Monthly Archives: December 2009

LiDAR Applications Workshop

1. The International Water Institute is offering a free one day LiDAR Applications Workshop.
2. The event will take place in Grand Forks, North Dakota on January 26, 2010.
3. This should be an excellent opportunity to learn first hand about the benefits of LiDAR in the management of a large watershed.

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Estimating LiDAR Point Position Errors in Advance

The current ASPRS PE & RS has an important article on estimating LiDAR point position errors using a simplified analytical model. (You must be an ASPRS member to download the full article from the site.) The authors – Triglav-Cekada, Crosilla … Continue reading

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Guidelines for Procurement of Aerial LiDAR Mapping Services

1. The current issue of the ASPRS Journal includes the recently approved ASPRS Professional Services Guidelines.
2. ACSM and MAPPS contributed to the development and review.
3. The Guidelines are based in part on Qualifications-based Selection – QBS.

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LiDAR To Improve Wind Turbine Efficiency

LM Glasfiber has a research project funded to use LiDAR to develop more intelligent wind turbine blades. The actual wind speed and direction is not currently used in real time by wind turbines. It would seem that there are other … Continue reading

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Direct Georeferencing

Just a quick mention of a potentially important article by Ahmed Mohamed and Benjamin Wilkinson, entitled Direct Georeferencing where they argue for the use of a dual GPS antenna apparatus to more efficiently geo-locate a tripod-mounted scanner. This they claim … Continue reading

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The Intersection of Laser Scanning and BIM

1. Beck Technology is a double GSA IDIQ award winner landing $60 million for BIM and laser scanning.
2. Their mission is to revolutionize the AEC industry.
3. They have a software product that enables integrated project delivery – IPD.

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All I Want for Christmas is a Laser Scanner

The DAVID 3D Laserscanner is a low cost, build it yourself option.
For approximately $500 (USD) you can purchase the starter kit.
DAVID Vision Systems is making their presence known – worldwide. Continue reading

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Laser Scanning Research Funded in Defense Spending Bill

The U.S. Senate passed a $636 billion appropriations bill Saturday which included an earmark to fund a laser scanning research project. This is good news for NVision, the State of Michigan and the industry. It appears that NVision, a company focused on the short range reverse engineering market will recieve $2 million. Continue reading

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SPAR 2010 Early Bird Discount Ending Today

Today is the last day to register for SPAR 2010 at the current price. After today there will be a $100 increase. Also worth noting is the fact that the third person attending from the same company gets a 50% … Continue reading

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Sanborn Selects Optech’s Lynx Mobile Mapper

Chalk up another major company selecting the Optech system. I think that this has a lot to do with Optech’s presence in the aerial LiDAR market where they have been managing a dynamic platform for many years. Sanborn is a … Continue reading

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