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Stepping Into The Future With LiDAR Technology

Stepping into the Future with LiDAR Technology

LiDAR technology is becoming one of the most talked about innovations of the modern age. Despite LiDAR being around in the engineering industry for some time now, it has been given a vast amount of media attention in the present times. This popularity can be accredited to industry professionals implementing LiDAR surveying into their projects and revealing its capabilities to the rest of the world. Here is how LiDAR is bringing the future of technology into today’s society. 

​Diving Deep from Above
The ocean covers approximately 70% of the Earth’s surface with about 5% of it being explored. Since most of the ocean is unknown territory and possesses unidentifiable features, constructing pipelines or wind turbines become difficult projects. LiDAR surveying is the answer to help make these projects easier to complete by providing what is most necessary to accomplish them: data. Without needing to dive into the rough waters, airborne LiDAR can scan and collect data of the sea floor. The model created from this data will provide a visual representation to be used when planning the construction projects in the ocean. 

Driving a Car without a Driver 
Self-driving vehicles are not a new concept to the modern world. In almost every science fiction film or television show, self-driving cars made an appearance. The idea of them may not be a revelation, but making them a reality is. For these vehicles to be able to drive on their own, they need a navigating and mapping system. By adding LiDAR technologies to these vehicles, they can scan and analyze the area around them, so they can properly drive without facing any collisions or obstacles. 

​Discovering History 
Looking further beneath the ground, there lies untold history archeologists are ready to discover. Several years ago, archeologists wanted to find the remains of the British monarch who died in battle, King Richard the Third. Once discovering the precise location of his grave, they needed a method to properly analyze the grave’s conditions, so they may dig without intruding on any historically significant features. With the help of LiDAR surveying, the archeologists were able to create a visual model detailing the conditions and dimensions. After the remains were removed, they further utilized these models to help preserve the grave. This situation serves as an example for future, historical digs. 

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