New Zealand streets to be captured in 3D

By on 11 September, 2012
A million dollar mobile mapping platform launching this week is set to capture the first complete and measurable 3D model of New Zealand’s streets.
The first technology of its kind in New Zealand, StreetCam3D features a high-density LiDAR (Light Detection & Ranging) scanner and high-resolution 360-degree cameras mounted on a four-wheel drive utility vehicle.
Brought to the New Zealand market by Wellington location intelligence firm Terralink International, StreetCam3D promises to deliver millions of dollars in productivity related benefits for business, as well as enhance safety, both before and after disasters or emergencies.
Terralink International managing director, Mike Donald, says StreetCam3D will dramatically reduce the need for expensive, time-consuming and often dangerous fieldwork on and around New Zealand’s 126,000 kilometers of state highways, local roads and city streets.
“Instead of sending staff into busy environments to undertake manual surveying or measurements, StreetCam3D can quickly provide precise measurements for entire road networks with a single drive-through at normal road speeds.”
StreetCam3D captures the position and detailed appearance of every object, up to 100 meters in any direction, with pinpoint accuracy.
“It captures up to 1.33 million points of location data, in every direction, every second. This gives you a near-perfect model of the street environment, so you can undertake almost any analysis, measurement or planning, all without leaving your office,” Mr Donald says.
Because StreetCam3D is capturing high definition LiDAR, as well as high-resolution imagery, it allows users to accurately measure depth as well as height and width. It allows informed decision making about the condition of road surfaces, buildings, power lines or the encroachment of trees, all within an accuracy measured in millimeters.
“It’s going to unlock the benefits of spatial information for almost any organisation that operates on or around our streets, fundamentally changing the way many businesses and people work – from engineers to asset managers and urban planners,” Mr Donald says.
In addition to boosting productivity for organisations, StreetCam3D can also help save lives and property after natural disasters or major incidents have occurred, and should be an integral tool in civil defence preparedness.
“Following an earthquake, StreetCam3D can give response organisations a much better understanding of damage and likely risks.
“By re-driving the affected areas, response organisations can compare and analyse before and after data, to determine for example, the lean of a building, without having to put ground teams into the affected area, or at risk.”

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