London, UK: Applanix has introduced the latest LANDMark Marine mobile mapping solution (MMS) at Oceanology International 2010, London. LANDMark Marine enables the creation of seamless models of near shore environments by providing accurate georeferenced point cloud which integrates with equivalent multibeam sonar data.
Peter Stewart, Product Manager of Marine Systems for Applanix, said, “Ports, harbours and other organisations involved in bathymetry and charting have used multibeam sonar to measure, image and analyse the surface below the waterline. Where access to the shoreline is difficult or dangerous, LANDMark Marine allows the acquisition of precisely georeferenced information from a safe and secure platform.”
Fully integrated with POS MV and POSPac MMS georeferencing and motion compensation suite, LANDMark Marine is a complete solution that comes ready-to-mount and operates on any marine vessel. Key components include a two-axis laser scanner with built-in digital camera, complete control software for Microsoft Windows-CE, XP or Vista, a boresighting software module for accurately and repeatedly measuring Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) to LiDAR misalignment angles, as well as a data extraction and coordinate system conversion utility for outputting point cloud data.
In order to capture detailed information regarding an area of particular interest, LANDMark Marine offers a stop-and-stare capability where, with the vessel held nominally static, a raster scan is carried out over a period of a few minutes, producing a particularly dense point cloud to enable detailed analysis.
Some of the applications of the solution include:
– Environmental monitoring (erosion, disaster mapping, change detection, habitat),
– Structural analysis (docks, vessels, bridges, oil and gas platforms),
– Port and harbour security,
– As-built surveys,
– Coastal zone management,
– GIS source data.