1. Thanks to an In the Scan reader today’s blog is all about Interface – a laser scanning consortium.
  2. Unavco is funded by NSF and NASA. They manage the Interface consortium.
  3. This is a model for other parts of the US and perhaps other countries.

Thanks to a comment from a reader ( I am please to report that the laser scanning consortium concept outlined in yesterday’s blog is already in full operation. I guess it wasn’t such a crazy idea after all.


INTERFACE (INTERdisciplinary alliance for digital Field data ACquisition and Exploration) is a project funded by NSF and managed by UNAVCO to help geoscientists in obtaining high resolution and precision, 3D surface data. INTERFACE provides a one-stop shop for users at any experience level to obtain instrumentation, software, and instruction in the collection of earth surface data by Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR).

UNAVCO has acquired an Optech Ilris 3D terrestrial laser scanner system as part of a Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) project funded by the NSF Office of Polar Programs. Researchers interested in TLS are encouraged to contact UNAVCO for additional information regarding project planning, proposal preparation, instrumentation and engineering support, and other services currently under development.

Please contact UNAVCO via email: ( or directly to discuss support options prior to proposal submission. Support may be requested from the UNAVCO On-line Support Request Form.

Interface is a Collaborative Research Project, Including:

  • University of Idaho
  • University of Texas, Dallas
  • University of Kansas
  • Arizona State University
  • GEON

Perhaps this idea could be cloned in other parts of the US, and in other countries to the benefit of the entire industry.

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