GEOM2530 - Laser scanning


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2023/2024

Course content

  • Different types of terrestrial laser scanners (TLS)
  • Different types of mobile terrestrial laser scanners (MTLS)
  • Different types of airborne laser scanners (ALS)
  • TLS instruments' components and mode of operation
  • Data acquisition with TLS instruments
  • Handling point clouds
  • Commonly used data formats
  • Point cloud registration and georeferencing
  • Reporting and documentation of fieldwork and post-processing
  • General feature extraction and basic 3D modeling from point clouds
  • Scan to BIM workflow

Learning outcome

By the end of this course students will gain the following knowledge which are the fundamentals of digitalization in construction business:

  • Fundamentals of the scanning mechanism of the latest TLS instruments
  • Carry out terrestrial laser scanning including registration and georeferencing of the dataset
  • Statistical methods for quality analysis of an acquired dataset.

By the end of the course students will gain the following skills:

  • Setting up, operating and calibrating TLS instruments
  • Matching overlapping scanned datasets (registration and georeferencing)
  • Basics of feature extraction and 3D modeling based on pointclouds
  • Detection of systematic and gross error in the dataset; statistical analysis and tests against given criteria

Learning methods and activities

  • Lectures
  • Project work
  • Supervision

The course can be given as a guided self-study if less than 6 students are registered.

Compulsory assignments

  • Compulsory assignment

Further on evaluation

There will be 4 assignments to be turned in. Some will be handed in as groupwork, while others as individual work. All assignments must be passed.

The evaluation is based on oral exam (100%), with a specific focus on the student's ability to present and explain the method used for his/her projects, including explaining the theoretical underpinnings. A detailed description of the requirements for choosing a project will be given at the start of the course. A project description must be approved by the instructor before work gets underway.

A re-sit examination is held in March.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Geomatics (BIGEOMAT)

Required previous knowledge

  • GEOM1130 Geomatics
  • GEOM1210 Land surveying calculations
  • GEOM1320 Advanced surveying

Course materials

There is no obligatory textbook. Suggested reading list:

  • Topographic Laser Ranging and Scanning, Principles and Processing, Seconf Edition, Edited by Jie Shan and Charles K. Toth, 2018, ISBN: 978-1-4987-7227-3
  • Instrument and software manuals (regularly updated on the relevant website or in help menu)
  • Handout materials (Blackboard)

Material in Norwegian (non-Norwegian-speaking students will get help in translation from the instructor):

  • Skogseth, T. (2014). Grunnleggende landmåling. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget (ISBN: 978-82-05-44934-3). (in Norwegian)

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Geomatics
Contact information


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