The advancement of technology has made rise to different ways of doing things. One such innovation involving technology is the way land surveying is being done nowadays. Land surveyors are now using the use of 3D Laser Scanning Technology in helping them survey and evaluate land properties and develop architectural designs. With the help of 3D scanning, land surveyors are able to create virtually life-like images of a piece of property along with its topographic features and details. This will enable land surveyors to properly decide on what to do with the property.

What is 3D Laser Scanning Technology?

3D Laser Scanning involves a contactless and non-destructive process of digitally capturing the shapes of physical entities by using laser light. When the line of the laser is disrupted by an object’s physical feature, the software will create accurate point clouds of data that will be rendered by the computer into a 3D model. Because of its accuracy, 3D laser scanning is suited to be used in industries such as architecture, aviation, bridge design and construction, logistics, transportation, and water and waste plants management. However, the type of 3D laser scanner will depend on the type of industry using it. For example, 3D laser scanners which are used in the architecture industry will be able to accurately render a 3D model of any landscape and superimpose a building on it to show the digital image of what the building project will look like after it is completed.

How is 3D Laser Scanning used in Land Surveying?

Land surveyors need to assess the existing conditions of a property so that they can make informed decisions on what to do with the land. If there are any projects to be made with the land, an accurate 3D model of it will enable architects and engineers to be able to design any building that they will build on that property. After laser scanning the property, the data collected may be rendered into a real scaled 3D model of the property. Engineers and architects may also superimpose a 3D building on the property and have it printed so that the project stakeholders will be able to see what the property will look like after its completion.

Land surveyor companies benefit the most from the use of 3D Laser Scanning. The benefits that they get include the following:

  •  Reduction of field time.
    Before 3D laser scanning, the mapping of a property will take up a lot of time, money and effort. With the use of laser scanning, the time to complete this process is significantly reduced. This allows land surveyors to reduce the time that they spend on the field and to focus more on analysing the data collected.
  • Versatility.
    3D laser scanning technology comes in different types and platforms which allow land surveyors to switch from one laser scanner to another depending on their needs. There are 3D scanners that can perform aerial mapping while there are 3D scanners that are compatible with mobile devices. The versatility of 3D laser scanners makes them an essential tool to land surveyors.
  • High precision and accuracy of data.
    With the traditional measuring instruments, human error can sometimes become a great factor when it comes to data accuracy. With 3D laser scanning, the data collected is extremely objective and therefore highly precise and accurate. This means that when land surveyors use the data collected to create a 3D rendering of a project, they are actually showing the property owners an accurate rendition of a planned project.
  • Multiple projects at once.
    Land surveyors are becoming fewer and fewer. However, with 3D laser scanning technology, the remaining land surveyors can tackle multiple projects at the same time without sacrificing the accuracy of the data collected. 3D laser scanning technology enables land surveyors to completely map out a property with significantly lesser time so that they can do more projects.

How does 3D Laser Scanning benefit the client?

A client who will hire the services of a land surveyor who is using 3D laser scanning technology will find a lot of benefits. Aside from getting highly precise and accurate data, clients for big budgeted projects will also get the following benefits.

Lower overall risk.

Since 3D laser scanning is used, the surveyors do not need to physically measure every portion of a property. This lowers the overall danger that the surveyors will have when mapping out a property especially if the property is topographically challenging.

Reduced rework and decreased overall project costs.

Since the data that will be collected by 3D laser scanning technology is free from human error, the data is highly précised and accurate. This means that there is very small chance that any mapping done on a property will need to be redone.

3D laser scanning technology has now become a very important tool for professional land surveyors.