Category Archives: Data

OGC Point Cloud Working Group Meeting

The first meeting of the previously announced OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) Point Cloud domain working group (DWG) will be held during the Fall OGC technical meeting in Nottingham, UK September 14 -18. The newly formed Point Cloud DWG will have … Continue reading

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ASTM E57 and OGC

The OGC and ASTM are discussing the possible synergy of working together on the following announcement: The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has established a Point Cloud Domain Working Group to assess the current state of standards and best practices in … Continue reading

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USGS Evaluating New Lidar Systems

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has contracted with Woolpert to evaluate new lidar (light detection and ranging) technologies to assess the suitability to support the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). This use of the single photon and Geiger mode lidar for … Continue reading

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Improved Data Integration for 3D City Models

Building more accurate 3D city models is a challenge since no one remote sensing platform is capable of supplying all of the data. This paper presents various aspects of integrating data from different laser scanning technologies (terrestrial and airborne), which … Continue reading

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3DEP BAA

The USGS just announced the 3DEP program via a Broad Agency Announcement for FY 2015/16. The BAA provides detailed information on how to partner with the USGS and other Federal agencies to acquire high-quality 3D Elevation data. Information and contacts … Continue reading

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USGS 3DEP RFI

The primary purpose of this RFI is to identify potential options for providing robust management, file access and exploitation of numerous, large-volume lidar datasets acquired by the USGS through the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) http://nationalmap.gov/3DEP/.  Options may be in the … Continue reading

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OGC Forms Point Cloud Group

The Point Cloud DWG is being established to address the gap in the OGC standards baseline with regard to interoperability issues related to sharing and processing point cloud data. Continue reading

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Open Lidar Data

From September 2015 on all our LIDAR data will become Open Data and everyone will be able to use it for free. Continue reading

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Esri’s zLAS I/O Library Now Available

Third party developers can use this to add support for zLAS to their applications. Continue reading

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Friendly Point Clouds

One of their claims to fame is their ability to draw the data in an adaptive point size, which helps in visually distinguishing the surfaces. Continue reading

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