Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Mobile LiDAR in the News

Baker's own Aaron Morris has prepared an article for the July 2012 issue of Professional Surveyor Magazine.  The article, titled LiDAR on the Tracks, discusses the Mobile LiDAR collection and processing of the Keystone Corridor - a 105-mile high speed rail corridor.  The project spanning from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, PA was completed last year.

The hi-rail equipped vehicle is pictured here at Parkesburg Station.  One of only a few locations  between Harrisburg and Lancaster to get off the track, we used the time waiting for a train to pass to grab a hot cup of coffee from WaWa.
I hope you enjoy the article.  Please leave comments or questions for Aaron here.


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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.