Load Volume Scanning

New Zealand – based Loadscan Ltd. has been automating the volume measurement business for the past 20 years. The latest device uses laser scanners to accurately measure the volume of materials being moved on construction sites or mines.

The Loadscan Load Volume Scanner (LVS) system is based on laser scanning technology combined with software that creates 3D model images of trucks to measure the exact volume of the material loaded in a truck or trailer bin.

The LVS-3TMM is a fully self-contained mobile truck measurement unit that can be driven to a site and be fully setup and operational in as little as 45 minutes. There are a range of power options, plus the ability to transmit truck measurement load reports via Wi-Fi, Cellular Modem or Network cable. Loadscan is the inventor and first to launch the mobile truck measurement unit into the global market place which has made it possible to measure and monitor loads in temporary locations that were previously going unmeasured. The vehicles are not required to stop in order to obtain the measurements.

Check out Loadscan’s website for additional information.

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Israeli Firm Lands $50 million for Flash Lidar

Israeli-based Oryx Vision has landed a second round of financing of $50 million for its solid state flash lidar technology targeting the autonomous vehicle market.

The sensor technology claims to have a 1 million times better signal to noise ratio when compared to mechanical scanning systems. The technology is not blinded by the sun and produces range and velocity data for each point in its field of view.

The key element of the design is a microscopic antenna  that can receive the ultra fast light waves. Tens of thousands of these can be assembled into a single sensor using silicon allowing them to be mass produced.

Keep an eye on this company.

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Free Lidar Video Series

Blue Marble Geographics recently recorded an eight-part video series that explores the extensive LiDAR processing functionality of Global Mapper and the accompanying LiDAR Module.

Beginning with an introduction to the structure and characteristics of LiDAR data, each 30-40 minute video covers a specific aspect of the software’s functionality from LiDAR editing and filtering to feature extraction and terrain creation.

The videos are available on Blue Marble’s YouTube channel or the individual video files can be downloaded for offline viewing. Blue Marble also provides a free two-week trial of Global Mapper and the LiDAR Module, allowing viewers to evaluate the software’s capabilities using their data.

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Ring Fortress Identified with Lidar

Archaeologists have discovered a perfectly circular Danish ring fortress in Borgring, Denmark, that dates back to AD 975-980.

The fortress is believed to have been built during the reign of Harald Bluetooth – the King of Denmark who is often credited with the first unification of the country.

The Borgring fortress is the first to be discovered in Denmark since 1953, and experts believe that there are many more to be identified around the country.

Researchers from Aarhus University discovered the fort using LiDAR technology, which revealed the tell-tale geometric outline of a ring fortress.

They then worked with experts from the University of York to use geophysics and radiocarbon dating of excavated timbers from a gateway to confirm the remarkable early medieval find.

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Is Your Drone Near-sighted?

Mike Tully, CEO of ASI provides an interesting look at a number of technical issues concerning the use of what he terms a “flying camera” in this article from a recent newsletter. Here’s an excerpt:

“Drones operate in an inherently unstable atmosphere under constant, random motion where lighting conditions can vary continuously and dramatically. Resolving power is a measure of how much detail is discernable in photography (Figure 1). The ultimate resolving power is a product of not only the quality of the camera and lens but also the performance of the entire “camera system”. These and other factors affect the ultimate detail visible in drone photography.

Clarity of detail is often needed to accurately measure or map visible features. Clarity (high resolving power) also has a direct impact on the ultimate positional accuracy of the orthophotography generated from the aerial photography. As budding new drone operators or consumers of these professional services we need to understand these fundamentals of remote sensing and mapping.”

Mike explains that resolving power and resolution are not the same thing and that there is no direct relationship between the two.

Definitely worth the time to read.


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Lidar Not Ready for Mass Market

What is required of a lidar sensor to safely support autonomous vehicle operation at highway speed? At 70 miles per hour, spotting an object at, say, 60 meters out provides two seconds to react. But when traveling at that speed, it can take 100 meters to slow to a stop. A useful range of somewhere closer to 200 meters is a better target to shoot for to make autonomous cars truly safe.

