Category Archives: Research

Improving ToF Resolution 1000-Fold

If you would like to learn some physics over the holiday weekend this article about a new approach to increasing the accuracy of lidar measurement by 1000 fold over current sensors will be worth the effort. From the press release: … Continue reading

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An Application Guide for Generating an Enhanced Forest Inventory

Press Release – Airborne Laser Scanning (ALS) data enables the accurate three-dimensional characterization of vertical forest structure. ALS data have proven to be an information-rich asset for forest managers, enabling the generation of highly detailed digital elevation models and the … Continue reading

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Long Term Monitoring of Ice Loss on the Helheim Glacier

Leigh Stearns, a geologist with the University of Kansas, is working with a RIEGL VZ-6000 ultra long range terrestrial laser scanner, incorporated into an ATLAS (Autonomous Terrestrial Laser Scanning) system to monitor rates of ice loss on the Helheim Glacier … Continue reading

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Velodyne Sponsors AutoDrive Challenge

In what is reminiscent of its start in the DARPA Challenge, Velodyne LiDAR Inc., the world leader in 3D vision systems for autonomous vehicles, today announced that it is a sponsor and core technology provider for LiDAR sensors for SAE … Continue reading

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Full Waveform Topo-Bathy Survey

A cutting edge full waveform topo-bathy survey is taking place in Sweden to better understand lake carbon cycling. The study is a part of an ongoing project aiming to establish a reference area in Sweden for detailed studies that can … Continue reading

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Using Lidar to Understand Rockfalls

Thanks to Dr. Michael Olsen for this reference. Rockfalls and debris avalanches triggered by earthquakes quakes during the 2010–2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence in New Zealand killed five people and caused an estimated US$400 million in damages. In total, about 200 … Continue reading

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Award Winning DIAL

A team of researchers at Ball Aerospace recently received an award for the work they have been doing with a differential-absorption lidar sensor. The target for the  system is methane gas which is a significant contributor to the greenhouse gases … Continue reading

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Philippines Flood Risk Management

With more than 20 typhoons impacting the Philippines on average each year the need for emergency management planning is apparent. To support this effort the Philippine Light Detection and Ranging (Phil-LiDAR) research project, started in 2014 was initiated by the … Continue reading

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Near Real Time Change Detection

A group of Canadian researchers have demonstrated the ability to monitor slopes in near real time with 3D laser scanning. From the abstract: We present an automated terrestrial laser scanning (ATLS) system with automatic near-real-time change detection processing. The ATLS … Continue reading

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Fast Ground Filtering

A research team at Oregon State has developed a very fast ground filtering algorithm. From the Abstract: Ground filtering is a common procedure in lidar data processing, which separates the point cloud data into ground points and non-ground points. Effective … Continue reading

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