When it comes to project planning, LIDAR surveying and photogrammetry can be used for a wide variety of applications. These services can save you time, labor, and money in determining the best use of the land and figuring out any challenges that may interfere with meeting your deadlines. Choosing the right LIDAR detection systems is critical. Here are three things to keep in mind when considering aerial LIDAR and digital imaging services.
Terrain is an important factor to consider when it comes to choosing an effective LIDAR surveying system. Depending on your project, the terrain may feature flat fields, forests, or mountains. If you’re dealing with forested areas, aerial LIDAR and digital imaging services may be the ideal solution. Aerial LIDAR detection systems are capable of penetrating dense foliage and deliver a clear view from multiple positions of the forest floor. Unmanned aerial vehicles can deliver accurate results flying at lower elevations than aircraft installed with high powered surveying systems.
Project Area Size
If your project area is small, using an unmanned aerial vehicle can give you the LIDAR detection you need. It can be effective for infrastructure inspections, utility line monitoring, and stockpile volume analysis where frequent revisits are needed. These can be highly useful for the drinking water utilities that will need to invest $334.8 billion in the next 20 years to fix deteriorating infrastructure. Aerial LIDAR technology is cost-effective because it can cover large areas in a short period of time.
When trying to extract features from the ground, point spacing and density need to be consistently balanced in both cross-track and flight directions. For a small construction site with flat terrain, an unmanned aerial vehicle is able to collect any necessary data. For larger areas with uneven terrain, mapping with a manned aerial platform will collect data more efficiently. These aerial vehicles are able to fly at lower elevations than other forms of aircraft to penetrate more successfully into dense areas to collect sufficient data necessary for project goals.
No matter what project site you need surveying, aerial LIDAR and digital imaging services can be a cost-effective solution that delivers accurate results. At ACI, we provide the best data surveying technology and consulting services for public and private clients in the United States and Latin America. Contact us today to find out more about our services.