Mobile 3D Mapping Solutions for Infrastructure Projects
17 Oct 2019
Mobile mapping is a well-established technology that collects accurate and high-detailed geospatial data from a mobile vehicle that is fitted with a range of remote sensing systems. The application of mobile mapping falls into two main categories; street-level image displays, and collecting data about the road and rail infrastructure used for engineering, maintenance and management purposes. During the design phase of a project, engineers need an accurate plan of what is already there. The use of mobile mapping allows for the development of point cloud models and high quality images which can be used by the engineers to better visualise the site and make important design decisions based on this. It is much more efficient than static scanners, causes little-to-no disruption and provides significant time savings. GRAHAM recently used a cutting-edge Mobile Mapping Solution (Trimble MX9) on a Highways England project. The MX9 was mounted on top of a vehicle and driven along at highway speed, capturing dense point clouds and high quality images. Using the MX9, as opposed to other methods of data collection, meant that rich corridor data was captured on busy highways avoiding costly lane closures and safety issues.