by Jorj Sayde, Kleinfelder
Disasters, whether natural, technological, or man-made, often come on suddenly and can severely impact day-to-day operations and patterns of life. They also force people to innovate in order to survive. However, the consequences of disasters can be mitigated by preparing for the unexpected and using novel technologies. Kleinfelder believes one of the keys to disaster preparedness and response is using reality capture and artificial intelligence technologies to minimize the disruption and consequences.
What is Reality Capture Technology?
Reality capture technology, such as the LiDAR laser scanners used by Kleinfelder, captures the current physical state of assets. These scanners are extremely efficient and accurate when gathering spatial data, making their use more advantageous over traditional measurement and photographic methods. LiDAR scanners capture detailed data about the surface of objects, including color and texture, up to +/-1.5 mm at several hundred metres. The detailed scans allow companies to:
Once data is gathered using LiDAR laser scanners, a point cloud is stitched together to produce a rich immersive 3D environment. These models can be shared through web-based networks for collaboration between engineering teams and stakeholders. Such models can even be coupled with less conventional devices such as 3D glasses/headsets for virtual walkthroughs. LiDAR scanners can be deployed during the day or night and in varying weather conditions, using drones or robots. The entire platform is extremely powerful for information gathering.
Disaster Preparedness and Management with Reality Capture
Regardless of the type of disaster, the ability to effectively manage and respond during a crisis is greatly increased when implementing reality capture technology with disaster preparedness efforts. By engaging skilled operators and engineers, the technology can be used to support disaster preparedness and response in the following ways:
Engineering Is Essential
As our modern society depends on the systems and infrastructure that support it, engineers are more essential than ever to ensure critical assets and operations remain unaffected during times of crisis. When a disaster strikes, private and public agencies alike seek service continuity.
By using advanced technologies such as LiDAR scanners, robotics, and drones, engineers can create 3D scans and models as well as virtual collaborative spaces that are useful to operators, owners, and other contractors and service providers that need to maintain operational continuity.
The merits of realty capture technologies will inevitably make such technologies part of the strategic mix of disaster preparedness and response tools for all private and public organizations.
Disclaimer: The information set forth in this communication should not be construed nor relied upon as legal or technical advice and is not intended as a substitute for legal, technical, or regulatory consultation.