LiDAR News: Aerial Surveying and India’s First High-Speed Train Corridor
In this day and age it seems a countries economic relevance can be measured by it’s implementation of high-speed rail. Thoughts of the Japanese bullet train or Chinese Maglev come to mind and as such, it only seems suitable it would be India’s turn. The proposed Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor will be the first of its kind in this country with an already extensive commuter train system.
Such an ambitious plan first requires a complete survey of the prospective land. With traditional surveying methods taking an estimated 6 – 8 months to complete, the Indian government has opted for a quicker, more accurate approach. A LiDAR aerial survey of the entire corridor is expected to take just a mere 9 to 10 weeks. Time efficiency is not the only benefit of using LiDAR tech. Another advantage to LiDAR is the ability to penetrate the thick Indian vegetation, allowing its engineers to get a more accurate survey and plan for bridge construction, among other things.
Mountable LiDAR products or UAV LiDAR such as the LiAir Pro are both viable options for aerial surveying. Our aerial products make data collections easier and are designed to be mounted on just about any platform, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), airplanes and helicopters. Ground collections remove weight restrictions and allow us to use the most advanced components for data acquisition. Our mobile products have several mounting options, for such platforms as cars, tractors and other ground based vehicles.