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Welcome to the mid-December issue of LiDAR News. Before we dive in, the LiDAR News Team
wants to wish everyone a fun, healthy and relaxing Holiday season. This is your last chance to
submit your suggestions for the BIG laser scanning/LiDAR news stories of 2011 for the next LiDAR Magazine. We
don't want anyone to be left out.
On Sunday December 4th, which is normally the slowest day of the week for the LiDAR News blog,
the traffic went so high I thought the blog had been hacked. Turns out I had a blog
post from earlier in the
year on the Lockheed Martin RQ - 170 Sentinel stealth drone. This is the drone that was believed
to have been involved in the capture of Osama Bin Laden and that was rumored to have been
captured by Iran that weekend.
As I write this I just saw the video of the drone on display in Iran along with a report that
President Obama had turned down a number of plans to recover and/or destroy the RQ-170. From what
I have read most people do not think that the RQ-170 carries a LiDAR sensor, but the drone does
represent some of our most sophisticated technology.
The Featured Video in this issue comes from CSIRO
Australian research agency that has developed a handheld, indoor mobile mapping product concept
that is truly innovative. Don't miss this. The Spotlight in this issue goes to guest author
Chris Hopkinson on the unexpected changes taking place in Canada with the very successful, now
defunct C-CLEAR program.
Richard Rybka showcases the use of mobile scanning on 2 projects in Europe. Michael Gerlek
supplies his valuable update on open source software and data. And Michael Raphael (who came
through for me at the last minute - thanks Michael) discusses the use of short range laser
scanning to reverse engineer a snowmobile engine. This guy can do it all.
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New Articles from the LiDAR News team...
Mobile Mapping in
Europe: Richard Rybka - A global perspective can frequently benefit
potential customers and users of new technology. Taking a look at how mobile mapping is being
deployed in other countries around the globe can give us ideas for new applications, enforce our
confidence in performance, and help us build better workflows for data collection ...
News from Around the Open
World: Michael Gerlek ? This time, four different news items from around the
open source and open data worlds? For the surveying crowd, a new project surfaced a few weeks
ago. TOPS (Total Open Station) is an open source, Python-based system for downloading and
processing data from total station devices. Historically, the software to ...
Close-range Laser Scanning
for Reverse Engineering: Michael Raphael ? The audience for LiDAR News
usually reads stories about long range spherical laser scanners capturing large buildings,
bridges, or boats. There are plenty of other applications for laser scanners and our roots at
Direct Dimensions are actually from a much smaller scale of such problems. A similar concept ...
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