CZMIL – Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging LiDAR

CZMIL – Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging LiDAR

CZMIL – Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging LiDAR

Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging LiDAR (CZMIL) is the latest development in generating highly accurate topo-bathymetry maps with seamless topography in coastal zones. For years, mapping coastal areas has meant employing large and expensive aircraft. With the implementation of the CMZIL technology, the cost of gathering the same information is down as much as 58% and can be collected using smaller planes, including, for the first time, helicopters. The new sensors are about 30% smaller and 25% lighter than older systems and require less power to operate it.

Where other LiDAR mapping systems stop collecting at the shoreline, CZMIL is able to penetrate cloudy and turbid waters and reach up to 80 meter depth in clear water allowing for seamless topographic data to be collected into the water. Objects a small as 1 meter3 can now be clearly detected in water as deep as 25 meters.

Improvements include:
• Objects a small as 1 meter cubed can be clearly detected in water as deep as 25 meters
• Wide swath area – enabling large-scale mapping with more efficient coverage of large areas
• Circular scanning ability – allowing for detection from multiple angles
• High-power laser with short pulse width – more accurate measurements in different conditions
• Automatic elimination of sea spray points – improved surface and seafloor detection

With applications in nautical charting, harbor inspection, disaster planning, water quality assessment, submerged object detection, and much more, the benefits of the newest CZMIL sensor and data fusion software will allow for more accurate shoreline and underwater LiDAR information to be acquired and processed quicker and more cost effective than ever before.

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