Gene – thought some of your readers might be interested in this… A little bit of code that allows lidar data to be brought directly into 3DS Max. A small gift to the community while you can get it. Memory intensive, but the intent was to render out lidar data in animations…
Gene we have a freeware which can also display LAS file at http://www.geokno.com/products/lasutility.html. We are developing another version only for display and it will be out in few weeks time. Would like to know more about this project.
Are you and your readers aware of the SMARTDoc Heritage conference being held at Penn in November? Several talks will address the benefits and short comings of close range and long range laser scanning for recording at heritage sites. It’s somewhat rare to have the technology critiqued by users and might be informative for makers and vendors who are trying to break into the heritage recording field.
Conference website: http://www.smartdocheritage.org/site/
Thanks for the info.
Hi there. I was wondering if you could give me (or direct me to a place where I can find) a current stat on the purchases and usage of LiDAR systems to date (across the board as well as by application). Any information would be helpful.
I do not know of any published information like this.
Hi Gene, I was wondering if you had any sort of estimate on how many Aerial Laser Scanners there are operating these days? Might make for a fun article commentary if this isn’t well known?
I’m a Autocad pipeline mapper, I was intrested in finding schools or training for LiDAR mapping. I’m in Oklahoma so a school or training session close or something I can do online. Im also looking to take ArcGIS classes in the future. I would like to know if they offer for ArcGIS classes or training for this too.
I thought you might be interested in new technology that that precisely measures conductor temperatures using disparate technologies and processes, such as LiDAR. Thermal Direct™, unveiled by Utility Risk Management Corporation (URMC) this week, is capable of enhancing the reliability and efficiency of the nation’s electric grid. We will be presenting a webinar this Friday on April 1 at 2pm eastern, providing an overview of the technology and recent testing using Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) sensors.
Recommend you add Hexagon 2011 to your list of conferences. Leica Geosystems is part of Hexagon and lots of good LiDAR topics will be presented and discussed.
Not sure if you’d be interested or not, but the BBC have just written an article and a news clip about 3D Scanners and their use with the Met Police.
Cheers, keep up the good work.
Our company, Makai Ocean Engineering, has released a demo version of their 3D/4D visualization software, Makai Voyager. The driving motivation behind its development is to provide scientists with an easy to use program to process, analyze, and display the exponentially increasing amount of data being collected from atmospheric and other sensors around the globe.
The full version will allow users to view and interact with large and complex scientific datasets in an immersive 3D environment. The program runs on a standard desktop PC running Windows, Mac OSX, or Linux, and can handle a wide range of data, including: terrain imagery, elevation, LIDAR, volumetric and flow data, KML objects, and more, all in a geo-referenced, “Google Earth” type platform. A free viewer will allow clients to view and analyze data that has been pre-processed by the full version. Software modules specific to various scientific fields are currently under development.
The general public is invited to visit voyager.makai.com to download and test the free demo version 1.0, which will include capabilities for viewing terrain imagery, elevation, LIDAR, and web map services (WMS) datasets. Beta testers will be able to explore 3D landscapes and influence the direction of the software development. Demo version 1.1 will feature volume and flow data capabilities, and is expected to be released in the second half of September.
Also, please check out a short LIDAR-specific movie
Did this report ever get published?
Saw your post about our company LiDAR VFX and thought I would bring to your attention some of the more recent updates to our page. Be sure to take a look at the new galleries for The Avengers, Green Lantern, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows available at: http://www.lidarvfx.com. We have also recently started a Facebook page where we will be posting updates on projects past and present: https://www.facebook.com/LidarVfx
I’m sorry for this poorly researched question, but I thought you could get me pointed in the right direction. How well do lower density (2 pts/meter square) regional lidar acquisitions support higher density mobile acquisitions? Is there any additional benefit that can be gleaned from the regional lower density data acquired to meet orthophoto rectification or floodplain mapping specifications?
Thanks for being a good news source for this field.
I saw your post about the Autodesk Augmented reality plugin. I thought you and your readers might be interested in our app. Ut’s called Augment, it’s free and available on iPad, iPhone and Android. It lets you visualize any 3d model in Augmented Reality. We support obj, stl (only ascii ones), collada and blend format. You can have a look at the video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry8Ebjn41VE and get the app from our website : http://augmentedev.com/ .
Let me know if you want more information, I think it can have a great utility in the 3d scan and printing industry !
We are a six year old company in the Bay Area of northern California and were one of the first companies in our area to begin scanning. I have used Leica throughout but just tested out a Faro for one recent project. With the expanding market in service providers I am finding more and more companies that are just starting the scanning business with very little experience.
Our company is one of surveyors that turned to scanning. As such we register all our scans on control established by sound surveying practices. We have learned the hard way in order to be where we are today. Our scanning workflow is unbeatable, defend-able in court and repeatable. This comes from being surveyors first.
The one thing we are lacking is a big enough marketing effort and as such have been flying under the radar for too long. The downturn in the economy played a part in that but now that things are ramping up again, we could use some exposure.
Thanks for your persistence in reporting and here’s to a great 2013.
I am a Registered Land Surveyor practising in Botswana and have been lucky to plod through all the eras of survey instruments over the years. Now we have scanners. How do I start learning -very very keen.
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