Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) was first used by autonomous vehicles, to concurrently map and navigate through an unknown environment. 'SLAM' is not a particular algorithm or piece of software. Rather it refers to the problem of trying to simultaneously localise (i.e. find the position/orientation of) a sensor around its surroundings. This happens at the same time mapping the structure of that environment.
With new tech trends and advanced interest in all things digital, it is no surprise that the measured built environment industry has seen a great development in its capabilities and innovations. This tech-craze continues as Leica release their new RTC 360 laser scanner to the UK.