Development of an Online Platform for Streamlining Highway LIDAR Data Collection, Sharing, and Processing

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CAIT project no.: CAIT-UTC-057

Fiscal Year: 2014/2015

Status: Final

Rutgers-CAIT Author(s): Jie Gong, Ph.D., Patrick Szary, Ph.D.

External Author(s): Thomas Saylor, New Jersey Department of Transportation

Sponsor(s): FHWA - RITA, New Jersey Department of Transportation


The goal of this project is to develop an online platform for sharing, visualizing, and analyzing lidar data to support typical DOT data needs. The project is based on existing data collection capabilities that have been developed at Rutgers University.  These capabilities include static terrestrial laser scanning and mobile terrestrial laser scanning.

Specific objectives are:

(1) Evaluate lidar data characteristics and data analysis needs

(2) Identify ways and mechanisms to share and analyze lidar data

(3) Develop an open-source online platform for lidar data sharing and analysis

(4) Demonstrate lidar data collection, sharing, and analysis with the developed platform using several user cases

The product of this research will be a software tool for lidar data sharing, streaming, visualization, and analysis. The tool will be tailored to DOT needs.