LiDAR is a cost-effective and accurate method of capturing improved data critical for the planning, design and construction of large-scale terrestrial wind farms, as well as for the maintenance of offshore wind turbines. It reduces survey costs, time, and safety risks, as it eliminates the need for engineers to climb turbines to conduct inspections.
On land, Accurate, high-density LiDAR data can be used to assess the suitability of terrain for wind farms. It can indicate the consistency and stability of the substrate and help to identify the possible presence of subsurface geological spaces or water flows not shown on ordnance survey mapping that could impair the placement of wind turbines or potentially cause their future collapse.
Aerial LiDAR surveys are more cost-effective and time-efficient than traditional land-based surveying methods, which are very labor intensive and time consuming. This is especially true when wind farms are being situated in hostile environments such as hilltops, moorlands, remote valleys, cliffs and tidal areas.