Knowledge base

We know LiDAR technology, UAVs and light-crewed aircraft. We get involved in LiDAR research projects, conduct our own tests, have regular discussions with people that are interested in LiDAR.

We now want to share this knowledge with anyone interested in knowing more about how LiDAR works. We have therefore gathered our extensive knowledge about LiDAR mapping in one place to make it easier for you to learn more.

You can learn about upcoming technologies, read in-depth articles on different LIDAR-related topics, take part in research results or perhaps plunge into our comprehensive LiDAR mapping knowledge bank – the choice is yours!

Knowledge 20240306
Drone Flight Planners: The Continuing Integration of LiDAR & UAVs

A LiDAR drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) equipped with Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensors. A LiDAR is an active sensor that uses inertial measurement to correlate where it is on the earth’s surface, resulting in a direct measurement of the earth.

Knowledge 20240214
LiDAR for Power Utility Vegetation Management

Carbonix, a leading manufacturer of commercial UAVs in Australia, became involved in a significant project when approached by an Australian power network seeking solutions for scanning their transmission and distribution lines in challenging, undulating terrain. They reached out to Carbonix to see if they had a system and sensor combination that could effectively meet their brief.

Knowledge 20231214
High-Quality Topographical Data to Reactivate a Mine Site

The project came about because an engineering company sought high quality topographical data to reassess how they were going to resume mine operations. This involved tasks such as creating new roads, avoiding collapse-prone areas, and creating protection meshes, etc.

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Protecting European Hamsters in Agriculture with LiDAR Technology

European Hamsters are a protected species living in agricultural areas, often alongside field mice, which are considered pests. Lack of awareness about hamster presence leads to unintentional harm by farmers, endangering the European Hamster population.

Acquiring ground topography data efficiently with UAV LiDAR

In recent years, advancements in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology have enabled the collection of accurate and rapid data for various applications. One such application is ground topography determination, crucial for a range of fields such as agriculture, urban planning, and environmental monitoring.

Environmental Monitoring and Analysis using LiDAR Technology

In the realm of environmental monitoring and analysis, the accurate assessment of vegetation plays a crucial role in understanding ecosystems. Drones equipped with advanced imaging technologies have revolutionized this process by providing efficient and precise data collection methods.

Does LiDAR work underwater?

How does laser scanning work underwater? How can a laser penetrate water? Discover this innovative technique for marine surveys and research.

LiDAR for Drones: Everything you need to know about LiDARs on UAVs

Dive into the world of LiDAR drones: Explore UAV-mounted LiDAR sensors, their applications, and real-world benefits. Unveil aerial 3D mapping's potential now!

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Using LiDAR Technology to Create the Digital Twin of a Telecommunications Tower

Discover how a customer created the digital twin of a telecommunications tower in order to perform line of sight and radio frequency simulation analysis.

Knowledge 20230712
How LiDAR Technology Revolutionizes Electrical Line Surveys in Canada

Our client, CIMA+, a renowned multidisciplinary company based in Canada, specializes in engineering, project management, and consulting services across various sectors. They were commissioned to conduct surveys of electrical powerlines.

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Comprehensive LiDAR Survey for Modeling Pyrenees Avalanche Corridors

This mission was started by Instadrone in response to a request from the Departmental Directorate of Territories, which lacked LiDAR equipment and therefore outsourced the entire data capture process to drone companies.

Knowledge 20230615
Mapping Mountainous Regions as Part of Forestry Management Surveys

Following a successful research and development collaboration with a government agency, our customer GeoAerospace obtained a contract to perform airborne LiDAR capture in various forestry sites along the secluded west coast of Ireland.

Knowledge 20230428
Camera megapixels for LiDAR acquisitions: why more isn’t always better

The number of megapixels is an easy number to put on a specification sheet, often shown on the first product page as a performance indicator. However, this is not the only value to consider as many other parameters are equally important depending on the use you will make of your camera for your LiDAR projects.

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Aerial mapping and climate change: LiDAR survey for ecological restoration

L'Avion Jaune, a company specialized in the production of earth observation data (multispectral imagery and LiDAR), tooks part in a study to model the hydrographic network and the hydraulic functioning of a wetland, within a nature reserve in New Aquitaine, France.

Knowledge 20230323
Tracing the steps of pirates: unveiling their presence in the Indian Ocean

As part of a project directed by the archeologist Jean Soulat and the association “Archéologie de la Piraterie du XVII et XVIIIème siècle”, two excavation campaigns were organized to find traces of pirates...

