What is a MMS? A vehicular based imaging and LiDAR data collection system.
What does a MMS do? Capture accurate geo-referenced imagery and LiDAR point clouds safely Reduce field time Produce higher quality data
How does a MMS work? Cameras capture the visible (LOS) environment Laser scanners collects XYZ and intensity POS via GPS/GNSS, IMU, and DMI provides accurate positioning Processing software synchronizes and registers data
Why use a MMS? Survey roadways, railways, bridges, buildings, and coastlines Collect roadway assets for GIS databases Measure large volumes (e.g. mines, landfills, pits, coal piles) Provide first response assessment (e.g. tornado/earthquake damage) Augment other data collection systems
Who makes a MMS? Survey grade systems Optech, Riegl, Streetmapper, Trimble Cost: >$750k GIS grade systems Topcon IP-S2 HD MDL Dynascan (slow @ 5mph) Cost: $200-$400k
Why are MMSs expensive? Sophisticated and expensive components Few sales Lots of R&D Required pre/post-processing software
Who owns a MMS? Large engineering and mapping firms DOT Various service providers
What is the future MMS? Lighter More compact More versatile More data – stereo imagery, LiDAR, FLIR, sound Easier boresighting techniques Simpler data handling Lower cost
How can MMSs be affordable? Less proprietary components More vendors Greater demand Necessity – the mother of invention
ScanLook: Next Generation MMS Lighter – Under 60 lbs Compact @ 8 x 30 x 24 Versatile – swap vehicles (car, truck, atv, boat) in minutes Custom sensor integration possible Simple one time scanner boresight No large storage/computer devices required Survey and GIS grade system Static and Mobile system in one
ScanLook: Market Impact Lower Price: $250-350k (~60% less) Competition for work no longer national Better data for existing markets Opens up non-traditional mobile markets Agricultural, forensics, insurance, realty Allows software to automate more tasks Data is affordable, timely, and accurate
Conclusion An affordable MMS augments aerial platforms (planes and helicopters) Allows for rapid turn-around Provides competitive means for data capture
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