Monthly Archives: August 2009

Mobile Mapping Going Mainstream

1. Michael Baker Jr., Inc. has purchased a Lynx Mobile Mapper from Optech.
2. This is a vote of confidence in the technology and Optech.
3. It may not be such good news for the service providers.

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BIM and Laser Scanning

1. Quick notes – there is a mobile mapping LinkedIn group forming and it was recommended that ASPRS offer the LiDAR certification.
2. Laser scanning is being incorrectly associated with developing a building information model.
3. Owners need to understand the limitations of the technology.

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LiDAR Certification?

Is there a need for a certification program for LiDAR professionals? Would this solve the issue of a lack of a trained work force? A GIS certification program could be the model.

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Modeling Update

1. Terrasolid, a company based in Finland is a leader in the processing of aerial LiDAR data.
2. They have 2 products that are point cloud aware and run inside of Microstation.
3. This does offer the possibility of not having to model the data prior to moving it into the CAD design environment.
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Underwater Laser Imaging & LinkedIn

1. The Office of Naval Research is funding an underwater pulsed laser scanning project.
2. Dr. Dalgleish at the Harbor Branch of Florida Atlantic University is the principal investigator.
3. The goal is to significantly improve the quality of underwater imaging while reducing the payloads.

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Support for Waveform Data

1. ASPRS has just announced LAS 1.3. This comes less than one year after 1.2.
2. The major new feature of the format is support for full waveform data.
3. This has the potential to significantly improve the automation of surface/feature extraction.
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To Model or Not to Model?

1. That is the key question, at least in terms of project costs.
2. We do not have the luxury of starting from scratch in terms of integrating point clouds with CAD.
3. The operations workflows are the early adopters of working directly with the point cloud.
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Going Green

1. GreenScan 3D is into scanning championship golf course greens for TV productions.
2. The digital scans are used as input to a software called AimPoint that predicts the putt path.
3. GreenScan’s owner Scott Pool won an Emmy for his work.
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Scanning Mt. Rushmore

1. Historic Scotland, CyArk and the US National Park Service are involved with the scanning of Mt. Rushmore.
2. Some have questioned the politics of this association – yesterday CyArk responded informally.
3. I support digital preservation, but I don’t think it can replace conservation and restoration.

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