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The Marvels of 3D Laser Scanning and Future of Land Survey

3D laser scanning is a modern day tool for land surveyors. Technology has done a lot to improve many data collection and project outcome in many professions. However, for land surveyors, 3D laser scanners do more than just reduce substantial distances or pinpoint various conditions. They have also eliminated the challenges that land surveyors have had before the technology. For instance, in case a terrain is not easy to navigate, a 3D laser scanner will do the job for you. As opposed to just being boundary stewards, land surveyors can solve land issues such as land division using 3D laser scanning and offer consultation services. Here is why 3D land scanning is improving the future of the land survey profession positively.

Reduce field time

Mapping a property takes time and money. However, with 3D laser scanning, it is fast, accurate and easy to use. Owing to this development, the surveyor will manage to stay within the budget of the project and prevent rework. With the time saved the surveyor works on what the data means as opposed to concentrating on the data collected. In case the event of a land division project, the land surveyor can create 3D models and use them to explain the data gathered to the client.


3D laser scanning provides for flexibility.  The land surveyors have different tools for various jobs. Therefore, they can consider aerial mapping or mobile laser scanning depending on the project. For instance, in an area where there is a swamp or the terrain is rocky aerial mapping will make the process easier by working around the obstacles and measuring properties.

Precisely reconstructing spaces

As opposed to traditional measuring methods, 3D laser scanning allows land surveyors to measure areas accurately so that all angels are correctly calculated. There is little room for error. For instance, when the land survey is for a land division project, uneven terrains can cause an error in precision when done manually.   This is not the case with 3D scanning. Therefore, the land surveyor will provide digital models that will show accurate property division for cases where land demarcations were unclear between to properties. The client has no doubt as the pictures for each property are given using accurate models.

Realistic drawings using collected 3D data

3D laser scanning perfectly assesses all spaces. Using the data collected, surveyors can create maps for new towns or developments with no errors in land divisions.  

Finally, surveyors today are few, and the land surveyors profession is not one many people fail to study. However, with 3D scanning, a surveyor can manage multiple projects due to time saved. The future of the land survey profession looks bright, and tactics once used are being changed every day as technology makes the projects easier to manage.