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What is LiDAR?

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LiDAR is a surveying method that uses lasers and measures the exact time it takes for the light pulses to return as they bounce from the ground.

understanding the technology

Massive impact in multiple industries

With applications ranging from agricultural development, disaster risk mitigation, urban development, to archaeological and heritage preservation, the use of LiDAR technology in surveying applications has completely revolutionized the industry.


By reducing fieldwork by as much as 95% vs conventional surveying methods (based on internal data) while also boasting better data accuracy, LiDAR technology is boosting the pace of development not just in commercial applications but in urban development in general.


LiDAR stands for Light Detection and Ranging. It is a surveying method that measures the distance to a target by illuminating the target with pulsed laser light and measuring the reflected pulses with a sensor. AB Surveying and Development is among the list of surveying companies in the Philippines that uses this kind of technology. 

What is LiDAR scanning?

LiDAR scanning makes use of pulsed laser light to measure distances and create maps of objects or environments. It calculates how long it takes for the laser light to hit an object or surface and then reflect back. It can target a wide range of materials including rocks, rain, even chemical compounds, aerosol, clouds, and single molecules. With LiDAR scanning in Manila, surveying is on a whole new level—easier, safer, more precise. 

Advantages of LiDAR on data collection

LiDAR technology has excellent advantages when it comes to data collection.

First and foremost, it is safe. Instead of doing fieldwork in dangerous locations or situations, people can use LiDAR to collect data at a safer and distant location. LiDAR is also fast. It fires rapid pulses of laser light at a surface, some at up to 150,000 pulses per second, and collects data points just as fast. Best of all, using LiDAR means getting accurate data. LiDAR instruments can calculate the distance (up to 2,500 m away) with high accuracy. 

With these kinds of advantages, data collection with LiDAR is better and more efficient. 

LiDAR in application

Now, LiDAR scanning in the Philippines is being used in multiple industries. This includes: 


  • Agricultural development

  • Disaster risk mitigation

  • Urban planning and development

  • Archaeological and heritage preservation

  • Forestry

  • Mining

  • Power and energy

  • Transportation


LiDAR can also be applied in military, robotics, physics and astronomy, and more.  The use of LiDAR technology in surveying applications has revolutionized these various industries—saving time and effort and providing more accurate data. With LiDAR scanning in the Philippines, these industries can strive and progress further. 

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