Suppose one searches "The Beginning of LiDAR" on any search engine. In that case, one will find that "The essential concept of LiDAR was originated by E. H. Synge in 1930, who envisaged the use of powerful searchlights to probe the atmosphere."* Every time I perform said search, the date keeps going back in time. One of these days, we will find a manuscript on LiDAR Technology amongst Da Vinci's drawings.
Stepping into our present time, we have noticed that LiDAR has evolved into smaller and faster packages. Some manufacturers have doubled the use of LiDAR sensors on the same system to optimize data collection. The technology we will focus on today has used double sensors in most of their units on the market, except the first release (pushcart).
NavVis, a company founded in 2013 with about 300 employees servicing 60-plus countries, is writing a remarkable page in LiDAR's history. The company recently evolved its NavVis VLX 2 into a newly released VLX 3. The unit has a new sensor that produces a denser point cloud around a bigger footprint. Based on specifications released by the manufacturer, it also delivers a higher level of precision.
SurvTech Solutions is one of the largest NavVis Partners in the USA. SurvTech has taken delivery of a VLX-3 this week. Our team is eager to deploy the new technology and put it to the test. We will begin with what has been proven successful. Then, we will move on to areas where TLS units, such as the RTC-360, were previously required. The VLX-3 will be a great asset with projects that are on the schedule. The VLX-3 is "another tool in the box." We pride ourselves on applying the correct tool to the proper scope. Our main goal is to ensure our clients receive the best value added to their projects.
*Wikimedia Foundation. (2024, January 15). LiDAR. Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lidar#:~:text=The%20essential%20concept%20of%20lidar,for%20atmospheric%20research%20and%20meteorology.