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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 (, 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 web.
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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Video of the week
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The E57 File Format for 3D Imaging Data Exchange
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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 ...
Fred Persi 
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 important ...
Joe Croser 
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 ...
Rob Mellis 
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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Point Cloud Feature Extraction For Civil 3D
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