The Mandli Team is Presenting at the 2020 Esri User Conference!

There’s still time to register! Mandli Communications is delighted to be a part of and presenting at the upcoming 2020 Esri User Conference.  As a completely virtual event, registrants can participate in sessions and view hundreds of presentations, including two from Mandli team members.

From July 13th through July 15th, registrants can log in at any time and watch Mandli’s pre-recorded presentations that offer geospatial solutions to real-world problems. More information for these presentations is below.

St. Croix County Collection and Asset Management Solution – This presentation shows how Mandli used Esri ArcGIS to create and provide a complete asset inventory to St. Croix County in Wisconsin. Like many agencies, St. Croix County needed reliable roadway data. Their challenge was finding a cost-effective solution that didn’t rely on manual collection for their asset management. The solution was data provided to the County engineers to help establish and continue progressive asset management. In this presentation, the Mandli team will address the challenges St. Croix County faced when implementing an asset management solution and how that can be used by other agencies. Presented by Travis Franz.

Plan for Every Section: Accessible Pavement Management Method – The presentation focuses on how Mandli used Esri ArcGIS to provide a complete asset and condition inventory to Hawaii DOT. Like many agencies, Hawaii DOT needed access to a cost-effective and accessible pavement management solution. Plan for Every Section (PFES), a cloud-based pavement preservation program, was built on the concept that periodic treatments extend pavement life at the lowest annual costs. In this presentation, the Mandli team will share how PFES helps agencies plan their pavement management with a cost-effective solution and how that can be applied and customized for other agencies across the U.S. Presented by Jacob Pellmann, PE.

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The Next Chapter for Self-Driving Vehicles!

We’re excited to help write the next chapter for self-driving vehicles! The Mandli team spent the day at the American Center for Mobility – Willow Run in Michigan collecting roadway data at the test facility. Mandli data will be used to help create high-definition maps that will help facilitate Autonomous Vehicle (AV) testing at Willow Run. Mandli is delighted to partner with Willow Run and bring our technology to facilitate safe and reliable testing for AVs.

The Cost-Benefits of Data Collaboration

One of the biggest challenges facing county and state transportation departments is how to make their road and highway data accessible to different divisions within their organization. When organizations don’t have the right tools to share data, it can result in the same or similar data being collected by different divisions. This can cost organizations time and ultimately money, forcing them to perform additional collection efforts when the data may already be available within an agency, but not easily accessible by other staff divisions.

One way to solve this challenge is through data management. While a data management system might seem costly and complex, an experienced consulting team can provide a practical and cost-effective solution that fits the needs and budget of an organization. Mandli Consulting Services offers guidance and can suggest solutions on how to get the most out of your data so everyone in the organization is able to access it, view it, and use it for planning purposes.

Mandli’s Consulting Services team recently worked with both Utah and New Mexico DOTs to develop customized solutions for their data management needs.

Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT)

Utah’s Department of Transportation (DOT) wanted to set up a system that would allow its different divisions to be able to collaborate in collecting and sharing road and highway data. That is, once data was collected, it could be available to everyone.

Mandli’s Consulting Team worked with Utah officials in multiple departments to assist with implementing this department-wide collaboration, using previously collected Mandli data. Having performed three statewide collection cycles since 2012, Mandli’s data, combined with this project with UDOT, contributed to the development of the UPlan ArcGIS Online Portal. The UPLAN portal was designed as an accessible interactive mapping platform to help staff across the DOT visualize their data and track their assets for planning purposes.

To make UPLAN a reality, Mandli worked with UDOT’s GIS Department to use the collected data to identify changes and required updates in their LRS Centerline layer. Utah personnel, HPMS Reporting Division, are able to use year-over-year GPS collection traces to identify route segments where additional lanes have been constructed between collection cycles.

UPlan is now being referenced by FHWA as a suggestion for states for statewide data collection and roadway inventory.

New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT)

NMDOT recently completed the second stage of a multi-phase project with the overall goal of implementing a linear referencing system to satisfy FHWA’s ARNOLD requirements.

Phase 1, completed in 2016, focused on the collection and development of an initial road network from multiple data providers. Mandli collected about 15,000 miles of data which included imaging, positional, pavement data using LiDAR, and the Laser Crack Measurement System (LCMS) to calculate faulting, distress, IRI, and rutting.

Phase 2, completed in August of 2018, involved establishing Esri’s Roads and Highways Linear Referencing System as the new recording system for the DOT. Mandli was tasked with establishing this new system. Our team performed all cleanup, migration, calibration of the initial network, and system implementation tasks. The new RIS (Roadway Inventory System) now serves as the foundation and integration point for other systems including Road Inventory, HPMS reporting, and so on.

