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You can take a 3-D tour of Radford University

You can see the school's campus from just about any angle.

April 26, 2012|Orlando Salinas | WDBJ7 Reporter

RADFORD, Va. — What do you think about walking through the Radford University campus, without ever having to step out of your home?

A group of students from RU's 'geospatial science lab' has created a 3D Virtual campus tour, that allows users to see most of the campus from just about any angle.

You can take a casual sidewalk stroll or you can get a bird's eye view by choosing the option to just fly overhead.

The students are using technology called ''LIDAR'' - that stands for "light detection and ranging".

This program uses lights and lasers to measure the distance between objects, and it's being unveiled for the first time this weekend at the Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.

''What this LIDAR unit or laser scanner does is what a traditional survey team might go out and do," Radford University Andrew Foy said. "Where they set up a total station and survey points and kind of create engineering drawings and this scanner kind of does all this for you."

LIDAR, the same technology being used now by these Radford students, is also part of NASA's future space plans.

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