MDL Dynascan with QINSy
QPS US has been cooperating with MDL US since late 2008. MDL has developed the Dynascan, a portable mobile laser scanner based on the MDL LaserAce scanner. By combining all sensors in a single pod it becomes a far simpler task to mobilize and use the device. The Dynascan is bundled with QINSy as the acquisition and Qloud as the 3D viewing and editing tool. The single pod concept ensures all offsets are properly identified and setup in the software. The units are completely preconfigured with QINSy including all calibration values. The standard version of the Dynascan has a single laser head rotating 360 degrees in a vertical plane. A dual-headed Dynascan is also available where both heads are rotated 45 degrees outwards and also tilted forward 45 degrees.
As QINSy can simultaneously read the above water laser data and combine it with multibeam data the complete 3D picture can be created on the fly in one acquisition run. QINSy’s on-the-fly DTM generation allows customers to see the end results immediately. Typical customers for this device are companies measuring stock pile volume calculations or similar asset and inventory measurements, companies having the requirements to measure both above and below water. Amongst other Dynascan customers, the US Army Corps of Engineers has expressed an interest in the Dynascan and the first unit has been ordered already for their operations maintaining jetties and other shore side assets from a vessel.
The concept of being able to convert any vehicle of opportunity (land or marine) into a mobile lidar acquisition platform is revolutionary in its own right. The Dynascan does not have millimetric accuracies as the well-known laser manufacturers in the industry, but it is not intended to compete with these systems either. It is horses for courses and the Dynascan is intended to be used as a tool and not an instrument. Its rugged design will allow it to operate in environments very unfriendly to high-end equipment, both on land as on water. The price for a complete Dynascan including computer and software (ready to survey) is less than the costs of a high-end laser alone.
For more information about the Dynascan please visit the MDL site.