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Lidar Whiz Kid

Solid state lidar is the direction all of the companies jockeying for position in the driverless car market are headed with the exception of Luminar Technologies. Led by a 22 – year old lidar whiz kid this start-up’s technology includes … Continue reading

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Basics of Lidar

The Wisconsin State Cartographers Office will be hosting a second offering of their “Basics of LiDAR” workshop. The workshop will extend over two full days, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, on June 12-13, 2017, at UW-Madison. In this workshop, … Continue reading

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Fast Ground Filtering

A research team at Oregon State has developed a very fast ground filtering algorithm. From the Abstract: Ground filtering is a common procedure in lidar data processing, which separates the point cloud data into ground points and non-ground points. Effective … Continue reading

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Waymo vs. Uber Update

A quick update on the Waymo vs. Uber court case. Last week Uber suffered a setback in their court case when the judge referred the case to the U.S. attorney for an investigation into the possible theft of trade secrets … Continue reading

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Riegl Automatic Registration 2.0

I had the opportunity today to receive a briefing on Riegl’s impressive Automatic Registration 2.0 software capability. First of all the software now comes loaded on the VZ400i. By making use of the on board digital compass, IMU and GNSS … Continue reading

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OpenLSEF

The purpose of the OpenLSEF initiative is to create a common language describing how features in 3D point clouds should be defined. By establishing definitions and terminology, products from providers can be standardized, designers can expect consistency, self-driving cars can … Continue reading

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USIBD Cornerstone Report No. 9

This issue of the Cornerstone Report is the USIBD’s second report on Standards in the Building Documentation industry. In particular, this issue looks at the adoption of standards. It has been a couple of years since the USIBD last looked … Continue reading

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National Biomass Map

The Democratic Republic of Congo has become the first African country to build a national biomass map using LiDAR, furthering the scientific underpinning of their REDD+ processes. WWF-DRC launched the Carbon Map and Model project in 2012, in partnership with … Continue reading

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Multispectral Lidar

The use of multispectral cameras to remotely sense land cover over wide areas has been used for a number of years. More recently the use of multiple wavelength lidar sensors are being studied with the hope of more accurately classifying … Continue reading

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Update on Waymo vs. Uber

As background Waymo, the self-driving car company owned by Google parent company Alphabet, sued Uber in February for patent infringement and theft of trade secrets. Waymo claims that its former employee Levandowski downloaded 14,000 confidential files before leaving to launch … Continue reading

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