Thursday, July 29, 2010

Meet the Crew

All too often, the people doing the lion's share of the work are often those least recognized.  Therefore, let me take this opportunity to introduce you to two gentlemen that are a huge part of what is making our Mobile LiDAR activities so successful.  Pictured below are Richard Scialoia (left) and Justin Thornton (right), acting as Mobile LiDAR Surveyor and LiDAR Operator, respectively. They are the individuals tasked with successfully executing our Mobile LiDAR collections and often help with adjusting procedures or making recommendations.  


Justin has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geography and Geographic Information Systems from Florida State University.  He has been with the system since the installation and has been instrumental in the success to date.  Whereas, Rich joined Baker in April to act as Surveyor, Driver, Secondary Operator, Preliminary Data Processor......  He has extensive project management experience which includes Aerial LiDAR control survey support.  They are two uniquely qualified individuals that have done a superior job representing Baker and the Mobile LiDAR Team.

Thank you Justin and Rich for continuing to work hard and perform superior work!


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Reminder to Enter the Contest

Don't forget to enter the Name that Car Contest.  There is one week left before the entries are reviewed and the winner determined. I can not possibly put into words how great these Baker travel mugs are. Don't miss out!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Gotta Love Intensities

While compiling images for the "Name that Car Contest", I created a few more interesting screen captures of vehicles.  What they're delivering may be a question if it weren't for the intensity values from the LiDAR data. Each of these images were derived from a single pass of our vehicle down the streets of Morgantown, WV.

I hope you find this as interesting as I do...





Friday, July 23, 2010

Ask the Doctor

We would like to welcome a new member to our LiDAR team.  Dr. Srinivasan “Srini” Dharmapuri is a 25 year veteran of the geospatial sciences, and has extensive, wide-ranging experience within the Geospatial industry; most notably with LiDAR, Photogrammetry, and GIS. He has worked in both the private and public sectors, as well as internationally.  In addition to his educational achievements, Master’s of Science (Physics), Master’s of Technology (Remote Sensing), and Doctorate (Satellite Photogrammetry), Srini is also an ASPRS Certified Photogrammetrist and licensed Photogrammetric Surveyor in South Carolina and Virginia, as well as a Certified GIS Professional.

The Doctor is In
Srini will have a regular presence on the blog with a new segment called "Ask the Doctor".  He will answer questions presented from readers that may not be covered in the Frequently Asked Questions section of the blog.  Should you wish to have a question answered by the doctor, please leave a comment or send our team an email (see "Who We Are" tab).

Welcome Dr. Srini! It's nice to have you as part of our team!

Stephen

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Name That Car Contest

A colleague sent me a few screen shots this morning of vehicles we captured during a collection.  After looking at them, I went back and looked at information from another collection.  I thought it would be fun to make a little contest out of the vehicles in our scans.  Each of the cars below were captured during collections while they were either stopped at lights or parallel parked.

Rules of the contest:  Send me an email with the number above the vehicle along with make and model.  The first person that correctly identifies all seven vehicles wins a Baker travel mug, as pictured.  I will verify vehicles using pictures captured during our collection and manufacturer websites.  The contest closes on Wednesday, August 4th at 5 pm central.  If nobody gets them all right, the person with the most, wins. Baker employees are not eligible to win, but submit guesses anyway. The contest is not open to individuals outside the United States - nothing against you, but it would require a trip to the post office. I will post the name of the winner and notify them via email. I have the right to cancel the contest at any point if you don't play nice!

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Enjoy the contest, please leave comments and feedback.  Entries to the blog are dictated by you, the reader.

Thanks,
Stephen

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Updated Website

It's with great pleasure that we present an updated website for our blog.  The new site will continue to evolve and new postings will be written regularly.

Some of the new features include:

  • Frequently Asked Questions
    • More in-depth questions regarding Mobile LiDAR
  • Who We Are
    • A few of the Baker staff who eat, drink & dream Mobile LiDAR
  • Where We Have Been
    • A sampling of places we've performed projects and mention in postings
If you have questions not found in the FAQ's or a recommendation for a future post, please let us know.

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.