Saturday, September 12, 2009

Baker Mobile LiDAR - Day 1 System Install

We decided on a Chevy Suburban 2500 (3/4 ton - 4x4) for our first Mobile LiDAR vehicle. A support structure was built to raise the sensors an additional 1.5' for better line of sight. We had custom drawers fabricated for our GPS and survey equipment. And the electrical system of the vehicle was upgraded to provide consistent, reliable power to the system.

The installation took place at our Beaver, PA office on September 12th. We had 4 Baker staff assist with the install: Aaron Morris - Program Manager, Stephen Clancy - Vehicle Manager, Justin Thornton - Vehicle Operator and Mark Anderson - Processing Technician. The team made quick work of the installation and stocking of the vehicle with supplies. Following the installation, we performed calibration drives and began testing.


  1. Is the data used as more of an inventory tool rather than a design tool?

  2. Scott,
    The measurements are "survey accurate" therefore the data obtained for the system can be applied to both inventory, design and survey projects. Usually when talking "inventory", people also infer "low cost". Although, per hour, this system has a higher charge, we can easily identify at what point there is a break-even and production gain with this system over traditional methods.


What is Mobile LiDAR?

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.