Founded on robotic principles,
solving problems of large scale LiDAR analysis
Dr. Aaron Morris, Ph.D. graduate of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and founder of Allpoint, was part of an autonomous robot program that mapped underground spaces with 3D LiDAR. The purpose of the program was to collect vast amounts of 3D measurement data and build 3D models of the underground spaces.
Shortly into the program, Aaron experienced an unanticipated problem that surveyors and engineers continue to face today: software tools needed to process large volume of files and data generated by a laser scanner did not exist.
Since that time, Allpoint developed a toolkit based on a set of automated processing algorithms. Allpoint's technology is derived from a fusion of computer vision and mobile robotics research and technology. This combination is unique to the 3D software industry and it is the basis from which new applications and capabilities are possible.
Allpoint helps surveyors and engineers complete 3D projects at unprecedented scale, speed (by an order of magnitude over manual methods) and efficiency. Scanning professionals may be able to use existing visualization tools for smaller projects (e.g., 1,000 feet of pipe, 10 bridges). However, it is much more difficult to effectively and economically meet the rising demands of asset owners when the increasing capabilities of High Definition Scanning (HDS) and Terrestrial Mobile LiDAR Scanning (TMLS) hardware are rapidly raising expectations.
Working with large and complicated LiDAR data sets since 2000, Allpoint:
- Speeds the capture of
data in the field
- Significantly reduces the amount of manual labor needed for data processing
- Provides a platform for new point cloud and data sensor applications
Using its toolkit, Allpoint enables large-scale projects. Examples include processing 1.5 Million linear feet of wastewater piping, providing 60 miles of real-time sensor mapping from a TMLS platform, and processing mobile LiDAR data for over 550 overhead bridge spans along 800 miles of interstate highway (in weeks versus months of budgeted manual processing).
Today, Allpoint’s system is the basis for providing analytical and inspection tools to surveyors and engineers who have adopted 3D laser scanning. Current clients include remote sensing and GIS professionals in the areas of wastewater inspection and analysis, geotechnical survey, automobile research, and highway survey and engineering.