With the completion of Phase 1 and 2 complete, NMDOT has continued to use Mandli’s Consulting IT Services. We have been asked to work with NMDOT staff to ensure the RIS is operating to its fullest potential and employees are able to get the most of out of the system and their data.

Mobile Mapping Solutions

Adding portability to mobile mapping technology creates a powerful tool, providing solutions that extend beyond roadway asset collection.

For the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), a portable mobile mapping solution was precisely what they needed to get information about their infrastructure.

Between the light rail system and bus routes, San Diego MTS manages 106 miles of track and almost 100 bus routes that serve over 275,000 people every month. In order to understand their routes better, San Diego MTS wanted to get the routes mapped and compile a list of all of the assets along the course. The challenge was figuring out a way to get a mobile mapping unit on the rail line without interrupting service or affecting travel time for any passengers.

San Diego MTS contracted Mandli Communications to collect information for all of the rail and bus routes in their county. Mandli developed a customized solution for San Diego MTS using our portable 3D imaging and LiDAR collection system, Maverick.

With our portable mobile mapping technology, we still had to address how to get the Maverick onto the rail line without disrupting service. Mandli developed a prototype suction cup mount for San Diego MTS, which allowed the Maverick to be attached to the windshield of any commuter train. This removed a key hurdle and provided a way to collect and map information with no traffic interruption or service delays.

The prototype mount meant that Mandli was able to collect all of the data along the 106 miles of track that MTS wanted in less than one day.

Data from the Maverick provided MTS with an accurate GIS inventory of all trackside assets, allowing them to monitor track condition. With the maps, images, and LiDAR point cloud accessible via a desktop software application, San Diego MTS employees could drive the tracks and routes and use the system to train new employees in the office.




Mandli Communications is NCAT Certified for IRI!


Mandli Communications’ pavement technology is NCAT certified for IRI using Pavemetrics’ high-speed 3D laser pavement profiler (the LCMS). We are the first company to collect, process, and deliver passing results all in the same day for both the LCMS-1 and LCMS-2 technology!

Through joint efforts with Pavemetrics, we are very proud to announce that Mandli Communications received Profiler Certification for Dense Graded Asphalt (DGA)/Open-Graded Friction Course (OGFC) through NCAT. Over the weekend a team from Mandli drove our collection vehicles with the LCMS-1 and LCMS-2 down to the National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University and officially passed NCAT’s longitudinal profiler certification program. This certification means we now meet the AASHTO R56 requirement per NCAT and are HPMS compliant.

Mandli is proud to have worked with Pavemetrics’ to achieve this industry milestone. Receiving this certification validates the LCMS-1 and LCMS-2 as accurate and repeatable inertial profilers that are an acceptable alternative to older profiler technology.

The LCMS Pavement Scanners are known for providing automated crack detection and distress classification across the entire width of the lane, in a single vehicle pass. IRI is collected with the addition of high-precision Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) to each of the LCMS sensors in order to measure and isolate the effect of vehicle chassis motion during the measurement of longitudinal profile.

Post-processing algorithms are provided to extract a longitudinal profile from LCMS data and to calculate IRI measurements from collected profiles. The results are equivalent to an ASTM E-950 Class 1 profiler, with the addition of offering 4,000 points of roughness measurement across a 4meter width, compared to traditional profilers which offer only point lasers in the wheel path or simple line lasers limited to 0.1m scanning width. This more repeatable and accurate IRI data gives Mandli greater confidence in the information we collect and proves more effective for guiding pavement preservation and improvement work.

LCMS certification further cements Mandli’s position as a leader and key innovator within the industry. Mandli’s mobile data collection solution to collect all information in a single pass represents a huge value and cost-savings solution to our customers” said Raymond Mandli, President of Mandli Communications.

Profiler certification is considered the ultimate test of pavement profiling equipment and is often required before a State DOT will permit the use of a specific profiler. Auburn University’s NCAT site is one of only three sites in the United States that has both the necessary facilities and the expertise to certify pavement profiling equipment.

To learn more about the LCMS and Mandli’s Collection Capabilities, please contact

Comprehensive, Cost-Effective Asset Collection Solution

For many Cities and Counties, successful roadway planning and maintenance requires accurate and reliable data. However, getting access to the necessary data can be difficult due to the collection logistics and the costs involved.

With over 35 years of experience in developing solutions for asset data collection and delivery, Mandli Communications understands the challenges faced by local governments. This is why Mandli continues to develop and offer solutions to Cities and Counties. So they are able to easily and cost-effectively access and use their roadway data.

This is a proven solution that we have successfully implemented in two recent examples.

Eau Claire County, WI

Eau Claire County manages assets for approximately 420 miles of county highway. Their prior method for data collection was sending interns out into the field to collect information via windshield survey and geolocators. This method provided limited functionality and produced data that could not be reprocessed or checked for quality and accuracy.

