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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MAPPS 2018 Summer Meeting Recap

Part of MAPPS Board

The 2018 MAPPS Annual Summer Meeting recently ended with an engaging panel discussion and a “call to action” for members to continue their involvement in the legislative process. Members must remain diligent by actively participating in events that promote and create policy that is in the best interest of the geospatial community and public.

As President Brian Raber of Merrick & Company stated, “I continue to be humbled by the increased support members have for the new agenda of our association which represents the private sector by partnering with other associations and the federal government to get things accomplished in our nation’s capital.”

To read the entire recap click here.

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Sensoris is an Important Step in the Right Direction

Imagine an industry-derived and supported standard for communicating between an autonomous vehicle and the cloud. Wouldn’t  that solve a lot of problems and save a lot of time (equals money)? That is what SENSORIS –SENSOR Interface Specification is all about. This is the kind of activity that the 3D Technology Manifesto needs to demand for the construction industry.

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NCAT – What is it?

The NGS Coordinate Conversion and Transformation tool, or NCAT not only provides technical assistance with the proper mathematics for making conversions and transformations, but it also provides information about a wealth of additional services that the NGS offers via the drop down menus on the website. If you are going to flag a NGS page this is the one.

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