Monday, January 19, 2009

StreetMapper 360: New 3D laser mapping technology

Canada’s highways are set to benefit from new 3D laser mapping technology following the announcement that Calgary-based Airborne Imaging has successfully tested a revolutionary Anglo-German vehicle-mounted mobile laser mapper. StreetMapper 360, which is being supplied by UK-based 3D Laser Mapping, has been specifically designed for the rapid 3D mapping of highways, infrastructure and buildings using vehicle mounted lasers. Travelling at normal road speeds, StreetMapper 360 offers a 360-degree field of view with high precision mapping to a range of 300 metres.

Airborne Imaging is a multidisciplinary geospatial data provider and has selected StreetMapper 360 to demonstrate the potential for mobile mapping on Canada’s highways. As part of an evaluation programme to test new technology for the collection of various road geometry information Airborne Imaging completed a rigorous field trial of the StreetMapper 360 system delivering highly accurate 3D models of the highway and related assets to Alberta’s Infrastructure and Transportation (INFTRA) service.

StreetMapper 360 captures every detail along the highway corridor including barriers, gulleys and overhead wires, surveyors can create highly accurate 3D computer models for new scheme planning, maintenance, wide load route assessment and post-incident investigations.

StreetMapper, the result of a joint venture between 3D Laser Mapping, German guidance and navigation specialist IGI mbH and technology company Riegl. The system employs the latest laser scanning technology for improved field performance and accuracy, precision navigation including a solution for reduced GPS coverage in urban areas, combined with a flexible, modular configuration and increased ease of use and deployment.


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