Category Archives: Data

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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Lidar and sUAS

If you are interested in the use of lidar with a sUAS Matt Coleman from PrecisionHawk has written an informative article on the topic. As he notes, “The fact that LiDAR is still a relatively heavy sensor with high power … Continue reading

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Smart Maps for Autonomous Vehicles

A silicon valley start-up Civil Maps has recently received $6 million in funding from a group that includes Ford Motors for their ability to produce 3D base maps that are much smaller in size as they only contain the critical … Continue reading

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Transportation Asset Management Conference

I will be attending the 11th annual Transportation Asset Management conference next week in Minneapolis, MN, July 10 -12. The conference is organized by the Transportation Research Board and hosted by the Minnesota DOT. It also is supported by the … Continue reading

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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 – 6/16/16

This week’s Lidar News Today is highlighting a number of interesting topics including an inside look at a firm based in Florida that has built a reputation for being experts in merging hydrographic and 3D laser scan data. The FHWA … Continue reading

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OGC Point Cloud DWG Meeting

There is a meeting of the OGC Point Cloud DWG scheduled for the upcoming TC meetings in Dublin Ireland for Tuesday, June 21st @ 8:00 – 9:45. The following is the final agenda: Final Agenda: • Update on the Point … Continue reading

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3D Printed Map of London

San Francisco-based programmer Andrew Godwin has found a way to use the British government’s LIDAR data to create a scale model of a small slice of Central London, the city where he grew up. Godwin got the idea for his … Continue reading

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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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