Drone Aerial LiDAR

High Resolution Standards from Small Sensors


Light Detection and Range (LiDAR) is an active sensing technique using thousands of laser bursts per second to discretely measure small point on the ground or structure.  What is different about LiDAR is its data is not an image, but tabular data, making it very flexible to use in digital processes such as GIS or CADD. LiDAR data starts as a 3D point cloud, a collection of points, and then attributes called classification can be added to each point to annotate user defined parameters.  Once classified a point cloud can be filters to make a wide variety of models, surfaces, drawings, and maps.

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When to use LiDAR?


LiDAR support many different geographic information mapping and building information management industries to provide the basis for measurement information.  There are dozens of analytical software products in the market to transform LiDAR virtual reality into surveying and engineering measurements, marketing fly-throughs, and environmental models.  Examples of typical uses are:
  • Planimetric feature extraction
  • GIS base layer / Land base
  • Post-incident management
  • Engineering design
  • Asset management
  • Municipal and government maps
  • Right-of-way mapping
  • Alignment mapping
  • Public & private land development
  • Urban planning
  • Watershed management
  • Geography
  • Landscape architecture
  • Environmental assessment
  • Forest Management
  • Mining Volumetric
  • Flood Modeling
  • 3D Modeling
  • Floodplain Evaluation
  • Disaster Management
    • Utilities Corridor Monitoring
    • Transportation Planning
    • Engineering Applications
    • Solar Installation Planning
    • Agriculture / Crop science
    • Coastal Erosion Tracking

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Precision Agriculture

LiDAR is changing the way big ag is looking at vegitation and topography to increase yields, reduce run off waste, and field layouts.

Cultural Preservation

Because high fidelity LiDAR can penetrate vegitation and detect small changes in the earth, it is quickly becoming a tool to detect lost cultural sites and other archeology studies.

GIS/ Data Mapping

With HD point clouds, GIS not only gets feature ID but 3D models for better asset tracking.

Surveying / Mapping

LiDAR is revolutionizing the surveying industry. What used to take weeks is now completed in days with no interpolation.

Change Detection

A standard remote technique, multiple high resolution lidar scans can detect small movement of structures and the ground.


National, State, and local governments have been using lidar data for years for dozens of applications. With drones, it is allowing local city managers to order data for just what they care about and not pay for a large study.

Construction Support

LiDAR data is flexible. Using CAD and other BIM technologies, engineers can model current and virtuality simultations to detect design flaws before before project funding.

Property Development

Topographic and 3D urban models help property developers plan their next project and monitor changes in communities.


Vegitation analysis, bio mass measuring, watershed mapping, geomorphology are some of the ways lidar data is used in eviromental studies.

Research / Exploration

The list of research applications are endless, from seismic fault line measurments to forensic searching for grave sites. LiDAR is changing how we sense our world.


Measure Once. LiDAR 'AS-IS" Modeling is allowing scanning direct into 3D rendering CAD software, saving time and preventing measurement errors.


LiDAR's vegetation penetration allows analysts to perform tree segmentation, canopy height modeling, timber volume calculations, calculate slope, and build burn maps in record time.

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