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Mobile LIDAR

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Mobile LIDAR Guide

Mobile LIDAR systems are mounted on vehicles for rapid data collection along roadways, railways, and other transportation corridors. Here's how to choose the right Mobile LIDAR service:

  • Project Scale and Scope: Assess the scale and scope of your project, including the length of the corridor to be mapped and the level of detail required. Mobile LIDAR is well-suited for linear projects such as roadways, highways, and railway tracks.

  • Vehicle Platform: Consider the type of vehicle platform used for mobile LIDAR data collection. Choose a provider with experience in deploying mobile mapping systems on a variety of vehicles, including cars, trucks, trains, etc.

  • Sensor Configuration: Evaluate the configuration of the LIDAR sensor system, including the number of laser scanners, their field of view, and the positioning accuracy of the GPS/IMU system. Ensure the sensor configuration meets the requirements of your project in terms of accuracy and coverage.

  • Data Processing Workflow: Inquire about the service provider's data processing workflow, including software tools and algorithms used for feature extraction, classification, and asset inventory. Ensure they can deliver the required deliverables, such as roadway inventories and pavement condition assessments.

  • Regulatory Compliance: Verify that the service provider complies with all relevant regulations for mobile mapping operations, including traffic safety regulations and data privacy laws. Choose a provider with experience in conducting mobile LIDAR surveys in compliance with local regulations.

Mobile LIDAR Overview

Mobile LIDAR systems are mounted on vehicles such as cars, trucks, ATV's, Boats, or trains, allowing for rapid data collection along transportation corridors or urban environments. Here's how they work:

  • Laser Ranging: The LIDAR system mounted on the vehicle emits laser pulses in multiple directions, covering a wide swath of the surrounding environment.

  • Detection: As the vehicle moves, the LIDAR system continuously measures the time it takes for laser pulses to return, capturing a dense point cloud of the surroundings.

  • Data Processing: Real-time kinematic (RTK) capabilities, combined with GPS and inertial measurement unit (IMU) data, enable accurate georeferencing of the collected point cloud. Data processing algorithms further refine the point cloud to extract features and generate actionable information such as road profiles, asset inventories, or terrain models.

Mobile LIDAR Price Considerations

  • Vehicle and Equipment: Costs include the acquisition or rental of vehicles equipped with mobile LIDAR systems, as well as maintenance and calibration of equipment.

  • Survey Speed and Efficiency: The speed and efficiency of data collection impact costs, with faster surveying rates resulting in reduced labor and equipment expenses.

  • Data Processing Resources: Processing costs depend on the volume and complexity of mobile LIDAR data, as well as the computational resources required for georeferencing and feature extraction.

  • RTK GNSS Systems: Expenses related to real-time kinematic (RTK) GNSS systems for accurate georeferencing contribute to overall project costs.

  • Deliverables and Reporting: Costs vary based on the type and detail of deliverables requested by the client.

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