Modern applications of terrestrial laser scanning

Nowadays there are a lot of applications in many branches of engineering geodesy where the Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) is applied. It is mainly used for inventory measurements and detection of buildings displacements. The mentioned method is also commonly used to monitor engineering objects. The TLS is increasingly used in mining to obtain detailed data on mining excavations, passages and hoist towers. In addition, TLS allows creating digital terrain models. This method is still being improved. In this paper, the short characteristic of TLS is included and some examples of innovative application are presented. The first example describes the measurement of a historical building, which is the water tower in Wrocław (Poland). The obtained data were used to prepare a detailed architectural and construction documentation of external walls of the building. The other examples of TLS applications concern the investigation of deformations of a hydrotechnical facility and the control of verticality of a slender structure. The article emphasizes the universality of the laser scanning technique, which can be used to measure large and small objects.

Keywords: geodetic measurements, Terrestrial Laser Scanning, architectural–construction documentation, horizontal displacements, slender structure
For citation:

Kuczyńska G., Stawska M. Modern applications of terrestrial laser scanning. MIAB. Mining Inf. Anal. Bull. 2021;(1):160-169. [In Russ]. DOI: 10.25018/0236-1493-2021-1-0-160-169.

Issue number: 1
Year: 2021
Page number: 160-169
ISBN: 0236-1493
UDK: 528.721.221.6
DOI: 10.25018/0236-1493-2021-1-0-160-169
Article receipt date: 02.04.2020
Date of review receipt: 19.05.2020
Date of the editorial board′s decision on the article′s publishing: 10.12.2020
About authors:

Gabriela Kuczyńska1, e-mail:,
Magdalena Stawska1, e-mail:,
1 Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Geoengineering, Mining and Geology, Wrocław, Poland.


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