3D Laser Mapping, with offices in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Africa, will be offering open access to point cloud data which can be viewed and manipulated using GIS software. This information can be extracted for use by businesses, academic research and for in-house training opportunities. The move comes as UK Chancellor Philip Hammond outlined plans in his budget to establish a new Geospatial Commission to look at ways to expand its open-data policy and make location-based data more freely accessible to enable economic growth.

The company will be releasing data collected using its flexible ROBIN mobile mapping system, which can be used on foot, in a vehicle and mounted to aircraft and UAVs.

Data from Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, collected using the ROBIN WALK system, will showcase the applications of mobile mapping when used on foot, collecting in-depth forestry data. The ROBIN DRIVE system, designed for use in vehicles, collected point cloud data from the Silver Jubilee Bridge over the River Mersey, demonstrating its capabilities of mapping the built environment for civil engineering projects.

3D Laser Mapping will also release data gathered using its new ROBIN +WINGS unit, which is designed for airborne use.

“By launching this campaign, we’re already doing what this new Commission has been set up to achieve,” said David Primhak sales and marketing director.

“LiDAR data is often highly protected or restricted, with the Environment Agency one of the only other organizations in the UK offering open-source access under the Government’s ‘open data’ policy.”