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Maintaining momentum in terrestrial laser scanning: a UK case study

Lookup NU author(s): David Barber, Professor Jon MillsORCiD


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Terrestrial laser scanning has been rapidly adopted around the world as a tool for capturing three-dimensional survey data in a variety of applications. This rapid take up continues, but clients, and therefore data providers, are becoming increasingly interested in ensuring that data is fit for purpose and provides value for money. Specific professional guidance is required in response to this need and in providing such advice it is important to consider the current state and future direction of the sector in question. Also, the mechanisms used to develop and disseminate guidance are as important as the advice itself, ensuring it is considered as impartial by its end users. This paper summarises these issues and provides a case study in the form of an ongoing UK project that is developing professional guidance for the application of terrestrial laser scanning in the recording of cultural heritage. As part of this project the issue of data formats for terrestrial laser scanning has been considered. Several recommendations are provided here to encourage the adoption of a common terrestrial laser scanning data format for the exchange, management and archiving of point cloud data. Such a development would have an impact on many of the applications now routinely using laser scanning.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Barber DM, Mills JP, Bryan PG

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences: Workshop -Laser scanning

Year of Conference: 2005

Pages: 126–131

Publisher: ISPRS

Notes: Poster Session