Auckland Airport 3D Laser Scanning

Our Surveyors have been out all hours to capture Auckland Airport with 3D Laser Scanning in preparation for the Terminal Development Project.  The airport is an extremely busy area and the only way to survey some sites was to send teams in after midnight.  It was important to scan the terminal when it wasn’t full of people – as laser scans are a snapshot that will take everything in range.  Health and Safety was also a key factor in all areas, where the movement of the public, large aircraft, maintenance vehicles and airport workers need to be factored in for the safety (and accuracy) of the scans.

Russell Pye and Nathan Cossar worked to a tight time schedule ensuring the data needed in the terminals, arrivals, baggage areas, plant rooms, exterior and apron was captured quickly and precisely.  Our scans are survey-accurate, recording data with millimetre-accurate point clouds, providing a record of structural information and services, which were then further modelled in Revit. Existing buildings and peripheral structures can now be compared to a proposed designed model or drawings and interrogated by everyone involved – the architects, engineers, project managers, constructors, clients etc.

This project included:

  • Control Survey
  • Topographical Surveys
  • Scanning Surveys
  • Underground Services
  • HydroVac/CCTV
  • Project Management

“Laser scanning is a fantastic tool that can quickly and accurately survey a large area.  The photogrammetry looks incredibly real, enabling everyone to see the site and drill into the field-data they are interested in on their devices.  The point cloud output enables a high level of coordination between the owners, architects and construction professionals.  There are also benefits in cost savings, compared to traditional survey methods.  Another advantage is the major field-safety improvements, not only from our teams on-site, but also for future workers, who can utilise the Revit models, realistic visualisations and 3D walk-throughs available from the point-clouds without being on-site.”

Mark Finlayson, Survey Director

“I wanted to pass on my congratulations and positive feedback to your teams survey fieldwork completion on a very difficult airfield operational area.  The project went surprisingly smoothly in between difficulties with weather and stubborn manholes – and no operational issues with stakeholders.  You may be interested in feedback from our Airfield team (ASO): “They were a really good bunch of guys to work with as they knew what needed to be done and had a good plan and I tried to accommodate their needs as best I could.  No issues through the whole project and I would be more than happy to work with them again.  Thanks again, and looking forward to the next stage of field works.”

Jonathan Nistor, Project Manager, Airport Development and Delivery

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