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ILMF 2015 Call for Papers

The ILMF 2015 team has issued a Call for Papers. The conference is being held in Denver, CO February 23 – 25, 2015. Abstracts are due by September 1, 2014.

Topics of interest include:

  • Data acquisition – Airborne, Terrestrial and Bathymetric LIDAR
  • LIDAR point clouds – in parallel to LIDAR
  • Data fusion and processing technologies
  • Developments in data classification and GIS modeling
  • Industry issues
  • Mobile mapping and survey

This is where you can submit an abstract.

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Mobileye for Collision Detection

It does not use Lidar, but when this was recommended to me by John Caya at Mandli I know it is important to be aware of. It’s collision detection for fleets of vehicles, like mobile mapping vans, from a company called Mobileye.

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LiDAR Matches Survey

william-romain-survey-map-serpent-moundSerpent Mound in rural Adams County, Ohio, is one of the premier Native American earthworks in the hemisphere. Its pristine flowing form was enhanced by major reconstruction in the 1880s. That reconstruction now appears to have been the second time in its long life that Serpent Mound has shed some of its skin.

Estimates of the age of the earthwork are now radically revised as the result of a new radiocarbon analysis, suggesting that the mound is about 1,400 years older than conventionally thought. The new date of construction is estimated at approximately 321 BCE, one year after the death of Aristotle in Greece.

Thanks to Scott Page for the trip.



Posted in cultural heritage, Historic Preservation | 2 Comments

Laser Scanning Forum Back Online

I heard from a couple of people that the Laser Scanning Forum had been down for a couple of days. Well there is good news:

“Dear All,

Just a quick message to apologise for the down time we’ve had over the last few days. This was due to a slight tech glitch with the hosting. We’ve now puts things in place so this won’t happen again.

Sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused to any of our members.


Phil & Jason

Laser Scanning Forum Ltd


Posted in Education, The Industry, training | 1 Comment

Lidar Key to RoboBoat Winner’s Design

CIMG1798The Office of Naval Research was one of the sponsors of the 7th Annual International RoboBoat Competition recently held in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Navigating a floating obstacle course with ease, an autonomous LiDAR-equipped boat from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University captured first place overall.

“Our performance in the RoboBoat competition was made possible by the amazing Velodyne sensor, which provided us the necessary edge over the other teams,” said Hitesh V. Patel, Research Associate at Embry-Riddle. “Our win in Virginia Beach has paved the way for the RobotX team in Singapore. The Velodyne HDL-32E is such an impressive sensor, and we’re delighted at the initial outcome of this partnership.”

Whether it is automobiles, planes, helicopters or boats lidar is the key technology to their autonomous operation.

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Bosch to Sell Laser Radar by 2020

That headline caught my eye for a couple of reasons. First was the fact that a major car parts manufacturer was announcing they were entering the laser scanning manufacturing business. It certainly is not good news for Velodyne who was noted in the article as a current supplier of lidars for the auto industry, albeit in small quantities largely for research.

As I thought about it a little more I had to wonder why it would take Bosch six years to develop this product. Can anyone imagine what the world will be like in six years with any kind of clarity? I am not sure what the value of announcing a product that will ship in six years is going to have. Perhaps there is more to it than meets the eye.


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Robinson Aerial’s Jack Sherman Retires After 60 Years

jackThe following comes from Aixa G. Lopez at Robinson Aerial Surveys:

“I wanted to reach out to you because one of our employees, John “Jack” Sherman, celebrated his 60th anniversary with the company last year and is retiring by the end of next month.

We’d like to highlight his contribution to our company. He is a unique example of someone who has professionally evolved in this industry as the aerial/mapping technology has developed.

Mr. Sherman started out as a camera operator and is retiring as  head of our lab processing. Here’s a link to an interview that the “Star Ledger’s Warren Reporter” did for his 60th anniversary.”

Congratulations Jack. This will be unheard of in the next generation of retirees. My Mom had close to 60.


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I had a request recently for a UAS platform that could support gas detection, specifically methane from a pipeline while in flight. Sounds like an interesting application. After a brief investigation I have not found anyone that is doing this.

Is anyone else aware of a reference for this application?

Posted in Environmental, remote sensing, UAVs | 3 Comments

$94 Million for LiDAR

If you are thinking that is a mighty expensive LiDAR I would have to agree, but it is going to be used on the Space Station. NASA recently announced that they will be contracting with the University of Maryland for a new LiDAR sensor that will be deployed by the end of the decade to study the earth’s climate by monitoring the structure of forest canopies.

Part of the Earth System Science Pathfinder program, these Earth Venture investigations are regarded as small, targeted science projects that complement NASA’s typically much larger research missions.


Posted in Government, remote sensing, Research | 1 Comment