In civil engineering the laser scanner is a measurement tool, no different than a total station, level or even cloth tape. The key is to use the right tool for the right job, to maximize quality will minimizing costs. The scanner is a line of sight tool, so it acquires extremely detailed data on anything visible from the scanner head. For volumes on large non-vegetated ground a scanner is extremely productive and efficient. However, add in vegetation, such as grass or trees and a scanner may not be the right tool.
Civil Engineering 3D Laser Scanning Applications
Efficient uses of scanning in civil engineering include: