Category Archives: Open Source

Sources of Free Lidar Data

This detailed article in Geospatial World by Anusuya Datta provides an extensive listing and description of a variety of free lidar data sources from around the world, as well as this informative introductory video. The USGS 3DEP program is the … Continue reading

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Topographic Survey Specification for Urban Projects

At 260 pages in length there is no question that a tremendous effort has gone into the development of this Topographic Survey Specification for Urban Projects (2009). It is truly an impressive document that deserves your review to see what … Continue reading

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A New Common Language for Feature Extraction – OpenLSEF

A fresh initiative to develop a common language for extracting information from a 3D point cloud is being referred to as OpenLSEF. The ASPRS is hosting a free webinar to explain this effort on April 27, 2018 at 12 PM … Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence

Even though the focus is on driverless cars, the majority of the book I am reading traces the history of  artificial intelligence and how we are now finally in a position to capitalize on machine learning. I think this is … Continue reading

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Open Source Laser Scanner

Looks like the wizards at LulzBot and BQ have teamed up to develop a fairly advanced open source laser scanner product offering for just $400. The Ciclop is fitted with a Logitech C270 HD camera and 2 class 1 line … Continue reading

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Open ROV

They are not scanning, but they are using laser light to measure distances. Continue reading

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agcXML – Interoperability for the Construction Industry

the agcXML mission is to develop and maintain open source interoperability standards for the commercial construction industry Continue reading

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Leica GeoSysytems Funds Open Source Code Sprint

In what I believe is a first for Leica GeoSystems they have announced a new series of code sprints with Open Perception. Continue reading

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CloudCompare Viewer for ASTM E57

This means there is now a free viewer for ASTM E57 data – exciting, plus the ability to compare point clouds (or a triangular mesh) from different vendors. Continue reading

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Changes with Point Cloud Library Project

I am just becoming aware of the fact that the open source PCL – Point Cloud Library project has moved from Willow Garage to a new home at Open Perception. Continue reading

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