Monthly Archives: May 2020

Avalanche Photodiode is High Power, but Eye Safe

Electrical and computer engineers at the University of Virginia and University of Texas-Austin have developed an avalanche photodiode that achieved record performance and has the potential to transform next generation night-vision imaging and Light Detection and Ranging (lidar) receivers. For … Continue reading

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Empire State Building Renovation Complexity Solved with 3D

Extreme heights, exacting materials and harsh winter weather were just a few of the challenges facing Skanska USA’s recent renovation of the observation deck of the Empire State Building, one of the world’s most iconic buildings. From an article in … Continue reading

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Analyzing a Train Wreck with Lidar and UAV Data

It was early morning on Dec. 18, 2017, and an Amtrak passenger train was making its inaugural run between Tacoma and Portland, Oregon. As it neared a curve leading to an Interstate-5 overpass near DuPont, the train was traveling at … Continue reading

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Removing Noise from Return Laser Scanning Pulse

Researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ) have created a 3D imaging system that uses quantum properties of light called parametric modes to create images about 40,000 times crisper, by removing noise, than current technologies, paving the way for … Continue reading

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Scanning the Super Galaxy at Travis Air Force Base

Scanning the Super Galaxy – the largest aircraft in the U.S. Air Force, inside and out is no small feat. From an article in the Daily Republic by Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman. A team from Sketchbox Inc., an augmented and … Continue reading

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Training Data for AVs is Key to Success

High-quality data is the fuel that powers AI algorithms. Without a continual flow of labeled training data, bottlenecks can occur and the algorithm will slowly get worse and add risk to the system. From an article in Tech Crunch by … Continue reading

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3D Scanning a Roller Coaster

Roller coaster installation and maintenance is serious business. Borrowing from The Perfectionists tolerances are tight especially when you take into account the speed of travel and the forces involved. For the past 35 years, Dr. Masoud Sanayei, a Professor of … Continue reading

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Measuring Snow Depth in Colorado with Lidar

Research Associate Blake Osborn with the Colorado Water Center/CSU Extension Service explained the various methods used for measuring snow depth in Colorado and how they function at the annual Agriculture Conference at Ski-Hi in Monte Vista Feb. 4. From an … Continue reading

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Entertainment Scanning Firm Joins Leading Game Platform

Thanks to my daughter for the heads up on this story. I am always amazed when I come across a 3D entertainment company like Quixel, a ten year old firm based in Sweden and Pakistan that has been scanning the … Continue reading

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High Definition Maps – What Are They?

It seems like the autonomous vehicle industry agrees that they will require high definition maps in order for the vehicle sensor packages to compare the derived location with what is supposed to be ground truth. The only problem is, nobody … Continue reading

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