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Engineering and Construction

Progress Tracking and As-builts

By scanning a site multiple times over a series of weeks or months exact progress can be tracked and compared to previous scans.


Scans can be used to determine the exact amount of material moved or the progress on the structure of a building.


Rapid Surveying

Prairie 3D rapid surveys Richter Field, an airport in Marensville, Saskatchewan, aircraft passes in the circuit pattern. Credit: Danno Peters
A 3D model created using mutiple Mobile Mapping scans of Richter Field near Saskatoon Saskatchewan

We are able to map at up to 110 kph, which allows us to scan job sites, roadways, and airports with minimal impact on traffic flow.


The images to the right and below show Richter Airfield, which was scanned between multiple aircraft landing and taking off.


Damage and Deterioration

Our Mobile Mapping Truck data can be used to detect the settling and deterioration of structures by comparing the GPS locations of hundreds of points on the structure over a period of time.


Structures can also be visually inspected using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or remotely operated cameras.

An image captured using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Drone) of a concrete beam suport in the super structure of the Gabriel Dumont Bridge.
A close up image of the super structure beneath the first span of the Batoche Bridge captured using a UAV.
High Definition Image of a residential roof inspection of wind damage to the asphalt shingles of a cottage style roof.
A GPS Point Cloud model of the 11th Street (University Bridge) on College Drive in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Captured using Mobile Mapping.

Mapping and Surveying

Topographical Mapping

Both LiDAR and Photogrametry data can be used to create topographical maps of terrain or structures.


LiDAR is advantageous for large areas along roadways which require a high degree of accuracy.


Photogrametry is preferred when a site is not suitable for vehicular traffic (ie a sensitive area or heavily watered) and moderate accuracy is required.

Topographical map from Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Drone) and survey point data from topcon GNSS (GPS) survey equiptment. Credit: Danno Peters

Orthographic Mapping

Both LiDAR and Photogrametry data are used to correct images for terrain and the curvature of the Earth.


These corrections allow for accurate projections including Orthographic imagery (as shown to the right).


Stitching of multiple images allow for Giga Pixel maps (such as the image below) to be created.

Georeferenced UAV imagery used to create visual orthographic maps of Midland Provintial Park near the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Credit: Danno Peters

Three Dimensional Mapping

Our LiDAR system captures up to 1.3 million points per second of any structure it drives over or past. (University of Saskatchewan Spinks Building shown to the right)


UAV and 360 photos are used to map a color to each point throughout the scan.(Downtown Rocky Mountain House is shown below)


A LiDAR point cloud colourized using InfraRed (IR) Reflectance from the velodyne laser system on a TopCon Mobile Mapping truck.
RMH, the city of Rocky Mountain House was fully mapped using truck mounted LiDAR (Infrared Lasers) and 360 degree cameras. Three Dimensional 3D

Agriculture and Environmental

Ground Movement

Periodic LiDAR and UAV scanning can detect early slumping and ground movement.


This data can be used to prevent infrastructure failures and predict problem areas.

Unstable slope exibiting the ground movement and settling/slumping characteristic of the Drumheller area. Credit: Danno Peters

Water Security

Topographic data can be used to predict watershed flow and intensity.


Simulations and periodic topographic scans can be used to efficiently route surface water away from infrastructure and to prevent tailing ponds and lagoons from breaching or eroding.

Three Dimensional view of the Digital Terrain Model for new sewage containment and settling ponds at Redberry Lake Mobile Mapping Remote Sensing
Many islands and channels are visible showing the water flow of the North Saskatchewan River in Central Saskatchewan. Credit: Danno Peters


Normalized Density Vegitation Index image created using Infrared Remote Sensing drone measurements of a wheat field. Credit Danno Peters
Normalized Density Vegitation Index image created using Infrared Remote Sensing measurements from a Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Credit Danno Peters
Multispectral Infrared IR and Ultraviolet UV image of Grand Trunk Railway Bridge crossing the South Saskatchewan River. Credit: Danno Peters
Panoramic multispectral 680 nanometer Infrared image of the Grand Trunk Railway Bridge over the South Saskatchewan River. Credit: Danno Peters

Relative vegetation health and type can be monitored using multi-spectral (InfraRed and UltraViolet) imaging and remote height measurements.


Below from left to right are a combination UltraViolet and 950nm Infrared image (left), a 680nm Infrared image (center), and a Normalized Density Vegetation Index map (right and top right).


The NDVI (Normalized Density Vegetation Index) scale relatively assesses the IR emissions of plant life and can be used to differentiate vegetation type and density. These measurements of density can be used to infer the health of a crop or natural area.



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