Monthly Archives: June 2009

Pattern Recognition

1. Pattern recognition is one of the session topics at Laser Scanning ’09.
2. There is not a lot of published info on the use of pattern recognition techniques in remote sensing.
3. With point cloud densities increasing it would seem that pattern recognition is an important technique for automating the feature extraction process.
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ISPRS Laser Scanning ’09

1. The preliminary program for the Sept. 1 and 2 workshop in Paris, France has been released.
2. On the 3rd and 4th there will be a follow on workshop on automating object extraction – CMRT09.
3. It is important to invest in tracking the research as this can lead to competitive advantage.
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Recovery Update – Unbelievable

1. Less than 10% of the available recovery funding has been paid out.
2. I guess in a way it is good news since the economy has not felt the benefit of this stimulus.
3. The DOI has spent less than 3% of their stimulus funding.
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Land Surveyors, GIS and Laser Scanning

1. The local land surveyor has not seen this kind of downturn since the late 1980’s.
2. Local surveyors have to become land information experts, not just boundary surveyors.
3. The upcoming ESRI Survey and Engineering Summit July 11- 14 in San Diego is an important education opportunity.

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3D Fusion Summit Report

1. Between 70 and 80 paid to attend yesterday’s Summit at MIT.
2. The major software vendors demonstrated that they can support CityGML today.
3. Google and Factory Mutual were among the participants.

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CityGML

1. The CityGML encoding standard is a rich and valuable road map for building 3D urban geo-databases – kudos to all involved.
2. LiDAR and laser scanning are the most appropriate technology for building out these databases.
3. We can choose to take advantage of this or re-invent the wheel.
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Optech Innovates & OGC Fuses

1. Optech will be hosting their first Innovative LiDAR Solutions Conference June 24 – 26.
2. Optech is well positioned to be a key player in the rapidly developing mobile market.
3. The OGC’s 3D Fusion Summit and CityGML standard are building an important foundation.
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Data Interoperability Coming Soon

1. I have just returned from the ASTM E 57 semiannual meeting in Vancouver, BC – spectacular place.
2. E57.04, the data interoperability subcommittee is ready to finalize the design document.
3. By the end of the year the plan is to deliver a draft of the ASTM standard and beta versions of the reference reader/writer software.
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OGC 3D Fusion Summit

1. The OGC is sponsoring a one day summit on 3D at MIT on June 23, 2009.
2. A number of the major software players are on the agenda, as well as practicing professionals.
3. Yours truly will present the case for including laser scanning in the planning.
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Hyperspectral Follow Up

1. Yesterday was one of the highest traffic days for In the Scan. Thanks.
2. It appears that combining hyperspectral and LiDAR has a bright future.
3. One example cited was to use the LiDAR data to remove all objects less than 7 feet in height, which simplified the HSI classification process.

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