If you are in any built-world industry such as construction, architecture, or engineering, you have likely heard the term “mobile mapping systems”. Most are familiar with the concept behind these systems. The “camera” used on the Google Maps Street View car, for example, utilizes this same kind of technology. Wearable versions of mobile mapping systems are becoming increasingly popular in the fields of architecture, engineering, construction, and more. But what are mobile mapping systems?

This method of data collection uses laser scanners that gather 3D information about the environment, similar to traditional terrestrial laser scanning. Wearable mobile scanning systems, however, are units that allow their operator to scan a built structure or environment while walking through it, unlike terrestrial scanning systems that must scan at fixed points. These devices use SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) algorithms to develop highly detailed, 3D representations of built environments.

Scanning with wearable mobile mapping systems provides several benefits including:

1. Efficiency

Site visits that previously took days can instead be completed in hours by one person, making it extremely efficient for all projects, including large ones. These devices also make it easier to scan challenging spaces, such as confined or uneven environments. Data can be provided to you faster, allowing you to start initial planning sooner.

2. High-Quality Data

Today’s wearable mobile mapping systems are designed to ensure that the quality of data collected is not sacrificed due to their speed. These devices can produce point cloud accuracies that are comparable to that of terrestrial scanners, preserving detailed 3D information like surfaces and features. Some models can also take 360° imagery and may feature SLAM technology that is purposefully designed to minimize errors in the data, meaning that no matter how large or difficult your site is, data will remain accurate throughout.

3. Non-Disruptive Scanning

Since scanning is more efficient, operators spend less time on site, which means less disruption of normal business operations. Additionally, many wearable mobile mapping devices will either remove or blur dynamic objects such as people or cars, allowing clients to continue operating during scanning.

Wearable mobile mapping systems ensure you have a comprehensive, consistent visualization of your built environment. With their speed, accuracy, and non-intrusive nature, they may be what your next project needs for a great start.

To learn more about wearable mobile mapping for your project, contact our team at marketing@teamofchoice.com or 479-636-5004.