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Apparatus and method for mapping an area of interest

United States Patent

December 1, 2009
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An apparatus and method are provided for mapping an area of interest using polar coordinates or Cartesian coordinates. The apparatus includes a range finder, an azimuth angle measuring device to provide a heading and an inclinometer to provide an angle of inclination of the range finder as it relates to primary reference points and points of interest. A computer is provided to receive signals from the range finder, inclinometer and azimuth angle measurer to record location data and calculate relative locations between one or more points of interest and one or more primary reference points. The method includes mapping of an area of interest to locate points of interest relative to one or more primary reference points and to store the information in the desired manner. The device may optionally also include an illuminator which can be utilized to paint the area of interest to indicate both points of interest and primary points of reference during and/or after data acquisition.
Staab; Torsten A. (Los Alamos, NM), Cohen; Daniel L. (Ithaca, NY), Feller; Samuel (Fairfax, VA)
Los Alamost National Security, LLC (Los Alamos, MN)
11/ 877,065
October 23, 2007
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERAL RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under contract number DE-AC52-06NA25396 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.