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Welcome to the end of November issue of LiDAR News. Hopefully everyone in the US enjoyed
their Thanksgiving. We are in the process of assembling an article on the BIG laser
scanning/LiDAR news stories of 2011 for the next LiDAR Magazine. Please provide
The ASPRS recently announced
that LAS 1.4 had been adopted. As some readers know this was often a contentious debate with
people outside the committee not in agreement with the draft version of the spec since it was not
going to provide backward compatibility. There are 2 articles in this issue, one by Michael
Gerlek and the other by the LAS Committee Chair Lewis Graham which provide greater insight on
this issue. Please note that the final approved spec does support full compatibility.
As a member of ASTM International, one of the oldest standards organizations in the US I am a
proactive advocate for the development of standards. A quick review of the history of ASTM
reveals that it was Charles Dudley, a chemical engineer for the Pennsylvania Railroad, the
largest corporation of the 19th century who was the driving force behind the founding of ASTM.
And it took a force, plus 20 years to convince people of the importance of standards. There was
a lot of resistance. I won't say the laser scanning and LiDAR industry is resisting the adoption
of standards, but I will say that it is not being supported as a priority, especially among the
major vendors. ASTM is an all volunteer effort, and the volunteers are dwindling in the E57 3D
Imaging Committee. Perhaps in the coming New Year you might consider supporting this effort. We
can use your help.
The featured video in this issue comes from Viametris, a French firm that is using SLAM -
simultaneous location and mapping technology to develop innovative mobile mapping solutions that
do not require GNNS or INS. The Spotlight in this issue goes to guest author Greg Richards for
an inside look at the game changing, research and development that went into the design of the
award winning FARO Focus3D.
Mike Olsen highlights the works his students are doing with the Oregon Department of
Transportation to evaluate and integrate their newly acquired mobile mapping system.
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Specifications: Michael Gerlek ? Over the past few months, the widely-used
LAS file format went through a revision process to make some incremental changes to the 1.3
version of the format. Considerable controversy surrounded one aspect of the proposed new 1.4
version, and the lidar community got to watch a very messy process play out on ...
ASPRS Approves LAS
1.4: Lewis Graham ? LAS (a three letter file extension concept from the DOS
days) is a general point cloud file format designed primarily for data exchange. It is most
commonly used for aerial and mobile LIDAR data. While it is not an indexed format (and hence not
optimized for exploitation), it does include GPS time encoding, allowing correlation ...
Oregon DOT Demonstrates
Mobile Laser Scanner to OSU Students: Michael Olsen ? Ron Singh, Dan Wright,
and Mike Brinton from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Geometronics division
provided a demonstration last week of their recently acquired mobile laser scan system to
students at Oregon State University (OSU) for the new 3D laser scanning and imaging class ...
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