Friday, March 4, 2016
KS Associates uses laser scanning to capture details in the dark on rail project
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) is reconstructing the Westbound Mainline (Track 8) and rehabilitating an Auxiliary Platform of Track 7 beneath the Tower City RTA Terminal. KS Associates used 3D laser scanning technology to perform an existing conditions survey for the project.
The beauty of laser scanning for this project is the scanner's ability to capture data in the dark. Even in the dimly lit areas beneath Tower City, the scanner performed effortlessly, capturing thousands of data points, including areas the design team may not know they needed at the beginning of the project.
Laser scanning also improved safety, as surveyors were able to minimize time on active rail lines. And eliminating disruption to rail service was especially critical, considering Tower City is the busiest hub of RTA's rail network, with all rail lines converging here.
Based in Elyria, Ohio, KS Associates is a civil engineering, transportation engineering, and land surveying firm that provides planning, design, and construction phase services for public infrastructure projects. The firm specializes in transportation, potable water, wastewater and stormwater; coastal engineering services; site development engineering services for institutional, commercial, and residential uses; land surveying and mapping services; and 3D laser scanning services.