Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Celebrating Independence Day!

As we celebrate our nation’s independence this Fourth of July, we encourage you to reflect on how fortunate we are to live in a place with an amazing diversity of peoples, cultures, traditions, beliefs, and histories that have come together to make this great country.


Enjoy your time with friends and family and have a safe and responsible 4th!
The Mobile LiDAR Team

Friday, May 25, 2018

Memorial Day - Remember and Honor

On behalf of Michael Baker International, the Mobile LiDAR Team would like to take the opportunity this Memorial Day to recognize and remember our country’s military members who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the very freedoms we enjoy today. As you spend this weekend with loved ones, please think about those who fought and gave their lives to secure the liberties that allow us to live, work and make a difference.



As a firm that employs veterans from many countries and delivers mission-critical services in support of our country’s military across the globe, we’d like our active duty, reserve, guard and contractor friends and family to know they are in our thoughts during their extended deployments and separation from friends and families.

If you are able and so inclined, please consider making a contribution to organizations that support the surviving spouses and children of our fallen heroes. Such organizations include (but not limited to):

· Special Operations Warrior Foundation - http://specialops.org/
· Children of Fallen Patriots - http://www.fallenpatriots.org/
· Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund - http://www.fallenheroesfund.org/

 Thank you,
The Mobile LiDAR Team

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Huge Airport, One Vehicle

To learn more about our award-winning work at DFW, check out the feature-length article in the latest publication of Heights 2018, a special edition of XYHT magazine.


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

2017 Project of the Year!!!

Michael Baker was honored at the annual MAPPS Geospatial Excellence Awards for our work in Pavement Data Collection and Asset Inventory at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). MAPPS presented Michael Baker with the category award for Surveying/Field Data Collection, then recognized the innovative project with the Grand Award for Project of the Year!

Big win for our Mobile LiDAR/Pavement Team!



Stay tuned for an upcoming article about the project in the Heights 2018 special edition of XYHT magazine.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

NCAT 2018 Certification

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a video worth?  Regardless of word count, this video (flown by Jack King and compiled by yours truly), certainly creates a powerful statement about the capabilities of our national Pavement Team.



Special thanks to the outstanding professionals of the NCAT facility at Auburn University for granting access to perform the first UAS flights over the Test Track that made this video possible.

Follow our YouTube Channels (below) to stay up to date with our newest LiDAR/UAS Fleet technology and capabilities. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

NCAT Certified!

Fresh off the test track in Opelika, AL, we’re proud to announce our team cruised (pun intended) through the certification process. Special recognition goes out to Ken Contrisciane, Vahid Ganji, Clark Jackson, and Jack King for passing the written and driving exams, and configuring our Inertial Profiler to pass with flying colors!

Stay tuned for upcoming videos from the certification process and the first-ever UAS footage captured over the NCAT test track.

Cheers!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Isn't She a Beaut!

SSI Inertial Profiler installed and ready for service.
We’re proud to announce the latest addition to our Fleet! Our brand new SSI Inertial Profiler (i.e. Rut Bar) is a welcomed complimentary solution to our existing Mobile LiDAR, LCMS, and GPR capabilities. 

Installation and testing are done, and we’re off to NCAT (National Center for Asphalt Technology) in Opelika, AL for certification.

Stay tuned for updates once we’re back from NCAT.

Cheers!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Real-Time Vehicle Trajectory



Our fleet of 4 Mobile LiDAR systems are nearly always on the move, and can be anywhere in the United States or internationally on any given day. With daily fleet activities averaging over 300 miles per day nationwide, resulting in nearly 7,000 miles of collections in the past 4 months, efficient productivity tracking and reporting is easier said than done.



Capitalizing on the previously un-tapped wealth of data produced by our field operations, our fleet logistics/tracking team developed a real-time solution to harness data from the on-board Positioning Orientation System (POS) to create a Real-Time Vehicle Trajectory (RTVT) solution. The single file summarizes each vehicle’s collections and correlates the systems’ position, GPS solution, attitude (pitch, roll, heading), and velocity at 1 second intervals for each sensor and camera initialization. Designed for transportability, an RTVT can be transmitted to our tracking team within seconds after collection, and enable near-real-time loading to interactive project maps and daily status reports.

The design of the RTVT not only supports our real-time production tracking needs, but also the needs of our daily mission planning operations as well. To effectively leverage the power of the individual RTVT files, the tracking team customized existing navigation software to thematically display RTVT’s that render user-friendly visual-cues that have ultimately increased daily production while decreasing costly “go-backs” and recollections.

Cheers!
Clark

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Throwback Thursday

Throwback to the December 1957 edition of Photogrammetric Engineering Journal.  Although we’ve grown out of our original digs in Rochester, PA and Jackson, MS, these offices live on with our Mobile LiDAR team in neighboring Moon Township, PA and Ridgeland, MS respectively.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Mobile LiDAR and the Smart City

Lately we’ve been considering our Mobile LiDAR Data activities under a different light so to speak. In a word, LiDAR. We get to see our world quite differently through the vast amounts of LiDAR and
imagery we collect performing very large urban projects. I was recently at the DistribuTECH 2018 conference to better understand how utilities with electric and/or broadband services are considering and reacting to technological, economic and societal implications of a Smart City.

Development of a Smart City affects nearly all systems comprising a City’s infrastructure. An electric grid’s smart meter system and grid improvements are fully functional with 5G capabilities. Fiber and wireless networks are implemented to carry present and future data from many connected-systems. Smart technology enables real-time diagnostics and management of: utilities; aviation, automotive, commuter rail and other vessels or vehicles comprising intelligent transportation systems; and government facilities and services, health services and activities, and first responder functions. Entertainment and recreation services, domicile and commercial facilities, and consumer-driven information demands are all connected.  Web-browsing, texts, voice, machine data, automatous things, and pictures or video are transmitted at speeds of 1Gbps to 10Gbps or more with 5G.

Many Smart City displays were at DistribuTECH 2018. The photo of an AT&T kiosk shows a 3D city-street model with conceptual graphic trajectories of many smart devices communicating wirelessly to their antennas. This sort of 3D analysis is necessary for wireless propagation modeling for placing microcell and small antennas. Mobile LiDAR is a perfect solution for data needed in 3D modeling and analysis, and for preparation of design, construction and permitting data.

Michael Baker extracts many forms of utility and roadway network details from our LiDAR point clouds and exports data directly into utility pole analysis, as well as various CAD, GIS and Asset Management applications. We also collect and model aerial electrical distribution and meter services. We measure anything attached to the pole or visible on the ground like road and sidewalk conditions, curbs and gutters, signage or pavement markings, or other visible utilities in the right-of-way. This data is used in planning and designing the many networks to serve a community.

Stopping to overlook our Bay Area collection.
Michael Baker’s Mobile LiDAR vehicles have recently collected over 7,000 miles of roadway corridor covering nearly 3.5 Million metropolitan residents in the largest cities across the United States. Terrestrial-mobile LiDAR and spherical imagery is used to update maps, GIS data and 3D models to understand a city’s in situ conditions to support design and construction permitting. However, the same data can be used for a multitude of other societal purposes such as the implementation of complete streets, local transit planning, ADA compliance or similar programs.

Ultimately the collected LiDAR data helps serve a community with improved utility networks and other infrastructure. By using LiDAR, cities are creating better, safer, healthier communities in which to live and work. Better planning, design and construction is a great outcome. It’s smart, too.

Cheers!
Bob