Monitoring the Elderly in Their Homes Using Lidar

The overall idea of monitoring the elderly using lidar sensors to allow them to stay in their homes is a noble effort, but I have to question a number of the statements in this article.

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Monitoring the Elderly Using Lidar

From an article in Autoblog.

IBM and British startup Cera Care plan a six-month pilot to test whether lidar laser sensors, used to help self-driving cars “see”, can enable elderly people to stay in their homes for longer – without compromising privacy.

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Artificial Intelligence Applied to Lidar Data – A RIEGL Podcast

In this installment of the RIEGL RiCAST, Michael Sitar, RIEGL USA’s Executive Management Consultant speaks with Nick Ferguson, VP of Strategy & BD from Enview Inc. about artificial intelligence.

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Nick Ferguson, VP at Enview

Enview Inc. offers data analytics and remote sensing solutions. The company automates geospatial big data for the energy industry to enhance the safety, reliability, and compliance of pipeline and power line operations. Continue reading

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Laser Scanning Solves Piping Problems

From the FARO 3D Blog

Rodney Roebuck, CEO of Roebuck Contracting, has been in the industry for 27 years and got his start in the HVAC and piping industry. In that time, he’s seen numerous innovations come to light — including building automation, CAD, and BIM — and more traditional methods of work fall by the wayside.

Roebuck Contracting’s most recent project is the installation of an air-cooled chiller and the replacement of several 20-year-old air handling units and pad-mounted condensers at a training facility campus just outside of Atlanta. Made up of numerous buildings, the campus already has one building being serviced by an air-cooled chiller. Continue reading

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Full Ship 3D Laser Scan of USS San Diego is First Step

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Full Ship Scan of USS San Diego

A team from NSWC PHD recently worked with Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific on the first full ship scan of an LPD-class ship using the laser light sensing technology known as lidar—the first step in a 3D scanning project proposal being developed by a coalition of multiple warfare centers.

From an article in NAVSEA by Teri Carnicelli.

A cross-warfare center team based in San Diego spent nearly two months scanning inside and outside USS San Diego (LPD 22) in order to create a 3D digital model that can be used for, among other things, cost savings when ships go into availability for new installations or repairs. Continue reading

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Precision Agriculture Informed with Drone Lidar

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Precision Agriculture Applied to Corn Maze

The RedTail LiDAR Systems’ RTL-400, designed specifically for use on small drones, is a cost-effective tool that provides high-resolution, accurately geolocated images needed to make informed business decisions. Precision agriculture is one area where it is well suited.

As the RedTail LiDAR Systems team prepared to launch the RTL-400, they looked for unique opportunities to demonstrate the product’s capabilities across a broad range of industries. Precision agriculture was identified as an important application. The worldwide need for food requires ever-increasing levels of production, while simultaneously meeting that demand in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner. Continue reading

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AI is Unlocking the Potential of Lidar Point Clouds

point cloud of Enview Uses AI to Process Lidar Data

Enview Uses AI to Process Lidar Data

When it comes to big data, LIDAR is right up there with the biggest generators. But outside of a few niche use cases, LIDAR–which uses lasers to build a three-dimensional model of physical objects–has not been widely adopted. Now, a San Francisco startup called Enview is hoping to change that, starting with today’s launch of its Web-based AI service for analyzing LIDAR data.

From an article in Datanami by Alex Woodie.

San Gunawardana is imminently familiar with LIDAR (which stands for Light Detection and Ranging) and other types of geospatial data. He started his career in the U.S. Air Force, where he built satellites, then moved to Stanford University, where he earned his PhD in aerospace engineering in 2012. He received funding from NASA to develop computer vision and NLP technology for UAVs, then went “downrange” to Afghanistan as a civilian with the Army before returning to the United States to co-found Enview. Continue reading

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Cruise Announces the Continuous Learning Machine

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Cruise Will Use Continuous Learning Machine

Driverless startup Cruise today detailed a homegrown tool — the Continuous Learning Machine — that tackles on-the-road prediction tasks. Cruise claims the Continuous Learning Machine, which automatically labels and mines training data, allows some of the AI models guiding Cruise’s self-driving cars to predict things like whether bicycles will swerve into traffic or kids will run into streets.

From an article in Venture Beat by Kyle Wiggers.

One of the challenges of autonomous vehicles is predicting intent. People don’t always follow the rules of the road, and even when they do, they’re liable to bend those rules. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 94% of serious crashes are due to drivers’ errors or dangerous choices. Continue reading

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3D Laser Scanning – The 5 Most Asked Questions

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Ryan Hacker, Founder of TruePoint Laser Scanning Explains 3D Laser Scanning

This guest post comes from Ryan Hacker, the founder of TruePoint Laser Scanning as he explains some of the basics of 3D laser scanning.

Data collection was once a slow, labor-intensive operation with multiple technicians collecting field data using manual tape measuring and pencil-to-paper recording. A friend introduced me to 3D laser scan technology, and I could immediately see the benefit from a time and cost savings perspective. This technology has made rapid advancements in the construction and engineering industry for more than 20 years. Nine years ago, I invested in my first scanner and our team has spoken to thousands of businesses. Below is a list of common questions I am asked:

1. What is 3D Laser Scanning?

3D laser scanning captures as built documentation for existing buildings or sites. Once data is acquired, a point cloud is generated and used to develop 2D drawings or 3D models, expediting the design, planning and development of projects.

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Waymo Lidar Guru Explains Why He Returned to California

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Waymo Lidar Guru Guides Development

When Simon Verghese moved east for a postdoctoral spot at MIT, the UC Berkeley-trained physicist figured on being back in California before too long, but then Waymo started calling.

“I thought it would be two years,” he said in an interview with Business Insider.

Two decades and three children later, Verghese was still at MIT’s prestigious Lincoln Laboratory, working with NASA, the Department of Defense, and the US Navy. Few offers could have lured him away from his work on various sensor systems for aerospace applications. Continue reading

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Venice to Live Forever Thanks to 3D Laser Scanning

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Venice Captured in 3D (Photo by Factum Arte)

Look out over the water from the Doge’s Palace in Venice and you see the island of San Giorgio, home to the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, with its archives, rare books, music and high-level international conferences. It has nearly completed a project that is breathtaking in its ambition and implications.

From an article in The Art Newspaper by Anna Somers Cocks.

This summer, Adam Lowe and his team from the Factum Foundation, with ARCHiVE, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and Iconem, have made a digital record of all its buildings, inside and out, in such high resolution that San Giorgio now exists in a terabyte of data, a kind of a digital avatar. They have used a LiDAR (light-detection and ranging) scanner, which sends out a pulsed laser light towards the target object and measures the time it takes the laser to return. It calculates the distance the light has travelled, and plots that point in a digital 3D space. Continue reading

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