The new bundle consists of the Leica BLK360 imaging laser scanner, Leica Cyclone REGISTER 360 (BLK Edition) desktop software, and Leica Cyclone FIELD 360 for tablets and phones. Customers can get started straight out of the box with seamless connectivity and workflows from Leica Geosystems Reality Capture products to Autodesk’s Reality Computing and design solutions. With this bundle, Leica Geosystems will deliver point cloud production while Autodesk’s technology will consume the data.     “We have been on... (read more)
2020-04-07 10:01:46

Pointfuse Helps Skanska Join Up Laser Scanning Dots for Highway Surveying

Skanska is pioneering the use of new software that automatically creates 3D computer models directly from laser scanners. The global project development and construction company has successfully trialled the Pointfuse software that also offers automated extraction of features from laser scanned data. Using a vehicle mounted mobile mapping system Skanska surveyed a stretch of motorway collecting millions of individual measurements detailing bridges, gantries and crash barriers. The software was used to process the large point cloud, recognising and extracting features automatically and in a matter of minutes. Pointfuse is a powerful modelling engine developed by Arithmetica, a hi-tech company based at... (read more)
2017-01-06 12:36:32

Can Laser Scanning from UAV's Replace Total Station and GPS Surveys

Developments in the field of laser scanners and laser scanning systems have increased in the past few years. Physical size has decreased while performance has increased. The number of laser pulses per second has reached a million and the measurement distance is in the hundreds of metres. RIEGL has implemented these and other features in a variety of compact, powerful, and precise scanners. Attached IMU/GNSS units, governing control units and optional cameras collect/record a multitude of additional properties during each scan. Due to the straightforward attachment system, a quick and easy installation is possible onto helicopters, vehicles and even UAVs... (read more)
2017-05-25 10:39:49
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