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Welcome to the mid October 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 2 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.
Vol1No2 We continue to receive very positive responses on our online edition of LiDAR Magazine. This month we publish the second installment. This is the first magazine to exclusively serve the LiDAR and laser scanning industries so be sure to have a look.       Click to see Number 2 >>>
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Linking Lidar to Coastal Stewardship
The workload just keeps growing for local, state, and federal officials charged with safeguarding the vitality and natural resources of U.S. coastal communities. The nation?s population living near the oceans and Great Lakes has grown by 47 percent since 1970, and this rapid growth is placing unprecedented demands on coastal communities. These communities are also on the front lines of intensifying natural hazards, a point underscored just last ...

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New Articles from the LiDAR eMagazine...
Looking Forward and Back
Welcome to the second edition of the LiDAR Magazine. I would like to take this opportunity to thank many of you for the compliments that we have received on our first edition. It is very encouraging. This is truly a team effort, so for all the people behind the scenes that make this magic ....
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Linking Lidar to Coastal Stewardship
The workload just keeps growing for local, state, and federal officials charged with safeguarding the vitality and natural resources of U.S. coastal communities. The nation?s population living near the oceans and Great Lakes has grown by 47 percent since 1970, and this rapid growth is ....
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BuckEye in 2011 and Beyond: Delivering High-Resolution Terrain Data to the Warfighter
The U.S. Army Geospatial Center?s (AGC) BuckEye program is not just another LIDAR technology program. BuckEye, named for Ohio State?s mascot, the home of America?s leading photogrammetry department, is focused on tactical warfighter needs. As a result, BuckEye has ....
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Software Review: Quick Terrain (QT) Modeler
For the past ten years the major geospatial software packages have offered little to no support for LiDAR data. Visualizing and analyzing LiDAR data often entailed hours, days, or even weeks of processing time, and even then the results were typically less than ideal. This is understandable, many ....
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The Importance of Applied Control
The data you capture is only as good as the applied control. Mobile LiDAR data, on its own, is not what we would classify as ?survey accurate??meaning accurate enough to defend (sign and seal) for engineering design or similar services. Now that I?ve got your attention, that same ....
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Putting the pieces together? Laser scan geo- referencing
Greetings and welcome from the US Northwest! In the last issue, I related some fun experiences while scanning seacliffs in San Diego. In this article, I would like to discuss some of the challenges we faced while trying to geo-reference our data and the subsequent development of a freely ....
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Terrestrial Mobile LiDAR Scanning (TMLS) and Static Scanning Combined
Much has been written, debated and discussed about the pros and cons of both Terrestrial Mobile LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) Scanning?TMLS and Static Laser Scanning. This is especially evident in the world of ....
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Autodesk and Bentley Systems Talk About Mobile LiDAR
Software is the key to a complete solution for the end-user? there is no question about it. Hardware manufacturers continue to build advanced mobile mapping systems?like Topcon?s new HD Mapper system that collects 1.3 million LiDAR points per second. But when it comes down to the ....
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TopoLift?Reinventing the Tripod for Laser Scanning
As the old saying goes, ?Necessity is the mother of invention?. ?Necessity? is the only way to describe the motivation behind Certainty 3D?s development of TopoLIFT. With scanning technology becoming dramatically faster, the last remaining productivity killer in the field is standard tripod operation ....
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Undet Development Supported by EU Structural Assistance Funds
Hexagon Metrology Announces Free Webinar on PC-DMIS 2011 MR1
Bluesky Secures 2.4 million Euros EC Funding for Green Energy Research
Blue Marble to Exhibit at the 2011 GEOINT Symposium
The Topcon Group Announces Magnet Cloud-based Software for Real-time Collaboration
Merrick Retained on a 3-Year Contract with Henrico County
GeoDigital to Unveil New Surveillance Technology at GEOINT 2011 ? Booth #1217
Reconnaissance of the Tsunami Damaged Regions in Japan using Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS)
AVEVA releases AVEVA Engineering
Spheron SceneWorks
Initial Version of SCALGO Software for Processing Massive Terrain Data Sets Released
Archaeological Survey Technologies, Data Integration, and Applications (ASTDA) Seminar
AVEVA Announces Additional Dates for its ?Breakthrough in Engineering Productivity Roadshows? in North America
Hexagon Metrology Becomes Official Partner of Hendrick Motorsports for Dimensional Metrology Products and Services
AVEVA acquires the LFM software division of Z+F UK
Scanned Edinburgh Old Town Revealed
LIDAR Best Practices: Part II ? Field Analysis
Mobile LiDAR Captures Data for Driving Simulator
AVEVA releases major enhancements to AVEVA Plant
Scanning For Answers
Blom Completes Vegetation Analysis Using Terrestrial Laser Scanning in Jihlava, Czech Republic
Mobile Mapping Data Collection Guidelines
An Intro to LiDAR
QCoherent Announces New Release and Advanced Classification Features
FARO Introduces Next Generation Focus 3D Laser Scanner for 3D Documentation
Creaform Publishes Technical Paper on its Technological Fundamentals
Optech Announces Rapid Mobilization Platform for Lynx Mobile Mapper
Topcon?s IS-3 Enhances Long-range Scanning
KOREC Group Joins Pointools Sales Partner Program in UK & Ireland
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