VerticalGeo’s NE United States Vertical Obstruction Map

Here’s another map project VerticalGeo just finished. We verified and mapped all the vertical obstructions (primarily power pylons and substations) taller than 60 feet in the Northeast US. We found over 96,000 of them. It was tedious work, but we were able to contribute to the safety of flight for the aviation community. This map is a small section of Pennsylvania (near Eerie) that we completed a few months back.

Cleaning LiDAR Tiles: Tug and Barge

Cleaning more LiDAR tiles today.  This one includes a Tug and Barge combination that I found in the middle of the Mississippi River near New Madrid, Missouri.  No one will ever know it was there when I get done with the tile.  The top view is a cross section elevation and shows what the elevations look like from the side.  The bottom view is an overhead look at the Tug and Barge.

Tug and Barge near New Madrid, Missouri

Tug and Barge near New Madrid, Missouri

Employment Opportunity: Aeronautical Information Specialist

VerticalGeo currently has the following employment opportunities:

Aeronautical Information Specialist:

Job Description:  Aeronautical Information Specialists perform a wide range of duties covering aeronautical and airfield source analysis. Responsibilities include reviewing aeronautical source information, developing terminal procedures from foreign aeronautical source documents, and reviewing aeronautical products prior to delivery.  Specialists have comprehensive experience with and knowledge of aeronautical procedures in their support of national security goals and strategies. They research, collect, analyze, evaluate, integrate and recommend sources for the production of aeronautical data and products.

Required Experience:  B.S. in Aeronautics.  In lieu of degree at least an FAA Commerical Certificate and Instrument rating and at least 500 flight hours to include at least 25 hours in simulated or actual instrument conditions.  Military aircrew members with at least 4 years experience is acceptable.  In lieu of airman credentials, Air Traffic Controllers must have at least four years of controlling experience to include experience with terminal instrument procedures.  Supervises the production of geospatial data and products to specification per defined procedures.   Performs routine and difficult feature attribution processes.  Manage production of work packages and provide interface to project management.  Demonstrate mastery of established aeronautical information production processes, software, and tools on a daily basis.  Provide technical expertise and on-the-job training of workflow processes, lead normal tasks and projects, and make regular recommendations for process and productivity improvements.  Extensive experience with the  Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Bentley V8i Map, and FTP data transfer processes.  Excellent written and oral communications skills.  Able to supervise others in the completion of the aeronautical information workflow.

If you are interested in this opportunity please send your resume to Dr. Rick Marshall at

International Year of Light

Thanks to our friend Brittany K. L. Mabry for putting together a great article on the International Year of Light for LiDAR News. Expect to hear lots of information regarding the use of LiDAR and other light-based technology over the next year.  Here is a link to the article:

New LiDAR Project

Half way done tonight with our 5 week LiDAR classification/cleanup project for the Arkansas Department of Fish and Wildlife. The screenshot below is a 1 mile by 1 mile tile that includes over 8 million points. Airborne LiDAR uses an aircraft equipped with a laser scanner to image the earth’s surface. It doesn’t take color pictures, but takes a snapshot of the earth’s elevation. So the below tile includes a creek running through a culvert under a road. The creek is the lowest elevation and is represented by a magenta color. The road is the highest elevation and is represented by a green color. I enjoy working with LiDAR and the tools you can produce from the data. It just takes forever to process, classify, and clean up.