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TECHNICAL FORUMS => Surveying => Topic started by: TomSouthCoast on April 07, 2021, 10:04:20 pm

Title: The Caveatron
Post by: TomSouthCoast on April 07, 2021, 10:04:20 pm
I don't often post but as there had been some mention of LiDAR and the Caveatron on these boards, I thought a few of you might be interested.

During Lockdown part 1 last year I, like many others, found I had some spare time with reduced shifts at work. Having dabbled with surveying over a few years, I thought I could use the time to build Joe Mitchell's Caveatron. The project was more time consuming, complex and more expensive than I thought it might be, but with some assistance, I managed to put one together.

Anyway to cut a long story short, I took the Caveatron underground in October to scan a section of Grebe Swallet and I'm reasonably pleased with the first attempt's results below.
Title: Re: The Caveatron
Post by: pwhole on April 07, 2021, 10:39:50 pm
Wow - that's really nice - thanks for sharing. How much money did it come to altogether? From memory from a few months ago it wasn't that much - did you have to pay more for components in the end?
Title: Re: The Caveatron
Post by: TomSouthCoast on April 08, 2021, 08:49:17 am
Thanks PW. Yes, I spent just over £500, which is more than I thought that it would cost. Unfortunately the only LRF I found was from a shop in South Africa and with customs charges, it cost £120, for something which was previously available elsewhere for £60. I believe Joe has found alternatives for the harder to get parts, such as the screen and the LRF which should help for future builds.

The other difficulty I found was having to buy multiple components where I wasn’t able to purchase items individually. Having to order bits from multiple different suppliers resulted in multiple postage costs. I now have a number of spares of small components, things like threaded inserts, so if anyone wants any then feel free to send a PM.
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