3D Laser Scanner Drone Uses & Terminology
Aerial imagery has been done for decades but businesses don’t benefit from flat images that are also a decade old and don’t contain embedded data.
By combining the latest drone & 3D laser technology, a business can get interactive 3D models of their sites or equipment with a 3D laser scanner drone. Before explaining the benefits, let’s unpack some industry terminology:
An unmanned (i.e. no pilot) aerial (flying) vehicle (UAV) a.k.a. a drone that is operated by a ground-based controller (certified drone pilot). The drone and controller send information to each other via radio signals.
Drones can have different types of cameras placed onboard for gathering massive amounts of data photography and video.
This is an image stitching methodology that joins drone-captured images to produce a continuous map or 3D model with embedded data.
The X, Y, and Z coordinates are key elements of the scanning and mapping. They are calculated off of a fixed reference location
A laser and a camera are set at fixed positions for the purpose of capturing data points of structures to produce a point cloud. There are handheld types of 3D scanners, tripod-based scanners with rotation functionality and scanners that combine traditional survey methods and laser. The latter is called total station scanning.
This is the “pot” of data that your 3d laser scanner drone captures. Each point cloud can be translated into a 3D model with specialist modelling software. It has been used for road design (e.g. city councils), architecture (e.g. Frank Gehry architects), volumetric analysis (e.g. forestry companies) or measurements (all industries).
3D laser scanner drones help with structural inspections, interior space mapping to plan a renovation or scanning mechanical spaces to assess appropriate new equipment sizes.
The list of uses is infinite when a drone is equipped with a camera and a scanner. There are hundreds of industries that will the benefits of:
Industry reports and forecasts project a continued increase in 3D laser scanner drone usage as the benefits give a return on investment within days.