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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Ike is Taking Orders for Spike

Looks like Ike is starting to take orders for Spike. I  blogged about this smart phone add on that allows you to make measurements with laser accuracy and create 3D models. Looks like the introductory price is $600. Delivery is in June 2014. Thanks to Bill Gutelius at Active Imaging for the heads up.

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New Indoor Mapping System

In the first of what is likely to be a number of important announcements Sanborn Mapping will be demonstrating a new indoor mapping system at  next week’s SPAR conference. To my knowledge this will be the first time Sanborn has offered a sensor.

Designed exclusively for indoor mapping applications, the robotic Sanborn Platform for Indoor Mapping (SPIN) is a compact, easy-to-use, self-navigating system that generates preregistered spatial data in near real time.

SPIN delivers better than 3cm accuracy with a resolution as fine as 1cm as it records more than 200,000 measurements per second. With a 270-degree field of view, the LiDAR-based system generates unprecedented 3-D detail while maintaining a Class 1 Eye Safety Rating.

Got to see this.

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SPAR Previews Exhibitor Activities

SPAR announced a preview of activities that the exhibitors have planned for next week’s trade show in Colorado Springs, CO. It looks like there will be a number of exciting product announcements. Stay tuned – we will have our entire team there to bring you all of the breaking news.

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NASA Develops First Double-Pulsed LiDAR

Precise measurements of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are key to figuring out how to counter the planet-warming greenhouse gas.

The Daily Press reports that engineers at NASA Langley Research Center say they have cracked the world’s first double-pulsed laser system that takes measurements of CO2 to a new level — a system that can extract data day or night, rain or shine, all over the planet from an airborne platform with the highest degree of accuracy.

By measuring the infinitesimal difference in return between the two pulses, called the differential absorption LIDAR technique, the engineers can determine the amount of carbon dioxide in the air column. Carbon dioxide absorbs laser light, so the higher the CO2 concentration, the smaller the return.

“We have achieved all the things which we ever even dreamed about, so we are giddy,” said Upendra Singh, associate director of the center’s engineering directorate. “And we have so much quality data that I’ve never seen this kind of data, and I’ve been in LIDAR for 30 years.”


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USIBD Requests Input on Standards

Owners, Architects, Engineers and General Contractors: Are you having difficulties receiving building documentation information that meets your project’s needs?  USIBD is here to help.

From their press release, “We are proud to announce the public review of our draft Request For Qualifications (RFQ), 3D Imaging Specification, Level Of Accuracy (LOA) Specification, Request For Proposal (RFP), and their associated user guides for public review.  During the next 4 weeks we are looking for feedback from all industries and professions that have an interest in the building documentation industry.”

Please take the time to review and comment on these important documents. A tremendous amount of work has gone into this project – now it’s our turn to contribute.

Kudos to Carlos G. Velazquez, USIBD Standards Committee Chair and many others for all their hard work on this.

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