There is no shortage of companies that are developing both mechanical and solid state sensors to support the needs of the rapidly approaching autonomous vehicle market. This article provides an excellent summary of the current state of the automotive lidar sensor ecosystem.

There is still a lot of R & D needed to develop lidar sensors that can be mass produced in order to  support the autonomous vehicle market.

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SPAR 3D 2018 Call for Speakers

SPAR 3D 2018 is looking for 3D technology innovators eager to share their expertise with an audience hungry for the latest information, applications and future possibilities related to 3D technologies.

Recent 3D product innovations and industry growth are changing the way people work across multiple industries. From sensing with drones, mobile rigs or hand-held devices to data processing, to AR/VR and 3D printed deliverables, everything 3D is here at the only industry-agnostic, platform-neutral 3D event in the market.

SPAR 3D will be co-locating with AEC Next Technology Expo & Conference in 2018. The SPAR 3D team will automatically consider your SPAR 3D presentation submission for the AEC Next Conference Program as well. However, should you wish to submit a separate presentation for AEC Next, please click here.

Don’t miss your opportunity to present at the leading global event for 3D technology. Submit your abstract by Friday, September 8th.

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ILMF 2018 Call for Papers

The 18th Annual International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF), taking place in Denver, Colorado, USA, February 5-7, 2018, has announced a Call for Papers and invites interested parties to submit their abstracts by August 14, 2017. ILMF is a technical conference and exhibition focused on surveying and mapping technologies including aerial, mobile and bathymetric lidar as well as other emerging remote sensing technologies.

Aerial, mobile and underwater measurement and monitoring are being aided by new tools and technologies, all of which are addressed ILMF. Technologies include aerial and mobile lidar systems as well as emerging technology platforms including UAV/UAS. Other technologies include topo/bathymetric solutions, Geiger-mode and single photon lidar, multi and hyperspectral imaging. Data processing content addresses latest innovations to solve data fusion, data integrity, post-processing, analytics as well as updates on data interoperability.

Submit your abstract here.

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UAS Mapping Certification

The organizers of Commercial UAV Expo announced today they will host the launch of the first and only UAS Mapping Certification in the industry presented by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).

ASPRS will be hosting a pre-conference UAS Technical Symposium  at the Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas on Tuesday October 24th. Participants in the UAS Technical Symposium will have the opportunity to sit for the UAS Mapping Certification exam on Wednesday October 25th; however, a full application with references must be submitted to ASPRS by August 31, 2017. Those who are deemed eligible to take the exam will be notified by September 30, 2017. Those who then pass the exam on October 25 will receive their certificates on-site.

Commercial UAV Expo, the definitive conference and trade show for integration and operation of UAS for large enterprise industrial assets, will take place October 24-26, 2017 at the Westgate in Las Vegas.

“ASPRS is widely known as the society that develops and disseminates mapping standards for photogrammetry and LiDAR and provides nationally accredited certifications for those in the mapping profession.  We are honored they chose Commercial UAV Expo as the exclusive event to launch their new certification program which is an important distinguishing credential for surveying and mapping professionals using UAS” said Lisa Murray, Commercial UAV Expo Event Director.

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Velodyne Partners with Autoliv

Velodyne and Autoliv will partner to develop lidar technology for the automotive industry. Autoliv is a global leader in the field of automotive safety systems and Velodyne pioneered the use of lidar for autonomous vehicles.

Now that the partnership has been finalized, Autoliv will develop and market a scalable auto-grade LiDAR sensor that is underpinned by Velodyne’s core 3D software technology and proprietary LiDAR ASIC engine. The LiDAR will also integrate Autoliv’s component development and verification capability.

Plans are for the technology to be first used in the RoboTaxi segment.

Autoliv will also take on the role of the primary commercial and technical interface to customers for awarded business.


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