Disneyland Creates 3D Map

Taking advantage of an empty park and resort

Disneyland is now going to use a helicopter to fly LIDAR equipment over the entire resort to creating a 3D map of the whole place. The copter flew very low to the resort as close as 500 feet, on the helicopters was a 3D laser scanning device that gathered the information of the entire resort.

Due to COVID-19, the park is exceptionally empty and is the absolute best time to get accurate details without any interruptions. Currently, no one is sure what the maps will be used for. However, it could lead to touring Disneyland from the comfort of your home.

Using 3D laser scanning equipment is one of the best ways to quickly pick up small details and all areas. Even from 500 feet above the park, it can capture almost everything you can see at Disneyland. This equipment has been used for many different projects that involve 3D mapping places. It is some of the best on the market.

History of 3D laser scanning

Though we don’t know much about Disneyland’s plan, we do know a lot about the equipment they are using to create the 3D maps. 3D laser scanning was created a long time ago in the 1960s. However, it was new, there were a lot of kinks that needed to be worked out. It wasn’t accurate, and therefore no one adopted it unless they were trying to update the software.

3D laser scanning truly started being used in the 1990s. Since the original form, it has now been created into small handheld devices that can scan substantial items and objects. These devices can be attached to other machines, like robots, helicopters, and even cars, to scan a surrounding area. There is nothing 3D laser scanning devices can’t scan. That is why this technology is being adopted throughout so many different fields.

What can 3D laser scanning do

This tool is known to be some of the most accurate on the market, making it an excellent device to use when creating a model or virtual reality. It projects light on an object and measures the distance or bounce of the light back to the machine. This laser can help determine the length, size, shape, and much more.

At the same time, a 3D laser scanning device also has fast flashing cameras that take incredibly fast photos. It can even be faster than a sports camera, depending on the device that is being used. This can help determine more information that may go missing. Things like scratches, holes, texture, paint, color, and anything else you can think of.

The best thing about this device is that it is hooked up to the cloud, and can be saved for eternity. The information can then be sent to someone across the world, printed, or digitalized. This creates the best digital reference for information that we have ever had. This is also part of the reason it is being adopted.

Final thoughts

We may not know what Disneyland plans to do with the resort’s 3D mapping, but we do know they are using some of the best equipment to get it done. This may provide virtual tours of the entire resort to bored kids who are stuck at home. Who knows what the future holds?

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