The Mandli solution to this problem was providing Eau Claire County with county-wide coverage, about 420 driving miles, and collecting 10 unique assets. To ensure we provided a cost-effective solution, we used a portable mobile mapping technology solution, Maverick <link>, that can collect 3D imaging and LiDAR.

All data was collected at once and the whole county was collected in less than a week. This provided the county a full baseline instead of giving them small pieces of data over several years.

Mandli delivered pictures along with a full LiDAR point cloud to Eau Claire County. This gave the County engineers the ability to verify the data accuracy and actually go into the data and drive the routes from their computer anytime they wanted, without having to leave the office. The data is now verified as accurate and repeatable, and personnel across multiple departments have a strong confidence in using the data.

City of Altoona, Wisconsin

The cost-effectiveness and flexibility provided by the Maverick mobile mapping system also helped the City of Altoona get access to a broad dataset of their roads and assets.

The Maverick system offers several advantages for Cities and Counties:

  • Ability to get high-resolution images, including the capability to create a 360°view, of the roads and infrastructure.
  • High-definition LiDAR – that allows a user to extract accurate measurements of assets.
  • Ability to geo-locate all assets and infrastructure so they can be quickly identified by location.

Mandli collected asset data for 30 miles in the city of Altoona. The mobile mapping system was able to provide the city a customizable solution to fit in their budget and give them the data they need. In a single vehicle pass, the Maverick collected all of the data in under a day.

Mandli worked with the city to develop a data dictionary that met their needs while still remaining cost-effective solution on a city budget. From the collected data. Mandli was able to extract precise measurements for assets such as signs, guardrails, bridge clearance, curbs, gutters, pavement surface areas, and more. This gave the city a robust and multi-functional dataset that could be utilized for a wide-range of applications within their department.

This complete dataset was collected and stored in a non-proprietary format so that if the need arose in the future the City would be able to utilize their current tools, such as those from Agile Assets, Esri, and Oracle to distribute that data to internal customers.

Sidewalk Inventory Project

As part of our Sidewalk Inventory project, we collected data around Monona Terrace and the capital building here in Madison, WI with the Maverick secured to a Segway.

Sidewalks are a difficult area to inventory, because narrow passages and pedestrian traffic make it difficult to use traditional mapping platforms, such as vehicles. Our custom Segway mount allows us to navigate the sidewalks and ensure the safety of pedestrians, all while gathering a very valuable urban dataset. Attaching the Maverick mount to the Segway and securing Maverick is a simple process that takes approximately 20 minutes.

The three mile route we collected went along the Capital City bike trail, up around the capital, and back down to Monona Terrace. We also collected the rooftop garden of Monona Terrace, and the pedestrian areas around the capital. The entire route was collected twice, which took a little over an hour on the Segway.

The Maverick’s small, compact size allows us to use Maverick for a wide range of projects and applications. “Two days ago we were using Maverick to collect in the Navajo desert, then the next day we collected on the Vegas Strip, and today we collected the capital building in Madison, WI on a Segway. That’s portable. That’s super portable,” says Sean McHone, lead designer of Maverick.

Maverick’s First Sales Tour

We are excited to announce John Caya is beginning the first Maverick sales tour next week! Over the course of four days, John will be visiting six companies in Texas who showed interest early on in Maverick’s development.

Maverick sales tours and demonstrations are one-of-a-kind. While other companies show a video of data they have previously collected and post-processed, we bring the system to our clients and assist them in collecting sample data locally. In this way, we are able to share data that is recognizable and familiar to them, and also demonstrate the Maverick’s high quality data.

Trips like this are possible because of how portable the Maverick is. Maverick comes with a compact shipping case, which can easily be checked as luggage for flights. Once John arrives, he will select a rental car with a roof rack, and from there it’s a simple matter to secure the Maverick to the vehicle and drive off to the first of six demonstrations.

Contact us to schedule a demo near you!

Maverick Visits Dallas & Houston

Maverick’s first sales tour is off to a good start, despite Mother Nature trying to hold us back! Unfortunately, LiDAR technology does not operate correctly in the rain, so the rainy conditions in the Dallas and Houston areas for the past few days have been a hindrance. We aren’t letting that stop us though! So far, John and Maverick have driven 362 miles in Texas, and visited multiple railway inventory organizations in the areas of Dallas and Houston.

We have also visited HTS Advanced Solutions. HTS Advanced Solutions is a leading 3D Scanning & Metrology equipment rental company, based in Houston, TX. They lease the most up-to-date 3D Scanning & Metrology equipment worldwide, and provide hands-on training programs and global technical support 24/7. We are hoping that HTS Advanced Solutions will be providing Mavericks for rent in the near future.

There are another 200 miles for John and Maverick to travel today to reach their next destination.

Goodbye Houston! Here we come San Antonio!