3D Laser Mapping develops Laser Scanning Robot

3D Laser Mapping develops Laser Scanning Robot

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UK, 01 May 2007: 3D Laser Mapping has developed a laser-scanning robot to provide an electronic eye in dangerous and in-hospitable environments. Using laser scanning units combined with wireless communications and advanced robotic technology the 3D-R1 allows a 3D map of the surrounding area to be created. 3D-RI can be deployed in any environment where a risk to personnel may be present including earthquake zones, fire damaged buildings or hostage situations.

The 3D-RI remote operated survey vehicle was developed in partnership with Jobling Purser RSV LLP and was originally designed for use in underground mining operations to reduce the risk to the survey operator and improve operating efficiencies. It was developed from a prototype vehicle first designed by James Jobling-Purser as part of an undergraduate project at the Camborne School of Mines. By combining laser-scanning technology with the remotely operated survey vehicle many of the limitations of traditional surveying have been overcome.

“The 3D-R1 is less than a metre square, is light portable and easy to use lending itself to a wide range of applications and above and beyond the mining environment,” said Dr Graham Hunter, Managing Director of 3D Laser Mapping. “By building on the original design concept we have created a solution that will dramatically improve the safety of survey personnel, increase the range of the survey and improve the speed at which survey measurements are captured.”

The 3D-R1 is designed to be compatible with the Riegl LMS-Z series of laser scanners. These units comprise of a high performance long-range 3D laser scanner, software and an integrated high-resolution digital camera. The laser transmits a light pulse which is reflected off a surface or feature and bounced back to a receiver. Using the time taken for each individual pulse to be returned and the known speed the system can automatically calculate the distance of the feature from the unit. From this data highly detailed and accurate 3D models can be produced.

3D Laser Mapping is a laser scanning solutions provider. 3D Laser Mapping is integrating laser scanner hardware systems with their own software and peripherals to create better solutions for sectors such as mapping, mining and manufacturing.