Category Archives: Laser Scanning

Airborne Lidar Industry Understands Value of Standards

As I mentioned in a recent post, the airborne lidar industry has had the good fortune and wisdom to continue to follow the time proven mapping standards established for aerial photogrammetry projects. Lidar is basically treated as just another imaging … Continue reading

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Crawling Robots Use Cameras to Inspect Wind Blades

Drones and crawling robots outfitted with special scanning technology could help wind blades stay in service longer, which may help lower the cost of wind energy at a time when blades are getting bigger, pricier and harder to transport, Sandia … Continue reading

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Specifying 3D Accuracy When Using a SLAM Scanner

Monday’s post, which caused an encouraging jump in traffic, came in part from the preparations that are underway for a webinar on specifying 3D accuracy for laser scanners. This educational webinar, co-sponsored by the USIBD and Paracosm will discuss the … Continue reading

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TRB AFB80 Summer Meeting is Just One Week Away

TRB AFB80 is the standing committee focused on Geospatial Data Acquisition Technologies in Design and Construction relating to highway transportation. We will be meeting in Daytona, FL July 21 – 24, 2019 at the Daytona Hotel. Time to register for … Continue reading

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Surveying Control – Its Misuse and Effects on Accuracy

One of the most important concepts in surveying is the principle that surveying control should be significantly more accurate than the actual survey. Some say it should be twice as accurate, some say an order of magnitude. In many cases … 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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Second Annual World Safety Summit – Time to Register

Velodyne Lidar is hosting the second annual World Safety Summit on Autonomous Technology at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA, October 2, 2019. The event is free, but we encourage you to RSVP by clicking here. In the spirit of … 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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Lidar Commercialization Opportunity Comes From NASA

I became aware of this lidar commercialization opportunity few months ago when I was contacted by a would be entrepreneur who was doing some market research. Now that I have read this background piece I am more encouraged about the … Continue reading

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