1st Edition

3D Imaging of the Environment Mapping and Monitoring

Edited By John Meneely Copyright 2024
    246 Pages 128 Color & 15 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    246 Pages 128 Color & 15 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This is a comprehensive, overarching, interdisciplinary book and a valuable contribution to a unified view of visualisation, imaging, and mapping. It covers a variety of modern techniques, across an array of spatial scales, with examples of how to map, monitor, and visualise the world in which we live. The authors give detailed explanations of the techniques used to map and monitor the built and natural environment and how that data, collected from a wide range of scales and cost options, is translated into an image or visual experience. It is written in a way that successfully reaches technical, professional, and academic readers alike, particularly geographers, architects, geologists, and planners.


    • Includes in-depth discussion on 3D image processing and modeling
    • Focuses on the 3D application of remote sensing, including LiDAR and digital photography acquired by UAS and terrestrial techniques
    • Introduces a broad range of data collection techniques and visualisation methods
    • Includes contributions from outstanding experts and interdisciplinary teams involved in earth sciences
    • Presents an open access chapter about the EU-funded CHERISH Project, detailing the development of a toolkit for the 3D documentation and analysis of the combined coastline shared between Ireland and Wales

    Intended for those with a background in the technology involved with imaging and mapping, the contributions shared in this book introduce readers to new and emerging 3D imaging tools and programs.

    1. Digital Documentation and Digital Innovation in Practice

    Adam Frost and Lyn Wilson

    2. Mapping the Urban Environment with a Handheld Mobile LiDAR System—A Case Study from the UrbanARK Project

    Aaron Miller, John Meneely, Ulrich Ofterdinger, Debra Laefer, Michela Bertolotto, and Anh Vu Vo

    3. Using Drones to Map and Visualise Glacial Landscapes

    Iestyn D. Barr, Kathryn Adamson, Timothy Lane, Konstantin Nebel, and Willem G. M. van der Bilt

    4. Laser Scanning of a Complex Cave System during Multiple Campaigns

    Ján Kaňuk, Jozef Šupinský, John Meneely, Zdenko Hochmuth, Ján Šašak, Michal Gallay, and Marco Callieri

    5. Digitizing Giant Skeletons with Handheld Scanning Technology for Research, Digital Reconstruction, and 3D Printing

    Jesse Pruitt, Tim Gomes, Evelyn Vollmer, and Leif Tapanila

    6. Mapping, Monitoring, and Visualising Stone Decay in the Urban Environment

    John Meneely

    7. Unpiloted Airborne Laser Scanning of a Mixed Forest

    Michal Gallay, Ján Kaňuk, Carlo Zgraggen, Benedikt Imbach, Ján Šašak, Jozef Šupinský, and Markus Hollaus

    8. Digital Mapping and Recording of Inishtrahull Island and Its Built Heritage in 24 Hours

    John Meneely, Kendrew Colhoun, Trevor Fisher, Michael Casey, Daniel Moloney, and Alan Lauder

    9. CHERISH: Development of a Toolkit for the 3D Documentation and Analysis of the Marine and Coastal Historic Environment

    Anthony Corns, Robert Shaw, Linda Shine, Sandra Henry, Edward Pollard, Toby Driver, Louise Barker, Daniel Hunt, Sarah Davies, Patrick Robson, Hywel Griffiths, James Barry, Kieran Craven, and Sean Cullen

    10. 3D in the Construction of a Full-Scale Replica of St. Patrick’s Cross, Downpatrick

    Michael King and John Meneely

    11. Thermography Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

    Scott Harrigan and Harkin Aerial

    12. Reconstruction of the Ballintaggart Court Tomb Using 3D Scanning, 3D Printing, and Augmented Reality (AR)

    John Meneely, Colm Donnelly, Ciaran Lavelle, Tony Martin, Brian Sloan, and Stephen Weir

    13. Terrestrial Laser Scanning for Monitoring and Modelling Coastal Dune Morphodynamics

    Sarah Kandrot

    14. Creating a Virtual Reality Experience of Fingal’s Cave, Isle of Staffa, Scotland

    Victor Portela, Stuart Jeffrey, and Paul Chapman


    John Meneely is the founder of 3D Surveying Ltd, having previously worked as Senior Research Technician at the School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen’s University, Belfast. With over 30 years of experience in practical research, he has worked all over the world with interdisciplinary teams across the earth sciences. His expertise lies in using a variety of 3D laser scanning and other digital technologies to map, monitor, and visualise the built and natural environment across a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. He has presented his work at many national and international conferences and been the keynote speaker at several 3D digital technologies conferences. He was on the advisory board for SPAR Europe for two years – Europe’s largest 3D scanning conference – and invited to speak at the 2009 International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) symposium in Malta on the use of terrestrial laser scanning. His early research and publications focused on studying the catastrophic decay of building stone under complex environmental regimes and the digital documentation of natural and built heritage sites for several geological, geographical, archaeological, managerial, and educational applications. His recent interest has extended his data collection skills into 3D visualisation via 3D printing, VR, and AR. He is currently advising several SMEs, primarily in the environmental monitoring, built heritage, construction, and facilities management sector on integrating 3D technologies into their workflow.