Monday, September 13, 2010

The Year in Review

It's hard to believe, but yesterday marks the 1st Anniversary of the installation of Baker's LYNX Mobile LiDAR system in Beaver, PA.  Following the build out of the storage drawers and vehicle wrap, we spent the day installing and calibrating the system in addition to running inside to catch up on college football scores. (Revisit our first blog - Day 1: System Install)

Inside the Numbers:
Over the past year, Baker staff have exhibited or presented at a dozen national conferences, more than 30 regional conferences and countless Baker offices, local meetings and user groups.  We have written more than 30 blogs which has attracted over 3,000 visitors and nearly 10,000 page views. Our staff continues to add content and videos on an increasing array of topics.

The Mobile LiDAR unit has performed collections from Pennsylvania on south to Florida; we've collected the Atlantic Ocean in Virgina to the Pacific Ocean in California.  Our collection crew has put more than 30,000 miles on the vehicle and collected about 50 terabytes of data.

Yes, I'm reading instructions - contrary to every other time in history.
We've performed collections along levees, neighborhoods, highways, runways, railways, rivers and beaches. During all of this, I have been the only person who has managed to get the vehicle stuck - once.  And a few months ago, we added the auxiliary vehicle to our fleet increasing our capabilities.

Our Mobile LiDAR team continues to race forward and push the technology.  It is exciting to be a part of the team and work with such dedicated professionals. I'm certainly looking forward to year 2 and what it has in store for us.

Thank you to all that have made this possible.

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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.