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New 3D Scanner Offers CEAS Students Advanced Education

August 25, 2016
Mark Rehwaldt and graduate student Prapti Giri use a new all-terrain 3D scanner.
Mark Rehwaldt and graduate student Prapti Giri use a new all-terrain 3D scanner.

Starting in the fall of 2016, students in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) will have access to versatile and useful technology for design and mapping purposes.

The CEAS at the University of Wyoming recently acquired a Topcon 3D laser scanner. It is an apparatus that photographs and scans fixed points. In a recent demonstration with a sales representative, the scanner was able to scan 1,000,000 points on the front of the Engineering Building in just 15 minutes.

Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Architectural Mark Rehwaldt says this kind of equipment is what modern survey crews use for small- and large-scale design projects. UW graduate students will use it to monitor landslides, while architectural engineering students will be able to scan rooms, building facades, and other areas for design projects.

On an industry scale, the scanners can quickly gather data in minutes that would take hours or multiple trips to the site to gather using conventional methods.

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