Category Archives: Government

Texas Plans Major Lidar Program

The Texas Natural Resources Information System – TNRIS –  has a long history of successfully managing Lidar data acquisition projects. They have also helped guide data specifications for many other regional and local Lidar projects. TNRIS is now coordinating the … Continue reading

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Mobile Mapping Guidelines

The Florida Department of Transportation has developed a document entitled “Terrestrial Mobile Lidar Surveying and Mapping Guidelines.” It was released in March of 2015. It was adapted from the CALTRANS Survey Manual 2011 and the NCHRP report #748 which has … Continue reading

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Lidar Finds Ancient Roads in UK

Airborne lidar was used to create flood maps of Britain, but they are revealing more than just at-risk regions – they have also led to the discovery of several ancient Roman roads. Amateur archaeologists have been able to use the … Continue reading

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FAA UAV Registration Starts Today

The FAA will open its mandatory UAS registration program today in a move that could likely transition a growing hobbyist community to mass-market commercial industry. Owners will be required to submit their names, home and email addresses to a national … Continue reading

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Multi-scale Lidar Design Strategy

This white paper brings up the issue of how to manage lidar data obtained at different scales and from different platforms including ground, airborne and satellite. It focuses on AmeriFlux sites which are environmental monitoring locations. Heterogeneity in vegetation and … Continue reading

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The Smithsonian is Creating 3D Apollo 11

The Smithsonian is developing a detailed 3D model of NASA’s Apollo 11 command module and they are doing it with great care for the detail. I found this info interesting, “The Smithsonian’s digitization team is working with the 3-D design … Continue reading

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DARPA’s MOABB Could Be Game Changer

DARPA has announced the Modular Optical Aperture Building Blocks, or MOABB project which seeks to create ultra-compact light detection and ranging (LIDAR) systems. The agency has set a Proposer’s Day for Dec. 17 for potential participants in the program, which DARPA … Continue reading

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A 3D Lidar River History

Daniel Coe at DOGAMI (Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries) has created a beautiful image of the Willamette River by using lidar to show the historical paths of the Willamette River in Oregon, spanning 15,000 years. The hand drawn … Continue reading

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Glacier and Yellowstone Mapped

The Sanborn Map Company, Inc. (Sanborn) has recently completed mobile LiDAR data collection for two corridors in Glacier National Park and one corridor in Yellowstone National Park totaling approximately 40 linear miles. Sanborn was selected for the project to provide … Continue reading

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NH Gets Lidar

Since New Hampshire has been my home for the past 40 years I had to take note of this article in a local paper explaining to the public how lidar is being used to 3D map 80% of the state. … Continue reading

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