Well, thanks to Tina Carey it appears that at least one group is researching the possible benefits of using massive clusters of computers – the Cloud to process LiDAR data. The SDSC – the San Diego Supercomputer Center has received funding from the National Science Foundation. Described as “massive spatial data sets”, they are high-resolution topographic data obtained with airborne LiDAR.
I understand that one industry insider when asked about the potential benefits of leveraging the Cloud did not believe that it made sense for most of today’s workflows. In any case I am just relieved to know that the 3D laser scanning industry is somehow linked to the Cloud.