Monthly Archives: April 2009

DOI Economic Recovery Info

The Department of the Interior has developed a website that provides information on how the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act – ARRA stimulus funds are being spent on individual projects. Specific LiDAR projects being funded with stimulus money are being discussed at this dedicated website sponsored by the USGS. It appears that of the $140 million ARRA funding allocated to the USGS that $14.6 million will be for imagery and elevation data. It certainly is a positive, but I was hoping for more. Continue reading

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Intensity Revisited

1. I wanted to highlight an important comment on last week’s “intensity” blog post.
2. Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne from the UVM Spatial Analysis Lab is finding intensity to be a valuable attribute.
3. In high contrast regions LiDAR intensity can provide important clues for land use mapping.
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Road Show

1. NEURISA is offering 2 LiDAR mapping sessions this week in New England.
2. It is an investment of time that can be a challenge in this economy, but there are creative solutions.
3. This is the kind of proactive outreach model that will provide our industry with better customer engagement.
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CAD Integration

1. One of the key issues facing our industry is how to best integrate CAD with 3D point cloud images.
2. To date, the solution has been to create add-ons for the leading CAD systems.
3. What if a CAD engine were added to the optimized point cloud environments?

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A new laser scanning reference text by Shan and Toth appears to be a must read.
Intensity is often misused in the laser scanning industry.
There are a number of factors that affect the intensity of the return signal. Continue reading

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Customer Benefits Not Product Features

1. The 3D laser scanning industry is still being primarily driven by the technology.
2. The technical orgs such as ASPRS and ASTM, although important, are not broad based enough to represent the much larger “pragmatist” portion of the potential market.
3. The primary conversation has to shift from product features to user benefits.

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1. The Canadian Consortium for LiDAR Environmental Applications Research, C-Clear is working with ASPRS to advance the industry through knowledge transfer programs.
2. Research conducted by C-Clear in 2004 identified a significant need in the end user community for training programs.
3. End user training courses are now available through Nova Scotia Community College Center for Geographic Sciences – COGS.
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ASPRS Steps Up

ASPRS approves free continuation memberships to members who lose their jobs. Continue reading

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1. The State of Utah is focusing on stimulating their knowledge-based economy.
2. One of the investments is in the Center for Active Sensing and Imaging – CASI.
3. This group has received a patent on a laser scanning application that they are licensing to a commercial partner.

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GSA IDIQ RFP Hits the Street

As discussed earlier this week the GSA has just released the request for proposals for the BIM and 3D Laser Scanning Services Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contracts. Continue reading

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