Laser Scanning and 3D Modeling a Gulfstream G IV

laserLaser Aviation has been contracted by Avenger Aerospace Solutions, Greenville SC to provide 3D laser mapping services of a complete Gulfstream G IV’s exterior.

Our deliverable to the client will be a complete solid model of the aircraft fuselage, wings, and empennage for engineering support in the pursuit of special mission applications.  

Upon arrival at the hanger we first needed the IR sensors disabled in order not to set off the foam dispensing system and fill the hanger with 20 feet of foam. As the laser’s wave length is close to the IR wave length the end user was very astute in recognizing that there might be a problem when we scanned the aircraft. Needless to say, they were very happy to accommodate us in shutting off the IR sensors.

A man lift was also employed to acquire the data on the upper surfaces of the fuselage, and the horizontal stabilizer. We were concerned that this platform might not be stable enough to acquire an acceptable level of data. However, this was not the case. 

Our host and the end user was most hospitable and could not have been more helpful. With their support, it allowed us to complete this demanding project on time.

As we placed the targets, and made sure that all shiny surfaces were dulled with talcum powder, our job began. We needed to insure that strong and reliable laser returns provided the quality of data we needed for an accurate solid model. This was accomplished following approximately 20 separate scans.

Only one day on site was required to capture the quality and accuracy of data required for the entire aircraft model. A Leica scanner was used for this project which produced a very clean and low noise point cloud.

Many thanks to Avenger Aerospace Solutions and our host for making this project so easy to accomplish and the opportunity to support both with a quality product.


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