LIDAR, or Light Detection and Ranging laser technology is an inspection technique that takes measurements above the fluid level, but does not work underwater.
LIDAR features include:
- Can be combined with sonar (which measures below the fluid level) to measure the full 360-degree cross-section of a pipe, accurately assessing corrosion, deformation, and sedimentation levels.
- Bounces photons of light off of the pipe wall and measures the time it takes for that light to return to the LIDAR scanner, and then converts the time-of-flight to a distance measurement.
- Can send photons of light at any angle in any direction, and the individual measurements can be assembled into a full 3D model of the pipe interior, called a “point cloud.”
- Highlights areas where the pipe is corroding or deforming in a 3D model.
Using a combination of LIDAR and sonar scanning, you are guaranteed a comprehensive and cost effective report on the condition of your subterranean assets – saving you time and money.