This is very exciting news for state and local government looking to collect highly accurate LiDAR data for their communities. The new “Single Photon” and “Geiger Mode” LiDAR technologies represent the potential for a quantum-leap in the industry by providing significantly higher density point clouds with accuracy equal to the traditional “Linear Mode” LiDAR used today but at reduced costs.
From a Federal government perspective, if the USGS’s evaluation and testing of these new technologies provides the expected results, we could see the USGS 3DEP program supporting the use of these technologies in future years. This would give state and local governments using “Single Photon” or “Geiger Mode” LiDAR technologies the opportunity to partner with Federal partners to help fund their projects through 3DEP.
DENVER (Aug. 13, 2015) — The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has contracted with Woolpert to evaluate new lidar (light detection and ranging) technologies to assess the suitability to support the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP).
This use of the single photon and Geiger mode lidar for this evaluation is new to the commercial market, according to Woolpert Project Director John Gerhard. Read more HERE.