Civil Engineering Survey Equipment
The equipment used for surveying during civil engineering projects can be anything from a drone to a 3D laser scanner to a GNSS system. Using electronic distance measurement, this equipment can help map out vertical and horizontal angles, and determine a solid and level surface to build on.
The surveying instruments we offer include everything you could need for all types of surveying. This includes our laser scanners, like our Trimble X12 Scanner, the TSC7 Handheld which helps to ensure accurate measurement in the moment, field-based and office software and GNSS systems that will ensure accurate measurements.
Why is Surveying Important in Civil Engineering?
Civil engineering is an extensive field, covering virtually every built structure you can think of, including roads, railways, buildings, utilities systems, and much more. Because of this, it affects the environment around it in many ways, and accurate surveys are vital.
As such, it’s up to civil engineering surveyors to ensure not only that the actual construction work takes place in the most efficient way possible, but that it also has the least effect on the wider environment. It’s vital to ensure that any adverse effects are kept to a minimum to protect wildlife, maintain infrastructure and lessen disruption to any inhabitants of the area.
Here are just some of the responsibilities of the civil engineer and/or surveyor:
Inspect high risk areas: Surveying instruments can help identify areas of risk for workers. Modern surveying instruments include drones, making it extremely easy to make a digital twin of an area. They can measure angles to determine slope distance, all while keeping personnel safe. Robotic total stations, meanwhile, can be controlled remotely to measure horizontal and vertical distances.
Collect accurate measurements for reports: Land surveying equipment collects measurements for topographical surveys. Drones are useful tools for collecting accurate measurements used in progress reporting when regular flights are undertaken. These can then be used to provide 3D digital simulations.
Determine where private and public property begin and end: This is essential for avoiding a lawsuit. Surveying equipment can help to map out an exact working area and avoid moving into private territory.
Assist in meeting the needs of the public: Civil engineers may work with architects, transportation companies, councils and local governments, utilities companies and more to ensure that projects are designed and executed with the public in mind, and, as mentioned above, that they are carried out in an environmentally-safe and non-disruptive manner.
How Do Laser Scanners Work?
Laser scanners are an essential tool in surveying. They produce accurate and comprehensive 3D point clouds of locations and assets, which can be used for various purposes throughout the different stages of a project. They work by emitting infrared lasers into a mirror. The mirror reflects the lasers so that they sweep across the area, and objects in the path of the lasers reflect the beam back to the scanner, calculating the horizontal distance of objects. Laser scanners will also capture measurements of vertical planes as well as horizontal and vertical angles.
Want to Know More?
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