posted: October 11, 2012 | author: Woolpert Labs
When it comes to mobile mapping, the amount of data involved can be overwhelming. But what does this data tell us? Not a whole lot on its own. The big challenge is turning this mountain of data into usable information.
There are quite a few products you can look to for answers, but each offers a “specialty” in one area or another. Most, if not all, software designed to extricate information from point clouds derived from mobile mapping systems targets a lone technician on a single workstation.
So, how do you get deliverables out the door faster? More workstations and more technicians used to be the answer. The problem, however, is this doesn’t really set you up for success on large-scale projects.
Take, for instance, a recent project that covered an entire city. Woolpert_labs had to redefine how to extract information from mobile mapping data. Computing hardware costs are lower than ever, so the question became, “How do we cut back on the number of times a user has to click the mouse to get his or her final product?” Thankfully, the world of machine vision and control has been tackling a lot of these challenges for us for decades.
By leveraging complex algorithms conquered by brainiacs across the world, Woolpert designed a completely automated approach to extract key features from this data and convert it into usable information at the click of a button. Data in—information out!
Now, we all know anytime somebody says “automated,” we expect some glitches and assume some decisions the computer made are incorrect. Thus, we have to check this data for completeness and correctness. How cool would it be to be able to QA/QC LiDAR information from any computer, anywhere?
Well, that’s exactly the way we tackled this challenge. That’s right, we went there: the Internet!
Woolpert has created and continues to refine a program that not only lets us see the results from the automated routines, but also lets us extract new information from a mobile mapping dataset by simply logging into a website. Say, “Bye, bye,” to those external hard drives you have been shipping all over, forget the costly training and say, “Hello,” to an entirely new approach—with far fewer clicks!