Monday, April 22, 2019

Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on how we collectively impact our local environment and the world.  At Michael Baker International, we look at how our work makes the world a better place by helping our clients make our land, water, air and neighborhoods cleaner, safer, more environmentally friendly—and, at the same time, more socially and economically viable.

We can think of no more appropriate occasion to announce our current initiative, which will include an overhaul of our Mobile LiDAR and Pavement collection fleet to more fuel efficient and environmentally sustainable vehicles that will lessen our environmental footprint.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

OTMR / Utility Solutions Presented at Alden User Conferece

A BIG thanks to the great team at Alden Systems for the opportunity to speak at the 2019 Alden User Conference and present the next generation of Mobile LiDAR solutions for the Joint Pole, Make Ready Engineering (MRE), and One Touch Make Ready (OTMR) community.

@AldenSystems  #AldenOne  #MobileLiDAR  #OTMRSolutions

Michael Baker's Aaron Morris (National GIT Lead), presenting next generation Mobile LiDAR solutions during Monday's afternoon session at the 2019 Alden User Conference.

Friday, March 22, 2019

National Surveyors Week

We would like to take this opportunity to recognize the many contributions that Surveyors have made in shaping the very fabric of this nation.  From documenting land boundaries and subdividing land, to establishing the control monuments and measurements used to build our nation's infrastructure, Surveyors play a vital role in many unseen aspects of our life. 

As a Professional Surveyor, I have a deep respect for the history of my Profession and the individuals who came before me - including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and many of this country's founding fathers.  It is because of this pride and love of Profession that we say that there are 3 Surveyors and some other guy on Mount Rushmore.  

Below is a proclamation from the State of Alabama recognizing Surveyors this week, one of many states and counties providing similar proclamation across the country this week.

Happy Surveyors Week!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Happy National Pi Day!

Pi (π) - the irrational infinite number that describes the ratio of a circle’s diameter to its circumference. It is arguably the most recognized symbol in mathematics. Our LiDAR Team uses Pi for everything from common daily calculations to determine wheel circumference to properly calibrate and fit Distance Measuring Units (DMI), to make sense and order patterns found within the point clouds we collect. 

Most commonly, we use Pi hundreds of time each day to determine the circle that best reflects the circumference of a utility pole. Pi allows us to define the single most important geometric property of a pole’s load-bearing capacity. 

Happy National Pi Day from the Mobile LiDAR Team at Michael Baker International!

- Sandor Laszlo, P.E.

Monday, March 4, 2019

WVU's Next Generation of GIS Professionals visit Michael Baker

Once again we thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to visit with the next generation of GIS Professionals from West Virginia University's (WVU) GIS Applications class.  The annual event was held at our Moon Township, PA office and afforded Dr. Harris' budding professionals the opportunity to see real world applications of geospatial technologies and tour our innovative Mobile LiDAR/Pavement Inventory collection vehicle.

Now into its second decade, the annual event was hosted by the LiDAR Team's Andy Hughes (LiDAR Processing Supervisor), who was joined by various Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) leads within the operation, and a special address from HQ Regional Director Dan Cessna.

Rounding out the event, the students were joined by Jacob Thiel (LiDAR Processing Supervisor and two members of our LiDAR Team (Erica Belloma and Hunter White), who joined Michael Baker's LiDAR Team after participating in this same event as WVU student, for a Q&A session to learn about their experiences transitioning from college graduation to working at Michael Baker. 

We can't wait to see how these amazing students change the face of the geospatial sciences..and if we're lucky, have them join the Michael Baker team!

Looking forward to next year’s visit!

Budding GIS Professionals from Dr. Harris' GIS Applications class at WVU joined members of our LiDAR Team to tour our Moon Township, PA office and meet our LiDAR and Geospatial Professionals.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

The Baker's Dozen - REDUX

It's always good practice to routinely assess your status, re-evaluate your goals, and revisit your critical assumptions.  As I look back on our 9+ years of Mobile LiDAR ownership there are many things that are just as pertinent today as they were nearly a decade ago.  None more poignant than our 13 Laws of Mobile LiDAR. 

Whether it's your first time, or just the first time a while, now is the perfect opportunity to catch up on our Baker's Dozen.

The Baker's Dozen: 13 Laws of Mobile LiDAR
  1. Too much is better than not enough;
  2. Sometimes more is just more, not better;
  3. Hard drives are cheap, time isn’t;
  4. Consistency counts; stop guessing;
  5. When someone wants “full planimetrics,” they really don’t;
  6. The stated laser range is X’, but the lasers are only capturing data to Y’; and Y is definitely less than X, yet nobody can tell you what Y is…
  7. The data you capture is only as good as the applied control;
  8. Today’s best practices will be tomorrow’s old habits;
  9. Field vs. office time ratios are pipe dreams;
  10. Mobile LiDAR systems are not created equal, and neither are the operations behind them;
  11. Off-the-shelf processing software will only do 50% of what you need it to do;
  12. When the system encounters issues, take a breath and reboot;
  13. Mobile LiDAR is not all fun and games, but it does feel like it some days.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Successful MAPPS Winter Conference

A big thanks to the #MAPPS organization for hosting another successful conference and being part of #GeoWeek.  Denver was a little snowy, but that didn't dampen the productive meetings, our team's enthusiasm or a great turnout for the Social Responsibility event sponsored by Michael Baker and ASI.

L to R: Mike Tully (ASI) and Alicia McConnell (UAS Lead) hosting the Social Responsibility event; a snowy visitor keeping an eye on the Denver Convention Center; Alicia McConnell and Rodney Cope (Remote Sensing Lead) accepting the Honorary Award for the 2018 Geospatial Excellence Awards.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Signature Magazine: Laser-Focused Innovation

Check out the latest edition of Signature Magazine for a feature-length article on our Mobile LiDAR and laser-based solutions.

Click on the image or use the following link to access the Winter 2018/19 edition of Signature Magazine.