During their training, the STARA surveyors have been facing increasingly more difficult projects as they progress on their learning path. Typically urban environments have more challenges than working on open roads, so basically they have practiced to deliver projects in their normal working environment. There are e.g. a few hundred kilometers of tunnels in Helsinki ( and who knows, maybe a 100 km tunnel between Helsinki and Tallinn in the future) and the second longest tunnel in the world, the Päijänne water tunnel also ends here.
Tunnels mean non-existing GNSS and have been a good exercise to geodetic monitoring of support walls. Founded on a hilly terrain, Helsinki has many old and new support walls and structures that require monitoring in case of deformation and other changes.
In the center of Helsinki, these walls are often located in urban canyons, but they can be seen from the road and therefore they can be measured also from a moving vehicle. The urban canyons create almost tunnel like experiences as far as GNSS is concerned which is why measuring tunnels is a good practice for this type of monitoring.
When geodetic monitoring is discussed, the accuracy requirements determine the methods and the used tools. With careful planning and right equiment, the RIEGL VMX-1HA, our calculations show that we can detect deformations as small as 5 mm on these uneven stone, which is adequate for this purpose.
During the training, The STARA surveyors have scanned 3 different support walls and are now carefully processing the data to suit the purposes. They will create the zero documentation which will be used again in 6 months time as a comparison for the future scans.
Below you can see screenshots from the raw data – the georeferenced mobile lidar data in different locations around Helsinki. The whole street with its infrastructure can be modeled from this data as well whenever needed.