ZEB1 Handheld Laser Scanner Speeds Up Mapping of Historic Hungarian Hospital

ZEB1 Handheld Laser Scanner Speeds Up Mapping of Historic Hungarian Hospital

ZEB1 Handheld Laser Scanner

ZEB1 Handheld Laser Scanner

ZEB1 the world’s first truly mobile, hand held, rapid laser mapping system has been used to document one of the largest heritage buildings in Budapest. Operated by Hungarian engineering company Burken the ZEB1 was used in conjunction with traditional terrestrial laser scanners to create architectural documentation of National Institution of Mental Health and Neurology. Covering more than 40,000 square metres of indoor space in grounds of 40.6 hectares Burken had just over one month to complete the entire project from start to finish on behalf of property management company Kiving Kft.

“Even with more than 10 years’ experience of reverse engineering projects the challenge of documenting one of the capital’s largest heritage buildings in just 32 days was daunting,” commented Lajos Kandra, Owner and Managing Director, Burken Ltd. “We had just a few days to scan an indoor area of around 40,000 square metres comprising of over 2000 individual rooms with many physical obstacles in addition to the outside façade and woodland.”

“While our terrestrial Riegl laser scanners were perfect for outdoors scanning of the woods and building facades, and even some of the larger indoor rooms, ZEB1 proved easier to use for scanning indoors. Capturing data using the ZEB1 is also fast as the device requires no set up and scanning can be completed at a normal walking pace.”

Burken were commissioned by Kiving to create architectural documentation of the historic National Institution of Mental Health and Neurology building to support future restoration and record building condition for Facility management. With a total project duration of just 32 days Burken had to complete scanning within very tight timescales. Full project delivery included building plans at a scale of 1:200 for the entire project site.

“The data captured by the terrestrial scanners was in a global coordinate system so the ability to integrate the ZEB1 data within this global reference was another major factor in its selection,” concluded Kandra. “In fact I would go as far as saying that where time is an issue – both for data capture and data processing, ZEB1 will now be our first choice.”

Developed by CSIRO and commercialised by UK based 3D Laser Mapping, ZEB1 uses robotic technology called Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM). The ZEB1 system includes a lightweight laser scanner mounted on a simple spring mechanism, which continuously scans as the operator walks through the environment. As the scanner loosely oscillates about the spring it produces a rotation that converts 2D laser measurements into 3D fields of view. Its ability to self-localise makes ZEB1 ideally suited for use indoors, underground and in other covered environments, where traditional solutions that utilise GPS don’t function well.

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ZEB1 was developed by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, and is licenced to GeoSLAM (a UK based start-up company). The competitively priced ZEB1, now exclusively available from 3D Laser Mapping, allows for fast data capture without any complex set up. ZEB1 is easy to use, truly portable and does not require expensive software or high end computers to process the captured data.

3D Laser Mapping is a global developer of laser scanning solutions for sectors such as mapping, mining and manufacturing. 3D Laser Mapping specialises in integrating laser scanning hardware with their own software and peripherals to create solutions at the cutting edge of technology. Through a worldwide network of distributors 3D Laser Mapping is able to provide frontline support and service for a growing international client base. For further information see www.3dlasermapping.com

CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is Australia’s national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world. CSIRO works with leading scientific organisations around the world, and is recognised internationally for the quality of its research. CSIRO’s research is performed by the 11 Divisions, which are the business units of CSIRO. CSIRO is one of the largest and most diverse scientific institutions in the world with more than 6500 staff located across 56 sites throughout Australia and overseas. For further information see www.csiro.au

CSIRO’s Digital Productivity and Services Flagship is a $48 million research initiative targeting productivity growth in Australia through frontier services innovation and by unlocking the value of a national broadband infrastructure. Through its research the flagship will help add value to the Australian economy by developing and delivering more efficient and innovative services that improve people’s wellbeing and prosperity. For further information see www.csiro.au/dpas

Burken Ltd is a Hungarian based engineering company with over 14 years’ experience. In the past 10 years the company has specialised in providing architectural and engineering surveying services. Burken are authorised resellers of Bentley software and Riegl laser scanners. For further information visit www.burken.hu 

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