Solar Potential Derived From 3D LiDAR

Sungevity is a solar energy firm that is trying to entice potential customers with a website that provides an instant quote for adding solar panels to your home. Simply type in your address if you live in the San Francisco Bay area and Sungevity will instantly supply you with a pre-determined panel design and cost. LiDAR was used to derive the 3-D building models.

“It really shifts from being about hardware to being about software,” said Sungevity CEO Andrew Birch. “We are hyper-focused on customer experience, and we think we have the software platform to deliver it.”

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Single-Photon-Sensitive LiDAR

This article in Laser Focus World describes the progress that Sigma Space Corporation (Lanham, MD) is making with the ongoing development of a single-photon-sensitive airborne LiDAR. The advantages of this approach are to allow large areas to be mapped quickly while still permitting the user to tailor the measurement point density.

By passing a low-power, high-repetition-rate 532 nm green laser beam (140 mW at 20 kHz) through a diffractive optical element (DOE) the are able to generate a 10 × 10 array of low-power (1 mW) beamlets and allowed surface measurement rates up to 2 megapixels per second (Mp/s).

It seems like a promising approach.

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LiDAR News Magazine Ships

With over 80 pages of timely, 3D information that you can put to use today the latest edition of LiDAR News magazine is now available. With a wide range of technical and business articles ranging from how to make effective use of social media, to preserving Cape Canaveral, to hardware and software product reviews, and flood mapping using mobile LiDAR whatever your area of interest we have it covered.

Please take a look and let us know if you have an idea for a future article.

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ASI’s Geospatial Contracting Guide

I received a notice from the folks at Aerial Services, Inc. announcing the availability of a free Geospatial Contracting Guide. This sounds like a valuable document for better understanding how to procure geospatial products and services from the perspective of a firm with a lot of experience in this area.

It’s a 66-page interactive eBook (iBook or PDF format) that will help readers ensure they are getting the best value from professional services. Kudos to ASI for making this available.

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Google’s New Driverless Car Uses LiDAR

Just to reinforce the goal of this project, namely the development of autonomous vehicles this latest Google driverless car does not have a steering wheel or brakes. That certainly raises the stakes. Note the Velodyne LiDAR on the roof.

This will change the world. Thanks to my daughter for the tip.

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Inside the Fireworks

This is just another use of a UAV that will amaze.

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LiDAR Used to Characterize Avian Habitat

A number of researchers used airborne LiDAR data in conjunction with their study of riparian bird habitat. They investigated multi-scale, heterogeneity-diversity relationships for bird communities in a semi-arid riparian landscape, using airborne LiDAR data to derive key measures of structural habitat complexity.

Their results underscore the value of LiDAR data for fine-grained quantification of habitat structure, as well as the need for biodiversity studies to incorporate variation among life-history guilds and to simultaneously consider multiple guild functional types (e.g. nesting, foraging, habitat).

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Independance Day

Here in the U.S. we are celebrating our birthday today. Happy 4th of July to all that celebrate this holiday and a special thank you to those who continue to make our freedom possible.

Borrowing a quote from a USIBD email that I just received,

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Thomas Jefferson

 

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LiDAR News eNewsletter Latest Edition

The latest edition of the LiDAR News eNewsletter has articles/videos on the use of laser scanning to support movie making and visual effects; an article on the importance of the Digital Coast legislation which would create demand for airborne LiDAR collections; a technical article on airborne LiDAR best practices; and rapidly documenting a ship hull in 3D with the Zeb 1 handheld scanner.

If you have an idea for an article please let me know. I am always looking for interesting applications of 3D technology.

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Time Scanners on PBS – Updated

And you thought the World Cup was exciting. I just finished watching the Time Scanners show on PBS (here in the U.S.) – WOW, impressive. As Geoff Jacobs noted in a recent note to HxGN attendees, “Time Scanners” is, to date, the biggest & best exposure for laser scanning by far to the general public.”

The TV series began airing internationally in February and for many months all six episodes (Petra, Pyramids, St. Paul’s Cathedral (London), Coliseum, Machu Pichu, and Jerusalem) had found their way onto YouTube. However, YouTube versions are apparently no longer available, as they were apparently not formally unauthorized. So, if you want to see these shows, you can no longer simply look them up on YouTube. PBS is currently promoting a three-part series (Pyramids, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Petra), and may possibly opt to air the other three sites in the future.

For those that missed the episode last night, PBS has it On-Demand here – http://video.pbs.org/video/2365280998/ . Thanks to Eric DeLeon for the info.

For additional information about the teams behind this series and each site, see this link for Atlantic Productions (UK), which produced the TV series: http://www.timescanners.com/us/

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