Make sure to join us next Thursday AM for the South Region General Meeting to be held at the 2018 GIS of Alabama Conference in Orange Beach Alabama.
We have a great lineup of speakers including Brad Johnson and Christopher Elegante from KFS who will present:
Mobile Lidar mapping with the Zeb Revo (RT).
LiDAR, or Light Detection And Ranging, is a technology that uses pulses of light to measure
distances in different environments. Traditionally, LiDAR mapping is done with a GPS enabled or
stationary scanner. The Zeb Revo RT is a revolution in LiDAR technology that instead uses an Inertial
Measurement Unit (IMU) and a Simultaneous Localization And Mapping (SLAM) algorithm to track the
scanners movement. The result is a scanner which presents the best of both worlds, allowing for easy
mobile LiDAR mapping in a much greater range of environments than any GPS enabled scanner.
At KFS, we have used this technology to cut survey times down to a fraction of what they were. Though
originally there were some difficulties with the new collection process, as with any major workflow
changes, ultimately it has led to a significant reduction of time and cost. Now that we have begun LiDAR
mapping, we are seeing a wide range of potential uses, opening the door to a wide range of future work,
much of which would not have been possible before the Zeb Revo RT.
Brad Johnson was born and raised in a small town just north of the Rocket City. He had always
dreamed of pursuing a career in Drafting and Design. He studied Engineering Graphics at a local college
and proceeded to work in a fast-paced environment. Passionate about architecture, his career path led
him to an opportunity to grow and further his career with an 8(a) small business company named KFS.
Mr. Johnson has multiple years of professional experience in Engineering Graphics technology and being
extensively involved with and/or managing facility utilization collection, support, and task orders. He has
been KFS’s Project Manager responsible for all IMCOM Facility utilization tasks for the last several years.
This includes oversight and day-to- day management of the collection and development of facilities at
multiple IMCOM installations, totaling approximately 150 million square feet. He has experience
supporting geolocating of federal facilities, interior mapping, facility utilization survey and analysis, and
electrical and communication schematics as both a Project Manager and Engineering Graphics
Professional. He coordinates resources within the KFS team and leads all aspects of research, analysis,
and development. In his free time, Brad enjoys kayaking, hiking, and fishing. Anything outdoors seems to
call his name.
Christopher Elegante is from Huntsville, AL. After studying mechanical engineering at Mississippi State
University, he returned to his hometown and joined KFS. There he started doing drafting work and later
helped develop new workflows, including the LiDAR mapping process. He enjoys working with new
technology and is always looking for ways to make work faster and simpler.