3D land scanning is a popular and useful way to survey all types of properties including commercial lots, historical buildings, construction sites, and vacant land. The most valuable aspect of 3D land scanning is that it creates 3D models of the survey site that are complete and accurate. This provides you with much more information about the property than you might get with other forms of land surveying. Here are a few things to know about 3D land scanning.
Lasers Are Used To Scan The Land
3D scans are completed with laser equipment. To create a scan, light is sent from the system that bounces off structures and other surfaces. This creates a reflection that is detected by the scanning equipment. The sensor times how long it takes the reflection to be detected and then calculates distance based on that time.
A single session gathers a large amount of data at once that can be used by CAD software to create a 3D virtual image of the area that was surveyed. GPS coordinates can also be added to the map so areas can be pinpointed precisely.
The Laser Can Be Mounted On Drones And Vehicles
Land surveyors often set up surveying equipment on tripods at the survey site. 3D land scanning can be done this way too, but it's also possible to mount the equipment on a car or drone. This makes it possible to survey large lots of land in a fairly short amount of time.
A drone also makes it possible to access areas where a surveyor can't go on foot. It doesn't matter what condition your lot, building site, or raw land is in, 3D land scanning is possible thanks to the use of drones and lasers.
3D Land Scanning Has A Quick Turnaround Time
Land surveys usually take a long time, especially when you need a survey on a construction site or large commercial property. The surveyor might get all the data they need from a single scanning session, depending on the size of your project. That means the survey might be completed in a few days as opposed to weeks.
The surveyor may still need to access public records and other documents to complete the survey, but with the data collection time minimized, you can expect a quicker turnaround time with a 3D scan. That's because so many data points can be collected and stored during a single laser session.
3D land scanning has many applications in the construction industry. The technology has been around for many years, and it is constantly being updated as technology advances. If you need detailed scans of raw land or building sites, a 3D land scan can provide what you need so you can view a virtual replica of the survey site with spatial scans, GPS coordinates, topographic features, and structures in a computer-aided design of your project.
Contact a company like PLCS Corporation to learn more.