Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mobile LiDAR and Flood Impact Studies

The Mobile LiDAR vehicle trajectories (shown in red) are
displayed with the 1979 Easter Flood boundary (in blue).
I arrived this morning to the latest issue of LiDAR News magazine sitting on my desk.  I am proud to have been a contributing writer for more than three years now - although lately my commitments do not afford me as much time to write as I once did for both the magazine and this blog.  However, Gene Roe, managing editor and co-founder of LiDAR News, does wrestle an article from me from time to time.

My latest article, Mobile LiDAR and Flood Impact Studies, details work we performed in the Jackson, MS metropolitan area to extract approximately 12,000 first floor elevations and other data to support the work of several partner organizations and stakeholders.  The project, completed over a period of approximately four months, required collection of over 700 miles of Mobile LiDAR data, survey ground control and aerial LiDAR validation.

Entire subdivisions are quickly captured with Mobile LiDAR data alleviating the need for entry onto private property to gain information.  Outreach was performed via news and print media prior to collections.
Several of our staff live within the boundary of the project.  Therefore, we had a more personal connection with the project and its successful completion than is experienced with a typical roadway design type application.  We were working with information pertaining to our homes and property.

Cheers!
Stephen

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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.