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Using UAV LiDAR for a reforestation project in Indonesia

Masarang Foundation, a 20-year-old ecological organization founded by world-renowned forester Dr. Willie Smits and based in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, has reforested 35 million trees to date.

Knowledge 20221207
Risk assessment of rockfall hazards on road networks.

L’Avion Jaune were mandated by the Departmental Council to conduct a risk assessment study of rockfall hazards on their road networks.

Knowledge 20221202
How do drone LiDAR surveys compare to traditional methods in railway corridor mapping projects?

The SNCF wanted to compare UAV LiDAR surveys with those done with traditional methods, in a real work situation. Discover the success story.

Knowledge 20221109
3D pointcloud acquisition using UAV LiDAR for a Chilean mining project

The goal of this project was to generate a 3D model of the Huasco Pellet Plant (mining), in Chile, using the YellowScan Vx15 UAV LiDAR system.

Knowledge 20221012
Building the digital twin of the Chain Bridge in Budapest

This LiDAR project, led by our customer Ventus-Tech, aimed to establish a baseline & record the status of the Chain Bridge in Budapest

Knowledge 20220727
Mapping Penguin Colonies in Antarctica

Learn how the YellowScan Mapper LiDAR system was used in Antarctica to study the spatial distribution of penguins in their environment.

Knowledge 20220705
Roadway Inspection: Old Mill Road, Cheshire for Eurovia Infrastructure

FlyThru was mandated by their client, the digital construction team at Eurovia Infrastructure, to survey an area for a roadway project.

Knowledge 20220628
Entertainment & Media – 3D Modeling for Video Games using LiDAR (MotoGP 22)

Video games industry is turning to LiDAR technology to help it build 3D models in order to give players the best experience possible.

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Success story: Parc Astérix, France

Discover how Drone Expertise Centre produced highly accurate topographic data of the Parc Astérix theme park in France.

Knowledge 20220329
Avalanche Risk Detection: Norwegian Public Roads Administration and Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet (NTNU)

Learn more about a proof-of-concept event to evaluate use of the latest LiDAR and drone technology to help with avalanche risk monitoring.

UNESCO World Heritage Site: Association Mission Patrimoine Mondial

The Association Mission Patrimoine Mondial (AMPM) is an organization created to set up and drive the application strategy.

Knowledge 20220222
Powerline Management & Smart Grid Security – Portuguese DSO, E-REDES

The stated objective was to produce LiDAR data that would ensure safety in the power line corridor by detecting dangerous vegetation.

Knowledge 20211213-1
Lasers: classification and properties

Did You Know - For safety reasons, Lasers classification depends on their potential risk of injuries to humans’ eye and skin.

Knowledge 20211124
Archaeology – Remote Surveying: Holy Island, Ireland, Monastery project

eoAerospace, an geospatial Data-as-a-Service provider, was contracted to provide high density LiDAR and orthophotography maps of Holy Island

Knowledge 20211102
Using LiDAR to quantify effects of Climate Change in Vermont Forests – Documenting Caterpillar Damage

Developing an understanding of changes to the forest structure caused by the gypsy moth outbreak with YellowScan’s Mapper LiDAR sensor.

Knowledge 20210225
What are the different scan patterns of LiDAR systems?

Discover how different optical deflecting elements such as prisms, gratings and mirrors create specific scan patterns.

Knowledge 20210126
Is LiDAR compatible with rainy or foggy weather?

Understand how the light properties in contact with water can impact data quality of LiDAR systems, blocking part of the field of view.

Knowledge 20201124
Three ways to determine distance using LiDAR

Discover how triangulation, time-of-flight, and phase shift can determinate a distance measurement from a laser radiation.

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VTOL fixed-wing UAV mounted-LiDAR maps 2200km for Trans-Sumatra highway construction in Indonesia

Hutama Karya, a state-owned company building infrastructures, has been assigned to toll-road construction, on Sumatra island.

DJI Drones for LiDAR mapping: a complete guide

Discover the best DJI drones for LiDAR mapping and their strenghts. DJI M600, DJI M300, DJI M210/M200 are perfect for UAV LiDAR mapping needs.

Knowledge 20200928
Detecting shrub encroachment in seminatural grasslands using UAS LiDAR

Discover how Bjarke Madsen from Aarhus University in Denmark, used YellowScan Surveyor for its biodiversity research work.

