Category Archives: 3D Modeling

Never Lost Again – Must Read for 3D Digital Mappers

When you are building your list of books to read in 2019, Never Lost Again by Bill Kilday deserves to be near the top of that list. It’s the inside story of Keyhole, Google Earth and now Niantic. An incredible … Continue reading

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Lidar Guided Aerial Saw – New Vegetation Management Tool

Pilot Kyle Fortune stands beside his helicopter in a North Carolina field ready to do something most pilots don’t – trim trees along a power line right of way with a 33-foot lidar guided aerial saw hanging from his helicopter. … Continue reading

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Emergency Responders Find Drones a Game Changer

Drones are proving to be a game changer for US emergency responders who are increasingly using the technology to spot fires, detect toxic gas or to locate missing people or suspects, experts say. From an article in Tech Xplore. “Where … Continue reading

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Polar Engineer Opening – October 1 Deadline

I received the following career opportunity announcement for a Polar Engineer from a former grad student at Oregon State University that I had the pleasure of working with. The window is short, so you have to move fast to get … Continue reading

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Interactive Visualization of 3D Coordinate Uncertainties

In speaking with Mike Olsen at OSU he remembered this paper on interactive visualization of point cloud data that he and YGP Matt O’Banion had published. It looks like a very important paper on 3D point cloud data accuracy. Abstract … Continue reading

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Infrastructure Inspections – Drones are an Important Solution

The use of drones to perform what in many cases are high risk, infrastructure inspections is on the rise. From bridges to pipelines to high voltage transmission towers drones equipped with the right sensor can keep inspectors out of harms … Continue reading

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Roboats Build 3D Maps of Amsterdam’s Canals in Real time

MIT researchers are working with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) to develop on-demand roboats for the city. With a name like “Ro(e)boat how could you go wrong? From an article in designboom. MIT and AMS are working … 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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Aviation Partnership Demonstrates UAV Traffic Control

Over nearly a week of testing — a week that followed months of preparation and involved five types of aircraft, four aircraft software systems, more than 30 engineers, pilots, and operations experts, and 141 flights — the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation … Continue reading

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Amazon Rainforest is Burning – Lidar Documentation

The RIEGL VZ-400i was used earlier this year to help aid Academy Research Fellow Eduardo Maeda with his continuing conservation efforts for the Amazon rainforest. The data received over a five-year monitoring period will be used to model changes in … Continue reading

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