Monthly Archives: November 2009

Laser Scanning, Crime Scenes and Video Gaming

1. The NSF recently awarded $1.4 million for the development of a crime scene reconstruction platform.
2. This platform will support the use of laser scanned data using a popular video gaming engine to create compelling animations of the actual crime timeline.
3. The company – 3rdTech is an incubator for commercializing technology from the Univ. of North Carolina.
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OPALS – Orientation and Processing of Airborne Laser Scanning Data

1. OPALS has the ability to process full-waveform aerial LiDAR data.
2. This is going to become more important as we automate the process of extracting features.
3. Thanks to all for your support and especially to Michael Raphael from Direct Dimensions for his kind words.

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USGS-NGP Base LiDAR Specification

1. The USGS NGP has just released an updated version of their Base LiDAR Specification.
2. The intent is to insure that the data being collected is suitable for inclusion in the National Elevation Dataset and CLICK.
3. This document is an important reference for all aerial LiDAR projects.
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Mapping the Green Infrastructure at UVM with LiDAR

I want to highlight a presentation that Jarlath O’Neil Dunne at UVM SAL has posted on his blog. This was from the 2009 eCognition User Summit where he demonstrated the power of  the Definiens software. The enterprise scale and object-based … Continue reading

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3D Laser Scanner Mapping System Breaks Price Barrier

1. A group at the Stevens Institute of Technology have developed a 3D mobile mapping system for less than $20k.
2. ROAMS uses a 2D scanner on a rotating and pivoting platform to obtain 3D coverage.
3. This kind of innovation is going to rapidly expand the laser scanning market.

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ESRI LiDAR Training Course

1. ESRI is offering a free introductory seminar on Lidar and ArcGIS.
2. The course is for beginners, providing an intro to the technology and its use within ArcGIS.
3. Two follow on courses are being developed.
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Leica UC 2009 Media Portal

1. As promised the Leica UC sessions are now available on line.
2. Most of the event was filmed and recorded.
3. The content is intended for existing and prospective customers. The latter will need to be pre-approved.

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SPAR 2010 – Success is Measured

Spar 2010 is going to be held in the The Woodlands (Houston), TX February 8 – 10, 2010.
Last year’s highly successful “bootcamps” will be expanded this year.
With the early signs of recovery starting to appear, the timing of this event could not be better for kicking off a successful 2010. Continue reading

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Laser Scanning and BIM

Laura Handler and Tocci Construction are leaders in VDC and IPD.
They offer a glimpse into the future of the integrated 3D AEC space.
The BIMForum recognizes the value of laser scanning in the move to 3D project delivery. Continue reading

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Laser Scanning – It’s All About the Details

here is quite a discussion of a project involving scanning a wooden car frame like the one pictured above on the Laser Scanning Forum. What I find interesting is that when you start to really appreciate the detail that is required to digitally reproduce one of these frames that the process is by no means standardized. Modeling each component and each connection is in fact a really challenging problem. Continue reading

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