Category Archives: Software

Indoor Localization Competition

This report appeared in Robotics Tomorrow. The Microsoft Indoor Localization Competition is a well-known annual benchmark for assessing many approaches to indoor localization. The purpose of the competition was to bring together real-time indoor location technologies and compare their performance … Continue reading

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Workshops, Meetings, Demos and Product Previews

The focus is on Texas this week with the ASPRS IGTF annual conference opening in Ft. Worth and SPAR 3D in the Woodlands on Monday. It’s about a 3.5 hour drive if you are considering attending both events. IGTF will … 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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The Integrated 3D Site

Thanks to Terry Bennett at Autodesk for this impressive video of what appears to be a very powerful, yet easy to use UAS that has been tightly integrated with Civil 3D and more. The UAS is the 3DR Solo with … Continue reading

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Solving the Inclement Weather Issue

One of the supposed serious problems with the use of lidar on autonomous vehicles is navigating in rain and snow. In fact, I remember one article recently that claimed this will significantly delay the widespread use of driverless vehicles. I … Continue reading

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Webshare Cloud Services

I think this is the direction that most software is headed. FARO announced the achievement of another milestone in cloud-based as-built data management with the release of version 2.0 of its well-known web hosting service, SCENE WebShare Cloud. SCENE WebShare … 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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Lidar News Today – February 9, 2016

This week’s Lidar News Today includes a position statement from the TRB AFB80 committee asking the FAA to recognize that the surveying and mapping community has been safely operating in National Air Space for decades. Hence, as experienced professionals we should … Continue reading

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OGC Point Cloud Working Group Survey

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)  Point Cloud Domain Working Group (Point Cloud DWG) formed late last year to assess the current state of standards and best practices in the management of point cloud data and to guide OGC activities in … Continue reading

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Lidar News Today – February 2, 2016

Lidar News Today has hit the street with a summary of the important news items of the past week in one location. Learn how Lanmar CTO and Lead Modeler Larry Kleinkemper has found a powerful new software that can handle … Continue reading

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