Tuesday, December 15, 2015

6 Myths about HD-LIDAR

Today we will dispel the following Myths and Rumors which once were facts in our industry:
  • LiDAR is only useful in planning applications
  • LiDAR is inaccurate
  • Photogrammetry is more accurate/better than LiDAR
  • LiDAR requires photogrammetry (imagery)
  • Requires separate flights for Imagery and LiDAR
  • Not suitable for design-scale civil engineering applications
LiDAR is only useful in planning applications
HD-LiDAR (Hi-Def LiDAR) is currently being used for hi-accuracy mapping.  This design-scale ready data provides better value through more data serving more applications with one effort.

LiDAR is inaccurate
We are currently obtaining vertical accuracies averaging .05' from altitudes of 1,200' to 2,500' AMT.  This is from fixed-wing aircraft, no helicopter is required.

Photogrammetry is more accurate/better than LiDAR
Unlike photogrammetry, LiDAR is not reliant on ground control for accuracy and precision.  LiDAR requires significantly less ground control points with more flexibility in placement.

LiDAR requires photogrammetry (imagery)
Design scale ready HD-LiDAR achieves detail logistically unobtainable through any other survey, technological means.  HD-LiDAR needs only one, precision ground control point for absolute positions; the remaining points are for QA/QC.

Requires separate flights for Imagery and LiDAR
HD-LiDAR and Imagery is adjusted and ready for use within 24-48 hours from flight.

Not suitable for design-scale civil engineering applications
The LiDAR point cloud/surface is more useful than contours.  HD-LiDAR provides a more comprehensive, detailed terrain and landscape surface for engineering.

See these facts live with a HD-LiDAR demo by clicking below.


Monday, September 28, 2015

AXIS Environmental Project featured in LiDAR Magazine

AXIS HD-LiDAR is being requested and acquired for several environmental projects here on the East Coast.  Recent data acquired assisted our client with evaluating the yearly changes in the beach environment along a corridor in New York.

HD-LiDAR Point Cloud

Check out LiDAR Magazine and learn more about this on page 12.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Corridor Mapping with HD-LiDAR Technology

From railway corridors to pipeline routes, easily capture terrain data while flying over complex corridors quickly and efficiently with Airborne HD-LiDAR.

HD-LiDAR provides highly accurate and precise elevation data for digital terrain modeling of the ground surface, as well as information on buildings, trees, power lines and everything else the laser hits.

Safety, ease of access and quick turn-around are just a few of the benefits from this design scale surveying technology.

Easily obtain survey grade data for rugged, heavily vegetated, dangerous and inaccessible areas.  In addition, imagery and LiDAR are captured simultaneously in a single flight.  The flight capture and initial processing are complete within 24 hours on average.

You can eliminate land owner/traffic interference while minimizing risk to field surveyors due to reduced ground-based requirements.  HD-LiDAR needs only one precision ground control point for absolute positions.  The remaining points are for QA/QC. 

Vertical accuracies averaging .05'
Deliverables include:
  • LAS Point Cloud data
  • Digital elevation model
  • Contours
  • 2D and 3D breaklines
  • Intensity images
  • 3D Cross Sections
You can achieve detail logistically unobtainable through any other survey, technological means. 

To see a HD-LiDAR demo please contact us below.  We can show you in your office or online whichever is more convenient for you.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

AXIS Provides Campus Mapping to local University

AXIS recently provided planimetric mapping services to the University of Delaware for the entire campus.  This data will be used to manage infrastructure, buildings, utilities, land use and planning.  In addition the planimetric source data will be used for stormwater sewer modeling updates.
University of Delaware LiDAR
  • Airborne HD-LiDAR & Imagery Acquisition
  • HD-LiDAR Collection @ ~4.7 ppsm point density; RGB Color Stereo Imagery Collection at .24′ GSD pixel resolution; AGPS/IMU Processing; Initial Raw Data Processing
  • Ground Control Survey
  • Aerotriangulation
  • LiDAR Processing for Strip-Adjustments; Classification and QA/QC
  • Digital Ortho Processing for TRUE COLOR Digital OrthoImage Tiles with a pixel resolution of 0.25′
  • Project Management
  • QA/QC
  • 1″=40′ Planimetric Feature Extraction and DTM Finalization
  • 40’ scale Planimetrics, DTM data and 1′ Topography in  AutoCAD and Geodatabase file format adhering to AXIS’ CADD STANDARDS
  • TRUE COLOR Digital OrthoImages in TIFF/TFW format
For more information on AXIS campus surveying services please visit Campus Services or Contact Us.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Ensure your team have the resources necessary to do their job

There's an old saying in project development that, goes something like "Fast, good or cheap. Pick two." Known as the Project Management Triangle or Iron Triangle.

Ensure your team have the resources necessary to do their job. 

Don’t waste time, money and effort on a bad design due to bad data.

Successfully present an accurate existing conditions plan to your design team while having confidence in your ground surface data.

Looking for guidance in evaluating the validity and usefulness of free internet LiDAR data?

