Wednesday, December 30, 2020


Like most of you, we can't wait to put a bow on 2020 and ring in the New Year.  Hold tight, we're almost there!

Monday, December 21, 2020

Happy Holidays!

From our family to yours – 

Wishing you all the Joys of the Holiday Season, and safe and healthy New Year!

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you a safe and enjoyable holiday.

From our family to yours,
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

We are humbled by your sacrifice;
Thankful for the freedoms you protected; and,
Grateful for your (and your family's) unselfishness.

On behalf of Michael Baker International's Mobile LiDAR Team - THANK YOU, VETERANS!

Monday, September 7, 2020

Happy Labor Day!

Now, more than ever, seems to be the perfect time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of the American Worker. 2020 has been a tumultuous year, but it has also provided the opportunity to show our collective resolve and adaptability to forge ahead.

All of our U.S. offices are closed this Labor Day in honor of those that have played a pivotal role in building our nation’s infrastructure. Our company’s innovative work reached the 80-year milestone in 2020, and we’re prouder than ever to support the communities in which we live and work.

Friday, August 28, 2020

From the LiDAR Archives


There are countless articles on Mobile LiDAR addressing a variety of topics. As an industry, we do an effective job of communicating to…


Friday, August 14, 2020

From the LiDAR Archives


In the previous article, a discussion of LiDAR density was introduced with an overview of Aerial LiDAR and Static Scanning resolutions for general…


Monday, July 13, 2020

Hot Off the Track!

Michael Baker is pleased to announce our successful campaign to once again attain NCAT (National Center for Asphalt Technologies) Certification for our pavement collection system. Fresh off the hot test track in Opelika, AL, our pavement collection experts cruised through the 10-lap driving test and passed with flying colors.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Happy Birthday, America!

Join us in celebrating our nation’s birthday this Fourth of July! During these challenging times of isolation spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to focus on how fortunate we are to live in a place with an amazing diversity of peoples, cultures, traditions, beliefs, and histories that have come together to make this great country.

Enjoy your time with friends and family and have a safe and responsible 4th! 
Happy Independence Day!

The Mobile LiDAR Team

Friday, June 19, 2020

From the LiDAR Archives


LiDAR resolution, not to be confused with accuracy, provides the framework for identifying and discerning objects. Similar to aerial photography, higher resolution LiDAR…


Friday, June 5, 2020

From the LiDAR Archives


LiDAR point classification, quite simply, is the process of organizing points of similar type or characteristic into groups. In the LAS specifications, developed…


Monday, May 25, 2020

Remembering All Who Served

On this Memorial Day, your Mobile LiDAR team (on behalf of Michael Baker International), would like to recognize our country’s military members who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the very freedoms we enjoy.

If you are able, please consider making a contribution to organizations that support the surviving spouses and children of our fallen heroes. Such organizations include (but not limited to):

· Special Operations Warrior Foundation -
· Children of Fallen Patriots -
· Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund -

Thank you,
The Mobile LiDAR team

Friday, May 22, 2020

From the LiDAR Archives


In all of my presentations, discussions and travels, I am almost always asked what makes a good Mobile LiDAR project? It is a…


Friday, May 8, 2020

From the LiDAR Archives


The integration of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) captured data from aerial, mobile and/or terrestrial platforms, plus traditional survey techniques, has exposed new…


Friday, May 1, 2020

Celebrating 80-Years!

80 years ago this month an ambitious engineer from western Pennsylvania opened his namesake engineering and consulting firm from a single room in the Penn-Beaver Hotel in Rochester, PA. Today, Michael Baker International is comprised of over 3,000 talented professionals across nearly 100 Offices nationwide.

Despite the challenges imposed by COVID-19, join us this month in celebrating our 80th Anniversary! Although we reflect on our past successes, we’re focused on the future and how we can challenge ourselves to Make a Difference for others.

Friday, April 24, 2020

From the LiDAR Archives


Background In traditional Surveying and Mapping, points are determined by measuring the angle and distance to an object from an instrument positioned over…


Friday, April 10, 2020

From the LiDAR Archives


Background Recently we garnered some attention from the Charleston, WV press as well as LiDAR News regarding a project we are currently working…


Friday, March 27, 2020

From the LiDAR Archives


Any time a new technology – whether hardware or software makes its way onto the market and into our tool box, we are…

Friday, March 20, 2020

The Demarcation Between North & South

As we wrap up celebrations for National Surveyors Week it seems like the perfect opportunity to shine a light on possibly the most famous border in America - the Mason-Dixon Line. Having grown up in Maryland and a short 0.25-miles from Pennsylvania, the Mason-Dixon Line holds a soft-spot in my heart as my first geographic “discovery”, and likely the catalyst that guided me into the geospatial sciences.

At the ripe age of 5 my best friend and I were wandering through the woods on our own exploratory mission (yes, you could do that without parental supervision in my day), when we stumbled upon a headstone atop a small ridgeline. Excited that we had found the grave of some unknown person with just the initials M and P, we hurried home, grabbed my dad, and brought him to our discovery…what I now know as Milestone #156.

The memories came rushing back as I read a recent article about the upcoming decennial survey of the 196-mile border stretching from Delaware to the point where Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia meet, and reflected on how this invisible boundary has shaped the very fabric of our country.

Thank you, to all the surveyors (past and present) that have made a difference in my life.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

National Surveyors Week 2020

Happy National Surveyors Week!  
From the parcel of land you call home, to the boundary of the State in which you reside, Surveyors have shaped our landscape and played a vital role in countless, unseen aspects of your daily life. So join us and the National Society of Professional Surveyors ( this week to celebrate these professionals and their contributions to this great country.

Below is a proclamation from the President of the United States recognizing National Surveyors Week .

Friday, March 13, 2020

From the LiDAR Archives


The method of defining accuracy for traditional surveying methodologies (total station traversing and leveling), is through the specification of Order and Class, according…

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

WVU Geospatial Career Day

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to visit with the next generation of Geospatial Professionals from West Virginia University (WVU). Hosted by our very own Andy Hughes (LiDAR Processing Supervisor), with support from the LiDAR Team’s Hunter White (LiDAR Fleet Manager) and Amanda Swope (LiDAR Analyst), the annual event was again held at our Moon Township, PA office.


The next budding crop of professionals got the opportunity to see real world applications of geospatial technologies, tour our latest Mobile LiDAR and Pavement collection vehicles, and leverage the office’s newly-remolded Training Center for a video conference discussion with our current troop of geospatial interns and our National Geospatial Lead from Michael Baker’s Jackson, MS office.

Always a pleasure to interact with the next batch of talent preparing to hit the streets.

Friday, February 28, 2020

From the LiDAR Archives


In many cases, the Mobile LiDAR collections that Baker performs do not produce a new product or service. Rather, it is a new…

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

2020 MAPPS Winter Conference

As a Silver Sponsor for the 2020 MAPPS Winter Conference it was great to see a large attendance and expanding membership for the organization. Representing Michael Baker was Aaron Morris (National Geospatial Lead) and Alicia McConnell (UAS Lead), who took active roles in the proceedings: Aaron teaching a course on Project Management for the Emerging Leaders tract, and Alicia presenting a Technical Session on our recent selection for the nationwide NASPO UAS contract.

#AlohaMAPPS2020        #EmergingLeaders       #MichaelBakerInternational 

Friday, February 14, 2020

From the LiDAR Archives


Last April, I had the pleasure of presenting Mobile LiDAR at the American Congress on Surveying & Mapping Annual Conference in Phoenix. The…