Precision spatial tools aid research

Geology researchers to benefit

The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Institute of Geology has equipped their Superficial Dynamics Laboratory with a Maptek I-Site 8820 laser scanner.

The I-Site laser scanner will be used by the institute to strengthen research in a number of key areas. In particular, the focus will be on evaluation of erosion and accumulation in riverbeds, slope change detection as a consequence of mass wasting processes, and estimation of resulting soil loss.

The operational capabilities and precision of the I-Site 8820 laser scanner appealed to researchers at the institute. Professor Miguel Castillo explains, ‘The broad scanning range of the I-Site 8820 provides us with a comprehensive system to cover all aspects of our research. We required a laser scanner that could capture vast areas of square kilometres as well as data for small-scale studies at the square centimetre level.’


Data captured by the I-Site 8820 laser scanner will processed in I-Site Studio and used to generate digital terrain models for high resolution surface and morphometric analysis.

Maptek has donated 10 academic licences of I-Site Studio to the Institute of Geology for students to process point cloud data, filter elements and generate digital terrain models.

Thanks to Professor Miguel Castillo
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México