Download this free technical exploration of Airborne LiDAR whitepaper below.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

AXIS Hires Senior Executive Director of Geospatial Data Production

Easton, Maryland – AXIS Geospatial LLC is pleased to announce that Gary Rockwell has joined its Team as Director of Geospatial Data Production.  Overseeing the firm’s data production operations, Rockwell will lead and expand AXIS’ offering, efficiency, capacity and capability to meet corporate objectives.

With over 33 years’ experience in the management, business development and implementation of mapping and engineering systems, he has worked with a wide variety of government agencies, private organizations, professional associations and individuals.

Mr. Rockwell will be responsible for managing the day to day mapping production operations to ensure AXIS continues to uphold a high level of client satisfaction through continuous assurance and improvements in GeoCapture technology, processes, services and deliverables.

With a diverse background in GIS, Engineering, and Mapping Consulting, Gary brings significant experience in managing and performing digital aerial imagery acquisition, digital orthoimagery production, airborne & mobile LiDAR production, CADD production for design-scale applications as well as GIS applications and deliverables.  He has been developing technology solutions for the engineering and GIS industry for over 30 years.  Many of his early solutions in tax mapping, engineering design, standards and process automation are still in use today. 

“Gary brings decades of experience to AXIS in both operations and business development.  I am delighted to have Gary’s experience, skillset and positive attitude as part of the Team”, says Justin Lahman President/CEO of AXIS GeoSpatial LLC.  “He will play a key role in AXIS’ future growth as well as assist in expanding our spectrum of geospatial solutions, intelligence and service offering."

Prior to AXIS, Rockwell worked at Palura Systems, 3DI Corporation, Civil Solutions Inc. and Raytheon Engineers where he was responsible for revenue growth, customizing engineering and mapping application solutions and overall project and team management.  Mr. Rockwell studied Business Management at the University of Maryland and has over 30 years of programming and data development experience. 

To learn more about AXIS services and solutions please call Erica Insley at 410.822.1441 or


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

AXIS Purchases the Leica Nova MS50 Solution

AXIS GeoSpatial LLC recently purchased the Leica Nova MS50, a robotic total station and high precision/long range terrestrial laser scanner in one unit. The capability to remotely capture detailed, complicated structures and objects in 3D with great accuracy, to acquire large data sets in a short period of time, means AXIS will continue providing accurate georeferenced survey grade data to clients.

With similar data output as AXIS Airborne LiDAR sensor, this total solution can be fused with airborne LiDAR data to fill in voids in existing data sets, whether that is scanning under bridges or overpasses, obtaining check topo in obscured areas, acquiring QA check shots in wooded or vegetated areas, or efficiently extending control into areas not observable with our GNSS systems.

Given the ever increasing trend toward 3D planning & design, visualization and maintaining survey data with this solution allows for conventional land surveys, such as boundary, topographic and construction stakeout surveys, as well as small to medium size laser scanning projects that require either high precision measurements, or longer range measurements than most other systems are capable of, since it can scan at relatively high speeds out to 1000 feet, and achieve reflector-less (no prism) measurements in excess of 7000 feet. Its combination of accuracy, precision and range are pretty unique for a laser scanner and absolutely unique when you consider the robotic instrument capability. The instrument also brings terrestrial photogrammetry to the table, which adds the ability to verify data, review content and augment the documentation of projects.

“This instrument allows us to undertake almost any precision positioning project, including all types of conventional surveying, as well as structural and architectural as-builts, deformation monitoring, concrete surface testing,  clash detection, BIM and high precision control surveys to support almost any application imaginable”, says William T. Derry, Prof LS Director of Surveying Technologies for AXIS.

Founded in 2001, AXIS GeoSpatial LLC is a full service land surveying, mapping and GIS firm employing innovative remote-sensing and measurement technologies to capture geospatial data for integration into civil engineering, land surveying and GIS applications. AXIS is headquartered in Easton, Maryland with additional locations in CO, DE & NJ. During the past 14 years, AXIS has applied extensive, proven experience in producing high quality aerial imagery, LiDAR, CADD, GIS and other related geospatial datasets for civil engineering and government clients throughout the US and abroad.

For more information about AXIS geospatial services please call Erica Insley at 410-822-1441 or visit www.axisgeospatial.com.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Avoid risk in internet sourced LiDAR data

The availability of internet sourced LiDAR data seems to be a way to acquire high quality existing conditions data for a project, but many firms have found that using this data comes with a number of foreseeable but hard to quantify complications that can result in significant liability exposure. 

It is critical to make a thorough analysis of the original specifications for the dataset of interest, including the equipment used, its performance at the altitude used to acquire the data, the datum’s used to locate the data, classification schemes and even how stringent the control requirements used to adjust and place the data on the published datum’s was acquired. 

Few of those point clouds contain the hard information you need to analyze the dataset, but with some technical insight you can do enough homework to gain a level of comfort with data.

The purpose of this article is to provide you with some guidance in evaluating the validity and usefulness of that wonderful free LiDAR data you found on the internet.  Download this white paper below.