Category Archives: Software

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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Reality Capture

Autodesk has coined the phrase “reality capture” to describe all of their technology related to 3D data capture, processing, modeling and much more whether acquired with a scanner or with a camera. The main software platform is ReCap 360 Pro … Continue reading

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Automated Scan Data Processing for Common Design and Construction Challenges

This is a guest blog post from John Russo, AIA and founder of ARC and the USIBD. Thanks John for sharing this valuable information, and if you have an interesting message please contact me at gene.roe@lidarnews.com. I think it is … Continue reading

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A New Method for Road Feature Extraction

This paper by a team of researchers at the University of New South Wales presents a new framework of road feature extraction from color component–based data fusion of aerial imagery and lidar data. The proposed framework consists of six procedures: … Continue reading

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The History of CAD Plus NASTO

Have you ever wondered how the CAD industry began? Well this website provides an amazingly detailed account of the history of CAD dating back to the 1960’s. It is called CADAZZ and they claim it is “the best CAD software … Continue reading

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As-Damaged BIMs

A group of Israeli researchers are working on developing algorithms to predict the damage states of concrete buildings with masonry infills. After an earthquake, Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) can capture point clouds of the damaged state of building facades rapidly, … Continue reading

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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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