Monthly Archives: August 2009

Medical Application

1. Michael Raphael and his talented team at Direct Dimensions are in the national news again.
2. The Direct Dimensions e-newsletter is a must read.
3. The Direct Dimensions team helped surgeons to rebuild an Iraq war vets nose.

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Caltrans’ Mobile Data Collection Test Strip

The California Department of Transportation has designated a stretch of freeway in San Diego as a test bed for anyone that wants to demonstrate the capability of their mobile mapping system. One company that recently completed a very successful trip … Continue reading

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2009 Digital Mapping Conference

1. MAPPS and ASPRS are teaming up to present a Digital Mapping conference.
2. One of the main themes will be the use of LiDAR.
3. This is certain to be one of the most important events of the year given the lineup of presenters.

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Open Source Software Licensing

1. ASTM E57.04 is debating the type of open source license that we should adopt.
2. One will require that all work be shared, the other will not.
3. One concern is that by not sharing there will be a number of versions of the format.

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Towards a Common Architecture

1. The number one complaint that I hear is that you need a separate software package for every scanner.
2. Is the OGC a possible model for making this happen?
3. Will the scanner manufacturers support this?

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GSA Awards Laser Scanning Contracts

1. The high profile IDIQ laser scanning contracts have been awarded.
2. It will be interesting to try to track the amount of work that is actually generated.
3. There are some valuable LAS utilities that have been noted in the comments recently.

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The Free Business Model

1. In his new book, Chris Anderson, Editor of Wired Magazine predicts that anything in a digital format will become free.
2. This reminds me of the “dot-com” bubble voodoo economics.
3. I just don’t believe this will happen any time soon in the professional markets.

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3D Laser Scanning Innovation

1. Comments on yesterday’s post show that people are thinking about a much larger market for 3D LS.
2. Two that stood out were 3D sports coverage and as an aid to the visually impaired.
3. The GSA – Geological Society of America is sponsoring a short course on LiDAR in October.
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Where Will 3D LS Rank?

1. We were trying to come up with the top 5 high tech developments since 1980 on the ride home.
2. The PC, Internet, cell phone and GPS were 1 – 4. We could not agree on 5.
3. Some say laser scanning will be bigger than GPS, but can it make it into the consumer world?
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The Power of Visualization

I found the embedded video of a canal bridge to be an excellent example of the power of visualization. The video was created using just Pointools. No CAD modeling was done. The credit goes to Robert Pettener at Survey Operations … Continue reading

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