Built Environment 2050

Speaking of looking into the future as we did in a recent previous post on the Velodyne Puck a group in the UK has gone way out on the limb by developing a visionary look at the construction industry as it progresses to the year 2050. It’s entitled “Built Environment 2050” and if you are in a business that has a construction component I strongly urge you to read and study this document.

Kudos to all involved (mainly in the UK) for this effort as it will most certainly have a positive influence on where we go in the future. Hint: It’s all about data: data integration, data interoperability, open data. The days of building your business model on proprietary data formats are numbered. Once the younger, truly digital generation takes over the rules of the game are going to change. This report provides strong evidence of our digital future.

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Preserving NASA History

Here is a follow up video to the earlier Cape Canaveral post. The U.S. Air Force is in the process of documenting many of the historic sites with laser scanning as part of a partnership with the University of South Florida’s Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies.

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Velodyne’s New Laser Scanner Introduced at $7,999.

puckPut this in the BIG news category. Reminds me of Magellan breaking the $100 handheld GPS barrier – in this case it is the $10,000 level. That opened up the consumer GPS market to the consumer.

“Velodyne is announcing the “Velodyne LiDAR Puck” our next generation, real-time, light-weight LiDAR sensor with 16 channels.

We will offer the “Puck” at an introductory price of $7,999 and you can learn more about this exciting new product in the attached press release. We blogged about this on July 17.

We are taking orders immediately and shipments will begin end of 2014/beginning of 2015.

WOW – this is a game changer! Congratulations to all involved.

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Celebrating Labor Day

Here in the U.S. we are celebrating Labor Day. I used to always joke with my employees that this meant you were supposed to be working on Labor Day, but the truth of it is “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

Well said and thank you to everyone around the world for all of the hard work you put in to your careers and for your employers.


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Lidar and Rowing

I was rowing on the Exeter River the other day when I heard a helicopter approaching. It was flying low and slow. I realized it was collecting lidar on the powerline ROW that is close to our boathouse. My two passions linked together – what a coincidence.

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50 Years of 3D

In case you have been thinking that the use of 3D is a relatively new phenomena have a look at Ralph Grabowski’s latest upFront.eZine post on the history of 3D CAD at Dassault Systems. Turns out Dassault has been promoting the advantages of 3D for nearly 50 years – incredible.

The aircraft and automotive industries have been reaping the benefits of 3D for decades, but for some reason the AEC world is still hesitant to change. Construction is different from manufacturing, but there is still tremendous opportunity to “build the model.”

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Digitally Documenting the Lincoln Memorial

As a follow-up to a post last December the scanning of the Lincoln Memorial has been completed by DJS Associates.

On behalf of the National Park Service (NPS) and CyArk, a non-profit organization, DJS donated its time and resources to gather millions of data points in order to capture accurate, reliable measurements of the monument, both interior and exterior.  The highly accurate record of the three-dimensional measurements and panoramic high-dynamic range photographs will be extremely useful in site management, as well as providing the ability for visitors from all over the world to explore the Lincoln Memorial virtually.

Look for a detailed article on this project in an upcoming LiDAR News Magazine article.

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Mobile Mapping Contest Closes August 31

As reported a few months ago Leica Geosystems is hosting a contest involving the Pegasus:Two mobile mapping system.

If you’d like a chance to win $10K plus use of the new Pegasus:Two on a mobile mapping project, don’t forget to submit your contest entry. The deadline is August 31. Learn more and submit your entry here: http://bit.ly/1n3Yvxv

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Laser Scanner Provides Quality Control for 3D Printing

Suppose your 3D printer malfunctions in the middle of a project. After you get it fixed how do you know where to restart the print job? A couple of M.I.T. students claim, as reported in Tech Page One, that they have the problem solved at a cost of less than $100.You simply scan what has been printed and compare it with the model to know where you should restart.

It has a bit of a science fair project feel to it, but I think they do have a good idea. What do you think?

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LiDAR eNewsletter Informs

The latest LiDAR News eNewsletter contains a recap of the recent MAPPS Summer Meeting, a look at the issue of when to model a point cloud, news about an exciting 3D educational event on the New Jersey battleship, a technical article on processing lidar data  and more.

With many here in the U.S. on holiday this can be a great time to catch up on your reading and please pass us on to a colleague. Enjoy.

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