Developments in Airborne Lidar

In Issue28 by FIEA

Airborne Lidar has revolutionised area-wide 3D data for topography, vegetation, buildings and infrastructure. This article is a good overview of the evolution of sensors and aircraft technology. It also highlights how continued advancements have led to new applications for Lidar technology and the resulting ultra-high-resolution 3D point clouds now utilised by companies worldwide.

Key topics discussed include:

  • From Single to Multiple Pulses in the Air
  • From Multi-photon to Single-photon Lidar
  • From Single-purpose Scanners to Hybrid Sensor Systems
  • From Manned to Unmanned Platforms

Further improvements in the fields of sensors, aircraft technology, robotics, automation and miniaturisation will lead to ever higher point densities and industry use-cases. We are now starting to see Lidar and image sensors mounted on multi-rotor and fixed-wing UAV platforms. This is a big deal for the forestry sector. New developments in wireless networks and data transfer will also add more timely data to the management of forestry inventories. The future looks bright.

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Image credit: Sean McBride

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