Category Archives: point clouds

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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Sensor Fusion Makes Sense for Autonomous Vehicles

The automotive industry remains divided on the sensor configuration needed to support autonomous driving. Tesla is resolute that cameras and radar systems will be sufficient, yet both systems have their shortcomings. Harman, a Samsung company believes safe automated and autonomous … Continue reading

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Scan to BIM – How to Deal with Real World Imperfections

Thanks to Dan Edleson for this third guest blog post discussing the imperfections that need to be recognized in the real world of Scan to BIM. “If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be.” – Yogi Berra The great thing … Continue reading

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A Detailed Evaluation of Uncrewed UAS Lidar

Uncrewed aircraft systems (UASs) with integrated light detection and ranging (lidar) technology are becoming an increasingly popular and efficient remote sensing method for mapping. Due to its quick deployment and comparatively inexpensive cost, uncrewed laser scanning (ULS) can be a … Continue reading

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Footwear as Evidence – Documenting in 3D

Imprinted in sand, moulded in dirt, or stamped on the floor—footprints discovered at crime scenes can provide evidence for forensics teams who play a vital game of whodunit. In a two-dimensional form, the footwear evidence can be flawed at best. … Continue reading

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Indian Researchers Restoring Tribal Art with Lidar

Technological advancements over the past few decades have changed how we live our lives. The number of applications of technology in real-life scenarios is numerous. Here is an episode where technology is being used by Indian researchers to restore art … Continue reading

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USGS NGP Releases New Lidar Base Specification

The USGS NGP Lidar Base Specification version 2.1 is now available. Some notable changes include: Defining the project area as the lidar acquisition project boundary plus a 100-meter buffer Applying the specification to the extent of the defined project area … Continue reading

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Scan to BIM for Absolute Beginners by Dan Edleson

The first time I ever saw someone modeling off a point cloud, I assumed it was just an inefficient workaround. I thought I had seen everything Revit had to offer and looking at the pixelated images in the Revit browser … Continue reading

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Automating Plant ID with Laser Scanning and AI

Automated camera systems have enabled scientists to quickly track traits of thousands of plants. Now researchers at the Salk Institute are automating plant identification with 3D laser scanning and machine-learning algorithms. The algorithms teach a computer to analyze three-dimensional shapes … Continue reading

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Last Chance to Register for Multi-Sensor Data Fusion Webinar

Okay,  for all the last minute folks out there the time has come to register for an important and free educational webinar, entitled “Advantages and Challenges of a Multi-Sensor, 3D Data Fusion Strategy.” If you are not able to attend, … Continue reading

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