Friday, September 27, 2013

Picture of the Week

The crew is enjoying a trip to the west coast.  This morning was spent at our Carlsbad, CA office of RBF Consulting.


Although we are experiencing more moderate fall weather in central Mississippi, it pales in comparison to southern California.  They might never want to come home.

Have a good weekend!
Stephen

Thursday, September 5, 2013

High Traffic and Congested Areas

When proposing the use of Mobile LiDAR technology, oftentimes the discussion revolves around accuracy and cost savings.  Why shouldn't it?  In lean budget times, both public and private organizations are looking to get more “bang for their buck” in terms of project expenditures. 

The corridor along Hampton Boulevard is rich with features.
The classified point cloud and extracted 3D features depict
the level of detail achieved from a Mobile LiDAR survey.
Frequently overlooked however, are the benefits that mobile scanning can provide in terms of efficiency and adherence to schedule in high traffic and congested areas.  Using Mobile LiDAR versus traditional surveying or terrestrial scanning has an immeasurable benefit in terms of safety, and a more tangible benefit in productivity.

In Norfolk, VA, Baker performed a Mobile LiDAR survey of heavily traveled Hampton Boulevard, which runs 2-6 lanes from the VDOT Midtown Tunnel to the largest U.S. Naval Base in the world (Norfolk Naval Station).  The corridor has landscaped medians, center turn lanes, barrier walls, bridges, and underpasses - including the MagLev track at Old Dominion University - Go Monarchs!   In a high traffic environment, Baker staff drove four passes along the 8 mile corridor and finished the entire collection in a day.  Notice the detail in vegetation, signage, utilities, and bare earth along the corridor!

Another seemingly obvious way to collect data along congested areas is by using traffic avoidance.  Baker often performs data collection overnight or on weekends to avoid traffic congestion in urban downtown areas and along high-speed heavy traffic interstate corridors. 

If you have any questions about heavy traffic data collections or anything else LiDAR, please don’t hesitate to contact any member of the Baker LiDAR team!

Best,
Scott 

Scott Howell is a GIT Project Manager in Baker's Virginia Beach office and an alum of ODU.  He has managed several of Baker's Mobile LiDAR projects in the region and continues to develop new opportunities for the team.

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.