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Welcome to our end of February issue of LiDAR News. I like the sound of that?the end of February, although it's turning out to be easier than January here in New Hampshire. This time of year the most often asked question in the laser scanning industry is, "Are you going to SPAR?" The event will return to last year's venue, The Woodlands (Houston, TX) March 21 - 24. I hope to see many of you there. It is certain to be one of the year's best events.
The featured video for this issue was prepared by Oregon Public Broadcasting on the use of LiDAR by the Oregon Department of Geology. This is a great introduction to the kinds of insight that only classified LiDAR can provide. If you are trying to explain the value of LiDAR to someone this is it.
As I noted in a recent blog post, the technology that is exploding into virtually every area of computing is the new generation of tablets and smart phones. I am convinced that there is going to be a major intersection of laser scanning and these new platforms, at least from the data point of view. This is revolution, not evolution. I cannot imagine where we will be in just 2 to 3 years.
In this issue we are adding Eddie Oliveras to the editorial team. Eddie is as dedicated to the field of laser scanning as anyone. After a sojourn with McKim & Creed, he has recently re-joined FARO to continue his exciting life journey. Shawn Butcher, a grad student working with Mike Olsen at Oregon State University provides the student perspective on the benefits of the outstanding OSU Geomatics program. If you or someone you know is looking for a state-of-the-art program in geomatics be sure to consider OSU.
Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne shares his compelling explanation of how LiDAR has significantly improved the process of assessing urban tree canopy. This is taking on greater importance in cities as they look for green solutions to their environmental problems?a topic that unfortunately seems to have disappeared from the press recently. Lewis Graham continues his discussion of how LiDAR is being used in transmission corridor management, with an emphasis on line rerating and vegetation management
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.
Please let me know how we can be of service to you, and also please encourage your colleagues to sign up for the newsletter HERE. See you at SPAR?
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New Articles for Febuary, 2011 from the LiDAR News team...
Generation NEXT, Laser Scanning Grows Up: Ed Oliveras ? Where were you when you first saw a 3-D laser scanner? It was 2004 and I was in the bowels of a freshly drained 40 foot deep concrete pit at Universal Studios Florida's Ripsaw Falls water ride at 11:30 PM when I first used a laser scanner on a real project. I still think back to the many projects, countries and people that...
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The Expanding Geomatics Program at OSU: A Student?s Perspective: Shawn Butcher ? What is the draw? As a graduate student at Oregon State University - OSU, who is relatively new to the field of Geomatics, there are several key things that have really impressed me. The availability of powerful software and high-tech hardware platforms are enhancing an ...
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Mapping the Green Infrastructure: Jarlath O'Neill-Dunne ? Urban areas face a multitude of environmental challenges, from deadly summer high temperatures, to poor air quality, to impaired aquatic ecosystems from stormwater runoff. The traditional ?gray? infrastructure solutions to these challenges are at best costly, and at worst, not feasible. To address ...
Transmission Corridor Management Part III: Lewis Graham ? This is the third edition of our series on transmission corridor management using LIDAR.As detailed in the first two articles, transmission corridor management comprises a number of tasks. The two that are of particular interest to LIDAR operators are Line Rerating and Vegetation management. Line rerating is the process ...
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