Our TLS instrument and peripheral equipment
The primary components of our TLS facility are shown and described here.
Riegl VZ-400 terrestrial laser scanner
The VZ-400 is a very portable instrument with a fast scan rate and a scanning range up to 500 m. More information:
The Nikon camera is calibrated to be mounted on top of the scanner to take pictures for true-color scans. It should never be removed from the mount.
Panasonic Toughbook laptop
The scanner is run off of a Panasonic Toughbook in the field. The software loaded on the Toughbook is Riegl's proprietary RiScan Pro.
We have eight carbon-fiber, very lightweight tripods. The larger tripod is for mounting the scanner; seven smaller tripods are for mounting targets. In addition, we have two magnetic mounts (for use with targets when tripods are not necessary).
We have several kinds of TLS targets:
The Kestrel is used to take atmospheric measurements at the time of the scan, including air temperature and barometric pressure, along with relative humidity and wind speed.
Backpacks for carrying equipment
For transporting equipment short distances in the field, we have four backpacks:
Honda 1000i generator
The scanner can be run off of the generator. When using the generator, it should ALWAYS be run with a surge protector in place.