We use the latest technology to tackle project challenges in new and innovative ways to add value for our clients.
With our fleet of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), Michael Baker provides innovative, cost-effective approaches that compliment traditional manned-aircraft acquisitions or ground-based surveys. Our team of licensed Part 107 pilots are located across the U.S. to provide national coverage with local response. To serve your needs, we have rapid deployment abilities for accelerated project schedules. With a sizable number of professional-grade UAS vehicles, multiple aircraft can be operated simultaneously at an individual location to provide same-time, precise, aerial solutions for large areas.
Our fleet of UAS includes a mix of fixed-wing and Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) aircraft that facilitate the rapid capture of high-resolution color imagery, thermal Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) and Color Infrared (CIR) imagery. As licensed engineers and surveyors, we also create orthophotos and 3D models to support engineering projects.
We are at the forefront of adopting and incorporating the latest UAS technologies and best practices to provide creative technical solutions for our clients. We offer UAS collections and derived products for missions supporting:
We recently collaborated with Intel and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to use drone technology to help inspect and analyze the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge, an eight-lane interstate that crosses the Ohio River. By leveraging the latest drone technology, the bridge – which carries nearly 100,000 vehicles daily – remained open and fully functional during inspection.
Our experts routinely leverage drone technology and rope access to enhance the safety and efficiency of bridge inspections. Our work was featured in Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine with insights from Scott Roux, National Bridge Practice Lead, and Paul McGuinness, Bridge Inspection Lead.
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Few technologies have evolved as quickly or have been adopted as broadly as Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR). As an early adopter, Michael Baker uses LiDAR for nearly all engineering, surveying and mapping, architectural and visualization applications.
We are one of the foremost experts in the application of LiDAR to collect information on roadways, airports, utilities, rail and transit systems and for smart vehicle technology. We are currently applying our knowledge to lead the implementation of connected vehicles for the deployment and testing of smart vehicle technology in various developed environments and roadways. We use LiDAR to support development of a smart transportation network that’s safer, more efficient, less expensive and largely automated.
Michael Baker provides a full range of pavement engineering and management services using technology-based approaches for complete pavement data collection, assessment, design and implementation of pavement management systems.
Engineered modeling, often combined with the related topics of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Digital Delivery, is transforming the way we design, build and manage our infrastructure assets. FHWA, AASHTO, contractors, and a growing number of state DOTs widely recognize the benefits of 3D engineered models for delivering and constructing highway transportation projects. The technology is mature and serves as a key element for promoting collaboration and efficiency throughout the asset lifecycle. From engineering-grade visualizations to digital twin asset representations, these models enhance our ability to convey design intent to multiple stakeholders and facilitate automation in the numerous data exchanges required in every project. As an industry leader, Michael Baker is investing in its team to keep pace with the constant evolution of the digital landscape and unlock the largely untapped potential of engineered models for our clients.
Our team of technology experts has provided digital support services for more than 300 projects and are currently leading innovative Pilot Projects for several clients by applying our knowledge and leveraging our experience. Michael Baker develops strategic solutions to address the challenges associated with the adoption of engineered models in the production of integrated and future-ready deliverables.
In addition to traditional 3D engineered models, Michael Baker offers many related services such as:
Click here to read a Q&A with Michael Baker International's Daniel Jensen, P.E., Chair – 3D/BIM Technical User Group, to learn more about engineered models and their role in connecting raw site conditions and the digital environment.