This Tool Scans City Structures for Infrastructure Upkeep

 - Dec 21, 2017
References: brics-sti.org & 3dprint
Teams from Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, East China Normal University, and the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee are joining forces to create a software-based solution for infrastructure upkeep that has the potential to save cities time, resources and money.

One of the problems with maintaining urban infrastructure is that the need for a repair is often detected too late, meaning that more resources need to be poured into the project on a shorter timeline. The partnering universities are collaborating on software that can create highly detailed 3D models of structures within an urban center, making it much easier for any deterioration to be detected.

As well as being useful for helping officials spot repair opportunities in advance, the laser scanning software also has the potential to preserve detailed records of historical buildings. This data will be of particular use when it comes to repairing structures following damaging disasters such as storms and earthquakes.