LiDAR in Da Hood

One of the things that I have learned in various teaching training workshops is to stretch yourself to do things that are out of your normal repertoire.

So I thought I would share a LiDAR rap song I have been tinkering with (Someday, I might actually perform it!) While giving a lecture on laser scanning, I caught myself off guard by the rhyming as I was describing LiDAR as a time of flight and line of sight technology. I told the students that I was going to develop that into a rap song. So here it goes:

LiDAR Rap V1.1

By M$lice

Dis is da LiDAR rap

To make da map

Without a gap

For yer App

LiDAR relies on Line of Sight

Using pulses of light,

But not too bright,

It calculates the Time of Flight

And can be done in da nite

Works from the ground or during da flight,

To give you da heightz,

But requires lots of bytes,

Objects in the way give you a blight,

But dont have fright

Youll learn how to avoid plight,

So it gits da job done right!

So you dont have to fight

With data that can fit your control nice n tight!

So you can be proud

Of your point cloud!

Come on foo, get loud!

Stay tuned for a music video!

About the Author

Michael Olsen

Michael Olsen ... Michael is an Assistant Professor of Geomatics in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University. He chairs the ASCE Geomatics Spatial Data Applications Committee and is on the editorial board for the ASCE Journal of Surveying Engineering. He has BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah and a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. He has also worked as an Engineer in Training for West Valley City. His current areas of research include terrestrial laser scanning, remote sensing, GIS, geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, hazard mitigation, and 3D visualization. He teaches geomatics and geotechnical engineering courses at OSU where he has developed new, ground-breaking courses in Digital Terrain Modeling course and Building Information Modeling. Recent projects he has been involved with include: earthquake reconnaissance (following the American Samoa and Chile earthquakes and tsunamis), landslide analysis for the US 20 realignment, seacliff erosion mapping using LIDAR for San Diego County and Oregon, liquefaction hazard mapping for Utah, and modeling and studying historical buildings such as the Palazzo Medici and Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy.
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