Thursday, July 28, 2011

Mobile LiDAR Interview with Aaron Morris

During the 2011 ESRI International User Conference, Baker's Aaron Morris took a few moments away from our booth to be interviewed by VerySpatial.  Aaron provides a background on Mobile LiDAR and highlights some of our recent projects.  The podcast is now available online or through iTunes.

Thank you to Jesse and the rest of the crew at VerySpatial for the opportunity for us to share Mobile LiDAR with their listeners.


Friday, July 22, 2011

Mobile LiDAR: Positioning Systems

In my most recent article for LiDAR News, I provide an overview of Positioning Systems for Mobile LiDAR.  It is a little more in depth than a blog posting I prepared back in 2009 titled Measuring Systems Part 1 - Positioning.

Mobile LiDAR is a system comprised of various components that are connected to provide a solution.

My belief is that the Position and Orientation System (POS) used to develop the Smoothed Best Estimate of Trajectory (SBET) is the distinguishing factor between available Mobile LiDAR systems. The ability to accurately position the vehicle has downstream advantages for the initial LiDAR processing and subsequent control adjustment.


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Mobile LiDAR Blog goes Mobile

Following up on the recent redesign to the blog, I  applied a mobile template so it can easily be viewed on your smart phone or other mobile device.  Since it seems we're all on the go these days, it will be easier to check in to see the latest postings.

Sample of the Mobile Template

In addition, I've included the QR code that will take you directly to the site.  After having a Blackberry for nearly a decade, I'm still getting used to my iPhone keyboard and the code comes in handy.
Let me know what you think of the recent changes.


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.