Fusing Aerial and Mobile LiDAR Data

Fusing Aerial and Mobile LiDAR Data Company:  Caltech Group CHALLENGE Companies looking to perform large scale, high resolution mapping projects with budget restrictions and time constraints struggle using traditional surveying methods. Caltech’s team of surveyors, engineers, CAD experts, technologists, and GIS specialists has spent the last 30+ years becoming Western Canada’s go-to company for geomatics services. Caltech provides services to […]

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LIDAR: A Technology Overview and the Role of Diffuse…

LIDAR: A Technology Overview and the Role of Diffuse Reflectance Targets in Testing & Calibrating Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) By Russell Bailey, Product Manager, Pro-Lite Technology Ltd & Greg McKee, Chief Technologist & Product Marketing Manager, Labsphere Inc LIDAR is an established technology that is being increasingly deployed in consumer products and in driverless vehicles. LIDAR is an acronym […]

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GNSS – Why is that important for Mobile Mapping?

Thanks to Jeff Fagerman at Lidar USA for this article. Mobile mapping systems (MMS) are gaining rapidly in popularity and their use is spreading into many fields beyond the more technical areas of surveying and engineering. Applications for archeology, forensics and accident scene reconstruction, riot scene analysis, a multitude of agricultural and forestry applications, golf courses, game parks, and city […]

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The Democratization of 3D Scanning

The Democratization of 3D Scanning By Keith Lay, Director of Content at Clirio Technologies From CAD to photogrammetry to LiDAR, engineers of all disciplines acquire, process, and share 3D data on a daily basis. Historically, the creation of this 3D data has been the purview of specialists. This has been especially true of 3D and LiDAR scanning of project sites […]

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How UAV-based LiDAR Has Transformed the Surveying Industry

How UAV-based LiDAR Has Transformed the Surveying Industry CHALLENGE Pape-Dawson Engineers is the largest civil engineering firm headquartered, and exclusively located, in Texas with a staff of over 850 employees. Their team of professionals provide civil engineering, surveying, GIS, and environmental services for land development, transportation, and water resources projects for both private and public clients. Pape-Dawson’s surveyors and engineers […]

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Subsurface Information Modeling Using LiDAR

map of Subsurface Information

Building on SUE, SUM, and BIM to Advance Underground Stewardship. For some reason, utility contractors over the years did not take the time to record subsurface information at the needed level of detail. by Mike Twohig The use of Subsurface Utility Mapping (SUE) dates back to the early 1980s. In 1991, SUE gained an official endorsement from the Federal Highway […]

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How LiDAR Technology Advances Trucking Safety 

Trucking is a lifeline between consumers and products. The logistics industry helps transit everything from essential items like medicine to Amazon prime products. Yet, one of the leading causes of mass-casualty highway accidents are those involving trucks and freighters.  Though many truckers are highly trained, sometimes the negligence of other drivers in cars and other vehicles can result in an […]

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How to Verify Dirt Levels with Drone LiDAR

How to Verify Dirt Levels with Drone LiDAR Drone LiDAR efficiently provides detailed preconstruction data and verification planning. For release Monday, March 21, 2022 Rome, NY- Monitoring pre and post-development projects from start to finish is key to ensuring the accuracy and success of the overall design plan. Adams Surveying, out of Richardson Texas, has increased its workload and bottom […]

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House of Wonders Documented by Zamani Team

House of Wonders Documented by Zamani Team On the 25th of December 2020, the front of the iconic House of Wonders (Beit-al-Ajaib) in Stone Town, Zanzibar, partially collapsed resulting in the tragic loss of life and the destruction of its North-West corner. The building was under restoration after an earlier collapse.  The building is a central component of the UNESCO […]

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Into the dark unknown: Hovermap helping drive NASA..

