California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Date:        March 18, 2016
District:   3-Marysville
Contact: Gilbert Mohtes-Chan
Phone:    (530) 741-4571
District:   Headquarters
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone:    (916) 657-5060                        

Caltrans Pioneers Revolutionary Surveying Technology

MARYSVILLE – It’s not the future. It just looks like it!

In the latest Caltrans News Flash, see how our high-tech Mobile Terrestrial Laser Scanning vehicle is revolutionizing traditional survey, design and engineering practices.

Featuring seven cameras, two spinning lasers and amber rotator lights, it combines the use of a laser scanner and global positioning satellite navigation to collect three-dimensional survey information along highways while increasing worker safety and minimizing the impact on motorists. This pioneering system can accomplish in only one day the amount of work it would take for a three- to four-person survey crew to do in two to three months.

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This News Flash is the 71st in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans’ activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that Caltrans does to enhance California’s economy and livability. To see more of these and other videos, search for #CaltransNewsFlash on Twitter or go to

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