Using LiDAR to Understand Drought Effects

A recent article reports that three AgriLife Scientists at Texas A & M are using LiDAR to better understand the  ongoing effects of severe drought on trees in Texas.

“This drought’s severity and extent was greater than any other drought that had occurred in the region during the previous 500 years,” he said. “Our forests have suffered tree mortality that was about nine times above normal levels, and the largest trees of the region died at disproportionately high levels.”

Popescu said under the new grant-funded project, the rate of tree disintegration will be monitored through a combination of airborne, unmanned aerial vehicle lidar and terrestrial lidar scanning. Lidar, from Light Detection and Ranging, is a remote sensing technology that uses laser light to measure the distance from sensor to target and create a three-dimensional model of forest vegetation, in this case.

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Intelligent 3D Highways

Autonomous and driverless vehicles will require 3D intelligent highways to improve safety and efficiency. This is just one of the articles in the latest LiDAR News eNewsletter.

Please have a look and pass this on to a friend.

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Global 3D Scanning Market to Grow at 12.4% CAGR

According to a new market research report by Allied Market Research titled, Global3D Scanning Market (Type, Forms, Services, Applications, Geography) – Industry Analysis, Trends, Share, Opportunities and Forecast, 2013-2020“, the global 3D scanning market is forecast to reach $4.9 billion by 2020 registering a CAGR of 12.4% during the forecast period (2014 – 2020). The market would remain to be dominated by the North American and European region, collectively contributing to more than two third of the global revenue share. However, Asia-Pacific region would also generate significant global revenue by 2020 with rapid growth. The revenue growth is due to growing adoption within industries such as healthcare, entertainment, etc. and also due to relevant developments in China, Japan, and India.

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Automated Vehicles – Autos vs. Computers

Brad Templeton explains in this thought provoking article that there are two cultures who are thinking about automated vehicles. He sums it up as:

“The conservative view sees this technology as a set of wheels that has a computer.

The aggressive school sees this as a computer that has a set of wheels.

The conservative view sees this as an automotive technology, and most of them are very used to thinking about automotive technology. For the aggressive school, where I belong, this is a computer technology, and will be developed — and change the world — at the much faster pace that computer technologies do.”

It is going to be interesting to watch this play out. Thanks to Bill Gutelius for the tip.




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Using LiDAR to Measure Farm Air Quality

Today measuring the air quality on a farm can only be done a single point at a time. In this interesting article in High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal they provide an argument for the use of atmospheric LiDAR to monitor air quality “above” the entire farm.

“LiDAR allows us to see just how accurate these limited samples are and how much the whole atmosphere within a given area is changing,” says Hatfield. “It lets us see what’s going on from many dimensions.”

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rFpro Delivers Driving Simulation Solutions

rFpro Nurburgring Nordschleife Simulation Intro from rFpro on Vimeo.

A quick introduction to rFpro showing highlights of the latest (2014) build of the Nordschleife, over 4 man-years effort were required to reproduce the circuit.  The entire 20.8km circuit’s road surface has been built with 1cm resolution in x and y accurate to less than 1 millimetre using laser scanning.

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Oregon Cities Partner on LiDAR Data Collection

15474625-mmmainPortland Oregon is partnering with more than two dozen other cities and public agencies to gather a uniform and up-to-date aerial map and image database for the metro region as reported in The Oregonian.

The regional partners, led by Metro and Portland, are contracting with Oregon’s Department of Geology and Mineral Industries to gather the aerial photos and data. DOGAMI uses Quantum Spatial, a geo-mapping company with a Portland office, to gather the data.

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LiDAR Used to Quantify Carbon Stored in Hedgerows

A report in Agriland explains, “The LiDAR system scans a hedge picking out its detailed structure and providing a precise image of the plants that make up the hedge.   This detail is then processed to estimate the amount of carbon contained in the hedgerows.”

Dr Frank McGovern, Head of Climate Change research, Environmental Protection Agency, said:“This research is relevant in two ways; firstly it shows how advanced technologies can be used to measure carbon stocks in the Irish landscape in a cost effective manner.  Secondly, it also quantifies one of the key ecosystem services of hedgerows in taking up carbon dioxide and storing it as biomass.

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USGS to Host Briefing: Safer Communities, Stronger Economies – in 3D

For those readers who can make it to Washington, D.C. (it’s too bad this was not a webinar) the USGS will be hosting a congressional briefing on Friday, July 25, 2014 – 11:00 a.m EDT in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2325.

They note, “Outdated and inconsistent elevation data cost lives and hinder prosperity across our Nation. A coordinated effort among Federal, State, local government and the private sector could meet our country’s needs for high-quality, 3D elevation data in just 8 years.”

The USGS is doing an excellent job of selling the benefits and value of LiDAR-derived 3D information. Hopefully the politicians will show up and listen.

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Cost of LiDAR Sensors an Issue for Driverless Market

I was interviewed and quoted in this article published today in the Wall Street Journal entitled, “Laser Eyes Pose Price Hurdle for Driverless Cars.” The online version requires a subscription to read the entire article. I am not sure about the print.

As I have said before with the car companies and the insurance industry in favor of driverless vehicles it is only a matter of time before we see this technology and we are not talking 10 to 15 years.


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