January 24, 2018

Geiger-mode and single photon lidar: 5 things you should know in 2018

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A sample of Harris Corporation's geiger-mode Lidar data

At ILMF 2016 and 2017, the hot topics were Geiger-mode and single-photon lidar (GML and SPL). These two related (but distinct) technologies debuted with promises of a dramatic increase in point density for aerial lidar collects, a serious uptick in wide-area mapping efficiency, and, of course, lower costs. Two years later, a few big players have had hands on the technologies and put them through their paces. Where do they stand today?

To find out more, we caught up with Dr. Qassim Abdullah, chief scientist and associate, geospatial services at Woolpert, and Dr. Jason Stoker, physical scientist and the chief elevation scientist for the National Geospatial Program at the USGS, to find out where the technology stands in a five primary areas.

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