Friday, November 9, 2018

Honoring our Veterans!



On behalf of the men and women of Michael Baker International's Mobile LiDAR Team I would like to recognize and thank our veterans (and their families) who unselfishly serve this great country. We are humbled by their sacrifice and thankful for the freedoms they protect.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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Friday, October 12, 2018

"Mobile" is a critical part of the equation

An often overlooked component to the success of Mobile LiDAR is actually one of the most recognizable elements - and seemingly far too obvious because it's built right into the name -  "Mobile".  Without a vehicle (car, truck, SUV, UTV, Boat, push-cart, etc.), Mobile LiDAR systems are giant, expensive paperweights.

Regular vehicle maintenance is critical, but even then, mechanical failures happen.  An unfortunate (and costly) byproduct of continuously operating 4 Mobile LiDAR systems and criss-crossing the nation to capture tens-of-thousands of Mobile LiDAR data each year is the wear and tear on vehicle drive-trains.  And to be more specific...TRANSMISSIONS!


Nothing brings a successful deployment to a screeching halt (literally sometimes), like a failing transmission.  Unfortunately, we've had 2 of our systems experience transmission failures over the past 2 months.  We take pride in developing/implementing SOPs for virtually every aspect of our collection operation, but it's a bitter pill to swallow when you realize that you readily know the procedure for emergency drive-train repairs.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Ground Control to Major Tom?

Sorry, there's no Ziggy Stardust here.  Just a training session focused on good old fashioned terrestrial ground control.  We figured there's no better way to reinforce our commitment to quality than to celebrate our 9th anniversary of Mobile LiDAR ownership with a series of training sessions to teach/reinforce proper techniques for LiDAR processing and introduce new methodologies and software applications to enhance efficiency.

Key members of our LiDAR Processing Team commandeered the board room from our former headquarters in Moon Township, PA to kick off a series of training sessions to share techniques and best practices.

PS - my apologies for the "Space Oddity" earworm.  It's been rattling around my brain since I starting thinking about this post.




Friday, September 28, 2018

Ellicott City Flooding Animation

As you read in our previous post Ellicott City Flood Modeling, we deployed one of our Mobile LiDAR teams to Ellicott City, MD to capture post-event as-built conditions.  In addition to providing the County as well as State of Maryland agencies with the high-resolution LiDAR point cloud and spherical imagery, we took the opportunity to create a visualization of the observed 2016 flood levels overlain on a current 1:1 scale model of Ellicott City.  The resulting video (see below) was developed to aid residents as well as County and State Officials in their comprehension of observed water depths and inundation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISWtjex0zyM
Click image to view the flythrough video of the 2016 Flood Model 

To view other videos created from our Mobile LiDAR solutions please visit our dedicated Mobile LiDAR YouTube Channel.