Category Archives: Data

Comparison of Structure From Motion with UAV Lidar

In this paper a side-by-side comparison of structure from motion photogrammetry is performed with lidar using the same UAV platform. Thanks to Bill Gutelius at Qntfi for the lead. The capabilities and utility of UAV LiDAR and surface from motion … Continue reading

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Cleaning of 3D Laser Scans with Machine Learning

In this article, we introduce a semi-automated cleaning of 3D laser scans approach that incrementally trains a random forest (RF) classifier on an initial keep/discard point labeling generated by the user when cleaning the first scan(s). The classifier is then … Continue reading

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Cruise is Sharing Data Visualization Platform

Autonomous vehicle start-up Cruise is sharing a software platform with roboticists that was initially created to give its own engineers a better understanding of the petabytes of data generated every month from its fleet of autonomous vehicles. From an article … Continue reading

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Entertainment Industry Realizes Lidar Provides Control

In an impressive pair of presentations from the entertainment industry yesterday both companies explained that lower cost lidar scanners are a game changer. It turns out that lidar provides such a high level of accuracy that they can use it … Continue reading

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Ground Penetrating Radar for the Surveyor

One of the more impressive product announcements from this week at HxGN Live involves GRP – ground penetrating radar. Geoff Zeiss in his Between the Poles blog commented, “Two years ago the one-button BLK360 opened up engineering grade laser scanning … Continue reading

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Can Data Save the World? – HxGN LIVE Keynote

One should expect that with a keynote title of “Can Data Save the World?” that it was going to be a thought provoking presentation. I have not attended a keynote speech that was so well documented, poignant and at the … 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. I am in the last minute push to get ready for my trip to … Continue reading

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NSPS Model Standards Recommend 95% Confidence Levels

I have been doing some research on the NSPS Model Standards which were adopted in 2002 before the widespread use of 3D laser scanners. I think there is a need for an update to address the needs of the lidar … Continue reading

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USGS To Conduct Lidar Survey of Volcanic Eruption

Since the end of 2018’s volcanic activity, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists have wanted to resurvey Kīlauea Volcano’s ground surface to document changes brought about by the Puna eruption and summit collapse. Doing so would allow them to more accurately … Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence Could Transform Power Industry

The Electric Power Research Institute, as the name implies is focused on the electric industry. A recent article in the EPRI Journal investigates how drones and artificial intelligence could transform the power system. From an article by Chris Warren. Once … Continue reading

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