Knowledge 20200921
How Diodrone overcame geotechnical engineering challenges in Australia for a 170km long rural road monitoring

Discover how YellowScan solutions helped Diodrone to collect high quality of data covering an area of 400ha of mountainous terrain.

Knowledge 20200825
Reaching centimeter-level accuracy with LiDAR

3 different ways to reach centimeter-level accuracy for your LiDAR surveys, using the YellowScan LiDAR systems.

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Why does LiDAR have a specific wavelength? Part.2

Another specificity of LiDAR wavelength: atmospheric absorption. Our LiDAR systems use special wavelengths: 903 nm and 905 nm. Why is that?

Knowledge 20200721
Why does LiDAR have a specific wavelength? Part.1

LiDAR wavelength is in the infrared range due to LiDAR detector efficiency. Why use infrared wavelength instead of other ones (UV, visible)?

Knowledge 20200707
6 things to consider for a great UAV LiDAR integration

How to set up the perfect UAV LiDAR integration? Think about UAV endurance, LiDAR dimensions, mounting, vibrations, ground clearing distance.

Knowledge 20200701
Digging into D-DAY: how UAS laser scanning helps to find WW2 buried structures

UAS laser scanning technology fits archaeology needs. In Expedition Unkown TV show, YellowScan UAS laser scanning solution helps to find WW2.

Knowledge 20200617
Thank you Albert Einstein for making our GPS work!

Did you know? The GPS position of LiDAR drones uses the General relativity, a theory of gravitation that was developed by Albert Einstein.

Knowledge 20200529
How was mapping before LiDAR?

Before LiDAR, mapping was done by combining the triangulation & levelling techniques. Let's go back to basics of mapping techniques.

Knowledge 20200528
Drone LiDAR mapping for Power grid design and maintenance in Finland

Eltel, a Nordic field service provider for power and communication networks, conducted in 2019 a pilot study with Loiste a Finland-based energy company.

Knowledge 20200520

Did you know? The difference between LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and RADAR (Radio Detection and Ranging) is their wavelength.

Knowledge 20200514
EverScan Flies LiDAR to Map Coal Stockpile in Ukraine

Discover how everScan speeds up stockpile volume calculation with LiDAR in a thermal power plant. Get precise volume calculation of stacks!

Knowledge 20200513
YellowScan Vx-15 Makes European Start-Up a Major Player in Indonesia

Discover how flying LiDAR gives French company a competitive edge for Bali civil engineering and mining surveys.

Knowledge 20200507
UAV LiDAR mapping under forest to find Iron Age Roman archaeological remains in the South of France

Discover how the UMR 5608 TRACES Lab Research team uses YellowScan LiDAR solutions to map micro-reliefs of archaeological interest.

Knowledge 20200429
INFACT deploys YellowScan Mapper II at Key European Mining Sites

Major European INFACT mining project deploys YellowScan LiDAR for reliable 3D mapping, reducing the industry’s footprint on the environment.

Knowledge 20200220
Sorrell-Smith Engineering flies LiDAR, Saves Client Resources

Discover how 3D mapping with millions of point clouds makes mining project more viable saving $45,000 for surveying and data processing.

LiDAR and Photogrammetry: A Detailed Comparison

Combining LiDAR and Photogrammetry is the optimal way of gathering data. Discover the YellowScan dual solutions!

Knowledge 20200205
Why Compromise? Top 8 Reasons to Invest in High-End LiDAR

Intelligence, performance, experience, integration, technologies, support... Discover why YellowScan makes the difference !

Knowledge 20200127
LiDAR remaps Diamond Vista Wind Farm in Tornado Alley : Saves $1M

Discover how Juniper reduced post-processing time to 3 days using YellwScan solution while it takes up to 42 days with a traditional survey.

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Mapping Major Cities with LiDAR: The Future is Here

Drone-mounted and airborne LiDAR are changing the way architects, city planners and construction surveyors map the world’s major cities.

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Choosing the best drone for LiDAR mapping

Discover our guide to help you choose the best drone for your needs. Dive into our comparison of multirotor, fixed-wing or helicopter drones.

Knowledge 20191216
Wait : Accuracy vs Precision isn’t Rocket Science

Accuracy is the geographical precision and it determines how far the point is offset but Precision is the repeatability of the measure.

Knowledge 20180807
How does LiDAR work?

Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) is a laser-based remote sensing technology. Discover the basic principles and how does LiDAR work.