Monthly Archives: April 2009

SWOT Analysis

1. SWOT analysis is a strategic planning method for evaluating a new business opportunity.
2. The software is not keeping pace with hardware advances, particularly in the terrestrial scanning market.
3. A SWOT analysis of the vendors provides insight into the problem.

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Mission Planning

1. I found one of the most valuable ASPRS 2009 presentations to be on mission planning.
2. QA is done before the project starts, QC during each phase.
3. The use of an independent 3rd party is often the best approach to managing the QA/QC program .

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Stimulus Funding Update

1. Both the GSA and USGS have laser scanning and LiDAR projects in the que.
2. The GSA will issue 5 Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contracts and the USGS will focus on elevation data collects.
3. Unfortunately the go-ahead for these projects continues to get delayed.
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Disaster Recovery

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Structural Deformation Measurements

1. The use of laser scanning in support of the investigation of structural behavior is another important use case.
2. Berenyl and Lovas found that laser scanning produced very similar results to the established high-precision techniques.
3. They were reluctant to recommend its use as a primary method, due in part to the lack of industry standards.
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Certification

1. I think the laser scanning industry could benefit from an independent certification program for individuals.
2. The GIS industry could provide us with a model program – the GISP.
3. The Geographic Information System Certification Institute was 25+ years in the making.
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Difficult Subject – Offshoring

1. Some of the data processing for a state funded LiDAR mapping project in Minnesota was reportedly done in India.
2. The firm had recently laid off 10 employees who were reportedly capable of doing the work.
3. Senior management needs to way the short term profits against the possible long term damage to the brand.

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LiDAR Stimulus for the Northeast US

1. Although the New England region is conservative by nature, the State of Maine Office of GIS is innovating.
2. Their LiDAR for the Northeast proposal would provide data for the coastal counties of New England.
3. The $6.2 million investment would produce many times that in derivative planning and coastal zone management projects and benefits.

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Laser Trackers

1. Thanks to all the readers of In the Scan for helping us to achieve a Google PageRank of 4.
2. Laser trackers are capable of accuracies which are an order of magnitude better than scanners.
3. This allows them to be used to establish the accurate location of targets for laser scanner calibration.

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Innovation

1. You had to search a bit to uncover the innovation at Spar this year, but it was there.
2. earthmine and INOVx were offering new strategic partner programs.
3. ClearEdge3D and Pinpoint 3D were both building 3D CAD models from point clouds – automatically.
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