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Welcome to the end of August issue of LiDAR News. A business associate once told me that all of the real business in a calendar year gets done after Labor Day, in this case September 5th. It should certainly be a busy fall with InterGEO, Spar Europe and ELMF on the conference calendar. In addition, I will be providing a keynote speech at Digital Documentation 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland the week of September 19th.
We are busy working on the next edition of our digital LiDAR Magazine. We intend to publish in September and although we are all set for this issue content-wise, if you have an interesting story that you want to promote please let me know as I am looking for material for our November issue.
The featured video in this issue comes from Teccon Mobile Mapping. The creator took the time to insert labels that describe the type of data being used and the accuracy of the collection - very informative.
The Spotlight this time goes to Lewis Graham for his discussion of best practices involving airborne LiDAR data collection. This is the first in a series that leverages Lewis' extensive experience in this field.
Richard Rybka raises a red flag on the issue of privacy as it applies to mobile scanning - a must read. Michael Raphael explains how his firm was able to apply laser scanning to incredibly improve the life of an injured soldier. For the software engineers that read LiDAR News Michael Gerlek provides his insight on an open source library for working with LAS files.
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