Data Management Strategy is a Key to Success

In speaking with Ted Knaak recently he pointed out that data management is one of the

Image of TopoDot Software in Use Data Management

TopoDOT Software from Certainty 3D

key issues that needs to be addressed when working with large quantities of 3D data. People are able to learn the techniques for extracting 3D features from point clouds in a relatively short amount of time using Certainty 3D’s industry leading TopoDOT software (see the video below showing how to extract breaklines), but in some cases they are not paying enough attention to laying out the data management strategy so that the large  quantities of information can be easily accessed by the entire organization.

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Dynamic Map Service Available from USGS

The USGS 3DEP program has added a powerful new dynamic map service capability to

Elevation aspect map rendered in the Dynamic Map Service

Elevation aspect map rendered in the 3DEP Demonstration Elevation Viewer.

make it much simpler to investigate the range of products that can be generated on demand from the digital elevation data. The dynamic map service can generate multi-resolution visualizations on-the-fly. Some, like the map on the right of the Finger Lakes area of New York are works of art.

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Quanergy is Facing a Number of Challenges

Point Cloud Created Using a Quanergy Lidar Sensor

Point Cloud Created Using a Quanergy Lidar Sensor

In this extensive article by Bloomberg entitled, How a Billion – Dollar Autonomous Vehicle Start-up Lost its Way, the authors present a case that Quanergy is experiencing problems with its manufacturing, ability to retain key people and overall focus. This is the first big name in the lidar for autonomous vehicles space to be identified as having problems, but it may not be the only one.

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Potree Renders Large Point Clouds in a Browser

Color coded image of Grand Canyon from Potree

Potree render of Grand Canyon

Thanks to Matt O’Banion at West Point and Mike Olsen at OSU for the heads up on Potree – a free, open-source, WebGL based point cloud renderer for large point clouds, developed at the Institute of Computer Graphics and Algorithms, TU Wien University in Vienna, Austria.

Potree was developed by Markus Schuetz for his Thesis in visual computing. That is a program that I wish more people had the opportunity to get involved with as it looks like the Institute at TU Wien is a leader in visualization, rendering and modeling.

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Multi-scan Segmentation of Terrestrial Laser Scanning Data

graphical abstract of the Normal Variation Analysis

Normal Variation Analysis

The process of point cloud segmentation groups points with similar attributes such as geometric, colormetric, radiometric, and/or other information to support Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) data processing such as feature extraction, classification, modeling, analysis, and more.

From the Abstract by Erzhuo Che and Michael J. Olsen, Oregon State University

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National Geodetic Survey 2018 Webinars

The National Geodetic Survey Logo

The National Geodetic Survey

In case you missed the National Geodetic Survey – NGS webinar on June 7, 2018 entitled, “Industry Engagement to Modernize the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) it is now available along with others on the NGS website. Major changes are in the works for 2022 that will result in a new vertical and horizontal datum.

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LeddarTech Delivers Solid State Lidar

LeddarTech's First Solid State Sensor

LeddarTech Solid State Lidar in Action

This is a very important milestone for LeddarTech based in Quebec City, Canada and the autonomous vehicle market worldwide. The firm announced today that they had delivered the first A-samples of its LeddarCore LCA2 system-on-chip (SoC) to select automotive partners, which will be publicly disclosed at a later date this year. Continue reading

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World Geospatial Industry Council – WGIC Launched at UNGGIM

In a landmark development, geospatial industry leaders from across the world came together to announce the formation of the World Geospatial Industry Council – WGIC. The announcement was made on August 1, 2018 at the 8th session of the UN-GGIM (United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management ) held in New York, by Jack Dangermond, Chairman of WGIC and Founder and President, Esri. Now that I think about it I wonder what took Jack so long to do this.

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Bentley Systems Year in Infrastructure 2018 Awards

Courtesy of Bentley Systems

I was not able to attend the last two Bentley Systems Year in Infrastructure Awards, but I will be making up for it this year as I am a juror on three categories including Reality Modeling. As I have said before this is nirvana for a civil engineer – the very best of the projects worldwide. All of the finalists receive an all expenses paid trip to London. Continue reading

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Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC Launches with $4 Billion in Funding

Ford may be having trouble making money selling cars, but its F-150 pickup is the best selling vehicle in the world! That’s not a typo.

To stake their claim to be a leader in electrified, autonomous ride services they announced last week the launch of Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC. Uber and Lyft take notice.

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