FARO 3D Documentation Conference 2014

I am off to the FARO 3D Documentation Conference in sunny Orlando, Florida. This was a very focused educational event that was also a great opportunity to network and have some fun as well. It runs through the 15th.

The tracks include accident reconstruction, AEC, energy, historic preservation and ship building as well as keynotes and new product news. I hope to see you there. Stay tuned for the latest news.





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Semiautonomous Vehicles – What is Reality?

This is a very well written article on the automotive technology that is likely to become available over the next five years. Thanks to Bill Gutelius at Active Imaging Systems for the lead.

“This is the year we’ll look back on as the turning point,” said Scott Belcher, president of the nonprofit Intelligent Transportation Society of America, who has helped organize a global connected car expo for seven years. “We’re at the cusp now of this completely new generation of transportation, and it’s going to change things on a scale not seen since Eisenhower and the Interstate Highway System.”

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IED Robot Gets New Lidar

TALON-plus-VLP16The Talon is a robot used by the military to search for improvised explosive devices or IEDs. In a recent press release the developer announced that they had upgraded their system to make use of the recently announced Lidar Puck from Velodyne.

Velodyne’s VLP-16 LiDAR Puck is a perfect match for the TALON platform,” said Daniel Deguire, Director of Unmanned Systems for QinetiQ North America. “Its field of view, light weight, low power consumption and low cost promise to bring a host of new opportunities to deploy autonomous TALON robots, easing the burden on our soldiers and first responders.”

Looks like “Velodyne’s VLP-16 LiDAR Puck is a perfect match for the TALON platform,” said Daniel Deguire, Director of Unmanned Systems for QinetiQ North America. “Its field of view, light weight, low power consumption and low cost promise to bring a host of new opportunities to deploy autonomous TALON robots, easing the burden on our soldiers and first responders.”

Looks like Velodyne may have hit a sweet spot with this new product.

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Free Guide to UAS and Remote Sensing

Aerial Services, Inc. – ASI has just announced the availability of an e-book entitled, “The Definitive Guide to Unmanned Aerial Systems & Remote-Sensing.”

This certainly looks like an excellent reference on this important topic. Kudos to Mike and his team for making this available at no charge.

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Facsimile Quality Preservation

One of the most impressive presentations at yesterday’s CyArk Challenge was from Carlos Bayad who works for Factum Arte. It is difficult to describe the level of detail that this firm achieves in producing duplicates of extremely large works of art, but perhaps their ability to scan 10,000 points per square centimeter will provide some insight.

Based in Madrid and Bologna Factum Arte is dedicated to digital mediation, transformation and the production of works that redefine the relationship between two and three dimensions. They are easily the most sophisticated group in this field.

This is not meant to take away from the other firms in this field, but if you have a digital preservation project that requires the highest attention to detail and control be sure to speak with them.


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CyArk Announces New Initiatives

At the opening of the CyArk 500 Annual Summit they announce three new initiatives. The first is with the Microsoft Internet Explorer team. This has resulted in a new website for CyArk that is much more interactive and immersive. Be sure to check it out.

The second announcement involves Nokia and its fleet of Here mobile lidar data collection vehicles. The idea is to collect entire regions of historic cities, not just a single building or site. Its a novel idea and it will certainly broaden the scope of what CyArk offers.

The third program is a five year commitment for funding and in kind services from Iron Mountain, the records and information management company.

I had a quick chat with Ben Kacyra about the need to store their data using ASTM E57 rather than the current ASCII format. Hopefully we can make that happen soon.

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Riegl Announces Ricopter

RIEGL_RiCOPTER_UnmannedAerialSystem_equipped_withVUX-1LidarSensorOne of the interesting announcements from INTERGEO this week came from Riegl. They are the first scanner manufacturer to offer a UAV. The Ricopter seen here with the RIEGL VUX-1 is being offered as a turnkey system.

This is a smart and probably necessary move given the cost of the VUX-1 there has been concerns about risking its use with a 3rd party UAS. Riegl now has a whole product strategy.

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Integrated Camera Boresight and Lidar Processing

One of the first announcements from INTERGEO is by Optech concerning a major upgrade in integrated passive and active data processing:

“For the first time ever, a major sensor manufacturer has incorporated complete camera boresight and calibration capability within the same workflow as that of airborne and mobile lidar. This merging of complementary active and passive imaging technologies is a huge leap forward in processing productivity, with the opportunity to generate truly coincident datasets within a single workflow. Capable of supporting airborne orthometric imaging sensors, LMS 3.0 greatly simplifies the pre-processing and calibration of multi-sensor imaging systems for maximum efficiency and accuracy.”





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3D Laser Scanning Shoot-out

Greg Lawes at point3D is working with a group of interested parties to create a shoot-out to compare laser scanning systems. It’s going to take place at the Eaton Technology and Experience Center in Houston, Texas over the next month.

This is an innovative concept that I think we should all look to support and duplicate. Kudos to Greg and all those involved.

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3D Printing UAVs

The video below from Sculpteo was shot from a UAV that had its parts made with a 3D printer.

“We’d been making our pieces through traditional manufacturing so far, at much higher costs and longer waiting time. When we discovered 3D printing, we were convinced at once.

“Thanks to 3D printing, pieces are really quickly available, which means we can test them within a few days, and make changes reactively. The material we chose allows us to create complicated designs we wouldn’t have been able to produce without additive manufacturing. The 3D printed pieces are also extremely light, are resistant and stiff enough for our needs.

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