When bound by the confines of client timelines, surveyors often find themselves with a short window of opportunity to carry out a survey. Whether it’s a tight possession on a railway or road network or a fleeting timeslot on an offshore oil rig or production facility, surveyors are just one of the many professionals across the construction supply chain that need site access. With often demanding environments to contend with, juggling low levels of lighting and adverse weather conditions, navigating around other tradespeople, traffic, or complex equipment, just how does the modern surveyor thrive on time-sensitive projects? Check out our five tips to help optimize time onsite, mitigate costly project delays, and keep clients happy.
From the NavVis blog by Rekha Jackson.
With often demanding environments to contend with, juggling low levels of lighting and adverse weather conditions, navigating around other tradespeople, traffic, or complex equipment, just how does the modern surveyor thrive on time-sensitive projects? Check out our 5 top tips to help optimize time onsite, mitigate costly project delays, and keep clients happy.
1. Choose the right tools for your project
In the last 10 years, the pace of technological change in surveying has exploded. Today’s surveyor has access to some of the most technologically advanced reality capture tools, long gone are the days of hauling around a heavy total station and tripod. Hardware is smaller and more agile than ever before and tough enough to withstand the harshest conditions onsite. The introduction of mobile LiDAR technology has propelled a paradigm shift in the speed of reality capture, with data collected in minutes rather than hours, days, or even weeks.
Take NavVis VLX mobile mapping system, for example, consisting of 2 multi-layer LiDAR sensors and 4 cameras. Capturing an immersive 360-degree view of the site and between 1,000 – 4,500 square meters of survey-grade data in a single dataset, is 10 times faster than a terrestrial laser scanner (TLS). Perfect for complex environments that demand fast data acquisition and clients that need to make time-critical decisions.
There’s no need to waste time setting up a tripod either as the device is wearable, so the surveyor can simply walk around the site unobtrusively collecting data whilst work continues around them. Ideal for working production facilities and minimizing the number of personnel on site, particularly important in light of a new post-COVID-19 working environment.
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