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!


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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.