Friday, March 4, 2011

Defining Accuracies

I have written a third article for LiDAR News  which addresses accuracies of Mobile LiDAR information.  It may be accessed through this link.  

The images in the article illustrate how we constrain our collections to ground control, much in the same was as aerotriangulation (AT) in Photogrammetry.

The table shown below (and included in the article) illustrates the difference between our check points (labeled Control) and the LiDAR point elevation at the corresponding locations.  This methodology is used to calculate the accuracy per the National Standards for Spatial Data Accuracy.

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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.