Monthly Archives: September 2015

Rock Fall Point Clouds

Using terrestrial laser scanning to better understand and monitor rock face stability can be a challenging use of the technology given the irregular nature of the surfaces, issues with angle of incidence and the dynamic nature of the material. Michael … Continue reading

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Lidar and IFSAR

This is an interesting site dealing with the fusion of lidar and IFSAR data. It is hosted by the USGS, the Forest Service and others. A major component of this project was the development of specialized remote sensing software systems … Continue reading

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Lidar Explained

This National Geographic graphic animation page provides a very easy to understand explanation of how airborne lidar is dramatically changing the field of archaeology and as we know many others for that matter. In this case by measuring the distance … Continue reading

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How Flat is Flat?

I have always been fascinated by the people who pursue the world land speed record. In this case it’s a British group that claims they are building a 1,000 mile per hour vehicle. At that speed you would like to … Continue reading

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IHEEP 2015 Report

The first 24 hours at IHEEP 2015 were very productive. IHEEP is the International Highway Engineer Exchange Program. As the name indicates this organization’s roots are in face-to-face communication and we all know what value the younger generation places on … Continue reading

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Google’s Project Soli

Well it’s radar, not lidar, but it’s still 3D and the potential for this technology is pretty amazing. Google has invented a device that can track the smallest movements of the hand – see the video below using electronics that … Continue reading

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Documenting the Rising Star Caves

This has to be one of the more challenging scanning projects and one that may have produced one of the most important discoveries. Homo naledi was discovered in the Rising Star caves in the Cradle of Humankind, in a virtually … Continue reading

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Next Generation StreetMapper

3D Laser Mapping are proud to announce their next generation mobile mapping system offering an easy to use and portable solution with accurate results. Accurate: Up to 10mm survey grade accuracy Reliable: Suitable for use in the most hostile environments Simple: … Continue reading

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Smarter Scanner

I have always said that scanners are dumb. Well, the folks at Ocular Robotics have changed that. Their scanners can be programmed to collect data at specified resolutions and in certain regions. From their literature: Ocular Robotics’ 3D LiDAR systems … Continue reading

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Indoor Mapping System Update

Viametris is one of the leading indoor mapping system integrators. Their latest system the iMS 3D includes the SBG SYSTEMS’ miniature AHRS (attitude and heading reference system), the Ellipse-A. Based on the SLAM technology, the iMS 3D is equipped with … Continue reading

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