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Welcome to the February issue of LiDAR News. Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, so
Spring must be right around the corner. Even more impressive to me is what appears to be an
accelerating economy. If the stock market is a predictor of the next 6 to 12 months, then I think
it is fair to say that things are going to be much better in the 2nd half of the year and into
2012. Let's think positive!
Yet another sign of a burgeoning economy is this year's International LiDAR Mapping Forum (www.lidarmap.org
), being held this week in New Orleans.
Our team is on-site, taking in the event alongside 565 attendees from 29 countries. The ILMF, as
it's commonly known, is now in its 11th year. Exhibit space and seating for the plenary session
was filled to capacity, a sign of the ever-growing interest in mobile scanning and all things
LiDAR. Just as the city of New Orleans has bounced back from Katrina, and is once again pleasant
to visit, the ILMF is an annual opportunity to look forward to a future in which LiDAR technology
enhances and optimizes our work.
As the featured "video" for this issue, I am providing a link to a PowerPoint presentation
prepared by Daniel Huber about the ASTM E57 data exchange standard. Daniel did a great job with
this?many thanks. If you want to know more about this important project this presentation will
get you up to speed. We are using a hosting service to be able to supply the slideshow via the
I want to also call your attention to the just released California
Department of Transportation Terrestrial Laser Scanning standards
. The standards cover
both static and mobile platforms and are certain to become an industry reference, worldwide.
Michael Raphael gets the Spotlight in this issue with his preview of 3 upcoming laser scanning
conferences?SPAR, the Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference and the RAPID Conference and
Exhibition. Michael is our lone short range contributor, but he is doing his best to remind us
that there is a lot of very exciting activity in the close-range market.
In this issue Stephen Clancy provides his perspective on a number of mobile scanning
applications, noting that since it is often not possible to access off-road areas, some people
wonder why airborne is not the preferred method. Fred Persi suggests that we should be customer-
focused, but not customer-driven. Believe me, this is good advice. Joe Croser puts on his BIM
hat, reminding us that although we in the laser scanning industry are very aware of the link
between BIM and laser scanning, the average architect is not. Rob Mellis points out that
communication with your client is critical to success, and provides the 4 key questions you need
to ask before you start any project.
One final item, we have added a Resource Directory feature to the website, so please take a few
minutes to list your firm, and don't forget to send us your white papers and product videos.
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Check out our video of the week, hand-picked by our editorial team:
The E57 File Format for 3D Imaging
This is a set of slides from a presentation made by Daniel Huber at the recent SPIE
conference. It provides the details of the recently approved ASTM data exchange format. Many
thanks to Daniel for ...
Please drop a line if you have any questions or requests: firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Articles for Febuary, 2011 from the LiDAR News team...
Mobile LiDAR: Projects at a
Glance: Stephen Clancy ? In many cases, the Mobile LiDAR collections
that Baker performs do not produce a new product or service. Rather, it is a new method for
achieving ?something? that the client has come to expect from a traditional survey. In these
cases it is appropriate, and necessary, to follow existing standards and specifications to ...
Tips for Project Success in
2011: Fred Persi ? As I write, we are only a few weeks into the New
Year, so now is a good time to review some tactics that will help you achieve and maintain
successful business relationships. Laser scanning is a great tool for many applications, but as
with any new technology there will be friction as it moves from niche to mainstream. It is
Putting the ?Context? in
BIM: Joe Croser ? It?s hard to start writing about BIM without first posing
(and answering) the question: ?What is BIM?? Of course there are a few common interpretations of
the BIM acronym; I have always preferred ?Building Information Modeling.? Still many people move
to focus on the ?Modelling? part of it; while I have always felt that it?s the ...
When is Enough Data
Enough?: Rob Mellis ? The age old question that has always plagued surveyors
is ?How much data is enough data?? While too much data can be a burden for downstream users, the
problem of too little data is even worse. Gathering too much data increases field time,
processing time and can affect the schedule for the project, especially if the end user has ...
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This section is an update about LiDAR conferences, training, seminars, webinars and other
relevant events. Feel free to make a suggestion for future consideration.
International LiDAR Mapping
Forum (ILMF) ? New Orleans: February 7-9
- Houston, Texas: March 21-24
- Toronto, Ontario: May 31-June 3
2011 International Conference
- Orlando, Fl: June 7-9
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