Monthly Archives: August 2015

Open Source Laser Scanner

Looks like the wizards at LulzBot and BQ have teamed up to develop a fairly advanced open source laser scanner product offering for just $400. The Ciclop is fitted with a Logitech C270 HD camera and 2 class 1 line … Continue reading

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USIBD Digital Reality Symposium 2015

Now is the time to make your plans for the USIBD Digital Reality Symposium 2015. This ground breaking event deserves the support of our industry and I hope you will pass the news along to your contacts. The event is … Continue reading

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The iCar?

This report says there is concrete evidence that Apple is planning to design and build a driverless car, or at the very least provide software to other manufacturers. The UK’s Guardian newspaper has published correspondence between Apple engineer Frank Fearon … Continue reading

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Lidar-Lite v2

At $115 this DIY lidar sensor is certain to grab a lot of people’s attention. The Lidar-Lite version 2 sensor from PulsedLight is now available for applications that range from collision avoidance to UAS mapping. Let me know if you … Continue reading

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SLAM – Based Mapping

In a move aimed at stimulating the growth of new mapping applications, Real Earth has partnered with Velodyne LiDAR to lower the cost of entry for creation of high quality LiDAR-sourced maps – without reliance on GPS. As part of … Continue reading

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USGS Evaluating New Lidar Systems

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has contracted with Woolpert to evaluate new lidar (light detection and ranging) technologies to assess the suitability to support the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). This use of the single photon and Geiger mode lidar for … Continue reading

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Is Laser Scanning Becoming a Commodity?

In his Confessions of a Hired Gun blog post this week Sam Billingsley builds a case for laser scanning services becoming a commodity. I am not completely convinced, but he raises  a number of important issues that I think you … Continue reading

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ASPRS UAS Mapping 2015 Reno

The second annual UAS technical symposium sponsored by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) announces the industry leaders in the UAS commercial industry who are confirmed for UAS MAPPING 2015 RENO! The program uniquely includes test course … Continue reading

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Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute

The ASCE has created a new institute that includes the surveying profession. UESI – refers to Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute. There will be a lot more information to come on this, but for now as noted in the previous … Continue reading

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ASCE Engineering Surveying Manual

As a follow up to the previous post the Geomatics committee is going to be re-writing the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) Engineering Surveying Manual. It is being written primarily for practicing professionals who have a need to understand … Continue reading

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