In early March, we performed a LiDAR survey of the Clipsal 500 racetrack during its construction, to demonstrate the capabilities of this technology to the event organisers.
"LiDAR surveys are useful for events such as the Clipsal 500, because its products can be used to review the progress of construction", explained Rob Coleman, Engineering Manager, NBN Engineering.
"How you use the data collected at a site such as this is only limited by your imagination. For example, we can look at specific corners on the track, extract angles and examine deviation in surface heights, bend radius, investigate kiosk placements, people flow and so on.
"LiDAR technology has a wide range of applications and this demonstration is part of a project to investigate potential future business opportunities that may be open to us".
What is LiDAR?
LiDAR is a surveying method that measures distance to a target by illuminating that target with pulsed laser light. These laser pulses measure distances by starting a timer when the pulse goes out, and then stopping the timer when the sensor sees a reflection. By keeping careful track of where it's pointing the laser, the LiDAR system obtains the data it needs to create 3D data files called point clouds. Point clouds are commonly used to generate 3D models of urban environments, landscapes, and events; just like the Clipsal 500.