Category Archives: point clouds

Waymo Database Access for Academic Research

Academic researchers have now been granted access to the Waymo database, amassed by its fleet of self-driving cars. The move is a way to “give back to the community,” says Drago Anguelov, Waymo’s head of research, “not an admission in … Continue reading

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3D Coordinate Systems for Lidar Sensor Explained

Time to brush up on some calculus. Thomas Paul explains the basics of 3D coordinate systems in a Hackernoon blog post so that everyone can understand how it works. “When a laser pulse is emitted, its time-of-shooting and direction are … Continue reading

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Notre Dame Cathedral Update is Not Encouraging

I just heard an update on what has to be the saddest story that we reported on this year, namely the horrific fire in the roof of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. At this point they are not … Continue reading

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ICESat-2 Laser Scanning Satellite Needs Your Data

I guess this one belongs in the crowd sourced data folder. NASA is looking for volunteers to help ground truth and calibrate their laser scanning satellite ICESat-2 by measuring tree heights with your smart phone. NASA launched a laser-powered planetary … Continue reading

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Wave of Demand for Scanning Coming Says Industry Leader

Today 3D measurement is a common sight, not only in the quality field, but also for design, reverse engineering and movies. “In my view, there’s a wave of demand for 3D scanning coming,” says Michael Raphael, CEO and founder of … Continue reading

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Firefighter Safety Improved with 3-D Mapping

When a fire breaks out inside a large structure like a mall or office building, firefighter safety is often at the mercy of blueprints or hand-drawn sketches to figure out the safest way to navigate the smoke-filled corridors. From an … Continue reading

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Robber’s Cave Documented with 3D Laser Scanning

As bits of Robber’s Cave history fade to folklore, the thousands of engravings that crowd its Dakota sandstone walls like graffiti are likewise disintegrating, imperceptibly but inevitably, into miniature dunes at the base of the walls. From an article in … Continue reading

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Unmanned Vehicle Systems for Geomatics

I have had the opportunity to review an excellent scholarly reference entitled, “Unmanned Vehicle Systems for Geomatics – Towards Robotic Mapping.” The text was edited by Costas Armenakis and Petros Patias. Costas is an Associate Professor of Geomatics Engineering at … Continue reading

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Mobile Laser Scanning the Blue Mountains Rail Corridor

One of our valued RIEGL mobile laser scanning customers, Michael Finlay who is a Geospatial Engineer with Jacobs, recently shared an amazing railroad video that he worked on with his team. This project took the RIEGL VMX-450 mobile system scanning … Continue reading

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Indoor Mapping with Lidar to Support First Responders

Two projects are testing ways to use light detection and ranging (LiDAR) remote sensing for indoor mapping buildings to increase first responders’ safety and efficiency when they respond to emergencies. From an article in GCN by Stephanie Kanowitz Both efforts … Continue reading

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