Indoor and Outdoor Mobile Laser Mapping Technology Solutions

Posted on July 26th, by Taylors in Infrastructure, News, Survey.

Trimble Indoor Mobile Mapping Solution (TIMMS) technology collects survey data in a fraction of the time it takes conventional methods and Taylors have recently purchased one of the only systems in Australia.

Mobile mapping survey technologies have been rapidly advancing over the last few years in response to industry demand for increased safety, productivity, and accuracy on projects. The technologies allow surveyors to conduct highly efficient surveys of major infrastructure such as road networks, electricity networks, large buildings, schools and universities, airports, hospitals and treatment plants.

Taylors has been working with BCE Surveying from Perth to operate the Trimble MX8 in Victoria, which is cutting edge outdoor mobile mapping technology that provides LiDAR and high-resolution imagery for projects at speeds not possible with traditional laser scanning.

Applications for mobile mapping in Australia

Taylors Infrastructure Operations Manager Anthony Emmerson said the greatest benefit of mobile mapping technologies, especially the TIMMS and MX8, is speed, as it means greater overall project efficiency.

“We can collect data for large projects in a fraction of the time it would take using conventional techniques,” Mr Emmerson said.

The Trimble® MX8 combines premium laser scanning, positioning and imagery technologies to collect georeferenced point clouds and high-resolution imagery. Rigidly mounted and fully calibrated, the MX8 is capable of collecting over one million points per second, allowing high fidelity as-built asset and infrastructure modelling. It’s designed for surveyors, engineers, and geospatial professionals for use in projects including detailed design, as-built surveys, inspection, encroachment analysis, and asset management of major infrastructure.

Mr Emmerson said this type of mobile mapping technology is best for use in applications such as roadway and major highway surveys, floor level surveys, powerline surveys, rail corridor surveys, mine sites, irrigation channels and large site surveys – virtually anywhere that is accessible by a 4WD vehicle. It also allows surveys to be conducted without road closures, traffic management or disruption to operations.

Mr Emmerson said mobile mapping technologies aren’t only limited to outdoor locations, but can also have the same speed and efficiency benefits for indoor projects on major structures.

The TIMMS enables surveyors to obtain accurate point cloud data of large interior spaces with never before seen speed and efficiency.

“The TIMMS can be used in airports, hospitals, schools and universities, government buildings, manufacturing plants, and even water processing and filtration plants.

“The resultant rich point cloud data is especially useful for architects, developers, structural engineers, builders and contractors, facilities managers, and quantity surveyors,” Mr Emmerson said.

 Adopting advanced technologies

Mr Emmerson said Taylors are early adopters of technology, such as mobile mapping because of the benefits to its customers, the company, and employees.

“As the MX8 is vehicle mounted, it means our employees are not required to be on the roads, therefore significantly reducing the risk of injury to our people”.

“It also allows projects to be completed faster while still maintaining an extremely high level of accuracy. This efficiency combined with high precision accuracy is changing our industry, and we are pleased to be on the leading edge of this change”

Taylors was the first company to use mobile laser scanning to survey a VicRoads’ freeway in Victoria when they surveyed the Eastern Freeway in 2015, and in 2013 they were the first company in Australia to employ the technology on the NBN rollout, which included scanning over 20,000 poles for South Australia Power Networks.

“Being early adopters is never easy but can be extremely rewarding. It’s great to be ahead of the curve and to be using this technology, but it needs to be part of a larger skill set if you are truly offering end-to-end solutions for customers,” Mr Emmerson said.

“For us, this means using the high density, colourised point clouds that are produced by the MX8 and TIMMS for data collection, data extraction, 3D modelling, and virtual reality applications”