The winner of Bentley’s Be Inspired awards for Innovation in Point Cloud Processing is J.L. Patterson and Assoc. based in Orange, California. Patterson specializes in rail projects. In this case they laser scanned the longest rail tunnel in the U.S. to model the clearance for double decker trains. The trains were scraping the roof as they passed through the tunnel.
Rather than removing a lot of material from the tunnel roof the accurate 3D model allowed them to adjust the centerline of the track to improve the clearance and save the railroad nearly a million dollars. SAM did the survey.
On a quick side note the Boston Red Sox also won the World Series at home for the first time since 1918. What a night!!!!