Latest Headlines

McKim & Creed Launches State-of-the-Art Mobile Data Collection System

October 5, 2009
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+
McKim & Creed has launched MoDaC, a state-of-the-art mobile data collection system that features the OpTech LYNX mobile scanner.

Raleigh, NC-McKim & Creed, a nationally ranked engineering, surveying and planning firm with offices throughout the Southeast, has launched MoDaC, a state-of-the-art mobile data collection system that features the OpTech LYNX mobile scanner. This makes McKim & Creed one of the few firms on the East Coast to offer turnkey mobile scanning services.

Mobile scanning combines 3-D laser scanning, GPS, inertial measurement and video technologies. Multiple scanners are mounted on an SUV or on a rail truck. These scanners collect dense and accurate 360-degree data while the vehicle travels at posted speeds. The data is used for design, modeling and simulation in 2-D, 3-D and 4-D formats.

Mobile scanning is most applicable for large transportation projects that encompass more than one mile, require normal design accuracies (less than ½-inch tolerance), have tight deadlines, involve heavily traveled or potentially dangerous areas, and can benefit from the addition of video imagery for feature collection and presentation purposes. MoDaC is McKim & Creed’s trademarked name for its mobile data collection services.

“MoDaC allows us to offer a unique service to our clients that is safer, faster and more cost effective than many traditional surveying methods,” says Marty Stoughton, PLS, McKim & Creed’s director of business development for mobile scanning. “Because mobile scanning is such a new technology, and because it offers such clear imagery, we continue to see new applications each and every day.”

MoDaC offers considerable benefits. It is significantly less expensive than traditional helicopter photogrammetry. Data collection is much faster. Massive amounts of data can be collected while traveling at posted speeds, and surveyors can collect up to 400,000 points per second as compared to one point every few seconds with traditional surveying. With fewer personnel working beside busy roadways, mobile scanning creates a safer job site. The likelihood of bad-weather delays is reduced due to shortened data collection time. Because the data is collected from a moving vehicle, mobile scanning does not impede traffic flow. And the dense data that is collected lends itself to future data extraction without additional field visits.

Prior to investing in mobile scanning technology, McKim & Creed compared mobile scanning with static scanning on a three-mile test site. Two crews worked for one week to collect the data using static scanning. With mobile scanning, the data was collected in less than half a day.


McKim & Creed provides engineering, surveying and planning services to public and private sector clients via 16 offices located throughout the Southeast.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to POB

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

HxGN Live

More than 3,500 attendees from more than 70 countries attended HxGN Live, the annual Hexagon AB user conference, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 3-6. About 450 keynotes and panel discussions were held, and several companies from around the world exhibited their geospatial products. Here are a few snapshots from the event.

9/30/14 2:00 pm EDT

Technical Workflows on the Job Site Using 3D Laser Scanning

The purpose of this webinar is to dig into different laser scanning workflows and techniques.

POB

POB September 2014

2014 September

In this September 2014 issue of POB, we take a look at a book that reveals how a rare-map dealer made millions stealing ancient maps. Also, discover the secrets of a 21st-century surveyor and how technology enables small surveying businesses to ease growing pains and maximize their potential.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Surveying Career

Would you recommend surveying as a career to a current college student?
View Results Poll Archive

Point of Beginning Store

M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\POB\epubsite\Statues-pic-large.gif
Surveyor Statues

The perfect gift or award for any special occasion.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

Geo Locator

Buyers Guide

The #1 buyers' guide for land surveyors and geomatics professionals. Search listings for software and equipment manufacturers, equipment dealers and professional services. CLICK HERE to view GeoLocator.

STAY CONNECTED

Facebook logo Twitter logo  LinkedIn logo  YouTube logoRPLS small logo

Google +