Corporate Helicopters pilot Garner Shepard is featured this Vertical Magazine article about lidar.
From the article:
Lidar surveying has a large number of applications.
“I’ve [used] lidar for electrical, gas, land-slides, property surveys, coastal erosion, U.S. border and VFX [visual effects],” said Garner Shepard, the lead lidar pilot for Corporate Helicopters of San Diego, California. The company’s main lidar customers are utility companies.
Shepard has now been doing lidar surveying for nine years. “The biggest change [over that time] is the size of the equipment,” he said. “The older systems were big. Now they can fit on smaller air-craft and even drones. They also put out real time data now so operators can see coverage as they are surveying.”
Corporate Helicopters has helped with some very cool aerial mapping / lidar projects, including one that involved finding a lost city in a vast Honduran rain forest.