Roadside (and other Academy of Finland projects)

Objective of the projects: develop tools and methods for road and environmental engineering and roadside modeling that allows fundamental research in the area of road engineering and modeling and to conduct in-depth experiment research in the following topics: statistical analysis of road surfaces and road environment, change detection of road surface and road environments and other studies.

The ROAMER mobile laser scanning system has been developed at FGI. It can be seen on top of a vehicle in its up-to-date configuration in the image in the left. ROAMER is a high-end surveying device for producing accurate, dense, and precise point clouds for three-dimensional mapping for the detection, localization, modeling, analysis, and monitoring of anthropogenic and natural phenomena and processes. What is unique in the ROAMER construct are the high-speed scanner and possibility to adjust the scanning angle for application. The system is also easy to operate in terms of data recording facilities and mountability, which is shown by numerous study cases. ROAMER provides microscale 3D data at 20 mm absolute accuracy level at point densities up to 10 000/m2 for mapping of large areas effectively. ROAMER data contains high detail 3D points for mapping and modeling of urban area, roads, forests and parks, terrain topography, and change detection.

A whole new approach for MLS was innovated and built to meet the challenges of mobility in marshlands and rugged terrains, but suitable also for narrow city passages and indoors. AKHKA system was designed to be operable by one person as a backpack MLS solution. The backpack platform is ideal to provide the required mobility, and yet maintain the high performance 3D surveying capacity in such environments. In AKHKA the scanner head is mounted directly under the IMU unit to allow robustness and easy alignment.