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Welcome to the November issue of LiDAR News. I hope you all received the 2nd edition of our digital LiDAR Magazine. This is the only publication dedicated to the LiDAR and laser scanning industry. There are a number of interesting articles, ranging from the Army's BuckEye LiDAR data collection system to the use of LiDAR in protecting coastal zones. If you haven't already, click the magazine cover below or visit our site for individual articles.
I heard from a number of people that the GEOINT conference was very active, with more than 4,000 attendees and a lot of LiDAR technology on display. Next on the conference calendar is SPAR Europe, November 7 - 9 in The Hague, Netherlands; followed by ELMF in Salzburg, Austria November 29 and 30.
Our feature video this week comes from Spheron. It's not laser scanning, but if visual documentation is the application, it is impressive technology. The company's photogrammetric camera is able to automatically capture 360º spherical HDR imagery in a single scan operation.
The Spotlight in this issue goes to guest author Greg Richards. It was murder, not suicide, which caused the death of former world featherweight and junior welterweight boxing champion Arturo Gatti. In order to fully understand the circumstances of Gatti?s death, the investigators needed to document and virtually recreate his hotel room.
Richard Rybka brings us yet another use for mobile mapping?flood elevation certificates: a group in Australia did an entire town. Michael Gerlek discusses data collection and storage. Wrapping up, we have a new contributing author, Elizabeth Lee from CyArk. Liz explains how virtual access to cultural heritage is starting to be adopted within this community. We look forward to Liz' contributions on digital heritage.
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It was murder, not suicide, which caused the death of former world featherweight and junior welterweight boxing champion Arturo Gatti according to a team of forensic investigators. On July 11, 2009, Gatti was found dead on the floor of his condo in the Brazilian resort town of Porto de Galinas. He had been vacationing there with his wife, Amanda, and young son, when he was discovered lying face-down near a staircase on the first floor of the hotel room ...

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New Articles from the LiDAR News team...
Mobile Mapping in Flood Prone Areas: Richard Rybka ? Determining the floor levels of existing and re- built structures in flood prone areas is an ongoing and constant critical need. Both occupancy permits and insurance rates depend on an accurate certification of the first floor level of each structure in these zones. In 2006, just five short years ago, I visited a prominent survey ...
LiDAR and Data Compression: Michael Gerlek ? Have you thought about how much LiDAR data you are going to collect next year? Yes, I know, the cost of hard drive storage keeps going down and down ? but the amount of data you collect keeps going up and up. Point cloud densities are increasing, and the number of fields stored for each point are increasing, too (RGB anyone ...
Virtual Access to Cultural Heritage: Elizabeth Lee ? Next month, CyArk founder Ben Kacyra will keynote the UNESCO conference entitled Remote Access to Cultural Heritage. We thought the topic of virtual access to cultural heritage sites would be an interesting contribution to LiDAR News. While this topic is still an emerging subject within the cultural heritage field, the ...
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FARO Introduces Next Generation Focus3D Laser Scanner
Artec and Rapidform Join Forces to Provide World Class 3D Scanning Solutions
New Version of Topcon ScanMaster Software Improves Scanning Performance
AVEVA Showcases AVEVA Plant and Enterprise at World Petroleum Congress
Topcon Hires Burgess as National Sales Manager for Scanning Products
NVision Saves Toilet Manufacturer $20k & 4 Weeks in Developing New Model
AVEVA and LFM Software to Showcase Combined Laser Data and Modelling Product Offering at SPAR Europe 2011
Geomagic Software Used to Create 3D Model of Stonehenge
Point Cloud & Open Source Debate Opens The European LiDAR Mapping Forum
International LiDAR Mapping Forum Launches 2012 Conference Program
Virtual Access to Cultural Heritage
LiDAR and Data Compression
Mobile Mapping in Flood Prone Areas
LiDAR Services, LLC completes 1145 mile Thermal Rating Project
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
From The Editor: Looking Forward and Back
Linking LiDAR to Coastal Stewardship
BuckEye in '11 & Beyond: Delivering High-Resolution Terrain Data to the Warfighter
Software Review: Quick Terrain (QT) Modeler
The Importance of Applied Control
Putting the Pieces Together?Laser Scan Geo-Referencing
Terrestrial Mobile LiDAR Scanning (TMLS) and Static Scanning Combined
Autodesk and Bentley Systems Talk About Mobile LiDAR
TopoLift?Reinventing the Tripod for Laser Scanning
Bentley Systems LiDAR News Interview with Robert Mankowski
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
Autodesk LiDAR News Interview with Justin Lokitz
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