Mobile Lidar: The Benefits to Airports From an Operations and Safety Perspective

In 2007, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved the use of airborne lidar (light detection and ranging) in conjunction with aerial imagery that is collected concurrently to perform obstruction surveys following FAR Part 77. There are many derivative data sets to airborne lidar; including, but not limited to, accurate 3D Digital Elevation Models (DEMs), accurate 3D Digital Surface Models (DSMs), identification and digitization of markings on runways and taxiways, and building locations, all of which could be utilized for beneficial purposes in airport planning, safety and operations. At the same time in 2007, mobile lidar was being promoted as the next wave of lidar technology from global lidar manufacturers. These systems, which are mounted to a ground vehicle in various configurations, are able to capture large amounts of data in short periods of time while maintaining a high level of detail, precision and accuracy. This paper focuses on the benefits of employing mobile lidar technology, to enhance airport and airfield knowledge, planning and operations, specifically to include but not limited to marking effectiveness, asset extraction and low/no visibility navigation. Case studies from airports will be used to illustrate the opportunity to employ mobile lidar and related sensing technologies towards significant operational and safety benefit.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 16p
  • Monograph Title: 2014 FAA Worldwide Airport Technology Transfer Conference Proceedings: Innovations in Airport Safety and Pavement Technology

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01538185
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: S10083
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 9 2014 6:41AM