Aberystwyth University Invests in UAV Lidar

The Earth Observation and Ecosystem Dynamics Group at Aberystwyth University has invested in a drone based Lidar and spectral imaging package in order to enhance their research across the globe. The bespoke unit, configured by COPTRZ, is expected to significantly enhance the university’s research into the monitoring of British forests, focusing primarily on the measurement of standing timber volumes, forest biomass and carbon content. After an in-depth consultation, COPTRZ were able to recommend their Volant UAV Lidar system which will enable survey grade point clouds to be captured using a sub 20Kg drone linked to spectral imaging data. The data... (read more)
2018-01-29 11:51:18

Cepton Develops Cost-effective Vista Lidar

Cepton has announced development on a new low-power, long-range, high-resolution, and small-size Lidar sensor called Vista. The Lidar was announced at the 2018 NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference. Vista is intended to be a cost-effective solution for those who pursue all levels of autonomous driving, active safety, or mapping applications. The 120 line scanner has a 200 metre range, 0.2 degrees of spatial resolution, and consumes less than 10 watts of power. Cepton explains that the sensor “consists only of high maturity automotive components for expedited automotive grade certification” and features their patented micro-motion technology (MMT) platform, no rotational or frictional... (read more)
2018-03-29 10:51:46

Velodyne Announces New Breakthrough in Lidar Technology

Velodyne LiDAR, the world leader in 3D vision systems for autonomous vehicles, has announced its new VLS-128 Lidar sensor for the rapidly expanding autonomous vehicle market. Featuring an industry-leading 128 laser channels, the VLS-128 is a major step forward in Lidar vision systems thanks to the trifecta of the highest resolution, longest range and widest surround field-of-view of any Lidar system available today. The VLS-128 is the best Lidar sensor on the planet, delivering the most advanced real-time 3D vision for safe driving, said Mike Jellen, president, Velodyne LiDAR. Automotive OEMs and new tech entrants in the autonomous space have... (read more)
2017-12-04 11:43:03

Mapping Canberra's Tree Canopy with Airborne Lidar

Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) recently engaged 1Spatial, a leading company in managing geospatial data, to analyse and extract aerial laser scanning data. The project was aimed at accelerating the establishment of baseline data for the urban tree canopy coverage of Canberra, the capital of Australia. The relationships between climate change challenges, sustainability goals and community expectations are key drivers in TCCS’s development of an urban tree planting programme. Informative and current data sets are being used to inform management strategies by overlaying age, density and condition data and proposing future canopy density targets. Current baseline data The establishment of... (read more)
2017-03-21 09:54:25

Terra Drone Invests in Lidar Technology

Terra Drone has announced an enhancement of its Lidar capability spanning the agricultural, construction and mining sectors. This follows the appointment of Lidar specialist Jeremy Sofonia, previously of Rhino Imaging, as Terra Drone’s business development – executive manager, based in the company’s Australian office in Brisbane. A Certified Environmental Practitioner and a specialist in the application of remote sensing techniques, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and aerial Lidar, Sofonia has more than 16 years’ academic and professional experience, including working on a wide variety of marine and terrestrial projects worldwide. Utilising Mr Sofonia’s extensive local experience, Japan’s leading UAV provider... (read more)
2017-04-25 11:36:45

Environment Agency Uncovers England's Landscape with Lidar

The British Environment Agency has announced plans to map England’s entire landscape by 2020, using the data to assess flood risk and inform conservation work. Using aircraft equipped with laser scanners, the Environment Agency will map all 130,000 square kilometres of the country, including rivers, fields and national parks – equivalent to 32 million football pitches. As well as being used to understand flood risk, the data will also be made available for free to the public and industry to be used by archaeologists, environmental and urban planners, and even gamers to make accurate 3D models of the landscape. Currently... (read more)
2018-01-08 11:32:28

YellowScan Unveils UAV Lidar System Surveyor Ultra

YellowScan has introduced their new lidar system, the Surveyor Ultra, which integrates the Velodyne VLP-32C scanner & the Applanix APX-15 IMU. Thanks to its high-density (600,000 shots per second), the system is ideally suited for high speed UAVs & long-range needs (100m). Its light weight (1.7kg) makes it easy to mount on any drone, including VTOLs. The Surveyor Ultra also has a turn-key system fitted for under vegetation 3D modelling, and fast data processing. “The Surveyor Ultra shows great potential to safely and efficiently operate lidar on lightweight fixed wing UAVs.” said Tristan Allouis, PhD & YellowScan CTO. For more... (read more)
2018-02-09 01:44:18

3D at Depth Developing Subsea Lidar

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute is working with 3D at Depth to develop a lidar system capable of measuring the ocean floor at resolutions of one centimetre. Considering it covers most of Earth, it’s particularly frustrating that the ocean is also very difficult to map. Until relatively recently, our best technology for measuring the ocean floor was some kind of weight attached to a rope. This technological roadblock has limited our understanding of ocean changes and processes for years. Once developed, this lidar system will be mounted onto unmanned underwater vehicles, where it will capture point clouds alongside colour imagery... (read more)
2017-03-30 01:58:34

Google Announces Lidar for Autonomous Cars

Waymo wants to do everything itself. The self-driving automobile division of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has announced that it is building all of its self-driving automobile hardware in-house. That means Waymo is manufacturing its own lidar. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Two years ago the project director for Google’s self-driving car project started dropping hints that the tech company would be building its own lidar sensors. At the time, their self-driving prototype used a $70,000 Velodyne lidar sensor, and Google felt the price was too high to justify mass-production. Rather than wait for the market to produce a cheaper sensor, Google... (read more)
2017-01-16 11:39:59

Lidar for Drone 2017 Call for Speakers

YellowScan is finalising details on the Lidar for Drone User Conference and has now called for speakers. The conference takes place on 29-30th June in Montpellier. The event will include demos and conferences about the YellowScan lightweight integrated Lidar Systems and their technical specifications, the UAVs used for LiDARs, the Data processing and analysis, but also the different applications you can use LiDARs for. They are hence looking for use case presentations of LiDAR solutions for: Corridor Mapping: powerline or railway inspection Infrastructure construction and inspection: roads, railways, bridges Quarry & Mining applications: risk management and mitigation, volumetric measurement Archeology Environmental... (read more)
2017-03-24 01:02:37
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