Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Mobile LiDAR & GIS: Background of a Service Provider

I have the pleasure of being a contributing author to LiDAR News - a new electronic newsletter by Spatial Media.  My specific focus will be Mobile LiDAR and GIS - with a host of other contributers addressing Aerial LiDAR, Static Scanning and Processing.

My first article is now available and is a basic introduction of things to come.  It may be accessed through this link.  I will be collaborating with other authors when appropriate to address processing, animation and sensor fusion.

Should you have a topic for discussion, please leave as a comment.


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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.