Monday, February 13, 2012

Identifying the Need for Mobile LiDAR

In my latest LiDAR News article, I take a stab at how we Identify the Need for Mobile LiDAR for a given project.  I briefly discuss 5 key characteristics to evaluate the use of the technology:

  • Level of Detail
  • Schedule
  • Safety
  • Access
  • Security
Although there are other circumstances which influence a decision, these key elements are the primary drivers in the process.


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.