High Definition Surveys (HDS), Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) or 3D Laser Scanning as we like to call it.
HDS is an industry that has been around in South Africa for some time but is only in the recent past few years that the technology has been more readily adopted. The reason for this has been primarily because of the advancements in computers’ ability to process the data quicker and the improvement in modelling software. Vast amounts of data are collected with each scan but it’s the ability to process this data that dramatically improved over the last 4-5 years
So with the advancement in these key areas of technology, the uptake of Terrestrial Laser Scanning or TLS in South Africa has been quite rapid over the last 3 years. The mistake most companies make is believing that the key resource in TLS lies in the equipment. The ability to model from a point cloud is paramount to the delivery of a successful product
There is a concerning trend within the HDS industry in South Africa to outsource this skill to other countries like India or the Far East. This is a major concern for our industry and needs to be avoided at all costs. It is our goal to not only keep this scarce resource in South Africa but to grow it as much as possible. This is our key area of development and area we wish to expand in.