MK Surveys undertook a measured building survey of hanger 1 at Cardington near Bedford. Hanger 1 is probably best known as the home of the R101 airship, which made her maiden flight on 1929 and at 777ft was the largest airship in the world. Unfortunately, it came to a tragic end a year later.
MK Surveys was commissioned to provide floor plans, elevations and cross sections. The floor plans and elevations presented no problems to our staff, but considering the 48m height above the floor, very poor internal lighting and the obvious Health and Safety issues we decided to use our scanner to capture the roof details. Within 4 hours we had scanned from floor level enough data to provide accurate sections through any part of the roof. Our survey has been used to aid a major overhaul of all elements of Hanger 1.