The work Leading Edge Geomatics does every day is present in many industries’ applications and aspects of our day-to-day lives. From farms and forests to mines and the military, just about any industry can use for the work we do. Additionally, many new, dynamic, and exciting industries have had an increasing need for LiDAR imagery. This means the demand for experts on the subject will continue to grow.
Here is a list of some other applications that don’t immediately come to mind when hearing about Leading Edge Geomatics.
An important aspect in the development and design of any building is planning how it can be constructed and maintained. To do this effectively, architects and engineers must gather as much information possible about potential building sites. The use of LiDAR allows planners to gain a better understanding of these sites by giving detailed and high-quality imagery.
The use of LiDAR pulses can be used to create highly accurate 2D and 3D representations of historical sites and tourist attractions. These representations can be used as the basis for the creation of virtual tourist attractions. They can also be used for gaming experiences, allowing consumers to interact with breathtaking places from the comfort of their own home. The massive proliferation of metaverse and VR/AR technology is evidence that the use of LiDAR will continue to grow in coming years.
LiDAR technology is an important part of enhancing efficiency in the generation of green technology. For example, wind farms use LiDAR to measure wind speed and adjust power generating turbines to ensure they are operating at peak efficiency.
For the new wave of electric and autonomous vehicles to be safe for market, LiDAR is a critical component. Autonomous vehicles use LiDAR technology to sense obstacles in their paths by integrating sensors into a vehicle’s internal systems. LiDAR is used during autonomous driving to maintain a safe distance between vehicles and prevent them from colliding with other vehicles or objects. This will give consumers peace of mind by assuring the next generation autonomous vehicles are safe and can avoid collisions with other obstacles or vehicles on the road.
There are several important uses for LiDAR technology in meteorology. LiDAR pulses can, for example, measure the aerosol composition of the atmosphere which can interpret factors to predict weather patterns. Additionally, LiDAR is the primary technology used to predict wind speed and direction, allowing meteorologists to make timely and accurate weather forecasts.
LiDAR can be used to help forensic scientists and detectives solve cases, especially those relating to vehicle accidents. It allows investigators to reproduce exact 3D representation of the accident as it happened. This helps investigators determine everything from the cause of the accident to who is at fault.
Ecological researchers can obtain much larger amounts of information on ecosystems than they could collect using traditional methods. LiDAR gives a holistic view of areas they are studying by creating top-down detailed imagery of areas of interest (AOI). Researchers can easily make comparisons between different areas and come to conclusions about local, regional, as well as global issues.
Exploration and Mapping
LiDAR provides the ability to obtain detailed mapping of places that are generally inaccessible, giving people tools they need to explore the earth’s surface and beyond. The melting of Arctic ice has given the ability to ship across the Arctic circle, therefore, detailed maps will be required to ensure the safety of the ships and those on the journey. The possibilities however do not end on Earth. There are detailed maps of Mars being collected with LiDAR technology and future exploration will require even more use of LiDAR.
Deep Ocean Research
Since very little light can penetrate deep into the ocean, it has traditionally been difficult for researchers to gain an understanding of the intricacies of underwater life. This is progressively changing through LiDAR technology. It will not only assist researchers gain a better understanding of underwater landscape, but how life thrives in extremely hostile conditions.
Creation of New Cellular Networks
The concept of 5G networks has generated a need for new infrastructure across the globe. With the help of LiDAR, planners will be able to map the distance between network boosters. This information supports in the planning of the boosters, ensuring cellular networks remains strong.
Though these are a few exciting uses for LiDAR technology, the possibilities by no means end here. The world of LiDAR is wide-ranging. What could be some other potential uses for LiDAR technology that you see increasing in importance in the future?