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Welcome to the end of July issue of LiDAR News. I was not in the best spirit when I
started writing this today. We are in the middle of major heat wave, but actually I promised my
wife I was not going to complain about the heat after the winter we just had, so Life is Great.
The word I continue to receive from beta testers is that the LiDAR data processing tools and
point cloud engine in ArcGIS 10.1 are going to impress. The other follow up issue from the Esri
User Conference concerns Lightsquared. I have not spent much time on this topic as it is not
directly related to LiDAR, but if you have a vested interest in GPS, as many of us do, I think
you should make your voice heard about this very important issue.
We continue to receive very positive response on our recently published premier edition of
LiDAR Magazine. This is the first magazine to exclusively serve the LiDAR and laser scanning
industries so be sure to have a look, and if you have an interesting story please let me know. Click to see it
The featured video in this issue comes from a firm in the Netherlands. Cyclomedia has just
finished development of a data fusion technology that they are calling Depth Cyclorama which uses
LiDAR to georeference the pixels in their panoramic images - very impressive.
The Spotlight this time goes to John Caya and Mike Neuman from Mandli Communications with a
detailed look at the statewide projects where they are using multiple, mobile data collection
sensor systems. Articles this issue are by Stephen Clancy giving his clear explanation of the
components of a Mobile Positioning System. Michael Olsen recaps his exciting visit to the Leica
Geosystems factory in Heerbrugg, Switzerland - a place I hope to get to one day and Fred Persi
provides his words of wisdom about scaling your laser scanning business - be careful.
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New Articles from the LiDAR News team...
A Visit to the Leica
Geosystems Manufacturing Facility: Michael Olsen ? While presenting at the
ISEC-6 conference in Zurich, Switzerland, my wife and I were invited to take a tour of the Leica
Geosystems manufacturing facility in Heerbrugg, Switzerland. It was a very informative
experience to be able to see the assembly of high precision survey instruments. While we did not
Tackling Large Projects:
From 10 to 10,000 scans: Fred Persi ? ?How do we expand into large
projects?? This is a common question heard from providers of scanning services. Typically a
firm has success in executing short projects lasting a week or so, and wants to tackle bigger
projects of significantly longer duration. It would be nice if ramping up were a simple matter,
Systems: Stephen Clancy ? In traditional Surveying and Mapping, points are
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known location (X, Y, Z or elevation). By performing three-dimensional coordinate geometry
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This section is an update about LiDAR conferences, training, seminars, webinars and other
relevant events. Feel free to make a suggestion for future consideration.
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Germany: September 27-29
SPAR Europe 2011
? The Hague, Netherlands: November 8-9
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