LiDAR refers to the process of using laser light reflection to collect massive quantities of data to create a 3D representation of a real world object or location.
Perhaps one of the most powerful modelling tools on the market, LiDAR has been in use for decades as a proven technology to record precise 3D modelling data. Technological evolution has seen usage in the commercial industry increase in recent years, as LiDAR systems have become smaller and more affordable while continuing to provide increasing quality and quantities of data.
The quantity and quality of data LiDAR produces make it the best choice where there is a need to capture a large volume of data with a high amount of detail. For example, where there is a need to capture data where buildings or vegetation should be excluded since the number of pulses fired allow closer data groupings than other modelling technologies - allowing LiDAR to see around surface structures to the bare earth below.
While the large quantities and quality of data provide useful insights, LiDAR does have a high cost of implementation. Additionally, while LiDAR provides truth through height volume, each individual data point provides a level of uncertainty - meaning an inexperienced operator may select the wrong set of data points crucial to determining the size, shape, or height of a structure or asset.
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LiDAR’s ability to capture vast amounts of detail in a single pass has provided a variety of practical uses in biology and conservation.
From remote sensing to assess biodiversity, to monitoring habitat structure, studying forest ecology, undertaking coastal surveys, and conducting vulnerability assessments - LiDAR is a frequently used tool to provide in depth data, with an incredibly high amount of detail.
The importance of forests cannot be understated. Forests are essential to our survival. In addition to providing animal habitats and air for humans, forests also play a major role in climate change mitigation, provide watershed protection, and prevent soil erosion.
Whether managing forests as a whole, measuring forest canopy, identifying deforestation risk, or monitoring the growth of forest inventory; LiDAR provides accurate and cost-effective methods for large scale surveys due to its ability to measure both the forest canopy structure as well as the ground underneath in a single pass.
Understanding the geology and underlying geotechnical structure of the earth is fundamental for economic, social, and environmental development. Acquiring geological data can be a costly, time-consuming, and often dangerous process.
From initial site investigations, to mapping, monitoring and managing natural hazards and resources, to soil profiling - LiDAR has proven to be an essential tool for providing time-dependent data, over large and sometimes inaccessible or hazardous areas.
Infrastructure asset inspection often requires a visual of areas that are inaccessible by foot, or are hazardous to reach by traditional means. Aerial Inspections using LiDAR allow for or large scale data collection that can easily be uploaded and analyzed to provide a clear visual of critical infrastructure.
Whether examining bridge for potential faults, developing 3D models of linear infrastructure, or measuring wind speeds to assess the effectiveness of wind turbines; LiDAR provides a safe and accurate method to collect critical data for maintaining your assets.
One of the growing uses of LiDAR is as a tool for use in public safety and disaster management. When public safety is at risk, or a disaster occurs, first response teams need access to readily available, accurate information.
Particularly in the area of disaster management and response, LiDAR and the visualization of point cloud data have allowsed emergency responders to easily identify areas most affected by an event. from generating detail topographic maps ahead of an event, to acquiring highly accurate data as a support for relief work, more knowledge means better preparedness and response.
Mining is an economically important component of our economy. Mined materials are needed to construct everyday goods and services that are critical to our way of life - from roads and hospitals, to automobiles and houses, computers and satellites, and the components needed to generate electricity.
From the calculation of ore volumes, to site monitoring of environmental effects, and slope stability assessment - LiDAR has a wide range of applications across the mining industry owing to its rapid data collection and accuracy.
LiDAR is an ideal tool for designing and constructing new buildings, or retrofitting and redesigning existing ones - generating high-speed surveys that offer a precise digital map of the terrain and surrounding profile.
Due to LiDAR’s large data volumes and increased accuracy, it’s possible to capture the tiny details in building facades with great accuracy. This allows generation of accurate records of a buildings present condition, including the identification of potential structural deformations or other faults.