Into the dark unknown: How Hovermap is helping drive NASA’s future planetary ambitions NASA recently took one more giant leap for mankind after its Mars Helicopter, Ingenuity, made the first-ever test flight on another world. It was a major effort for the helicopter, a project that was decades in the making at the organisation’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Back on […]

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CSX Rails Against Traditional Asset Management

CSX Rails Against Traditional Asset Management Challenge CSX is one of the nation’s leading transportation suppliers of rail – based freight and intermodal containers, operating and managing over 21,000 miles of track spanning 23 states, DC, Ontario, and Quebec. Nearly two-thirds of Americans live within CSX’s service territory. In 2008, the Rail Safety Improvement Act mandated the implementation of Positive […]

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Drone Data Software for the Most Challenging…

Developing World Class Drone Data Collection Software for the Most Challenging Projects By Alexey Dobrovolsky, CTO SPH Engineering Editor’s Note: This article is being reported as a narrative as told by the author. Please provide a brief bio and overview of your history with SPH Engineering Before SPH Engineering, I spent 20+ years in the IT/software industry. My profession is […]

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RAILROAD MAPPING IN BRAZIL SAVES CUSTOMER 74%

Railroad Corridor Mapping in Brazil with Microdrones Saves Customer 74% Measure, a Microdrones distributor who specializing in conventional topography, laser scanning, aero photogrammetry, drone Lidar, georeferencing, drilling and geospatial data, was tasked with surveying a 108km corridor of new railroad construction in Goias, Brazil, within a four-week time table. To meet the needs of their customer they used both the mdLiDAR1000 […]

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Turning Cutting Edge Technology into 3D..

Turning Cutting Edge Technology into 3D Productivity Gains By Jared Martin, Vice President of Operations Editor’s Note: This article is being reported as a narrative as told by the author. Can you please provide a brief overview of your professional background (s) and experience, particularly with 3D laser scanning/lidar technology, and/or a brief history of the growth of the company […]

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Lessons in Quality Construction and Engineering

Title: Lessons in Quality Construction and Engineering Outline: Background: Headquartered in Toledo, Ohio since 1948, SSOE is an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm doing business across the globe. With a focus on customer satisfaction, SSOE has documented saving $1.5 billion for their clients since 2009 and 150 of their clients have been with SSOE for 20 years. Their company […]

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How To Build A Cost-Effective LiDAR Payload Properly

The Inertial Labs INS-D-OEM is a part of Inertial Labs’ new generation of fully integrated, multiple-constellation, high performance strapdown systems that determine position, orientation, and velocity for any mounted device. The INS-D-OEM was designed to provide a highly accurate low-cost solution for a variety of applications. Inertial Labs became strategic partners with ROCK robotic in late 2020 to meet the […]

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3D Historic Preservation and Landscape Architecture – A Powerful Combination

Thomas J. Elmore began his formal education by earning an Associates degree from Colombia-Greene Community College, while living in my hometown of Catskill, NY. As they say, it’s a small world. After going on to earn his BS and MS in Landscape Architecture and  3D Historic Preservation, Thomas J. Elmore began Elmore Design Collaborative, LLC, Historical Landscape Architecture, in 1999. […]

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Cartomorphosis – A Four Generation Surveying Evolution

Cartomorphosis – A Four Generation Surveying Evolution When I was just six years old, my grandfather would take me as a camera operator on his photogrammetric plane. In the early 80’s without FMS (flight management system) nor airborne GPS, aerial photography required special skills. The results could not be verified until the film was processed.  These experiences sparked my passion for mapping. […]

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Technology Demo Suggests How to Keep Drone Traffic Flowing Smoothly

Over nearly a week of testing — a week that followed months of preparation and involved five types of aircraft, four aircraft software systems, more than 30 engineers, pilots, and operations experts, and 141 flights — the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership and its partners sought to answer an increasingly urgent question: How can we effectively manage the diversity and volume of […]

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Leveraging Lidar Supports Company Growth

Leveraging Lidar Supports Company Growth By Tony Bartol PS, Fishbeck Vice President/Senior Surveyor  Editor’s Note: This article is being reported as a narrative as told by the author. Background I am a Michigan – licensed surveyor with 17 years of experience, nine of which has been working with terrestrial and mobile LiDAR. Fishbeck purchased our first RIEGL mobile LiDAR in […]

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Deep Learning-Based Framework for Feature Extraction

This paper by Wen et al., presents a deep learning-based framework for road marking extraction, classification and completion from three-dimensional (3D) mobile laser scanning (MLS) point clouds. Road markings play a critical role in road traffic safety and are one of the most important elements for guiding autonomous vehicles (AVs). High-Definition (HD) maps with accurate road marking information are very […]

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