Monthly Archives: September 2009

Still Another LiDAR Blog

I am not exactly sure what this means, but LiDAR blogs are getting hot. The latest to surface is called Geologic Frothings, and although not technically devoted just to LiDAR the current post makes a great case for still using … Continue reading

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Improved 3D Data Visualization

1. Topcon’s latest version of their Scanmaster software features frustum culling.
2. This is a common technique in 3D computer graphics.
3. Not sure if this is new to the point cloud data visualization game.
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New LiDAR Blog from Sanborn Mapping

There’s a new Lidar Blog in town.
The Lidar Group at Sanborn Mapping has launched a very interesting site – congratulations.
I think this can be a win-win for the company and the public. Continue reading

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MelaFind – Skin Cancer Breakthrough

Electro Optical Systems is using multispectral scanning and analysis to much more accurately identify melanoma.
The MelaFind system includes the ability to compare the problem area with a known database of 9,000 biopsied lesions.
This is an important example of the much larger potential application of scanning technology. Continue reading

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Definiens to Launch Online Community

Definiens announced the creation of an online community aimed at sharing third party technology.
Their website is being developed to support blogs, wikis, and other related networking tools.
I wonder if customers will be willing to share and use third party applications from this kind of community. Continue reading

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Cost Effective Topcon Scanner for Surveyors

Topcon just announced the GLS-1000 with a price starting at $75,000. It captures data at 3,000 pts./sec. with a 4mm accuracy at 150m. Will this be the catalyst for lower prices?

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Quality Control of Derived LiDAR Data

1. The September issue of PE & RS has an important paper on the work being done by Dr. Habib and others.
2. A mathematical methodology is being proposed to assess the quality of derived lidar data and the associated system parameters.
3. The goal of this important research is to produce a set of standards for judging the quality of the derived lidar data.
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The Shift from 2D to 3D

The Aero and Defense Test 2009 Show will be staged at the Baltimore Convention Center Sept. 29 and 30. I have been searching for the lowest common denominator theme for the technology era we are living in. My vote is … Continue reading

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National Institute of Building Sciences – NIBS

1. NIBS is a non-profit, non-governmental agency that is focused on promoting high performance buildings.
2. Their upcoming Annual Conference is in Washington, DC December 8 – 10 in conjunction with Ecobuild America.
3. There is no mention of laser scanning or 3D in the conference topics.
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Commodity Pricing

1. What will it take to drive the price of scanners down to the commodity level?
2. There is a predictable pattern of product competition.
3. I think we are still in the early stages of that process.

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