In anticipation of another busy flying season, this month we focus our “I Am ASI, We Are Geospatial” spotlight on a very important department of ASI – our acquisition team.
This team, made up of several highly trained and experienced survey pilots and sensor operators, is the backbone to Aerial Services, Inc. Every project is different and requires specific accuracy standards.
ASI excels at meeting and exceeding those standards and it all starts with proper flight planning and acquisition. If these steps aren’t performed properly, it will have a major affect on overall accuracy of the deliverables not to mention make life difficult for your production teams.
I guess this one belongs in the crowd sourced data folder. NASA is looking for volunteers to help ground truth and calibrate their laser scanning satellite ICESat-2 by measuring tree heights with your smart phone.
NASA launched a laser-powered planetary scanning satellite last year, and you can help the project along with a smartphone and a few minutes of your time. ICESat-2 measures elevation from orbit as part of NASA’s climate research, but the agency would like some data from the ground to verify those readings. So, it’s rolled out a new tool in the GLOBE Observer app for iPhone and Android.
Posted in 3D Modeling, Data, Forestry, GIS, Government, Laser Scanning, Lidar, Mapping, point clouds, remote sensing, Research, satellites, topography
Tagged Atlas, carbon, GLOBE Observer, ICESat-2, NASA, smart phones, tree height
Andrew Tallon, a leader in the study of Gothic architecture began scanning the Notre Dame Cathedral in 2001. Although Professor Tallon has passed, that rich, 3D data has just taken on much greater importance as a result of the devastating fire yesterday.
Notre Dame Cathedral Ablaze wptv.com
Tallon was an early pioneer in the use of 3D laser scanning to better understand the design, construction and longevity of Gothic cathedrals. He used his first scanner, the Cyrax to begin his study of Notre Dame in the early 2,000’s. By 2005 he had moved up to the Leica HDS 3000 which he used to continue his now critically important documentation of this great building.
Posted in 3D Modeling, art, BIM, cultural heritage, Data, Historic Preservation, Indoor Mapping, Laser Scanning, point clouds, Research
Tagged Andrew Tallon, Gothic, Lidar News, Notre Dame Cathedral, Vassar
A number of presentations, including those from the USGS on the status of the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) had to be cancelled at the recent ILMF conference.
3D Elevation Program – USGS
A webinar has been scheduled for April 24, 2019 at 11 AM EDT, in which three (3) USGS representatives will deliver their presentations that had to be cancelled due to the recent federal government shutdown.
Since the USGS is such a critical component of the commercial lidar industry, ILMF believes that helping their representatives share regular program updates with the commercial community is important. These presentations will provide an update of the ongoing 3D Elevation Program (3DEP), the strategic data acquisition plan for 3DEP, and changes to the USGS Lidar Base Specification review and approval process.
Posted in 3D Modeling, Agriculture, Conferences, Data, GIS, Government, Lidar, Mapping, Open Source, point clouds, Quality, remote sensing, Research, topography
Tagged 3DEP, Base Specification, ILMF, USGS
A recent blog post introducing Wayve’s claims to need only a camera, GPS tracker and a powerful computer have the Wayve critics speaking out.
Wayve Critics Weigh In
From an article in Mashable by Sasha Lekach
Why weigh down a self-driving car with a lot of sensors, HD maps, and equipment when you don’t have to?
That’s the philosophy of British startup Wayve. It claims it only needs a camera, GPS tracker, and a powerful computer to be able to drive anywhere autonomously.
Posted in 3D Modeling, AI, artifical perception, artificial intelligence, Autonomous vehicles, computer vision, Deep Learning, driverless vehicles, Feature Extraction, GPS, Laser Scanning, Lidar, machine learning, Mapping, Research, Sensors, Software, Technology
Tagged HD maps, Mashable, RoboSense, Velodyne, Wayve
The COO at Survey Monkey, Leela Srinivasan reached out to her network to uncover the Top 5 Questions one should ask their customers. Challenge yourself – see how many you can guess before reading on.
Top 5 Questions
From an article in the Survey Monkey eNewsletter.
It’s a good thing you’re curious, since the road to growth and innovation is paved with customer feedback. The best marketers and business leaders I know are customer-obsessed, and in a world of countless opportunities to measure, benchmark and act on feedback from employees, customers, partners, and more, that obsession is only growing.
Mobile Lidar Point Cloud
This is the abstract for an article entitled, “An Efficient Framework for Mobile Lidar Trajectory Reconstruction and Mo-norvana Segmentation.”
Mobile laser scanning (MLS, or mobile lidar) is a 3-D data acquisition technique that has been widely used in a variety of applications in recent years due to its high accuracy and efficiency. However, given the large data volume and complexity of the point clouds, processing MLS data can be still challenging with respect to effectiveness, efficiency, and versatility.
Posted in 3D Modeling, Data, Feature Extraction, Laser Scanning, Lidar, Mapping, Mobile LiDAR, point clouds, Software, Standards
Tagged MLS, Mobile Laser Scanning, Oregon State, segmentation
This is a must read. Wayve postures that humans have a remarkable ability to learn to drive quickly and can obtain a licence to drive across a whole country after tens of hours of practice.
Wayve Uses Deep Learning
From a press release by Wayve.
But after 10 years of commercial self-driving car development, over 10 million autonomous miles and $5B per year spent, we still do not have commercial self-driving vehicles on our roads. To turn what is currently a fantasy into a reality, we need to take a different approach.
Posted in 3D Modeling, AI, artifical perception, artificial intelligence, Autonomous vehicles, computer vision, Consumer, Deep Learning, driverless vehicles, machine learning, Mapping, Research, Sensors, Technology
Tagged cameras, HD maps, sat-nav, Wayve