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Thursday, May 12 • 2:20pm - 2:40pm
Benefits of Large Volume Production of High Density Airborne LIDAR using Geiger

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The demand for airborne LIDAR elevation data and derived products across diverse business sectors has grown significantly over the past two decades. To meet this increasing need in a cost-effective manner, sensor developers, data collectors, and production sources are always looking to improve the efficiency of their operations. 

Originally developed for US military applications but becoming increasingly available in the non-defense market, LIDAR systems built with Geiger Mode Avalanche Photodiode (GmAPD) detectors provide significant efficiency gains for airborne mapping when compared with currently available linear mode sensors. Because GmAPD detectors are physically compact and single photon sensitive, they can be packaged into large arrays and powered by readily available lasers with sub-nanosecond pulse widths. These two factors enable the development of GmAPD LIDAR systems that can collect very high density airborne data (i.e. 10 20+ points/m2) at very high instantaneous area of coverage rates (greater than 1000 km2/hour). This increase in collection rates does come at the cost of much noisier point cloud data and alternative collection strategies.

This presentation will describe the processes and technologies developed over the past 15 years for efficiently and cost effectively collecting and producing high density point clouds and derived products using GmAPD LIDAR systems. Topics to be covered include: 1) GmAPD sensing fundamentals, 2) collection strategies for GmAPD collection, and 3) efficient, high volume data production systems. Examples of high density GmAPD products will also be shown.

Presenter: Anthony Palizzi, Major Accounts Manager, Harris Corporation, Highlands Ranch, CO

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RuthAnne Harbison, GISP

GIS Coordinator, City of Merced
RuthAnne Harbison, GISP, GIS Coordinator for City of Merced. Professional associations include CGIA, CentralCal URISA, San Joaquin Regional GIS Council, CalGIS, and hosted 4 GeoSummits at UC Merced.


Anthony Palizzi

Major Accounts Manager, Harris Corporation
Mr. Palizzi is a dynamic and results focused sales, marketing, business development and management executive with over 20 years of progressive experience for diverse organizations. He has provided geospatial solutions and technologies to a variety of organizations from government... Read More →

Thursday May 12, 2016 2:20pm - 2:40pm PDT
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