Lidar

Fugro uses airborne RAMMS to acquire land and sea data

January 18, 2019By
Photo: Agile LeVin, Visit Turks and Caicos Islands, via Fugro

Fugro has completed a landmark data acquisition campaign over the Turks and Caicos Islands, marking the first commercial success of its new Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System (RAMMS). Working under contract to the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), the company acquired more than 7,400 square kilometers of integrated, high-resolution bathymetric, topographic and image data. The resulting deliverables will support updated... read more

USGS selects Dewberry to complete lidar mapping for Florida

January 16, 2019By
This digital elevation model (DEM) indicates the type of data currently being acquired across Florida. (Photo: Dewberry)

High-resolution airborne lidar data to be acquired over 34,000 square miles for disaster response and recovery. Under an active Geospatial Products and Services contract, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has selected Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, to complete a statewide lidar mapping project for Florida. The project is funded by the Florida Division of Emergency Management and USGS... read more

Lidar data fused for understanding of tropical forests

November 15, 2018By
Virtual 3D forests created from lidar data collected in the field. (Image: Kim Calders via TERN)

A University of Queensland, Australia, environmental project fused data from terrestrial and UAV lidar collections to estimate forest biomass. Forest ecosystems contain more biomass than any other ecosystem. Estimating biomass — a critical endeavor to detect the health of ecosystems — can be difficult. Traditional methods can be destructive, such as harvesting trees to measure the weight of the different components.... read more

Mobile mapping market size worth over $40B by 2024

October 3, 2018By
Image: Global Market Insights

The mobile mapping market size is expected to be worth more than $40 billion by 2024, according to a new research report by Global Market Insights. The mobile mapping market is propelled by the increasing adoption of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets across the globe. Smartphone users are extensively using mapping applications on their devices for navigation and... read more

Volcanic GIS: Mapping and imaging the Kilauea eruption

August 16, 2018By
Lidar image of the Hawaii dataset showing the Kilauea Calderand the Halena'uma'u Crater and within it. (Image: Quantum Spatial)

Geospatial companies played a key role in the government's response to the Kilauea Volcano eruption. The volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii began erupting May 3, and while quiet for more than a week, it could resume erupting at any time. read more

Quantum Spatial lidar surveys provide volcano eruption insights

August 1, 2018By
Looking southwest towards Leilani Estates with Fissure 8 erupting in the background. (Image: Ron Chapple/GEO 1)

High-resolution lidar surveys help first responders, scientists and government agencies monitor Kilauea conditions and predict future lava flows. Independent geospatial data firm Quantum Spatial Inc. (QSI) has conducted high-resolution lidar surveys of areas surrounding the Kilauea volcano eruption in Hawaii. The emergency response effort was part of the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Rapid Response Imagery Products (RRIP) in support of the... read more

Dewberry to update lidar for Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands after hurricane

June 6, 2018By

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has selected Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, to collect and process Quality Level 1 topographic lidar data of Puerto Rico, including the islands of Culebra, Vieques and Isla de Mona; and the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas. The new data will be used to identify the impact... read more

The evolution of remote sensing platforms

May 17, 2018By

Drones and robots complement traditional platforms, delivering insights in unique use cases. Guest column by Mike Fuller Geographic surveys have changed in the last 150 years. What started with early film cameras strapped to hot air balloons, kites and homing pigeons has advanced — both in terms of sensors and the platforms on which they’re deployed. These innovations — which include... read more

NavVis launches 6D SLAM indoor mapper

April 18, 2018By

Mapping company NavVis has launched the M6, a next-generation indoor mobile-mapping system that the company says can overcome the scalability and data quality constraints of reality capture technology. Surveyors and architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals can now use reality-capture technology for large-scale indoor mapping projects. The M6 can be used for factory planning and creating and updating as-built BIM (building information modeling) models... read more

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Lidar and UAV reveal Mayan “megalopolis” below Guatemalan jungle

February 20, 2018By

Lidar and UAV technology has revealed hundreds of previously unknown Mayan ruins in the Guatemalan rainforest. In what is considered biggest aerial lidar survey in the history of archaeology, a vast and complex civilization has been discovered. The University of Houston’s National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) used Teledyne Optech’s Titan sensor to identify raised highways, and complex irrigation and terracing... read more