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Improved Airport LiDAR Scans with ScanX

Published November 22, 2021
ScanX Airport LiDAR

Airports serve as our waypoints to other regions. As more and more cities develop, these spots become a center for transportation and traveling. Thus, there is a great need to preserve its integrity through new technologies such as Airport LiDAR scans.

Why Scan Airports?

Here are some reasons why airport LiDAR scans are necessary:

Site Checking

Airports are hubs for many people and vehicles. Safety for landing strips needs checking often, and this includes proper measurements for roads. This should be properly done to ensure the safety of aircraft as well as package conveyors on the site.

Furthermore, airports experience a lot of foot traffic. Estimating the capacity of the whole area is a good idea to avoid overcrowding. This is especially true in the context of the pandemic where social distancing is highly recommended.

Not only that, but site inspection is also beneficial in ensuring that the integrity of facilities remain optimal.

ScanX Airport Survey

Design Vs. As-built

Design vs. as-built refers to the comparison of the final output of a building towards its original plan. These are then used to track changes in the whole structure to see if significant errors occurred.

With the power of the point cloud, looking at design vs. as-built models is easier. It is easy to compare generated Digital Surface Models (DSM) and pre-planned CAD layouts. With these, identification of the total margin of error of the building process is possible.

Governments use these data for compliance purposes. Also, it has potential for reinforcement if a certain building plan was truly followed.

Design Vs. As-built

Obstruction Evaluations

According to the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), this refers to studies that detect objects which impede operations. Applications of the process include navigation facilities as well as airport capacity.

With the use of LiDAR, this whole process becomes automated. All that is needed is a 3D scan of a whole area. The generated 3D model will have capabilities for multi-angled viewing. This means that obstructions in the form of objects are seen easily. Furthermore, automatic segmentation and classification empower powerful and smart processors. What once took days now took hours, bringing betterment to industries.

Airport Obstruction Evaluation

How ScanX can be used?

Without a good point cloud processor, airport scans will be useless. What if we told you that a lightweight, web-based, machine-learning support platform exists? Well, ScanX is all of those things and much, much more. Discover why we are the best processor for airport scans.

Improved Collaboration

Have difficulties sent building data to different people in different places? This is not a problem for ScanX! With our platform, you only need to get a shareable link for others to view the processed point clouds. This allows for better communication on and off-site.

ScanX Collaboration

Another thing is that our platform is compatible with various file types. It can open up .ptx, .ply, .e57, .bin, .txt, .xyz, .las, .laz,  and .kml extensions. We are capable of processing not only one but multiple outputs from other software.

Automatic Classification

Another feature of ScanX applicable to your airport LiDAR scans is automatic classification. With the use of machine learning and new algorithms, the platform identifies various types of objects. For example, the total ground of the airport landscape can be precisely classified to know the exact area. Another is the segmentation of objects like vegetation, powerlines, and buildings.

With the help of this beneficial perk, inspectors can easily see obstructions that are present within the area. Also, identification of overall capacity of the terminal for review purposes takes place.

ScanX Airport Automated Classifications

Light Weight Processor

Modern software processors are a pain due to the sheer resources needed to run them. Bulky CPUs and GPUs are required for smooth operations. This entails  more costs as there is a requirement of purchasing a high-end PC before usage of the software.


Airport Point Cloud

This phenomenon is not true for ScanX as it only requires a browser and any working PC or laptop to function. As a cloud-based application, it reduces the need for heavy machinery  as servers operate to compensate for the tasks. We even allied with huge names in the industry such as Amazon Web Services and DNX Solutions to ensure that every process is properly executed.

Web-Based, High-Accuracy Point Cloud Processing.
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