Bentley’s Be Inspired Awards 2014

I will be heading to London over the weekend at the invitation of Bentley Systems to participate in their Be Inspired Awards program. For a lifelong civil engineer this is the top event of the year. I get to listen to presentations on the most interesting Built Environment projects in the world and then meet the key people behind them.

In addition we get to hear about the latest software innovations from one of the leaders in this business. It’s all presented in a very personal atmosphere and professional atmosphere. The black tie gala awards dinner on Wednesday night is a one -of – a – kind event.

You will be reading about some of these projects in future editions of LiDAR magazine.










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FARO Reports Strong 3rd Quarter

In a recent press release FARO announced strong earnings for the third quarter. Sales in the third quarter of 2014 increased 20.6% to $82.2 million from $68.2 million in the third quarter of 2013. Net income increased $6.2 million, or 122.6%, to $11.2 million, or $0.64 per share, in the third quarter of 2014 from $5.0 million, or $0.29 per share, in the third quarter of 2013.

In the three months ended September 27, 2014, the Company recorded a discrete tax benefit of $4.5 million due to the reversal of a valuation allowance originally established against certain net operating losses. Excluding the tax benefit, Q3 Net Income would have been $6.7 million or $0.38 per share, up 31.0% from the third quarter of 2013.

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Magic Leap

According to an article on CNN Tech the Magic Leap start-up may have more than a half-billion dollars in the bank and the backing of tech titans like Google, as well as the investors with some of Silicon Valley’s deepest pockets. Unlike most new companies they’re not even telling the public who is on their team. But they’re promising to change the world — or at least how we experience it.

What’s clear is that Magic Leap is working on augmented-reality technology. And they’re claiming that the product they’re keeping tightly under wraps will trump anything that’s been offered by existing companies like Oculus, the virtual-reality company Facebook bought this year for $2 billion.

Bill Gutelius from Active Imaging Systems reports that “judging from the list of specialties they are looking for in employee talent, I would definitely say they are doing some sort of laser scanning or LiDAR.”



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Robot X Competition

The RobotX Maritime Competition finals were today in Singapore.

Velodyne’s LiDAR was used on the winning MIT/OLIN boat and also by 4th place participant Embry Riddle Team Minon.

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Subsea Laser Scanning

metrology_sceneFugro is expanding their use of underwater laser scanning.  Fugro’s Marine Construction Survey group based in Houston, Texas recently used subsea laser scanning in a number of successful projects in the Gulf of Mexico, including metrology and asset mapping. According to Fugro these projects delivered datasets that are un-matched by existing subsea technology.

There is no reference to the sensors being used. Perhaps someone can provide this.

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Managing Lidar Data

Esri is hosting a live training seminar entitled Smart Strategies for Managing Lidar Data.
It will take place Thursday November 6, 2014 at 3 different times.

This seminar covers ArcGIS workflows that support initial data QC to generating and sharing a wide range of derived products. The presenter will discuss how to work with raster surfaces such as first-return digital surface models (DSM) and bare-earth digital terrain models (DTM). Attendees will learn how to implement a scalable solution to manage lidar and elevation data, from single projects to collections of multiple projects.

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Laser Beam Combiner

Researchers in Japan have developed a laser beam combiner no larger than a grain of rice can enable laser-scanning displays in wearable computer systems.

A team from the University of Fukui developed the new device. It could offer immediate, hands-free access to information via gadgets such as smart glasses, which overlay computer-generated visual data on the user’s field of vision.


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OSU Has Marine Geomatics Faculty Opening

The School of Civil and Construction Engineering (CCE) at Oregon State University has an opening for new faculty member in their rapidly growing program. It is a full time, tenure track position in the newly launched Marine Studies Initiative.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the abilities to teach and conduct research in the area of marine geomatics engineering. The candidate will have expertise in one or more of the following: real-time networks, precise point positioning, GNSS\GPS signal modeling, interferometric synthetic aperture radar, navigation, geoids and gravity fields, tidal measurements and datums, bathymetric mapping, hydrographic surveying, and/or geodetic reference frames.

They are building an impressive Geomatics program at OSU. Kudos to all involved.

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Close Enough Webinar is Today

In case you are not aware LiDAR News is hosting a webinar today (October 23, 2014) beginning at 1 PM EDT entitled, “Close Enough – Providing Clients with What They Want.” You can register here.

Industry guru Jonathon Coco will explain how he balances industry best practices with clients needs and tight project budgets on a number of very challenging 3D laser scanning projects. I am sure you will come away with insights that you can put to work on your next project.

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Solid, Photo-realistc Point Clouds

Euclideon claims their Solidscan software for interpreting and streaming laser point clouds does not natively ‘interpolate’ points – instead, it uses a 3D carving technique to produce solid photo-realistic point clouds with no holes.

“This is not ‘meshing’ or photogrammetry,” said Euclideon CEO, Bruce Dell. “Instead, we have invented a completely new method that uses 3D objects with volume called ‘Atoms.’

“There is no upper limit to the detail that can be reproduced using Solidscan. A 3 terabyte Solidscan file can open and stream at the same speed as a 3 megabyte one.”

Additionally, Solidscan removes moving objects and noise from laser scanned data – leaving only static objects. Reflective surfaces like whiteboards and mirrors can now be laser scanned with photo-realistic results.

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