Category Archives: Data

Finding Lidar Data

The USGS hosts what it calls the National Map Download Client which is a searchable database of lidar data collections for the U.S. The site features a number of advanced search options that can be used to more quickly locate … Continue reading

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Creating 3D CAD Models From Point Clouds

In this article from Intertek they explain in detail how to create 3D CAD models from laser scan point cloud data in a complex plant environment. As they explain: “There are two types of CAD models produced from laser scan … Continue reading

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The Consumers of Geospatial Information

Yesterday’s Frontier Day outreach program marked an important turning point for the ASPRS. By reaching out to the consumers of the geospatial technology and information that the members of ASPRS develop and produce a much broader audience is now being … Continue reading

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The Value of Lidar Data

This article in Government Technology presents a compelling case for the value that lidar data is creating for Washington, D.C.’s Urban Forestry Administration (UFA). UFA was looking to expand its management reach from its portfolio of street tree maintenance and … Continue reading

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Philippines’ Lidar Data Portal

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the Philippines recently launched a web portal dedicated to accessing flood hazard maps. The United Nations said the Philippines is one of the countries with the most number of disasters over the … Continue reading

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Improved Registration of Long Strip Point Clouds

This group of Chinese, U.S. and Canadian researchers are proposing an innovative mathematical method to improve the registration accuracy of long strip point clouds such as would be found in a tunnel or rail survey. From the paper: When applied … Continue reading

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Caltrans Goes Mobile

Caltrans and many other transportation agencies for that matter are investing in mobile lidar data collection. The challenge is not the collecting, its the data management and integration into the daily workflows of these organizations, but we have to start … Continue reading

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The Right Amount of Data

I wanted to call your attention to a recent Lidar News Showcase article by Stephen Epstein, the Marketing Manager for Phase One Industrial. He provides insight on best practices and lesson learned in the use of airborne lidar and still … Continue reading

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High Powered 3D Data Processing

I had a chance to speak with Mark Wiebe at Thinkbox Software last week. You may have seen this article on the Lidar News site about how their Sequoia software saved Lanmar Services considerable time creating 3D models of a … Continue reading

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Data vs. Information

Often we tend to be focused on the data, in fact the data collection, but the real value and return on investment comes when that data is turned into actionable information that can be easily used to support better decision … Continue reading

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