Technology Manifesto for the Built Environment – Part 2

Good friend, John Russo, the founder of Architectural Resource Consultants and USIBD commented on Part 1 of the Technology Manifesto noting that the Built Environment is different from the music or automotive industry in that each project is essentially one of a kind.

Continue reading

Posted in 3D Modeling, Admin, BIM, Business Development, Construction, Data, Digital Transformation, Government, intelligent cities, Internet of Things, Orgs, Quality, Technology, The Industry | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Media Sources Online Survey Results Now Available

Just a quick note to say that the results are in from the Lidar News one question media sources poll. Thank you to everyone that participated. This information is valuable to the industry. We have a new one being designed that I think you will find of high interest.

Continue reading

Posted in Admin, Business Development, Consumer, Online surveys, Research, The Industry | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Light – Camera of the Future

Courtesy of Light

The basic concept for the design of the Light camera is that lots of (in this case 16)  little cameras when carefully configured and managed creatively with the right software can outperform one big one. Have a look at the video below for confirmation. Early adopters can try one out for $2k.

Continue reading

Posted in 3D Modeling, Autonomous vehicles, Business Development, Consumer, Research, Robots, solid state, UAS, UAVs | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Neptec Design Group Acquired

Neptec’s “Tridar”

The big news coming from this year’s Farnborough Air Show in the photonics category was the acquisition of Neptec Design Group by MDA, a Canadian division of Maxar Technologies.

Some might recall from a few years ago that we covered the announcement of an obscurant penetrating laser scanner that could be used in harsh environments like the desert.

Continue reading

Posted in airborne LiDAR, atmospheric, Business Development, Government, Hardware, Mapping, military, remote sensing, Sensors, Technology | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Built Environment Technology Manifesto – Part 1

It’s quite a long title that has evolved over the years. I guess you could say I have been thinking about this general idea since the early 1980’s when CAD and GIS were just starting to go mainstream, thanks in large part to the development of the PC. So what is a manifesto?

Continue reading

Posted in 3D Modeling, artificial intelligence, Augmented reality, BIM, Business Development, Technology, The Industry | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

OpenLSEF Organizational Conference Call

The OpenLSEF group is holding a conference call on Thursday July 19 to discuss how to move the agenda forward. The call in information is below. This is not a webinar.

The call will discuss the need for people to serve in leadership positions, the structure and focus of working groups, resources available and funding opportunities, among other topics.

Continue reading

Posted in 3D Modeling, Data, Open Source, Orgs, Research, Standards, The Industry | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Egypt’s Most Beautiful Tomb Now in Virtual Reality

Photo: Experius VR

With the government limiting access to the Egyptian tomb of Queen Nefertari most of the history buffs and tourists will never get to see the incredible beauty of this amazing underground structure in person. However, thanks to Reality Virtual, Experius VR and Curiosity Stream you will now be able to take a highly accurate, virtual reality tour.

The project began with a highly accurate 3D scan of the tomb that includes more than 5,200 sf of wall paintings. Discovered in 1904 the government has limited access to all but a handful of private groups.

Continue reading

Posted in 3D Modeling, archaeology, art, cultural heritage, Indoor Mapping, virtual reality | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Art of the Point Cloud – A New Digital Medium

There have been a few contests involving a lidar point cloud as art over the past few years, but nothing is going to compare to what you will find in the just released nearly 200 pages of, Art of the Point Cloud – A celebration of some of the most beautiful and striking 3D scans from around the world.

It’s difficult to know where to begin. I know one thing, I would not want to review art books for a living. It is going to be very difficult to appreciate the quality of this effort without holding it in your hands and seeing the images.

Continue reading

Posted in 3D Modeling, art, Consumer, cultural heritage, Data, Digital Transformation, Entertainment, Historic Preservation, point clouds, topography | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Safeguarding Passenger Identities with Lidar

Quanergy Systems is branching out from autonomous vehicles to safeguarding passenger identities with lidar. It’s a novel approach that when combined with human flow intelligence software from partner iinside can optimize passenger flows through airports and I would imagine train stations.

Continue reading

Posted in 3D Modeling, Indoor Mapping, Mapping, Security, Sensors, Software, solid state, solid state lidar | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

3D Sewer Asset Scanning

McRobert Contracting Services based in Perth, Australia has developed an innovative 3D laser scanning system that they have used in more than 200 3D laser asset inspections of sewer pump stations and other assets. They have significantly reduced the time required for inspections and analysis. It looks to me like a FARO scanner is being used in conjunction with the standard CCTV camera.

From an article in Trenchless Australasia:

To provide accurate measurements McRobert has designed a custom-built safety barrier with a linear rail system, which allows the scanner and CCTV equipment to be lowered into the asset for surveillance. A customised lighting system increases visibility in the asset during inspections and a customised vehicle is used to easily transport equipment between sites.

By using the 3D laser scanning methodology, the company has been able to reduce the resources needed to complete a level two inspection. This method only requires a two-man crew. The inspection can be conducted while the sewer is live, so no isolations are required, no confined space entry is needed, and no core sampling is required.

After an inspection, the data collated from the scanner is entered into specialised software and allows the creation of 3D point cloud imagery of the asset, which provides an interactive model that shows the internal structure of an asset as if physically inside it. The model created by these images is then used to assess the structural integrity of the asset walls and to determine the amount of deterioration.

Click here for more information.



Posted in 3D Modeling, Environmental, Inspection | Tagged , , | Leave a comment