Monday, October 5, 2009

Atlanta - Spaghetti Interchange

In order to minimize traffic in the collection, our crew worked through the early morning hours to capture almost 20 different approaches to the I85 - I285 interchange in Northeast Atlanta.  Called the "Spaghetti Interchange" by locals, the data capture for the trajectory shown to the right took approximately 2.5 hours.  The Smoothed Best Estimate of Trajectory (SBET) provides a constant position and orientation of the vehicle to process with the laser range data to calculate X, Y and Z coordinates of all measured points (point cloud) - the minimum type of processing performed.

The image above shows intensity merged with colorization by height (blues are lower than reds).  The support structures, decking, retaining walls, barrier walls, and other roadway features were accurately captured with our vehicle traveling at 50 - 60 mph.

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Mobile LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) systems are comprised of vehicle-mounted lasers, cameras and GPS/INS navigation systems to capture highly-detailed and accurate three-dimensional (3D) topographic information for surveying and engineering applications. Michael Baker International became an early adopter of Mobile LiDAR technology by acquiring our first system in 2009, with further expansions in 2014 and 2015 that increased our fleet to four (4) Optech Lynx SG1 Mobile LiDAR systems. Over that period our systems have completed more than 300 projects throughout 29 different U.S. States (and multiple countries), and encompassing hundreds of thousands of miles. Our project portfolio includes applications in roadway design, 3D modeling, railroad corridors, signaled intersections, utility infrastructure, asset management, pavement condition assessment and airport infrastructure.