Is Your City a Dinosaur in Disguise?

Aerial and mobile lidar and imagery was used to evaluate a dangerous stretch of state road in Pike County, Ky., for redesign. This image illustrates mobile lidar data that has been colorized by the images captured by the mobile mapping system (MMS). The background colors are from the software used to create the images, although that’s not relevant to the data or project. The software offers the choice of using daytime or nighttime scenarios to give the image a different perspective.


At an estimated $75 billion, Hurricane Sandy was the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history. Twenty-four states were affected. After the storm passed in late 2012, engineering firm Woolpert used mobile mapping and aerial data to assess damage to 250 square miles of Maryland, New York, and Virginia coastline.

In addition to mapping the location of utility poles, mobile mapping systems (MMS) can be used to document what’s on the poles and how high sagging electrical wires are from the ground. Municipalities use the information to ensure assets meet safety regulations.

Mobile mapping systems (MMS), static lidar, and traditional field survey helped complete field base maps for a bridge rehabilitation project for the Ohio DOT in Montgomery County.

Collecting infrastructure asset information is faster and more precise than ever, thanks to mobile mapping systems (MMS). This image shows that clearance under an Ohio bridge ranges from 19.005 feet to 19.875 feet.

In 2013, mobile mapping systems (MMS) were used to collect 3,400 miles of data for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works. The sign inventory and physical database repository was the largest city asset inventory project in the U.S. at that time.

Mobile mapping systems (MMS) can be used to assess pavement condition. Identifying and documenting structural damage such as these cracks can help prioritize and fund repairs.

During mobile mapping, the system’s operator can view data in real-time, reducing the risk of missing information or inaccuracies.

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