Terrestrial Laser Scanner as a Tool for Assessment of Saturation and Moisture Movement in Building Materials
Non Destructive Testing (NDT) is a key element of modern civil engineering. It is especially important in civil and structural engineering helping both in quality control of produced elements and technical assessments of existing structures. Existing NDT methods are being continuously improved and new methods are developed or adopted from different engineering fields. Terrestrial Laser Scanner (TLS) method which is commonly used for geodetic applications has a great potential to be successfully harnessed in civil and structural engineering. TLS can be used for remote sensing of saturation of building materials. A research programme was prepared in order to prove this concept. Specimens representing most popular European building materials were scanned using TLS. Tested specimens were in different saturation states including capillary rising saturation. The saturation assessment was based on differences of values of intensity. The concept proved to be feasible and technically realistic.