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4 benefits of LiDAR in civil engineering

Civil engineering is all around us, it has shaped the way we interact and connect with the world. And although this profession is centuries old, there are new technologies that are making the work easier for engineers. LiDAR, also known as Light Detection and Ranging, has a number of applications for civil engineers and has thus become a recent invaluable asset in this industry. Keep reading to learn about its benefits.

1. Helps engineers capture data in Tunnel Surveying

Tunnel surveying is a type of underground surveying for the construction of tunnels. LiDAR is an ideal solution and a helpful tool for capturing data from tunnels. It can be used to analyze, assess, or model a tunnel through accurate and detailed 3D point clouds. 3D LiDAR data can also help depict imperfections in a tunnel, highlighting potential structural issues.

2. Provides clear reports and updates on the progress of projects

Many large projects have considerable stakeholders that need regular updates on the progress of the undertaking. Scans using LiDAR technology show change over time and help deliver clear reports of the progress. Additionally, 3D point clouds can show the live progress of the real-world structure and the plans.

3. Keeps accurate records of a project

Performing regular scans using LiDAR technology provides 3D models of a project before, during, and after completion. This helps keep accurate records throughout the project’s lifecycle, which is important and may be needed in the future to settle disputes, for extension work, or for reference in case the structure suffers damage.

4. Helps detect potential issues in the terrain

Scanning an area with a LiDAR sensor helps show imperfections in the terrain, which can then be considered in the planning process. This is ideal for civil engineers in detecting potential issues when building infrastructure like roads or railways.

LiDAR gives civil engineers a wide range of benefits. From mapping the land to project management, this technology can help engineers throughout the lifecycle of a project.

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