Friday, July 6, 2012

PA-MAPPS Grand Award Winner

Mobile LiDAR
Baker's Bob Hanson, Senior Vice President of the
GIT Practice Area is on-hand to accept the award.
At the PA GIS Conference held this past May, Baker received the Grand Award in the 2012 PA-MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence award competition.  The Keystone Corridor Improvement Program (KCIP) - Mobile LiDAR project included collection of 105 miles of high-speed rail corridor from 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, PA to Harrisburg, PA.  Over the past several months, portions of the project have been included in various posting on the blog:
Although the collection was performed over a year ago and processing was completed shortly thereafter, we continue to utilize the data.  As I'm writing this blog, we are in the process of re-purposing the data for information at 4 additional locations along the corridor.  It hits right at the heart of a posting written by Jonathan Soulen:  Re-Purposing the Cloud.


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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.