GoGeomatics 2019 Conference Being Planned for Ottawa

GoGeomatics is a website that supports the geomatics community across Canada and beyond. At the Ottawa GoGeomatics Meetup this past November, founder and CEO Jonathan Murphy led a discussion on what will be the first-ever GoGeomatics Conference in 2019.

This is from a recent article.

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GoGeomatics 2019 Conference Being Planned

In Canada we are lucky to have some excellent geomatics events, and many interesting regional and tech specific events on the calendar each year. Check out our Events Calendar for some of them (or to add your own event).

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CES Opens Today with the Key Vendors Jockeying for Position

As CES opens today in Las Vegas there is  a press release from each of the major vendors as they try to out do each other for the top spot in the news. Rather than trying to sort this out the following will apply to the generic developments that are likely to take place in 2019, minus the hype.

CES Opens Today - Sensor Fusion - Analog Devices Inc.CES Opens Today - Sensor Fusion - Analog Devices Inc.

CES Opens Today – Sensor Fusion – Analog Devices Inc.

From an article by Charles Murray in DesignNews.

There are important, far-reaching developments taking place in the core technologies of radar, lidar and IMU’s that are setting the stage for autonomous vehicles that will see better and therefore be able to make quicker decisions.

“To some extent, we might see those technologies implemented in vehicles that have constrained environments, like robo-taxis in geo-fenced areas,” noted Chris Jacobs, vice president of autonomous transportation and automotive safety for Analog Devices, Inc. “Or they will initially be deployed in environments with benign weather conditions like Phoenix, Arizona.”

The improvements include:

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Government Shutdown – Direct Impact on Surveying Community

Once again the politicians in Washington have forced a government shutdown that is having a direct impact on the surveying community.

Jan.   2, 2019 – From an article on the xyHt website by Dave Doyle and Gavin Schrock

logo of NGS Government Shutdown Includes NGS Websites

Government Shutdown Includes NGS Websites

Editor’s Note: We find ourselves in another government shutdown that has affected services from the National Geodetic Survey (NGS)—like the automated online post-processing user system (OPUS) that surveyors have become increasingly reliant on. Several readers asked us to re-post the following from the retired NGS chief geodetic surveyor Dave Doyle, as relevant as it was the last time around. We’ve also added tips and resource links at the end. We realize that the underlying elements of any such event can be a cause for heated disagreements, but this is not the place to vent those frustrations.

Please listen to Dave: he is wise and informed, and let’s all try to get through this as best we can.

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Alluxa Makes Thin-Film Interference Filters for Lidar

Alluxa is a world leader in high-performance optical filters and thin-film coatings. In this highly informative white paper Alluxa explains how their high-performance, ultra-narrowband interference filters improve LIDAR signal-to-noise ratios.

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Alluxa Lidar Filter

Arguably the most versatile active remote sensing technique, LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is used across platforms and across disciplines. Long known to be one of the most important technologies in Earth and atmospheric sciences, LIDAR is now being utilized for obstacle avoidance in autonomous vehicles, urban planning, security, infrastructure development, and many other applications. This surge of novel uses recently forced an influx of technological advancements and a renewed interest in LIDAR sensors that is driving down the cost and making the technology more accessible.

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Geo Week includes MAPPS, ASPRS and ILMF

It’s going to be quite a month for the 3D geospatial industries with CES next week, TRB the following, then the World of Concrete and Geo Week wraps up January 2019. WOW, that’s a lot of lidar and 3D laser scanning opportunities. I will be at the last two.

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Geo Week 2019

The time for procrastination is over. You may still find some low airfares, but not for much longer. Time to pull the trigger.

I have a colleague that is going to report on the presence of lidar and drones at CES in Vegas next week. That is no small chore, but this person has a ton of experience in high tech. I am predicting that lidar technology will be the stand out at CES 2019.

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Apple is Switching from Laser Dots to ToF Camera in 2019?

Rumor has it that Apple is switching cameras from the TrueDepth that projects laser dots to a time-of-flight (ToF) 3D scanning sensor from Sony that is less expensive.

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Apple is Switching to ToF Camera

Apple stock took a major hit yesterday as they announced they would miss their sales targets for the next quarter. In part this is the result of customers not seeing the need to upgrade their smart phones as fast as Apple would like them to, especially since the carriers are not subsidizing the phone purchases they way they used to. I know the feeling as I just went through it. I am sure I don’t use 20% of the functionality of my new phone.

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Disease-carrying Mosquitoes Being Tracked with Lidar

According to the World Health Organization, disease-carrying mosquitoes are the “greatest menace” of disease-spreading insects.

From an article in The Vector.

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NJIT Using Lidar to Study Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes

Mosquitos can transmit yellow fever, dengue fever, and malaria, which affect 500 million people a year. Despite the damage mosquitos do every year, keeping track of the tiny insects has proven difficult.

Researchers at NJIT, led by Dr. Benjamin Thomas, have made progress on a high-capacity insect tracking technology that utilizes infrared lasers. The light detection and ranging (LiDAR) technology used in this research to track and learn about mosquitos operates similarly toRadio detection and ranging (RaDAR).

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Phoenix Lidar Proves Whether it Snows on Mars

At minus 100 degrees Celsius, it is certainly cold enough for ice to form in the Mars atmosphere, but these scientists relied on NASA’s Phoenix lidar to finally answer the question.

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Front Range Virga – No Lidar – Photo by Tom Yulsman

From an article in Discover by Tom Yulsman.

First, what about those clouds in the image above? If you live somewhere with wide open vistas, you’ve probably seen the phenomenon yourself: darkish streaks appearing to hang from a cloud deck.

This is called “virga” — precipitation falling from the clouds but mostly not reaching the ground. I’ve seen virga many times before, but usually in summer. This is when temperatures are high and humidity near the surface can be relatively low, causing shafts of rain falling from clouds to evaporate before the drops reach the ground.

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2019 – Let’s Make it the Year of the YGP

Overall 2018 has been a very positive year for the 3D laser scanning and lidar industry, but for me the news item with the greatest potential impact is the Younger Geospatial

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Inez Vilas Boas – YGP 2019

I can’t think of a single news item during 2018 that really got everyone’s attention, or changed the game. No question that the autonomous vehicle industry has taken the lead in pushing the envelope for lidar sensors, particularly solid state and we are starting to see people like Jeff Fagerman at LidarUSA integrating one of these sensors on a small UAS. The combination of drones and lidar will certainly continue to become more cost effective and powerful in 2019.

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The 3D Laser Scanning Industry – Where Are We?

There is no question that 2018 has seen advancements in many of the 3D laser scanning application areas, including the red hot drone and autonomous vehicle sectors, but as an industry are we taking full advantage of the transformation from 2D to 3D?

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The 3D Laser Scanning Industry

Two items come to mind in trying to answer the question of where is the 3D laser scanning industry.

The first is the conversation I had a few months back with a veteran principal at a 1400+ person consulting engineering firm and a senior VP at one of the largest commercial real estate firms in the U.S. When I asked them about the idea of creating and more importantly, funding the creation of a digital twin for newly constructed or renovated projects they both agreed there was very little, if any interest in doing this.

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