Monthly Archives: October 2009

64 Bit Dilemma

1. There is a valuable discussion taking place on the Laser Scanning Forum concerning 64 bit and OS.
2. Faraz Ravi from Pointools notes that point cloud processing will benefit from the move to 64 bit, but there are issues.
3. It seems that Windows 7 is stable and a better bet than Vista.
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Developing Industry Standards

1. Developing standards is really hard work.
2. The all volunteer ASTM E57 committee on 3D Imaging Systems is making progress.
3. The question concerns the pace.
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Bentley Licenses Pointools’ Vortex API

1. Finally a BIG story to report on.
2. This is a tremendous boost to the Pointools technology and business.
3. In the end this will be all about integration – how much and how fast.
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Simulator Replay

I was unsure of how the Columbus Day event would impact the readership yesterday. Traffic was off by 50%, so I am providing the link to yesterday’s post as I really want everyone to be aware of the laser scanning simulator. Continue reading

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Laser Scanner Simulator

1. Kukko and Hyyppa are developing a laser scanning simulator at the Finnish Geodetic Institute.
2. Their paper in the October 2009 PE & RS is a must read.
3. This kind of research could lead to a much deeper understanding of laser system biases.

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Remote Sensing News

1. Today’s BIG remote sensing news is the successful launch of Worldview-2. Congratulations to all.
2. The satellite sensor package includes the ability to collect 8 bands of multispectral imagery at 1.8 meter resolution.
3. There is an opportunity to leverage this imagery through a data fusion approach with LiDAR.

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3D Laser Scanning Robots

1. The use of laser scanning in mining applications can be a matter of life and death.
2. Jobling Purser has developed a system that includes a Riegl scanner that is capable of 10 mm accuracies up to a range of 1,000 m.
3. I think the combination of robotics and laser scanning is fertile ground for innovation.
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LIDAR for the Space Shuttle

1. SpaceX built a LIDAR sensor – the DragonEye, from concept to final hardware in 10 months. It was recently successfully flown on the Space Shuttle.
2. In the future the plan is to use the DragonEye as a real time proximity sensor on SpaceX vehicle missions to re-supply the International Space Station.
3. Hopefully some of this data processing technology will make its way into the literature.

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2009 Leica User Conference

The always outstanding HDS Leica User Conference is going to be held in San Ramon, CA October 26 – 28.  This event has a fine tuned agenda that focuses on presenting the details of how each project was accomplished. There … Continue reading

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Laser Scanning Groups

1. Linked in seems to be the social network for professionals.
2. The number of laser scanning special interest groups is growing.
3. It is interesting to see commercial ventures setting up their own user groups.

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