In one way or another, technology has affected the lives of every Australian. In most cases, these advances have made life a lot easier across the board, from innovations in the home to advancements at work. In one particular industry, new methods have revolutionised the methods used and enabled the experts to come up with better results in less time. How have new laser technologies changed the way that land surveyors operate, and how is this of benefit to the consumer?
How Does This Work?
Before laser scanning technology came along, land surveying could be a complicated and somewhat time-consuming activity. However, laser scanning now enables a very accurate rendition of the land and buildings in question to be created and displayed on a computer screen, for forward-planning purposes.
This type of technology works by shining a laser light toward a series of objects so that the objects disrupt the line of the laser, which in turn creates very accurate data points within the computer software. This enables the program to render the objects in question into a three-dimensional model.
Often, land surveyors need to determine how an existing property is configured so that the relevant parties can make the correct decisions about what to do with the property and land that it sits on. Therefore, it's beneficial for engineers and architects to have an accurate three-dimensional model so that they can plan properly. It is also possible for the experts to superimpose the proposed building in 3-D onto the land once it has been surveyed so that the stakeholders can see how the property will appear once it is complete.
Before 3-D laser scanning came along, it would take quite a lot of time to map out a property, with a corresponding bill attached. There is now a significant reduction in time and billing, with more focus placed on the collected data.
A number of different technological tools can be used by the surveyor, depending on the job requirement. Some can be used in collaboration with mobile devices in the field, while others can be used to provide aerial mapping, if this is required.
3-D laser scanning is potentially far more accurate than manual plotting. After all, human error can occasionally enter into the picture, and while this will invariably be "picked up" in time, it can add to the delay in moving ahead with the project.
Putting It to Work
If you have an upcoming project, get in touch with experienced land surveyors and ask them about 3-D laser scanning technology for your location.