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.
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:
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.
Thanks to Art Borum of Kaskaskia College for pointing me to a great article by Patrick Marshall (no relation) titled How LiDAR is Revolutionizing Maps and Geospatial data. LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), which uses laser beam pulses to measurement of elevation, truly is a transforming technology.