Lidar

This issue of GIM is largely devoted to emergent Lidar technology. We have a feature on 3D-visualisation of Lidar data co-authored by new contributing editor Dr Bharat Lohani of IIT Kanpur India, and no fewer than two product surveys, one on Airborne Lidar Systems, the other on Lidar software. Two regular features, Technology in Focus and Company’s View, this month address processing the product of Lidar survey, point-clouds. Lidar is without doubt a most successful data-acquisition technique. As an acronym of Light Detection and Ranging - some prefer to read Lidar as Laser Imaging Detection And Ranging - the term... (read more)
2007-01-19 12:00:00
2017-01-05 08:56:47

LiDAR Compressor

LizardTech has released the LizardTech LiDAR Compressor. This product enables users to turn giant point cloud data into efficient MrSID files that retain 100% of the raw data at just 25% of the file size.     Unlike raw LAS or ASCII data, LiDAR files compressed to MrSID are easily managed resources from which derivatives can be extracted over and over again. One of the key features of LiDAR Compressor is its ability to reduce LiDAR file sizes by 75% while retaining all of the points and all of the point precision and accuracy of the original file. If users... (read more)
2009-07-14 09:49:29

Airborne Lidar Bathymetry

Mapping Shallow Rivers Under Low-flow Conditions
Although operational for more than twenty years, Airborne Lidar Bathymetry (ALB) has rarely been used in riverine areas. The US Bureau of Reclamation adopted it to study how flow change in the Yakima Rivera affected fish habitat. The authors show that ALB offers accuracy and precision at least as good, if not better than that achieved in typical survey by boat with sonar and GPS. The United States Bureau of Reclamation needed to create an accurate hydraulic model of the Yakima River in Washington State to study how changes in river flow would effect downstream fish habitat. For many years... (read more)
2006-10-23 12:00:00

Lidar Quality Assurance

Open-Source Software For Processing Lidar Point Clouds
Basic tools for processing Lidar point clouds, which can be extended depending on needs, provide a flexible platform for service providers and users alike. Here, the authors demonstrate how a publicly available open-source application with basic tools for visualising, editing and analysing Lidar point clouds has been extended into a compliant platform that serves diverse applications including mapping of power-line corridors, land uses and riverbeds. The platform, called DielmoOpenLiDAR and released under the GNU GPL licence, enables management and display of massive Lidar datasets together with vectors, rasters, OGC services such as WMS, WFS, WCS and other geoinformation. For professional... (read more)
2015-04-10 01:29:47

Lidar Treatment Software Releases

Tiltan is to present the automatic Lidar processing product TLID - and the 3D Modelling Sensor and System AGM during Intergeo 2010.   TLiD is an automatic solution for point cloud data processing Lidar data and other, low noise, point clouds are handled. The package automatically transforms geo-referenced point clouds into GIS layers and 3D Photo-realistic dynamic presentation. The company will be represented at the Diamond booth (1F-142).   (read more)
2010-09-20 04:42:35

Airborne Lidar Scanners

Status and Developments
The first commercial airborne Lidar systems appeared on the market in the mid-1990s. This active remote-sensing technology rapidly evolved to become the laser scanners which can today emit 400,000 pulses per second and record the full waveform of the backscattered signal. Soon they will be even able to record half a billion full waveforms per second. In tandem with the new product survey on airborne Lidar sensors (see our website), the author here gives an overview of status and developments, particularly focusing on beam divergence, multiple pulses in air and full waveform recording, and associated opportunities for existing and new... (read more)
2011-02-03 05:10:57

Lidar Map of Nigeria

The Enugu State has awarded a contract to a South African company to conduct aerial surveys of the state which is situated in the Eastern part of Nigeria. The creation of an accurate Geographical Information System or GIS is crucial to many government programs. The purpose of the survey is to provide the local municipality with accurate maps and surveys to be used for planning, development and infrastructure maintenance.     Southern Mapping Company will be partnering with The Digital Map Company (DMCo) in Nigeria and share their knowledge, resources and expertise. SMC will be delivering a set of digital... (read more)
2009-07-06 10:34:59

European Lidar Mapping Forum

The ELMF team are taking the show to Salzburg, Austria from 29th to 30th November 2011. In four weeks time, since the launch of the second event, old and new exhibitors are taking stands with 60% of the floor plan already allocated. The organisers are also enjoying a very positive response to the Call for Papers that was announced recently with many abstracts already submitted. The deadline for online submission is 25th July 2011. The ELMF conference is a platform on which to launch the latest concepts from commercial or academic research, leading-edge innovations in technologies, improved operating practices, reports... (read more)
2011-06-30 02:39:04

Lidar Use in Haiti

A new last minute addition to the International Lidar Mapping Forum conference program will include two presentations on how Lidar is being used in Haiti to assess the damage from the recent earthquake and the future probability of subsequent earthquakes. Imagery of the region damaged by the M7 Haiti earthquake, including high-resolution photography and airborne Lidar, has revealed a variety of ground failure that resulted from shaking. Surprisingly, the Enriquillo Fault seems to have not ruptured at the ground surface, so the negative result obtained from imagery has significant implications. The USGS issued a statement, based on imagery analysis, that... (read more)
2010-02-11 03:12:02
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