Monthly Archives: May 2016

Forensic Competency Testing

This is something different. One of the items being offered at the upcoming HxGN LIVE user conference being held in Anaheim, CA June 13 – 16 will be a low-cost, proctored competency testing for those who use the Leica ScanStation. … Continue reading

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Chimney Rock

A group of researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder want to make it possible for everyone to virtually walk through the ancient dwellings at Chimney Rock National Monument as the ancient pueblo people did. Their work is part of … Continue reading

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Lasers or Cameras for Pavement Analysis?

This reminds me of my masters thesis on skid resistance of asphalt pavements. A University of Texas at Arlington engineer is working with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute to assess whether scanning lasers can accurately measure microtexture of pavement aggregates, … Continue reading

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Voxel Group Feature Extraction

The search for the Holy Grail continues. This paper from a group of researchers in China describes a voxel group approach to automate the extraction of buildings from mobile lidar surveys. “In this paper, a new technical framework for automatic … Continue reading

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Apple Invests $1 Billion in Didi

Apple’s announced a few days ago that it is investing $1 billion in Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-sharing company. This is just the latest signal that the future of cars will be radically different from anything we have imagined for … Continue reading

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As-Damaged BIMs

A group of Israeli researchers are working on developing algorithms to predict the damage states of concrete buildings with masonry infills. After an earthquake, Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) can capture point clouds of the damaged state of building facades rapidly, … Continue reading

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HxGN LIVE 2016 – Anaheim, CA

Hexagon and Leica Geosystems are moving the venue for HxGN LIVE 2016 from Las Vegas to Anaheim, CA. This year’s extravaganza will be held June 13 – 16. Time to make your reservations and take advantage of the early bird … Continue reading

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Lidar, CCD and Hyperspectral

This paper describes the design, implementation and performance of a novel airborne system, which integrates commercial waveform LiDAR, CCD (Charge-Coupled Device) camera and hyperspectral sensors into a common platform system. CAF’s (The Chinese Academy of Forestry) LiCHy (LiDAR, CCD and … Continue reading

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Comparing Mobile Scanning Systems

This research was conducted in Poland comparing a Z + F system with a Riegl which used the VMX 250 to measure the gauge of railroad track. The point of these tests was to answer the question of whether the … Continue reading

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Saving the HMS Victory with Laser Scanning

A very popular tourist attraction in the UK is collapsing under its own weight. HMS Victory, Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar, needs 136 metal props fitted as the historic vessel’s deck sinks towards its keel (a … Continue reading

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