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Latest Technology and Equipment in Land Surveying

May 5th 2015 at 4:50 AM

Land surveying instruments are not entirely new inventions. In fact, these instruments existed since the ancient times, when humans started putting up large structures. They were invaluable assets to the construction of the pyramids of Egypt, and people continued to use them to build massive edifices throughout the centuries. In essence, land surveying equipment played an important part in the construction and location of almost all buildings that have ever been erected, and each plot of land that required division.

Land surveying equipment continued to evolve throughout time, too. Over the centuries, several different kinds of land surveying instruments have been developed and invented to measure distance, horizontal and vertical positions, astronomical location, time, direction, and distance. Some of the best old school land surveying tools have inspired the invention of newer technologies that can provide all-in-one solutions and faster, more accurate results.

The need for high-end laser-based 3D scanning equipment, GPS-enabled instruments, and other advanced land surveying technologies has increased in the recent years because of demand. Land surveyors need these tools to remain competitive and be able to comply with local, state, and federal laws, ordinances, and regulations. Map tables have become rare, and land surveyors have stopped using the alidade in favor of devices that can perform aerial location, which is considered more accurate and much faster.

The most modern equipment in land surveying uses a combination of technologies. Optics like lasers are integrated into the latest land surveying equipment. Along with large amounts of memory banks (to record more measurement data). This equipment also features dual selectable lasers, the ability to multi-task, faster response times, and the capability to produce more accurate calculations.

High-definition 3D laser scanning is one of the latest technologies used in land surveying. It is the most advanced and updated among land surveying methods, and it is capable of providing fast and accurate results. It is more precise as compared to traditional surveying equipment. HD 3D laser scanning help project developers, building construction specialists, and surveying architects to accurately survey the land before they consider the destruction, remodeling, or renovation of existing land or structures.

High-definition 3D scanning uses a fast, exact, and versatile updated scanning system, and high-end software for viewing markups, panoramic images, and other measurements. The device can take 360 x 320-degree photo-realistic panoramic scans for more precise and exclusive 3D images. HD 3D land surveying can be useful to many applications. For example, to conduct damage and condition assessment, 3D semi-automated modeling, data exchange with CAD platforms, interference or clash checking, the creation of 2D plans, and determining vessel or tank volumetric information.

About the Author:

Armando Dupont, a professional land surveyor started his career in surveying in 1977 and has extensive experience in managing personnel and projects. His experience includes: topographic mapping, boundary surveys and analysis, construction and control surveying, preparation of tract and parcel maps, earth work calculation and quantities, targeting and control for photogrammetric, and land title surveys in accordance with the American Land Title Association and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping. Mr. DuPont founded Calvada Surveying, Inc. in 1989 and is a licensed Professional Land Surveyor in the State of California.

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