In recent years, Teledyne CARIS (world leader in marine GIS) and Teledyne Optech (pioneer in LiDAR systems) have worked closely together to bring Artificial Intelligence into the realms of Hydrographic Surveying and Aerial LiDAR. Benefits to the end user include more efficient processing workflows and increased robustness and reliability in results.
There are many parallels that can be drawn between the growth trajectories of CARIS and Optech. Both companies started in Canada by university professors in the 1970’s. Over the past few decades, Optech has grown to be a world leader and pioneer in LiDAR solutions and CARIS has evolved into the dominant software company for hydrographic surveying and marine charting. Despite having such similar histories, the companies were bought together through acquisitions by Teledyne Technologies.
Since then, the companies have uncovered more parallels in their operations and objectives, including the use of Artificial Intelligence to improve their products. January 2020 saw the launch of CARIS MiraAI, being a platform to host AI offerings. The first of these was a sonar noise classifier, to reduce the labor intensive burden of ‘dot killing’ (removing noise from soundings detected by sonar). This problem is shared similarly by aerial LiDAR users with atmospheric noise. Teledyne CARIS and Optech worked together to adapt the technology behind sonar noise classifier to assist in the similar challenge of LiDAR noise.
AI has also been utilized for Optech’s bathymetric LiDAR system, the CZMIL Super Nova. One of the most basic principles in bathymetric LiDAR is differentiating between water and land returns. In this case, it was quickly demonstrated that AI could do a much better job than a human operator given every single return could be analyzed by AI – something not possible for a human given there are over 100,000 measurements every second.
This presentation will look at the development of these AI tools and also most importantly, case studies showing benefits to end users of these products.
Mr Daniel Kruimel (Teledyne Optech)
Time & room
2:45 pm–3:15 pm
City Room 3
Date & venue
Friday 17 September 2021 at the Adelaide Convention Centre