Applications of LiDAR:


POWER GENERATION & DISTRIBUTION

Areas of particular benefit are:


  • Power Lines
    • Detailed capture of infrastructure around areas of proposed road crossings
    • Linear corridor mapping for proposed new line construction
    • Mapping of selected areas for the diversion of existing lines
    • Vegetation encroachment (UAVs are cost-effective for shorter linear runs)
    • Line scanning for excess sag detection 
    • Scanning of existing or planned infrastructure/towers


  • Hydro
    • Monitoring of dams and related infrastructure
    • Riverbank and power canal mapping
    • Hydrologic modeling
    • Scanning of penstocks for maintenance and/or upgrading


  • Progress monitoring of new construction projects


  • Dimensional scanning of existing structures and plants




MINERAL EXPLORATION

Areas of particular benefit are:


  • Identification of key geological formations/features aiding in targeted  exploration efforts

o Including low, medium, and high vegetation classification - if required


  • Reduced costs associated with road construction and environmental conformity


  • Environmental impact studies




MUNICIPAL PLANNING / WATER MANAGEMENT

Areas of particular benefit are:


  • Localized flood plain mapping


  • Shoreline / coastal erosion mapping


  • Assessment of planned developments and the effect on increased river flows and resulting downstream effects on culverts, bridges, etc.




OIL & GAS

Areas of particular benefit are:


  • Scanning of existing or planned infrastructure


  • Progress monitoring of new construction projects


  • Site surveys for future planning and placement of critical equipment


  • Dimensional scanning of existing structures and plants


  • Safe remote structural scanning


  • Fast and effective iceberg modeling




CONSTRUCTION

Areas of particular benefit are:


  • Planning of subdivisions and commercial developments


  • Road and bridge construction


  • Dimensional scanning of existing structures for updating as-built drawings


  • Calculating Cut & Fill


  • Culvert sizing


  • Vegetation analysis and removal planning


  • Grade calculations


  • Progress monitoring


  • Site surveys for future planning and placement of major construction equipment




MINING

Areas of particular benefit are:


  • Product stockpile volumetric calculations


  • Site integrity and safety


  • Change-Over-Time modeling


  • Government regulated volume removal validation


  • Projected mine life & expansion




TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Areas of particular benefit are:


  • Scanning of existing or planned infrastructure/ towers


  • Progress monitoring of new construction projects


  • Dimensional scanning of existing structures and plants


  • Tower scanning for structural conformity


  • Viewshed mapping



ENVIRONMENT & HABITAT

Areas of particular benefit are:


  • Monitor and manage environmental change


  • Identify, analyse, and manage disturbance and rehabilitation


  • Survey damage, and plan future mitigation strategies, for:
    • Natural environmental change
    • Climate change impacts; and
    • Natural disasters



ARCHEOLOGY

Areas of particular benefit are:


  • Visualization  of Landscapes in 3D bare earth models


  • Ability to  pierce through openings in forest canopy and other vegetation


  • Affordable  data acquisition


  • Short project lead-times



POLICING

Areas of particular benefit are:


  • High accuracy & TOTAL scanning of roadway accidents (day and night)


  • Crime scene scanning (exterior)


  • Missing persons / forensic investigations




FORESTRY RESOURCES

Areas of particular benefit are:


  • Identification of mature and profitable harvest areas via trunk size and canopy height


  • Identification of stream buffer zones


  • Wildlife management & Ecological Land Classification


  • Cut-over surveys for stockpile collection status


  • Inspection for environmental impact


  • Reduced costs associated with road construction


  • Wildfire management (fuel mapping)