Topcon GLS-2000 Field Trial Report

Earlier this week we teamed up with Topcon Europe’s scanning specialists who brought their pre-production Topcon GLS-2000 laser scanner to South Wales for some field testing and feedback. Having seen the official specs at the launch in Intergeo, we were keen to test out its capabilities for real on some familiar test sites. First off…

Topcon GLS-2000 Laser Scanner

Topcon have launched the GLS-2000 laser scanner – building on the success of their current lineup. We’ve recently carried out the first field tests of this instrument and will be presenting them here very soon. In the meantime, keep an eye on our twitter accountfor the latest updates! TerraDat has confidently endorsed the Topcon GLS range…

Target Scanning with the GLS-2000

As mentioned in the previous post, the Topcon GLS-2000 is a survey grade instrument that can be attached to a standard tribrach to allow occupation and backsight measurements over a known point. Previous Topcon GLS scanners used a bespoke highly reflective target that could be attached (magnetically or adhesively) to a special T mount or any…

Laser scanning on busy roads

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYeFvRv0x8I&rel=0 Laser scanning targets where there are high amounts of traffic (vehicle or pedestrian) can be problematic if maximum coverage is required. The Topcon GLS-1000 scanner has the facility to undertake “detailed” scan. In this mode, it repeats the data acquisition within the specified scan area two or three times. The final dataset will contain only…

Scanning Cologne Cathedral

The video shows a fly-through of a point cloud acquired with the Topcon GLS-1500 that was produced using ScanMaster 2 and Pointools View Pro. The data confirms that the height from the ground to the top of the towers is 156.2m. The scanner was 80m away from the building, demonstrating the scanner’s excellent medium-range high…

Electrical Substation

Case study of a very complex detailed site, demonstrating the high quality of the GLS laser scanner data Download data (ascii text file of point cloud with RGB / I values) – 8 MB Laser scanning is ideal for recording complex existing infrastructure, such as power plants, water works, refineries etc. This example from S.…

Architecture

Modern opera house and streetview Download data (ascii text file of point cloud with RGB / I values) – 77 MB This dataset is a two-station survey of the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay. It demonstrates the excellent quality of data achievable with Topcon’s GLS laser scanner over 150m away from parts of the…

Coastal Laser Scanning

from the Glamorgan Heritage Coast Download data (ascii text file of point cloud with RGB / I values) – 52 MB Carried out as part of a research study into wave platform erosion, this dataset comprises two scan positions on the cliff top and one on the rock platform. Positioning was achieved using an RTK…