Thursday, May 8, 2014

Noticing Traffic - Not on the Highway

I had no intention of writing today, but while making changes to the site’s design today – those familiar with the blog will recognize significant changes to colors, logos, etc. - I noticed a significant spike in traffic, and it wasn't related to one of the Top 3 Posts. In fact, the increased traffic was for a series of posts written nearly 4 years ago.

On April 24, 2010, a series of storms spawned an EF4 tornado in Yazoo City, MS, a small town approximately 40 miles northwest of Ridgeland, MS - our Mobile LiDAR base of operations. The crew was en route to Florida for a collection and was redirected to document damage.

Last Monday, nearly 4 years to the day, a tornado outbreak once again struck north and central MS – the National Weather Service reported 21 tornado tracks, including another close call in Yazoo City. The map clearly shows Ridgeland in between two lines of tracks. Most of our staff lost power or had minor damage, and thankfully, none were injured.

For more information on the work we performed in 2010:

-Stephen

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.