Monthly Archives: May 2010

ASTM E57 3D Imaging Data Exchange Format

1. The ASTM E57.04 Data Interoperability Subcommittee has been working for over 3 years on a neutral data exchange format.
2. The first balloting of the standard has been successfully completed.
3. We are also close to opening up the beta test program for the reader/writer software implementations.

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LiDAR-Guided Telepresence Robot

In this article Anybots explains the reasons for needing a remote controlled, LiDAR-guided telepresence robot. Continue reading

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Importing Photosynth Point Clouds into AutoCAD 2011

In this case Kean Walmsley reports in his blog that he has been working with Microsoft’s Photosynth service in order to avoid the need for a scanner. Continue reading

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Caltrans Developing Laser Scanning Specification

1. The California Department of Transportation is developing a terrestrial laser scanning spec.
2. Both static and mobile applications are covered.
3. This is a real plus for the industry as Caltrans is an important best practices influencer.
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Laser Profiling Follow-up

1. Laser profiling is relatively new in North America.
2. The laser beam and CCD camera are used to triangulate the location of the point on the wall of the pipe.
3. Florida DOT requires a laser profile at the completion of a pipe construction project.
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Comparison of Laser Scanning and Photogrammetry

1. The authors provide a comparison of photogrammetry and laser scanning to model a burial monument.
2. They found PhotoModeler to be much easier to use than 3ds Max.
3. PhotoModeler has a new 3D “scanning” solution using photographs.
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NASA Using LiDAR To Analyze Gulf Oil Spill

One of NASA’s research aircraft was recently flown over the Gulf of Mexico to assess the effects of the devastating oil spill. Continue reading

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50th Anniversary of the Ruby Laser

This Sunday May 16, 2010 will mark the 50th anniversary of the invention of the ruby laser. Continue reading

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LiDAR Used as Basis for Salt Lake City Solar Potential Project

1. The following information was supplied by Kevin Bell, GIS Coordinator for Salt Lake City, Utah.
2. A 1m LiDAR was used as the base map for the project.
3. The animated gif represents the shadows for 1 day.
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Trenchless Sewer Rehab and LiDAR

1. Typically sewer inspection is being done with CCTV.
2. Laser scanning is being used for pipeline inspection.
3. Companies are integrating LiDAR with CCTV.

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