Monthly Archives: June 2016

Preserving History in 3D

This article in Scientific American provides an important introduction to the use of 3D laser scanning for preserving important historic sites around the world as well as justification for why we should be investing more in their documentation. From the … Continue reading

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FAA to Announce UAS Rules

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the FAA could release the long anticipated rules for UAS as early as tomorrow. This would allow UAS weighing roughly 50 pounds to fly at low altitudes only in daylight and within sight … Continue reading

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Contributions of LiDAR to Ecosystem Service Planning and Markets

This paper reviews the drivers and co-benefits of expanded LiDAR data investment by local government entities and presents a case study of forest carbon markets in California to illuminate how this investment compares to investment in the acquisition of field … Continue reading

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Animating Point Clouds

In past years, I have developed much interest in game engines and using them for animating remote sensing observations that we do mostly with laser scanners nowadays. The laser scanning point clouds are very dense, they contain so much detail. … Continue reading

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Oblique + Nadir + Lidar

This is certainly an indication from Leica GeoSystems that they intend to be a player in cities of the future. Appropriately the new strategy is being labeled Leica RealCity and as you will see in the video it is grand … Continue reading

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Lidar News Today – 6/16/16

This week’s Lidar News Today is highlighting a number of interesting topics including an inside look at a firm based in Florida that has built a reputation for being experts in merging hydrographic and 3D laser scan data. The FHWA … Continue reading

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NSF NEON Lidar Workshop – Free

I hope you are reading this. The NSF is sponsoring a free course on the use of lidar. Your course fee, room and some meals will be paid. Transportation to Boise, ID is not covered. This 3-day course taught by … Continue reading

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OGC Point Cloud DWG Meeting

There is a meeting of the OGC Point Cloud DWG scheduled for the upcoming TC meetings in Dublin Ireland for Tuesday, June 21st @ 8:00 – 9:45. The following is the final agenda: Final Agenda: • Update on the Point … Continue reading

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Segmenting Point Clouds

A team of researchers from Oregon State University have developed a promising new approach to segmenting point clouds. New technologies such as lidar enable the rapid collection of massive datasets to model a 3D scene as a point cloud. However, … Continue reading

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Flying Cars

Forget all that talk about autonomous vehicles. The real future of transportation may be flying cars. No, I have not gone over the edge. There is a company Zee.Aero that Larry Page has reportedly invested $100 million in and that … Continue reading

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