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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, an 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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Video of the week
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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 ...
Michael Raphael 
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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Effective Vegetation Management for the UK Power Industry with Blom LiDAR
Successful European LiDAR Mapping Forum Reflects Vibrant Industry
FARO Technologies Announces First U.S. 3D Documentation Conference for 2012
The Canadian Consortium for LiDAR Environmental Applications Research
Digital Surveys Documents Alnwick Castle
Mobile Mapping in Europe
AVEVA and FARO sign Interoperability Agreement
Optech Announces 6th International Terrestrial Laser Scanning User Meeting
Maptek Announces New Office in Canada
Merrick Completes High Fidelity Mapping for the University of California Riverside
Intergraph and DigitalGlobe offer a geospatial challenge
NVision Helps Reverse Engineer Optical Retailer?s Store Display, Enabling Millions in Annual Sales
Topcon Volunteers Support Japan Through TOGETHER Program
GeoDigital Acquires Powel, Inc.
Creaform China and Rapidform Announce 3D Scanning Solutions Agreement
Optech Wins MAPPS 2011 Technology Innovation Award
3D Laser Mapping Expands to Australia
AVEVA World North America User Conference Delegates Experience the Power of Joined Up Thinking
New Mid-Range I-Site Laser Scanner From Mining Technology Developer Maptek
All-New Lidar Rectification Software for the Lynx Mobile Mapper
Oregon DOT Demonstrates Mobile Laser Scanner to OSU Students
ASPRS Approves LAS 1.4
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LAS 1.4 Specification Approved by ASPRS Board
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