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Welcome to the first August issue of LiDAR News. It's amazing to see the activity
associated with LiDAR and laser scanning in contrast to the doom and gloom that seems to be
everywhere in the news. It's like two different worlds, yet when one stops to think about it,
firms are more willing and in some cases?like government transportation agencies that are being
force to reduced head count?they must invest in information technology in order to have
any hope of maintaining their level of service.
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 to share please let me
know. Click to see it
The next edition of LiDAR Magazine is well into the planning stages. We intend to publish in mid-
September, just in time for INTERGEO, the world's largest trade fair for all things geo.
The featured video in this issue comes from SAAB. This glimpse into the future?titled Rapid 3D
Mapping?makes one wonder how long it will take for this technology to migrate from the military
to the commercial world.
The Spotlight this time goes to a new contributing author, Michael Gerlek. First of all, Welcome
Michael, and second, I think you will find his perspectives on open source LiDAR software to be
very timely and informative.
Richard Rybka explains that although mobile mapping systems have come a long way in terms of
ease of use, that in fact, mission planning is still critical to a successful outcome. John Russo
provides Part 1 of his revealing look into the combination of terrestrial mobile scanning with
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LiDAR News is updated 24/7 with the latest news and announcements affecting the business..
Open Source for LiDAR
It?s 2011 already and ?open source? isn?t the cool new buzzword it once was. The open source
model is now mainstream: many of the websites you visit every day with Firefox would not exist
without the Linux operating system and the Apache web server. In our own geospatial industry,
most of the software packages we use are built with at least some open source components. But
focusing in even narrower, what about our lidar community: are there open ...
Check out our video of the week, hand-picked by our editorial team:
SAAB RAPID 3D MAPPING
For a captivating look into the future of what is coming to the commercial 3D world in the
next few years have a look at this promotional video is all about data processing. ...
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New Articles from the LiDAR News team...
The Critical Importance of
Mission Planning: Richard Rybka ? The speed and intensity with which mobile
mapping systems can collect data over large areas has a tendency to relax people about pre-
planning data collection runs. It's so easy to go out and collect data. But if you are in the
mobile mapping business for profit, you need to make every minute and mile of your project ...
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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.
? Calgary, Alberta, Canada: August 29 - 31
Germany: September 27-29
SPAR Europe 2011
? The Hague, Netherlands: November 8-9
European LiDAR Mapping
? Salzburg, Austria: November 29-30
Send your event info to editor[at]lidarmag.com
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