Category Archives: Research

Mapping Landslides with Lidar

A recently released USGS report finds a number of landslides that were not previously recognized due in large part to the dense forest cover. They note that, “Newly acquired lidar imagery has allowed researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey to … Continue reading

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Bio-indicator Lidar

A research scientist at NASA Goddard has developed a lidar-based sensor technology that can detect organic compounds which would be an indicator of life as we know it, now or in the past. Once on another planet, the device, which … Continue reading

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Computer Applications in Archaeology

If you are interested in applying 3D technology to the field of archaeology then you might want to attend the Computers in Archaeology conference being held in Atlanta, GA March 14 – 16, 2017. The host is Georgia State University. This … Continue reading

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Full Waveform Research

It seems that the promise of full waveform technology has not yet been realized. This team of researchers at the University of Heidelberg in Germany note that for the forestry application at least “an extensive overview, categorization and comparison of … Continue reading

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Autonomous Vehicles – Not Even Close

This is an excellent article on the background of the relationship between Uber and Carnegie Mellon University’s robotics lab, NREC. The original plan was for Uber and CMU to form a partnership to work on autonomous vehicles. Instead Uber hired … Continue reading

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Multisensor and Multispectral Lidar

The potential of multispectral imaging has held great promise for many years. Chris Hopkinson provided a link to a recent research project where his team looked at the use of multisensor and multispectral lidar to see if this might improve … Continue reading

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Ford’s Strategic Investments

Ford has announced its intention to produce a fully autonomous, or “SAE level 4-capable” (operable without a wheel of pedals), vehicle for commercial operations by 2021 as part of a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service. “The next decade will be defined … Continue reading

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Velodyne Investment Update

WOW – this is much bigger news than I reported on yesterday. The complete story is that Ford and Baidu are joining forces with Velodyne by investing $150 million to further autonomous vehicle research and development. Velodyne has certainly come … Continue reading

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New International Committee on BIM

Commission 4 of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) has recently established a working group (WG) on Building Information Modeling. Terms of reference for the working group can be found at https://blogs.unimelb.edu.au/bim-iag/about-us/. The WG is calling for interested researchers to … Continue reading

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Estimating Forest Biomass with Lidar

The scientific community involved in the UN-REDD program is still reporting large uncertainties about the amount and spatial variability of CO2 stored in forests. The main limitation has been the lack of field samplings over space and time needed to … Continue reading

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