Friday, June 13, 2014

Picture of the Week - Levee Collection

Last weekend while in Sacramento, our crew performed a collection of a levee.  Having been along the southern California coastline just days earlier, they were not enjoying the 108 degree temperatures.  The hot, dry weather obviously had an impact on the grass along the levee.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Sacramento Meet and Greet

After scheduled collections in Los Angeles County, Baker's Mobile LiDAR crew will be visiting our Sacramento office.  Meet and greets area schedule for:

  • Friday, June 6th at 2:30 pm
  • Monday, June 9th at 10:00 am

The office is located at: 4540 Duckhorn Drive, Suite 202, Sacramento, CA 95834.

To request information on either event, please utilize the Contact Us page for details.



Thursday, May 8, 2014

Noticing Traffic - Not on the Highway

I had no intention of writing today, but while making changes to the site’s design today – those familiar with the blog will recognize significant changes to colors, logos, etc. - I noticed a significant spike in traffic, and it wasn't related to one of the Top 3 Posts. In fact, the increased traffic was for a series of posts written nearly 4 years ago.

On April 24, 2010, a series of storms spawned an EF4 tornado in Yazoo City, MS, a small town approximately 40 miles northwest of Ridgeland, MS - our Mobile LiDAR base of operations. The crew was en route to Florida for a collection and was redirected to document damage.

Last Monday, nearly 4 years to the day, a tornado outbreak once again struck north and central MS – the National Weather Service reported 21 tornado tracks, including another close call in Yazoo City. The map clearly shows Ridgeland in between two lines of tracks. Most of our staff lost power or had minor damage, and thankfully, none were injured.

For more information on the work we performed in 2010:


Friday, October 4, 2013

Picture of the Week

Recently, we completed another rail collect in New England.  The collection encompassed approximately 55 miles of commuter rail corridor and was performed over the span of two nights (midnight to 5 am).

Baker's Mobile LiDAR equipment is installed on a hi-rail vehicle - the same utilized during the Keystone Corridor project.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Picture of the Week

The crew is enjoying a trip to the west coast.  This morning was spent at our Carlsbad, CA office of RBF Consulting.

Although we are experiencing more moderate fall weather in central Mississippi, it pales in comparison to southern California.  They might never want to come home.

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

High Traffic and Congested Areas

When proposing the use of Mobile LiDAR technology, oftentimes the discussion revolves around accuracy and cost savings.  Why shouldn't it?  In lean budget times, both public and private organizations are looking to get more “bang for their buck” in terms of project expenditures. 

The corridor along Hampton Boulevard is rich with features.
The classified point cloud and extracted 3D features depict
the level of detail achieved from a Mobile LiDAR survey.
Frequently overlooked however, are the benefits that mobile scanning can provide in terms of efficiency and adherence to schedule in high traffic and congested areas.  Using Mobile LiDAR versus traditional surveying or terrestrial scanning has an immeasurable benefit in terms of safety, and a more tangible benefit in productivity.

In Norfolk, VA, Baker performed a Mobile LiDAR survey of heavily traveled Hampton Boulevard, which runs 2-6 lanes from the VDOT Midtown Tunnel to the largest U.S. Naval Base in the world (Norfolk Naval Station).  The corridor has landscaped medians, center turn lanes, barrier walls, bridges, and underpasses - including the MagLev track at Old Dominion University - Go Monarchs!   In a high traffic environment, Baker staff drove four passes along the 8 mile corridor and finished the entire collection in a day.  Notice the detail in vegetation, signage, utilities, and bare earth along the corridor!

Another seemingly obvious way to collect data along congested areas is by using traffic avoidance.  Baker often performs data collection overnight or on weekends to avoid traffic congestion in urban downtown areas and along high-speed heavy traffic interstate corridors. 

If you have any questions about heavy traffic data collections or anything else LiDAR, please don’t hesitate to contact any member of the Baker LiDAR team!


Scott Howell is a GIT Project Manager in Baker's Virginia Beach office and an alum of ODU.  He has managed several of Baker's Mobile LiDAR projects in the region and continues to develop new opportunities for the team.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Mobile LiDAR User Survey: Closed

The Mobile LiDAR User Survey is now closed. I want to thank everyone who took a few minutes to complete the brief survey. Over the next few days, I'm going to review the responses and provide details in upcoming blog postings.

Danke schön!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Mobile LiDAR Survey Reminder

I'm going to close out the Mobile LiDAR user survey next week - August 8th.  We have already received some great responses.  Please take a few minutes to supply feedback. If something isn't covered in the survey, please post a comment or use the Contact Us page.


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Mobile LiDAR User Survey

Last week at the Esri International User Conference, I spoke to a lot of people about Mobile LiDAR.  There were a broad range of questions presented across disciplines.  From those questions, I have developed a list of future postings.

However, as I develop those posts, I have composed a brief survey in an attempt to tailor postings to topics of interest.  If you have a couple minutes, please provide feedback on important factors for your utilization of Mobile LiDAR.


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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Baker @ Esri UC

Baker will be exhibiting at next week's Esri International User Conference in San Diego. Baker staff will be on-site to discuss the many services our Geospatial Information Technologies Practice Area provides, including Mobile LiDAR.

In addition to the exhibit, Scott Howell will be presenting during a moderated session on GIS for Stormwater Management.  The session is on Wednesday, July 10th at 8:30 AM in Room 30B.  The details are as follows:

Using Mobile LiDAR to Develop a Municipal Enterprise GIS
Scott Howell, Michael Baker Jr., Inc.
Using Mobile Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology, the City of Charleston, WV performed a complete scan of the roadway network for the state capital, developing a 3D model of the entire City in the process. The City of Charleston is undertaking an aggressive Long Term Storm Water Comprehensive Plan that required a data collection of storm water inlets and manholes. The City decided that the most cost effective method to acquire these features was through the use of a ground-based Mobile LiDAR system. By including a full sign inventory for their traffic engineering division, the return on investment of the entire project was significantly increased. In the future, the City has the ability to continue developing their GIS based on the information contained in the point cloud. Finally, a “snapshot” in time has been created that the City will be able to use as a reference in the future.
If you are a reader of the blog and will be attending, please stop by booth #2518.  I will be there most times, excluding an occasional absence to get fish tacos at the Tin Fish.

I hope to see you in San Diego next week.