Airborne LiDAR Systems
Airborne LiDAR is the fastest growing area within the geospatial market. Able to cover large areas of land safely and accurately in a matter of minutes, it’s no surprise that LiDAR sensors have been taking to the sky. An Airborne LiDAR System fixed to a helicopter or aircraft is capable of scanning swathes of land covering many miles. A system such as ROBIN +WINGS can scan as long as the aircraft is airborne, so there are no time limitations.
Airborne LiDAR sensors are typically housed in a lightweight pod which can accommodate additional equipment, such as an IMU for more accurate data capture and industrial cameras so high definition photos can be overlaid onto pointclouds allowing the user to produce a more detailed 3D picture.
Airborne LiDAR has a number of applications such as coastal monitoring, mining and forestry where dense vegetation can easily be penetrated.
For smaller projects or if budget is a consideration, UAV LiDAR can be equally fast and effective.
Applications for Airborne LiDAR
Airborne LiDAR is ideal for continuous mapping of long corridors as the scanner maps as long as the flight, there is no need to interrupt the survey.
Coastal & Flood Management
Data can be gathered from lengthy coastlines and large areas susceptible to flooding from the safety of the skies and used for flood planning.
Rugged and robust, Airborne LiDAR systems can scan hazardous areas such as potential landslide sites to help with disaster prevention and management.
Defence & Emergency Services
The police work over vast areas . An Airborne LiDAR System mounted on a police helicopter can help with crime scene investigations.