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Welcome to the mid-November issue of LiDAR News. I think it may be our best content to date. Adoption of the ASTM E57 data exchange standard took a major step forward with the recent announcement by Leica Geosystems that Cyclone can now read and write E57 files. I think it is fair to say that this effort has reached critical mass, but don't forget to keep reminding the vendors that you want to see them support this standard.
The featured video in this issue comes from Ben Kacyra, the inventor of the tripod laser scanner. He is making a presentation at TED on the work he is doing with CyArk (see article below) to scan cultural heritage sites around the world. The Spotlight in this issue goes to Stephen Clancy for his article on fusing aerial and mobile LiDAR. This is the best article on this subject that I have read.
Justin Barton a co-worker of contributing author Liz Lee reports on CyArk's most recent project - scanning an incredibly ornate stepwell in India. ?This is a Scottish Ten project, which will be deposited with CyArk. It is wholly funded by the Scottish Government, delivered by Historic Scotland and the Glasgow School of Art. One of Michael Olsen's grad students, Abby Chin reports on a project that combined airborne LiDAR data with tripod-mounted scanning.
Lewis Graham provides the 3rd article in his series on LiDAR best practices. This is how QA/QC is managed and measured in the office - really valuable insight from an industry expert. And wrapping it up we have Joe Croser providing the inside scoop on last week's big news item - the acquisition of Pointools by Bentley Systems.
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Ben Kacyra's TED Talk
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New Articles from the LiDAR News team...
The Digital Preservation of Rani Ki Vav in India: Justin Barton ? Located in northeastern India, in the city of Patan in the state of Gujarat, is a traditional stepwell carved deep into the ground. The well is decorated with over 400 intricately carved niches. Rani Ki Vav, which translates as ?The Queen?s Stepwell?, was built by Udaymati, Queen consort to Bhimdev I of ...
Abby Chin 
Combined Airborne and Terrestrial Laser Scanning of a Fault Scarp on Mt Hood, Oregon: Abby Chin ? The use of airborne LiDAR enabled a team of scientists led by Ian Madin at the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) to detect previously undiscovered fault scarps on Mt. Hood, Oregon. These faults are being further investigated with the ...
LIDAR Best Practices: Part III ? Initial Office Processing: Lewis Graham ? In the previous installment, we examined the field operations associated with planning and acquiring a LIDAR (and possibly imagery) mission. We place great emphasis on step by step quality checks and the importance of developing and rigorously following written procedures. W. Edwards Demming, the ...
Joe Croser 
To the Point: Why Bentley Acquired Pointools and What Users can Expect Next: Joe Croser ? For many LiDAR veterans, the biggest news this week arrived when Bentley Systems, Inc. ? the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure ? announced its acquisition of Pointools Ltd ? the leading hardware-neutral ...
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FARO Announces Solution for Publishing, Analyzing Scan Data Over The Net
The Coordinate Metrology Society Releases CMSC 2011 Measurement Study
Bentley Makes Point Clouds Valuable Across Full Infrastructure Lifecycle Through Acquisition of Pointools Ltd
Geomagic Studio 2012 Provides Direct Link to SpaceClaim
LIDAR Best Practices: Part III ? Initial Office Processing
The Digital Preservation of Rani Ki Vav in India
Combined Airborne & Terrestrial Laser Scanning of Fault Scarp on Mt Hood
Allpoint Systems Releases Automated Bridge Inventory Survey Solution
AVEVA Presents at the Nuclear New Build Forum 2011
kubit Will Preview its Latest Product VirtuSurv on SPAR Europe
Hexagon Metrology Relocates Michigan Precision Center
Pointools Software 3D Models Reconstruction of Russian Orthodox Church
Topo Analyst Software Review and PE&RS Highlight Article
StreetMapper Laser Surveys Australia?s Coastal Highway
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 & Enterprise at the World Petroleum Congress
Topcon Hires Burgess as National Sales Manager for Scanning Products
NVision Saves Toilet Manufacturer $20,000 & 4 Weeks 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 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
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