On Thursday here in the U.S. we celebrate one of my favorite holidays – Thanksgiving. I know I have a lot to be thankful for and I trust you feel the same. Happy Thanksgiving to all and I hope you get to enjoy the break with your family and friends.
Harkening back to its roots in autonomous vehicle challenges Velodyne is reporting tremendous success at China’s fifth annual Future Challenge earlier this month. On a course designed to test their capabilities — Velodyne’s 3D LiDAR technology was on board all of the top eight finishers.
In all, eleven unmanned vehicles designed primarily by Chinese universities – and one South Korean institution — competed in the challenge, in Changshu, Jiangsu Province. The race was organized by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), as part of its Cognitive Computing of Visual and Auditory Information initiative.
Vehicles were put through both suburban and urban road tests, over a 23-kilometer course. Cars on the course needed to demonstrate the ability to recognize light, eliminate human and vehicle interference, successfully detour around construction zones, turn around and come to a stop. All were also required to establish the ability to make a U-turn, accelerate and decelerate. Performance was graded on a “4s” scale: safety, smartness, smoothness and speed.
Now this is exciting and let’s say groundbreaking, or should it be “a glimpse into the future.” The Bmore3D Store is the first of its kind 3D scanning and 3D printing focused pop-up store, according to a recent press release. It’s the creation of a group of companies including Custom 3D Stuff, Tinkerine Studio Ltd., ShapeShot and Direct Dimensions.
It opens in time for the holiday shopping season on Friday, November 29 – Black Friday and will remain open thru December.
Customers can shop a curated gallery of the most unique gifts in Baltimore, designed by Baltimore 3D artists. Items include earrings, rings, necklaces, vases, and an assortment of unique Baltimore-themed pieces. All items are designed using 3D modeling software and fabricated by an assortment of 3D printers. The Ditto+ and Litto 3D printers from Tinkerine Studio will be on display in the store demonstrating 3D printing.
In this TED talk by Greg Asner he refers to his 3D mapping technology as a high tech accounting system for carbon. I like that. He has created the Carnegie Airborne Observatory to obtain the LiDAR and other remote sensing data needed to quantify what is happening to the world’s ecology.
If you want to see the state-of-the-art you should watch this video.
The folks at Imaginit Technologies, the company behind the Autodesk Revit add-on, Scan to BIM have asked me to participate in a promotion for the upcoming Autodesk University, which is being held December 3 – 5 in Las Vegas.
I am going to see if I can get some help from you on this.The first step is to select 3 questions from the following list, so let me know what you think:
What do you think the biggest industry-changer that came to light this year was?
What was the biggest enhancement of Scan to BIM this year?
What do you see as the top three biggest challenges for laser scanning in the AEC industry in 2014?
Can you explain how Scan to BIM 2014 leverages the new Autodesk ReCap Point Cloud Engine?
What are the hottest trends you’ve seen in laser scanning with mobile devices?
Highlight one of the most interesting challenges that was overcome with Scan to BIM in 2013.
I will then send in the top 3 questions and they will send us back a video of the answers provided by their expert panel.
Zhien Wang, a professor in the UW Department of Atmospheric Science, and Perry Wechsler, a UW senior research scientist and chief engineer of the King Air, recently received a $1.2 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop a Multi-function Airborne Raman Lidar (MARLi). The Raman Lidar will simultaneously measure profiles of temperature, water vapor mixing ratio, clouds and aerosol. Lidar, an acronym for light detection and ranging, is an optic remote sensing technology that can be used to detect and measure molecular aerosols and cloud droplets in the atmosphere.
Raman scattering or the Raman effect is the inelastic scattering of a photon. Raman lidar is used in atmospheric physics to measure the atmospheric extinction coefficient and the water vapour vertical distribution.
Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy Jr. Nothing has had a more profound influence on my generation than this senseless act. For those who were too young to have been part of all of this CBS contributor Bill Flanagan says it best.
James Churnside is a researcher at NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He knows a tremendous amount about the use of LiDAR in the marine environment especially as it applies to locating fish.
Of special interest are the characteristics of light scattered from the ocean surface and near-surface layer and applications to remote sensing of phytoplankton, zooplankton, and epipelagic fish schools. He has worked on developing NOAA Fish Lidar for airborne surveys of fish and applying the lidar to various fisheries research problems.
Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today 3D BIM Consulting Services for Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) contractors using Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) capabilities. Trimble’s services will include four elements: 3D Model Evaluation, 3D Modeling, 3D Laser Scanning and 3D Modeling from Scanned Point Cloud.
This certainly would seem to raise the issue of competition, but many companies have consulting services, often because their major customers would prefer to do business with a large corporate entity. There must have been a need.
The latest edition of LiDAR News features a number of articles which will hopefully encourage you to think creatively about how you can apply laser scanning to solve 3D problems. From locating rebar in a concrete slab, to developing a vegetation site inventory, to increasing your field productivity by 400% – you don’t want miss this issue.
If you have a creative 3D application that you would like to share with our readers please contact me, and pass us along to your friends.