When planning new projects, environmentalists, design engineers, and infrastructure planners need access to the most data possible for their potential project site. With many different technologies available, it is now possible to combine this new and unique information into one “next-generation” fused geospatial data product, giving engineers and planners access to more actionable information than ever possible before.

Highlighted in an article in xyHt magazine’s fall aerial imaging supplement, McKim & Creed has integrated aerial and mobile LiDAR datasets with oblique imagery captured from a Visual Intelligence iOne sensor, providing extremely detailed imagery to support a potential road widening and new commercial development project in North Carolina. This “virtual 3D” point cloud world includes RGB nadir and oblique imagery and LiDAR data, providing another level of contextual identification for feature classification to identify more than 75 categories of data.

By capturing imagery underneath a bridge using mobile technology, McKim & Creed provided unique angles not available from aerial imaging. These images were added to the nadir and oblique airborne imagery captured with the Visual Intelligence iOne IMS, and gave viewers detailed information in a comprehensive point cloud image that shows even the areas that are underneath the bridge.

Because they have access to this accurate 3D dataset, planners can perform in-office detailed “survey” and analysis functions on high resolution imagery. With these fused technology images, users have another level of contextual data based on their specific needs, such as the distance between transmission wires and obstructions, or the slope of a specific area for drainage and run-off analysis. These fused images result in a spectacular 3-D view of geographic areas that give users a tremendous amount of information. Read the full article by McKim & Creed’s Richard Vincent and Visual Intelligence’s Armando Guevara in xyHt Magazine’s Fall 2014 Aerial Mapping supplement.

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