Airborne Lasers Assess Flood Risks

Highly accurate 3D digital maps, captured from aircraft-mounted lasers, are being used to assess the risk of flooding at critical utility sites across the UK. The project, undertaken by Ambiental on behalf of one of the UK's largest water companies, used LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) data supplied by aerial survey specialist Bluesky to help examine the likelihood, extent and depth of potential flooding as part of a review of flood defence measures at each of the five sites. The Bluesky data is part of 3D terrain map, available online, that covers most of England and Wales including all major... (read more)
2009-04-08 09:37:39

Airborne Digital Sensor System Certificated

The Applanix Airborne Digital Sensor System (DSS) has been granted full manufacturer certification by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). With this acknowledgment, the USGS recognizes that the Applanix DSS airborne digital camera system meets with manufacturer claims and is capable of providing consistent image data to support civil government mapping and ortho-photography product development. USGS certification is valid for all Applanix DSS camera systems that match the system type evaluated by the USGS during the 2006 site inspection. The Applanix DSS is a ready-to-use directly georeferenced medium-format airborne camera system that provides digital imaging for aerial surveying and remote... (read more)
2007-01-24 01:34:32

Airborne Oil Spill Remote Sensing

Remote sensing of oil spills in conjunction with their prevention and combat has long since evolved into a key element for the protection of the marine environment. The impact of oil spills caused by ship traffic and platform discharges has induced decision makers worldwide to establish airborne pollution surveillance services.<P> Assuming state-of the-artsurveillance equipment onboard the aircraft, these services can provide (1) flexible overviews of survey areas with regard to marine pollution and sea traffic, (2) quick assessments of oil spill sites, and (3) deterrence of potential polluters. Airborne pollution surveillance has proven to be an indispensable tool for the... (read more)
2008-04-02 12:00:00

Largest Airborne Polar Ice Survey

NASA begins a series of flights 15th October to study changes to Antarctica's sea ice, glaciers and ice sheets. The flights are part of Operation Ice Bridge, a six-year campaign that is the largest airborne survey ever made of ice at Earth's polar regions. Researchers will work from NASA's DC-8, an airborne laboratory equipped with laser mapping instruments, ice-penetrating radar and gravity instruments. Data collected from the mission will help scientists better predict how changes to the massive Antarctic ice sheet will contribute to future sea level rise around the world.   The plane, crew and scientists departed 12th October... (read more)
2009-10-16 12:00:00

This Is How Airborne Multibeam Lidar Coastal Mapping in Paradise Is Done

Insights from the first commercial use of Fugro RAMMS
The Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System, RAMMS, was developed over a period of three years before it was officially launched in the summer of 2018. Senior hydrographer Richard Goosen describes how Fugro used the system for coastal and nearshore mapping at the paradisal Turks and Caicos Islands. The Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System, RAMMS, was developed over a period of three years before it was officially launched in the summer of 2018. Senior hydrographer Richard Goosen describes how Fugro used the system for coastal and nearshore mapping at the paradisal Turks and Caicos Islands. In July 2018, Fugro embarked on a large-scale project to map the Turks and Caicos Islands for the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO). This landmark effort called for integrated, high-resolution bathymetric, topographic and orthoimage data sets to support nautical chart updates and coastal zone management activities. To achieve the sizeable bathymetric portion of... (read more)
2019-12-19 01:51:28

Airborne Data Collection System Launched at ASPRS

Teledyne Optech has unveiled an airborne collection system at the ASPRS Imaging & Geospatial Technology Forum (IGTF), which is being held from 11-15 April 2016 in Fort Worth, TX, USA. The forum also includes a presentation on a recent survey in Panama by the Optech CZMIL (Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar) Nova, and details of the Optech Galaxy’s SwathTRAK technology. The new airborne system offers a model for surveying smaller areas and corridors. Based on collaboration with Teledyne Technologies, this product features techniques that will push down costs and improve ease of use for airborne surveyors. It is on display on the... (read more)
2016-04-07 08:28:07

Optech Showcases Airborne Terrain and Bathymetry Sensors

Optech, specialised in the development, manufacture and support of high-accuracy Lidar 3D survey systems and productivity-enhancing workflow software, is exhibiting at the USA's largest intelligence event, the GEOINT 2013 Symposium, from 14 to 17 April. Anyone interested in the latest in airborne seamless topography and bathymetry technology to address ISR needs is welcome to drop by Optech booth 7051 to see the compact and UAV-compatible Orion airborne Lidar system, which enables high-altitude, wide-area GEOINT base mapping with excellent accuracy characteristics, maximising coverage efficiency without sacrificing detail and data accuracy. Also on display will be the Optech line of aerial camera systems, including... (read more)
2014-04-15 10:34:20

Airborne Terrain and Bathymetry Sensors at GEOINT

Optech, USA, is to present at the GEOINT 2013 Symposium from 14 to 17 April 2014. For missions requiring seamless topo/bathy with airborne efficiency even in turbid water conditions, enabling submerged object detection, water column analysis and bottom characterisation, get a glimpse of what is possible by also attending the lightning talk that Defense & Security US sales manager Barry Cross will give on 14 April from 11:00am – 12:30pm. In his presentation, he will demonstrate how the Optech CZMIL HydroFusion workflow software uses full-waveform data analysis and voxelization to give CZMIL its industry-leading depth penetration and underwater object detection... (read more)
2014-04-09 05:02:29

Demo of Hydrographic Airborne Laser Scanning System

From 12 March to 16 March 2012, RIEGL carried out an extended bathymetric test with the new VQ-820-G hydrographic airborne laser scanning system in South Florida, USA. With assistance from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the new scanner was demonstrated to showcase and highlight its capabilities. The event also allowed the attendees the opportunity to meet RIEGL experts and to examine details of the VQ-820-G more closely. The bathymetric demonstration took place over the course of a week in various locations of South Florida, including Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Key West. The basis of the operation was located... (read more)
2012-05-07 11:15:38

Airborne Gravity Survey for Floodwater Inundation Prediction

Fugro EarthData, USA, is to collect airborne gravity data by the National Geodetic Survey (NGS), in coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s (NOAA) Coastal Services Center (CSC) and National Ocean Service (NOS). Under funds released as part of the Hurricane Sandy supplemental bill, this new contract will provide for additional data collection over the Mid-Atlantic states as part of the NGS programme known as Gravity for the Redefinition of the American Vertical Datum (GRAV-D). NOAA’s GRAV-D project has been underway since 2007 and is expected to take up to 15 years to complete. The programme will allow for... (read more)
2013-09-06 02:53:21
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