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Welcome to the end of June issue of LiDAR News. I received a number of compliments from readers that I met with at the recent Optech Innovative LiDAR Solutions Conference, and Hexagon 2011. It is very gratifying to hear that the spirit of community is developing and that you are finding real value in our offerings. I hope you had a chance to see our latest digital offering - LiDAR Magazine. Check out our charter edition if you haven't already.
The featured video in this issue comes from CSIRO (Australia?s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization), who is involved with the development of a handheld scanning system that combines a 2D laser scanner with an IMU and sophisticated software to rapidly generate a 3D model.
Lewis Graham gets the spotlight with his discussion of the newly formed LiDAR division within ASPRS ? the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. This is the first new ASPRS division since 1986 when GIS was added. Congratulations to all involved for making this happen.
Even as an early adopter I have been a little skeptical of the rate of adoption of mobile scanning ? I think the cost has a lot to do with that, but the more I learn I have to agree with Richard Rybka that this is going to be a disruptive technology.
On a similar note, Jarlath O?Neil-Dunne paints a very interesting picture of the possible impact of Microsoft and Google entering the LiDAR and orthophoto marketplace. Our final article from Michael Raphael at Direct Dimensions highlights this firm?s extensive experience in scanning and modeling aircraft where every surface detail counts.
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Gene Roe, LS, PE, PhD
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ASPRS and the LiDAR Division by Lewis Graham
The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS, www.asprs.org) formed a new LIDAR division during its annual conference in May. To be sure, the society has been engaged in LIDAR work virtually from the time LIDAR appeared on the commercial scene. ...
 
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Video of the week
Check out our video of the week, hand-picked by our editorial team:
CSIRO Portable 3D Mapping
CSIRO has combined a 2D laser with an IMU and real time post processing software to rapidly develop 3D models for mining and other emergency management applications. ....
Please drop a line if you have any questions or requests: editor@lidarmag.com.
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Lewis
Graham 
ASPRS and the LIDAR Division : Lewis Graham ? The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS, www.asprs.org) formed a new LIDAR division during its annual conference in May. To be sure, the society has been engaged in LIDAR work virtually from the time LIDAR appeared on the commercial scene. This work has been conducted within the Photogrammetry..
O'Neil-Dunne 
Disruptive Technologies and Disruptive Organizations: Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne ? There has been a lot of talk about disruptive technologies in the tech media in the past two years, much of it revolving around the iPhone/iPad and the impact such devices will have on PC sales. The term, which was coined in the mid 90s, generally refers to an innovation that radically changes ...
Michael Raphael  
Laser Scanning Aircraft for CFD Analysis : Michael Raphael ? Last month?s contribution to LiDAR News featured our use of 3D laser scanning technology on the original Wright Brothers 1903 airplane to help NASA and other experts figure out how the Wright Bros. developed flight without the use of modern day computers. See this link to review that article...
Richard
Rybka 
Why Mobile Mapping is Disruptive Technology : Richard Rybka ? "Disruptive technology" is a term used freely today in a world where innovation is cherished as the ultimate goal in product development. It refers to events that occur when the innovative product or technology works its way into the end-user mainstream, making significant changes to established markets and...
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TerraTools 4.0.2 Released
European LiDAR Mapping Forum Sells 60% of Exhibit Stands in Just 4 Weeks
Laser Scanning Aircraft for CFD Analysis
Disruptive Technologies and Disruptive Organizations
Spatial Media Announces Launch of LiDAR Magazine
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Scott Dunham Joins Geoshack
Lasergrammetry-based intelligent As- built 3D Modeling for Offshore Platforms
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    earthmine Partner Conference - Berkeley, California: July 7-8
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