The S250 achieves a greater accuracy while retaining all of the characteristics of the current range of Dynascan systems; reliable, rugged, portable, lightweight (under 40lbs), simple to use, and affordable.
This model is available in either single head or X-Plane (twin head) model formats. Single head S250 models incorporate a ten degree offset laser angle, to produce a 160 degree ‘scanning cone’. This allows easier vehicle installation without excessive mounting overhang and brings some of the benefits of the Conic design to a single head product.
An all-weather IP65 design makes the S250 suitable for use from land and sea mobile platforms.
The Dynascan S250 uses MDL’s new ‘Storm’ laser technology (patent applied for) which improves signal to noise performance over existing models by an order of magnitude.
Mobile Surveying Systems or Mobile Mapping Systems, as they are becoming known, are not new.
Several laser manufacturers have introduced and sold Mobile Mapping Systems over the last few years. The difference is that these systems (with one exception) are adaptations of tripod mounted (static) laser scanners. They are all large, very heavy, complicated and very, very expensive.
Even the smallest survey organisations will be able to add Dynascan to its equipment inventory, enabling them to undertake previously undreamed of ‘detailed 3D, large scale mapping projects’, formerly the domain of large companies or government organisations. Productivity of Laser Surveying Systems will no longer be measured in terms of “Points per Second” but in terms of “Square Miles per Hour”.
The Dynascan ‘Plug and Play’ LIDAR system is a fully integrated high speed laser scanner, high accuracy GPS positioning system and Inertial Measurement Unit. The system is light weight, highly portable and may be used on land vehicles or marine vessels to acquire 3D survey quality data of topography, urban developments, industrial plants, including overhead utility cables, bridges, dams, harbours, beaches, rivers and canal banks, and much more.
By fully integrating all the sensors in one package, MDL has eliminated the need for field calibrations as all sensor offset measurements are fixed during the factory calibration process and pre-configured in the data acquisition software. The LIDAR system is shipped ready for operation and can be mobilised in a matter of minutes.
Dynascan system comes complete with data acquisition and post processing software suite which is compatible with all known brand multi-beam echo sounders, swathe sonar systems, positioning systems and Inertial Measurement Units. Data from all available sensors is synchronised, “Time Tagged” and Recorded. Post processed and raw data may be exported to most 3D data base and CAD software packages. Dynascan is highly affordable and represents an unrivalled ‘Price-Performance’ advantage, opening up the benefits of 3D LIDAR to numerous applications and market opportunities.
Small size and weight
Unlike existing Mobile Mapping Systems, Dynascan’ s small size and weight allows deployment on smaller vehicles or vessels. This allows areas of limited or difficult access (e.g. along steep narrow tracks), wooded areas, parks, small river tributaries and narrow water ways to be “dynamically” surveyed.
Dynascan’s portability means that the equipment is easily transported as “checked in” baggage on civil airlines or charter aircraft by operators who can then install the equipment on any ‘vehicle or vessel of opportunity’ available at the work site. A complete Dynascan weighs less than 50lbs for the complete system.
Dynascan contains no delicate scanning mechanisms or rotating mirrors and was designed from the outset to operate in the world’s most extreme environments. Built to industrial specifications, the Dynascan is also rated to environmental Standards IP67. This ensures the Dynascan will operate ‘straight out of the box’ after long trans-shipment journeys, minimising down time on the job and time in the repair shop.
No heavy and cumbersome ‘jigs, brackets or fixing mounts are required and no onsite calibration is needed as all sensors are factory calibrated and aligned (inside the Pod). Any mounting ‘offset’ errors have no effect on the point cloud data as each is dynamically corrected for GPS/INS geographical position in ‘Real World Coordinates’. One Cable from Scanner Pod to PC eliminates the ‘Spaghetti Cabling problems’ often associated with similar complex equipment. 12 or 24 v DC power means that the Dynascan hooks up to the vehicle or Vessels Battery system or via a ‘Cigar Lighter’ power outlet.
Fully featured software
The Dynascan System comes complete with its own fully featured Data Acquisition and 3D processing and Visualisation Software Suite. Based on “no limits” and modular design criteria enabling future developments. The key technology behind the Dynascan software is based on precise navigation, data acquisition, presentation, storage and processing large volumes of data all in real-time to produce almost final results on-the-fly. This also includes techniques in real-time 3D visualisation of both the Land and Marine environment. The Dynascan software provides the user a friendly turnkey solution, from project planning to data collection, quality control, data cleaning, volume calculations and chart production, offering a seamless data flow using a large variety of sensors, all the way to the final product. The Dynascan systems has the flexibility to interface to any sensor, whether this is a GPS receiver, an IMU, a Camera or Video System, a multi-beam echo-sounder or a side scan sonar system. The software offers a large variety of data exchange formats, such as DXF, S-57, XTF, GeoTIFF, GSF, BAG or ASCII, that allows the user to exchange data with many other industry standard applications.
Dynascan System Options
Dynascan is shipped directly from MDL’s offices in Houston, Texas as a fully calibrated “Plug and Play” Mobile Mapping and GIS Data Collection solution. Everything you need to conduct your survey from start to finish is included in the system. The system will come already calibrated with the Data Acquisition software pre-configured for your operational requirements on a ruggedised PC. We can even configure all of your particular survey and geodetic parameters for you if you wish.
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Dynascan System and Software Training
MDL, together with their partners QPS, offer a comprehensive training package which can be tailored to your specific requirements. The training courses are ‘Modular’ and cover both Dynascan and Multi-Beam Echo Sounder operations. All aspects of the Data Acquisition and Post Processing Software will be covered in all training packages as well as Data Management and Data Exporting to 3rd Party Software systems. Training courses include 2 days of real time data acquisition including Land and Marine operations. Candidates will get hands on experience with combined Dynascan and Multi-Beam data acquisition and processing. All courses will be held at an MDL training facility.