Zebedee: handheld laser scanner

Zebedee is a handheld laser scanner that creates 3D maps of difficult environments in the time it takes to walk through them. It doesn’t rely on GPS, making it suitable for a range of scientific and commercial applications.

The Challenge

It can be difficult to create 3D maps

Access to high-quality 3D maps of an environment can help improve decisions and productivity across a wide range of applications. However until now, it has been difficult to obtain 3D maps as traditional methods either involve cumbersome measurements, expensive laser scanners or external references such as GPS (Global Positioning System).

Our Response

We created a handheld 3D laser mapping system

We've developed the world’s first lightweight, handheld 3D laser mapping system, Zebedee, which is self-contained and does not rely on external positioning systems.

Simple to use, Zebedee creates 3D laser maps continuously, quickly, reliably, and cost-effectively.

The system is suitable for 3D mapping applications in indoor, underground and outdoor environments, including locations previously inaccessible to larger scanning equipment. And unlike wheeled mobile systems, Zebedee can operate on stairways and rough terrain.

Zebedee rapidly generates a 3D map as the operator walks through a site. The laser scanner rocks back and forward on a spring, continuously scanning the environment, while a computer records the sensor data.

The system offers a unique combination of portability, efficient data collection, accuracy in areas with no GPS, rapid scanning of large areas, and automatic data processing.

Zebedee is being used by us and others for mapping mines, heritage sites, and crime scenes.

Case studies

  • Fighting crime with Zebedee

    The Queensland Police Service is using Zebedee to help piece together crime scene puzzles.

  • Helping industry with Zebedee

    We've partnered with global company 3D Laser Mapping to license Zebedee to UK start-up GeoSLAM, offering a low-cost cloud based 3D mapping service for business and industry.

  • 3D mapping a 'Pisa' cake

    We have created the first ever interior 3D map of Italy’s iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa using Zebedee, helping to preserve the cultural heritage of an important international landmark.


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