Using 3D Laser Scanning Services To Preserve UK Railways

Teams Are Surveying Without Disrupting Travelers

Richard Palmer, rail sector manager at Dura Composites, discusses how 3D laser scanning services may be utilized to conserve the Victorian rail legacy of the United Kingdom. 3D scanning services is a technique for seeing and studying a building’s structure, surface, fixtures, and fittings that have found a new use in preserving some of the UK’s most treasured Victorian railway history.

3D laser scanning services employ light and radar (LIDAR) to precisely measure and record positions and distances, creating a point cloud file that enables data acquisition at a degree of precision that would be impossible to do manually. Although the technology has advanced significantly in recent years, it has not been employed as a cost-effective means of allowing train infrastructure projects, most notably Victorian station canopies.

3D laser scanning services are currently being successfully used to acquire exact measurements of the precise details and structural qualities of the whole canopy, to aid in its conservation, renovation, or regeneration — without invasive surveying procedures or station closures.

Scanning railway canopies

Surveying the delicate characteristics of buildings and structures has always been difficult. But a 3D laser scan produces a considerably more detailed image than prior technologies, and it does it much quicker.

A 3D laser scanning service can collect millions of data points per second, which is incredible in and of itself, but it’s revolutionary in terms of health and safety. Because conventional surveys sometimes need authorization to reach roofs or entail working at a height, such as measuring a train canopy at a station, switching to 3D laser scanning is a huge step toward de-risking a project – both in terms of employees and the structure itself.

The Benefits of 3D Laser Scanning Services

One of the best things about using the technology is that it allows a team to regularly work around the daily commuters who use the railways. It also eliminates the risk of electrocution and other possible dangers to the team. This is one of the reasons why it is good to use for inaccessible locations. 

3D laser scanning services have gone way beyond the railway industry. You will start noticing this technology in many different areas of construction and teams trying to preserve historical structures.

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