Lidar Protects EU Nature Space

Simply declaring a region as a nature protection area is not enough, regular monitoring of its ecological condition is also necessary. Since Nature protection areas already cover almost one fifth of the surface of the European Union, it is impossible to inspect such a vast area in the traditional way on foot.

“Our team has developed special classification software which can use this lidar data to distinguish different types of vegetation,” says Norbert Pfeifer.

“We believe that an even better characterization of a region’s biodiversity can be obtained when we do not focus on site inspection parameters but rather try to define new parameters which are easier to obtain from above,” says Pfeifer.

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Zuck on 3D

Mark Zuckerberg held an impromptu town hall meeting the other day. He was asked about the wildest thing they were working on. Here’s an excerpt:

It’s been 14 months since Facebook spent $2 billion on Oculus VR, the virtual-reality company that Zuckerberg now says will create a “pretty wild” digital future for us. “Our mission [is] to give people the power to experience anything,” he wrote. “Even if you don’t have the ability to travel somewhere, or to be with someone in person, or even if something is physically impossible to build in our analog world, the goal is to help build a medium that will give you the ability to do all of these things you might not otherwise be able to do.”

How so?

“Just like we capture photos and videos today and then share them on the internet to let others experience them too, we’ll be able to capture whole 3D scenes and create new environments and then share those with people as well,” wrote Zuckerberg.

I wonder how they will do that?

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Top 10

Ryan Hacker from TruePoint Laser Scanning provided this thought provoking list:

Top 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Laser Scanning Provider

  1. Is laser scanning their primary business or an ancillary service? Are they a potential competitor to your company?!
  2. What relevant professional licenses are held by their staff? Do they have Architects, Engineers and/or Surveyors on-staff?
  3. Do they do the modeling in-house or outsource it?  If it’s outsourced, is it outsourced overseas?
  4. Is your laser scanning firm holding your point cloud hostage or do you take ownership of it?
  5. In what format is the point cloud deliverable provided in (raw, indexed, file type, etc.)?
  6. What modeling options do they offer in terms of Level of Detail and how are those levels defined?
  7. How are their modeling services priced?
  8. What equipment do they use (Leica, Faro, etc.)?
  9. Can they tie the scan data to survey control and/or project coordinates for project documentation (design documents, plat of survey, etc.)?
  10. What software packages do they own and utilize?  Can they provide deliverables natively in your software or does it need to be translated in order to work in your software?

The information collected and reviewed from these 10 questions can ensure you are choosing the right company for the job.

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Lidar eNews For All

The latest Lidar News eNewsletter is now available here. The articles include an analysis of the Zeb1 accuracy, two unique points of view on the recent SPAR 2015 conference, an important article on mobile lidar point density and something I think most of us over 40 can relate to – a time when things were less digital.

Perhaps the most impressive item is the video from Volkswagen that used laser scanning to help explain the new safety systems on the Jetta.

Enjoy and please pass us onto a colleague. Thanks.

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Expediting an FAA Exemption

I just became aware of this entrepreneurial effort by a young Oklahoma State student to help you get flying your UAS legally.

Shaye Andelin became interested in UAS when her father purchased one for fun. She told her father a fellow student had bought the same system and while operating it somewhere in Texas this student was fined by the FAA. Her father explained the likely reasons her fellow student was fined and how there is a process to operate it legally. In fact he was going through this process himself and asked if she would like to help.

She learned a lot while assisting her father in writing a Sec 333 request for exemption to operate a UAS. She also saw how convoluted the process was and an opportunity in this, and is now offering a filing service for others interested in operating legally. While the Sec 333 exemption filing is only part of the requirement, she also offers assistance with completing the Registration requirements.

Who knows mapping may become her future as well.

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The Faces of ALS

Built in collaboration with renowned 3D artist Josh Harker and Artists Lend Support (ALS) to benefit ALS research, the piece features a montage of facial scans, including those of ALS founder and survivor Brian Fender and his supporters, all taken using Fuel3D’s SCANIFY handheld, point-and-shoot 3D scanner, built to enable consumers and professionals to 3D scan objects in high-resolution shape and color in under a second. The sculpture, created to represent the impact supporters have on the lives of people with ALS and the pursuit of a cure, was recently sold at auction, raising $2,500 in support of ALS Therapy Development Institute, a nonprofit biotechnology organization developing effective treatments for ALS.

You can download the image directly at this link.

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The Future of Computing

This is an amazing vision of the future from Corning.

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Coloring the Points

This research is being conducted in Australia to automatically extract forest structure.  Point clouds hold a vast amount of information on vegetation, habitat characteristics, fuel loads, timber volumes, and other forest characteristics. However, it is challenging to turn this data into usable information.

This research aimed to develop a technique to automatically classify point clouds into different forest components: near-surface vegetation, mid-storey scrubs, tree stems, and tree canopy. After classification, useful information on these different vegetation strata can be extracted, making it easier to interpret vegetation information hidden in the point clouds.

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NASA Measures Sea Ice

nasaOperation IceBridge is an annual NASA mission, which involves sending two flights all the way along the North American side of the Arctic Ocean — basically, Greenland to Alaska and back again. The planes use a variety of sensors to record the thickness, height and characteristics of the ice — a job that can’t quite be done by satellite, yet.

By timing the round-trip journey of the light pulses and accounting for the location and altitude of the plane, scientists can determine the height of the ice surface. Flying the same path every year provides detailed information about how the surface height of the ice has changed. This information in turn contributes to calculations of sea ice thickness in these areas, which scientists have shown to be thinning.

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Making the Invisible, Visible

This is without a doubt one of the most impressive demonstrations of the use of lidar to create a visual understanding of 3D that I have seen. I think it is fair to say that the entertainment industry is one of the most advanced users of lidar technology.

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