TAG: lidar

Mapping avalanches for safety

February 10, 2017By
A researcher prepares to use lidar to scan snow depth at Arapahoe Basin in Colorado. (Photo: Riegl)

In 2014, an avalanche injured two Colorado avalanche control workers. They had been using an “avalauncher” compressed gas cannon to shoot charges into slopes that posed a serious avalanche risk to motorists below, but the charge exploded too early, in the barrel of the launcher. The accident prompted a re-evaluation of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s avalanche control techniques. Now,... read more

Caltrans takes delivery of Riegl mapper

January 23, 2017By
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Caltrans — the California state agency responsible for highway, bridge and rail transportation planning, construction and maintenance — has taken delivery of the new Riegl VMX-1HA mobile mapping system. The Riegl VMX-1HA is a high-speed, high-performance dual-scanner mobile mapping system. It provides high performance and dense, accurate and feature-rich data at highway speeds. With two million measurements and five hundred scan... read more

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Geodetics introduces mobile mapping system with lidar, GPS

September 22, 2016By
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Geodetics Inc.’s newest mobile mapping product, Geo-MMS, is a fully integrated lidar mapping payload for integration with unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The Geo-MMS includes an inertial navigation system coupled with a lidar sensor. Raw data from the integrated GPS, inertial measurement unit (IMU) and lidar sensors are recorded on the internal data-recording device and can be post-processed using Geodetics’ lidar tool... read more

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Leica expands lidar capabilities in ALS80 airborne sensor

July 5, 2016By
Forest assessment using the ALS80.

Leica Geosystems has expanded functionality of its ALS80 airborne sensor to enable more flexible data acquisition with extended range measurement capability. The new ALS80-UP takes advantage of the dual-output optical system pioneered in the Leica Geosystems ALS70 and enhanced in the ALS80. The system also benefits from higher Multiple Pulse in Air (MPiA) operation settings, enabling data collection in extreme... read more

Lidar drone market will be worth US$144.6 million by 2022

May 27, 2016By

According to a new market research report published by MarketsandMarkets, the Lidar drone market was valued US$16.1 million in 2015 and is estimated to reach US$144.6 million by 2022 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 35.2% between 2016 and 2022. The full report is titled “Lidar Drone Market by Product (Rotary Wing, and Fixed Wing), Component, Application (Corridor Mapping, Archaeology, Construction,... read more

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Quanergy announces new lidar sensor at Xponential

May 2, 2016By
Quanergy's S3 lidar sensor.

Quanergy Systems, a provider of lidar sensors and smart sensing solutions, is offering a new sensor. The S3-Qi is a miniature solid-state lidar sensor that is 15 percent the size of the previous solid-state model, the S3. Quanergy is displaying the new sensor along with its other products in Booth 767 at AUVSI’s Xponential May 3-5 in New Orleans. The S3-Qi,... read more

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MAPPS presents excellence awards, bestows highest honor to Teledyne Optech

February 5, 2016By
From left to right: John Palatiello, MAPPS executive Director; Jim Green; Mike Sitar and Michel Stanier of Optech Teledyne.

Teledyne Optech‘s ALTM Titan lidar sensor earned the 2015 Grand Award in the ninth annual MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards, MAPPS recently announced in a news release. The awards ceremony was held Feb. 2 at the Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, Nev. Teledyne was also presented with an award in the Technology Innovation category. The company said in a news release that... read more

ENVI 5.3 adds lidar analysis

January 13, 2016By
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The latest release of ENVI software, version 5.3, adds significant lidar point cloud analysis and visualization capabilities that previously were only available in the ENVI lidar software package. The Harris Corporation software offers users a single software interface to work with hyper-spectral, multi-spectral, panchromatic and lidar data. The out-of-the-box functionality includes 3D point-cloud visualization, derived terrain product generation (such as digital elevation models)... read more

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Survey lasers in on Iron-Age archaeology

January 11, 2016By
Capturing lidar data:
Lasers from the survey aircraft are transmitted to the ground. The time taken for the beam to be bounced back to aircraft-mounted receivers is recorded. Using the known position of the aircraft, the time taken for the return of the laser beam and the known value of the speed of light, the distance between the aircraft and ground is calculated. Readings can also be taken to determine the height of vegetation and other surface structures.

High-tech aerial laser surveying is being employed to reveal the hidden archaeology of an Iron-Age hill settlement in Lancashire, England. Visually, the archaeological features are difficult to see, but a Bluesky laser survey, commissioned by the Morecambe Bay Partnership, is expected to reveal previously undiscovered details of a settlement at Warton Crag. Identified as an important Heritage at Risk site,... read more

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Aerial mapping of UK rail network nears completion

December 8, 2015By
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NM Group is nearing completion on an aerial mapping project covering more than 16,000 kilometers of United Kingdom rail network. In 2014, NM Group was engaged to map the rail assets with a mix of high-tech laser measurement and imaging equipment, as part of a project to improve asset maintenance, operational effectiveness, efficiency and safety. The project used a mix of specially... read more

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