LIDAR ON THE LEVEL IN AFGHANISTAN : GPS, INERTIAL MAP THE KABUL ROAD

This article describes how a ground-based LiDAR system was used in the effort to rebuild a badly-damaged highway in Afghanistan. A component of the Rehabilitation of Economic Facilities and Services (REFS) program established by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the $250 million two-phased highway reconstruction project first involved the removal of land mines, followed by a survey of the existing surface. Since the survey conducted in Phase I required 200 days to cover 400 kilometers, advanced survey techniques were pursued for Phase II.. The article describes the LiDAR system in detail and how it was used in conjunction with a Global Positioning System (GPS)/inertial measurement unit (IMU) subsystem to construct a digital elevation model of the highway. Despite the various difficulties posed by the challenging environment and poor road conditions, the 566 kilometers involved in the Phase II survey required only 45 days, reflecting a 629 percent increase in efficiency.

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    Advanstar Communications, Incorporated

    131 West First Street
    Duluth, MN  United States  55802-2065
  • Authors:
    • Newby, S
    • Mrstik, P
  • Publication Date: 2005-7

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 16-22
  • Serial:
    • GPS World
    • Volume: 16
    • Issue Number: 7
    • Publisher: Advanstar Communications, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 1048-5104

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01005451
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 19 2005 12:44PM