Thomas Werner

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Will Laser Scanning Save the World?

Thomas Werner, BD Manger – Scanning – Land Surveys


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5 Things You Will Learn

  1. Where we have come from in Laser Scanning
  2. Current Trends in Laser Scanning and Remote Sensing Technologies
  3. How the use of Scanning is benefiting projects now
  4. And How it will benefit projects in the future
  5. How Scanning can save money and add value

Target Audience

Developers, Investors, GIS consultants, Planners, Surveyors, Engineers, Architects, Geospatial professionals, Asset Managers, Property Developers, BIM professionals, Utilities, Policy Makers, Local Government, Real Estate

Presentation Overview

The continued rapid advancement in technology and software now includes vehicles that sense when they need to brake on their own, photos from Instagram can be used to create a point cloud that can be measured from, and designers and movie makers alike are using spatial data to plan and preserve our future, arguably all of these advances have been driven by the ongoing development of Remote Sensing – particularly Laser Scanning. The latest hardware trends are to use anything that moves, and mount a scanner on it to capture data – in real time, for immediate analysis and extraction. This has culminated in “backpack scanning systems” now emerging that allow for extraction from scanning and photogrammetry. Whilst this requires integrated positioning inside and outside using Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) from LiDAR and imagery, coupled with GNSS data, the key information used in these technologies still comes from laser scanning. These products are derived from Scanning and help in planning, construction, mechanics, industrial, infrastructure, design and redevelopment.

From a software development perspective, there are researchers establishing “grammar” around buildings to develop automated procedures that will be used for mapping everything from cities to keyholes, automatically from laser scanning point cloud data – to create a virtual world that can be recorded, documented, modelled and verified to any level that is needed for projects or development. But will Laser Scanning succeed at these initiatives? This talk will cover the origins of scanning, where we “thought” we’d be now 7 years ago, where we actually “are” now with the technology, and where we as avid users of the technology expect to be 10 years using company case studies, our existing data, deliverables and trends in integrated systems research on all things Scanning – Above Ground, Below Ground, Underwater and sub-mm measurement.


Thomas Werner is the Business Development Manager for Laser Scanning at Land Surveys and Global Scanning Solutions in Melbourne. Thomas helps demonstrate the different capabilities of the company, particularly for overcoming problems where the documentation of existing project sites is limited. This helps reduce the risk to the client’s project costs and timelines; using all the latest Survey, Aerial and Laser Scanning Technologies. Thomas helps supply clients with solutions across the entire project lifecycle – in pre-design datasets, providing information during construction, offering survey support during and as-built documentation at the end of the project. Thomas consults and assists Project Managers, Consultants and Contractors with decision making information to support redevelopments right through to design-and-construct projects, across the full project lifecycle – including BIM project frameworks. Thomas has also been heavily involved with Spatial Industry professional institutions through committee roles. Thomas has also assisted in raising the profile of our Surveying and Spatial Sciences Industry through: – Surveying Task Force (Vic) – FIG Young Surveyors Beyond Horizons – Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Young Professionals – CRC-SI.