Monthly Archives: June 2016

State Mandated Use of Lidar

There is nothing better than a mandate to get the funding flowing in a government setting. In 2015, the Washington State Legislature mandated that the Department of Natural Resources Division of Geology and Earth Resources collect, analyze, and publicly distribute … Continue reading

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Lidar News Today – June 28, 2016

This week’s Lidar News Today includes a number of thought provoking articles that can provide you with new insights, best practices and lessons learned. Topping that list is the article on 3D Competitive Advantage where Kapur and Associates explains how … Continue reading

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New Zealand Lidar Data is Free

It’s an advantage in some cases to have a small country. Projects which here in the U.S. can take decades can be accomplished in a few years. Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has completed a five year project to improve … Continue reading

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New Aerosol Lidar for Jurong Island

To extend the observation network of real-time weather monitoring systems, the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) has also installed an aerosol LIDAR on Jurong Island to measure the local distribution of particulate matter in the atmosphere, as well as a wind … Continue reading

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Free Building Documentation Workshop

FARO and the USIBD are teaming to present a series of free building documentation workshops around the U.S. They will take place in Seattle, Nashville, Dallas and Denver during July and August. The U.S. Institute of Building Documentation (USIBD) is … Continue reading

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2016 Esri Imaging and Mapping Forum

Esri opens the User Conference with the 2016 Imaging and Mapping Forum today in San Diego, CA. From the website – “Multidimensional GIS (that’s a new term) and mapping technology has a unique ability to communicate—in 3D and n-dimensional space—natural … Continue reading

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Fighting Wildfires with UAS

This excellent  article discusses the use of UAS, satellites and lidar to fight wildfires. The Fort McMurray wildfire in Canada, imaged above with the Japanese satellite Suomi NPP burned for more than six weeks and is now the largest on … Continue reading

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Calibration of a Lidar and Camera System

This paper presents a detailed methodology for calibration 0f a lidar sensor and camera system. These researchers from Korea propose a robust extrinsic calibration algorithm that can be implemented easily and has small calibration error. The extrinsic calibration parameters are … Continue reading

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FAA Announces UAS Regs

From the FAA press release, Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the … Continue reading

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Lidar Could Detect Clear – Air Turbulence

From this article in Popular Mechanics they explain, “These days, airlines and air traffic controllers are very, very good at routing planes around the clouds and thunderstorms that bring heavy turbulence, because these weather events show up in neon colors … Continue reading

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