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Welcome to the charter edition of the LiDAR eNewsletter! Our new site is live, at
First off, I want to thank all the loyal readers of our In the Scan blog. Our new eNewsletter format would not have been possible without your continued support and interest. I would also like to thank Marc and Allen Cheves for the opportunity to become part of the growing Spatial Media family. Together, we can bring you a publication exclusively dedicated to LiDAR and laser scanning technology—be it terrestrial, aerial or mobile.
The plan for the eNewsletter is to publish bi-weekly. I will continue to blog, although it may not be quite as often. Visit for more.
In addition to my thoughts and interests I have assembled what I trust you will find is a diverse and impressive group of contributing authors. We will attempt to cover as many applications of 3D laser scanning as possible. If you think we are leaving something out, please submit your ideas for a guest article.
In this issue Joe Croser, VP of Products at Pointools, discusses the value of the point cloud model. Michael Olsen, Assistant Professor at Oregon State University, brings us up to speed on their outstanding Geomatics program. Fred Persi of Persi Consulting provides his unique perspective on technology. John Russo, Founder of ARC, explains how he uses laser scanning to measure buildings. And Richard Rybka, Mobile Mapping Specialist at Topcon, provides his insights on the game changing impact of mobile mapping.
In addition to our bi-weekly eNewsletter our goal for the coming year is to develop a quarterly online magazine. Stay tuned for more information on that as our plans progress.
Please don't hesitate to drop me a line if you have any questions or recommendations.
Best regards,
Gene Roe
Managing Editor
LiDAR News

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2010 Leica HDS User Conference
In this issue I would like to spotlight the 2010 Leica HDS User Conference, recently held in San Ramon, California. This is one of my favorite events of the year for a number of reasons—location, organization, quality of presentations and networking opportunities. Geoff Jacobs, Senior VP of Marketing, spares no effort to ensure that the nearly 300 attendees get the most out of their investment, and this year was no exception.
Space does not allow for a full recap (although we'll publish The American Surveyor's recap shortly), so I am going to provide a few highlights ...

Video of the week
Check out our video of the week, hand-picked by our editorial team:
Remote Sensing UAV
Currently, the Gatewing X100 is only offered with a metric digital camera. As you will see in the video the focus is on digital terrain modeling and orthophotos, but can anyone doubt that this system will not be used for LiDAR in the near future.
It would not take that many projects to recover the $50k investment in the X100—incredible.
New Articles for December, from the LiDAR News team...

Joe CroserPoint Cloud Model Eliminates Waste During Complex Construction:
Joe Croser:
? One of the most challenging builds ever seen on 'Grand Designs' comes in on time and on budget after 3d laser scanning confirms accuracy of 'just-built' items prior to ordering prefabricated components. Construction is risky. That's why the final bill is often 30% higher than anticipated. Errors lead to rework which increases waste, elongates the schedule, and increases the ...

Michael OlsenGeomatics and Laser Scanning at Oregon State University:
Michael Olsen
? Geomatics is part of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering (CCE) at Oregon State University (OSU). There are over 1,000 students in the CCE program. One advantage to this arrangement is students can obtain dual licensure in engineering and surveying, which provides them with additional career opportunities. Recently in 2009, Oregon State University ...

Fred PersiGreetings, and Welcome!: Fred Persi ? Greetings, and welcome. Allow me to take the opportunity to introduce myself, explain what my background and interests are, and provide a little taste of what to expect from this space in the coming months. My main interest lies in the creation, management, and growth of technology-based ventures, especially those involving laser scanning or sophisticated software applications. I help convert ideas or technology ...

John RussoBuilding Surveying, Laser Scanning and BIM: John Russo ? They say the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Well then my journey to this point in time certainly has not been the shortest. I began my journey as a building surveyor while at my first job working for an architect. I remember being tasked with measuring a building to create an as-built architectural floor plan. The tools of my trade at that time were nothing more than a clip board ...

Richard RybkaMobile Mapping - The New Paradigm for Data Collection:
Richard Rybka
? We are in the midst of the emergence of a new paradigm for data collection. For our purposes, we can best define paradigm as a "model or pattern that is commonly accepted as a way of doing things". In our daily work as technicians, it pertains to the tools and methods we use to perform routine tasks that produce the required results. A significant change in an accepted ...

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Optech Acquires Second Photogrammetric Camera Company
Creaform Sells 1500th Handyscan 3D Laser Scanner to Daimler Automotive
NVision?s Scanning Saves Invensys 60 hours in Mechanical Upgrade
European LiDAR Mapping Forum Exceeded all Expectations
Riegl USA Announces the New V-Line VQ-580 Airborne Laser Scanner
New AVEVA IntelliLaser for Intelligent Integration of Laser Data into Plant Asset Management Launched at SPAR Europe
Riegl USA Announces the New V-Line Riegl VZ-1000 3D Laser Scanner
A Dimensional Shift
GeoDigital International Purchases Two More Riegl Sensors
Trimble Tunnel Construction Solution Streamlines the Workflow of Building Road and Railway Tunnels
Trimble Spearheads "BIM to Field" Initiative Providing Industry Best Practices for Building Owners, Contractors and Engineers
StreetMapper Conference Programme Announced
Credent Technology Sells Velodyne HDL 64E to Singapore's Research Lab
Milan Cathedral Restoration Goes Hi-Tech with Pointools 3D Laser Model
George Ross Appointed Director of Manufacturing at Velodyne LiDAR
Taking Off with a New Innovative Survey Aircraft
RailWorks Deploys Amberg Technologies? GRP Track Measurement System
Zoller+Fröhlich Announces the IMAGER 5010
Leica Cyclone v7.1 Software Speeds Point Cloud Processing
CAD Models Supported in Leica TruView Software for Point Clouds
Leica ScanStation C10 FW v.2.0 ? Unequalled Productivity and Versatility
Topcon Releases Latest Version of Powerful Laser Scanner Software: ScanMaster 2.0
Creaform Introduces the MetraSCAN 3D Scanner
New Leica XPro 5.0 - Digital Surface Models (DSM) and Stereo-Viewable Frame Images from Airborne Line Sensor Imagery
Leica Geosystems Announces New Airborne LIDAR Technology
Trimble Introduces New Digital Sensor System for Aerial Mapping
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