LiDAR News contributing author and Oregon State University Assistant Professor Michael Olsen traveled to Japan after the earthquake and tsunami to laser scan the damage. Mike also led a team to Chile in 2010, but he felt they arrived too late as significant clean up had already begun.
In this article in OurAmazingPlanet he explains, “”The idea is that it’s a virtual world you can explore without being physically present in that dangerous environment. You can move through it in the software.” Michael Olsen presented his work on the use of LiDAR in disaster areas at the recent Geological Society of America meeting in Minneapolis.
The goal of the research is to establish a better understanding of the behavior of structures subjected to earthquakes and tsunamis and to translate this into improved building codes. That is a real challenge in undeveloped countries.