Structural Modeling Webinar

ClearEdge3D is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday April 29, 2014 from 1 to 2 PM EDT to demonstrate their new EdgeWise structural modeling software. The webinar will feature a number of guest speakers that will present 3 case studies.

ClearEdge3D’s new EdgeWise Structure software promises much faster and more accurate modeling of steel, concrete and wood structural members. Should be a valuable learning experience.

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Practical Application of Mobile LiDAR Guidelines

Chris Siebern from Optech has an article in this month’s LiDAR News Magazine
entitled, “Promoting Standards Through Use Cases.” Ted Knaak, founder of Certainty 3D, with input from Chris and others has taken things to the next level by providing possible language that an agency could use to prepare a RFP for mobile LiDAR data collection and processing services.

Ted has posted TechNote #1021 entitled, “Establishing Requirements, Extracting Metrics and Evaluating Quality of LiDAR Data” on his website as part of C3D University. In this document Ted stresses the practical application of the recently published TRB Mobile LiDAR Guidelines to real world experiences and workflows. It’s a must read if you are in the mobile LiDAR business.

Both of these documents are  particularly encouraging to me as it seems like the TRB Mobile LiDAR Guidelines are beginning to gain traction. Thanks to both Ted and Chris for their work in this area.

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USGS 3DEP Webinar

The United States Geological Survey is embarking on the most ambitious 3D Mapping program ever undertaken within the United States.  The national 3D elevation program (3DEP) is designed to provide the first high resolution elevation data coverage for the country much as the USGS digital orthophoto program did for imagery in the 1990s.  This initiative is being developed by the USGS to respond to the growing need for high-quality topographic data and other three-dimensional representations of the Nation’s natural and constructed features.

This topic will be presented by Ms. Vicki Lukas of USGS.  Ms. Lukas has more than 20 years of experience as a geographer with the U.S. Geological Survey.  As Chief of the Topographic Data Services Team for the National Geospatial Program, she oversees the 3D Elevation Program, the National Hydrography Dataset and associated activities.

The webinar, hosted by GeoCue’s CTO Lewis Graham will be held on Tuesday April 29 at 1:00 PM CDT. You can register here. This is going to be an important event.

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Nokia’s HERE is Creating HD 3D Maps

Nokia’s HERE unit is using technology developed by earthmine which includes laser scanners to develop what they claim is the next generation of street maps. As reported in Slash Gear the next generation system is aimed at surpassing Google Maps. The HD data will support true 3D analysis of routes – impressive.

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Smithsonian in 3D, Habitat Conservation and More

For those of you who did not attend this week’s SPAR 2014 keynote on the Smithsonian’s use of laser scanning and 3D to document their vast collections you can still come up to speed by reading the latest LiDAR News magazine. In addition there are two articles on wildlife habitat conservation and restoration, an article on 3D cities , a couple of articles on the importance of standards and much, much more.

If you would like stay up on all the latest trends in our fast moving industry you can subscribe to LiDAR News magazine here, and please tell a friend.

As always, thank you for your help as we build this 3D AEC and geospatial community.

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Using LiDAR to Measure Snow Pack

In this video the RIEGL LMS-Q1560 Dual Lidar Channel Airborne Mapping System is supporting NASA JPL on snowpack surveying mission in Colorado, USA.

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Riegl Announces Dual User Conferences for 2015

To my knowledge this is a first, at least in our industry. Riegl recently announced that their 2015 User Conference will actually be two conferences.

The international conference in Hong Kong, with English as the primary language, will be held from Tuesday 5 May 2015 to Thursday 7 May 2015. The conference in Guangzhou, with Mandarin and English as the main languages, will be held from Thursday 7 May and Friday 8 May 2015. For every visitor, there will be the option to either participate in the Hong Kong or the Guangzhou part of the conference (or of course in both!), depending on convenience and preference.

That is impressive and I am sure quite a challenge. It should be quite a learning experience on many levels.

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Key Takeaways from SPAR 2014 #spar2014

With 840 attendees from 20 countries SPAR attendance is flat over the past 5+ years. Most people I spoke to seem to be very busy. In yesterday’s SPAR enewsletter they noted the challenge of satisfying the industry veterans as well as those new to 3D laser scanning.

There wasn’t a standout new company or product on the show floor. New Spin invested heavily in marketing their 3D visualization product. There were a few UASs, but not as many as some would have expected. Mobile LiDAR is growing in use.

There was some talk about the idea of combining ILMF and SPAR, but for now SPAR will return to Houston next year.

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LiDAR News Magazine and SPAR 2014 Product Announcements

The latest edition of LiDAR News magazine is now available both online and in print.

Some of the key product announcements from the first day at SPAR 2014 included:

  • Trimble announced they were linking scanning data with SketchUp
  • Basis Software announced a lower cost version of their Surphaser scanner – $58,000.
  • Neptec announced they will be demonstrating the Opal – 120

Off to listen to the keynotes.

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SPAR 2014 Kicks Off

For the second year in a row the weather is not cooperating with travel into the Denver area, but I am sure the first day of SPAR 2014 will help everyone to get into the swing of things. There are a number of meetings planned including a USIBD Workshop, the bimSMART Summit and an IAFSM Workshop. There will also be 2 Esri workshops plus a pre-conference tutorial on getting the most out of the conference. Monday will culminate with a Welcome Happy Hour on the exhibit floor.

Tuesday morning’s keynotes will include lessons on leadership from retired U.S. Airforce Colonel Leon Ellis, a technical presentation from a Volvo executive on virtual manufacturing and an inside look at the Smithsonian in 3D.

There are a number of new product announcements that we are holding until the conference opens, so be sure to keep in touch with LiDAR News.


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