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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
In this issue we are adding Eddie Oliveras
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
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
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Lidar News is updated 24/7 with the latest news and announcements affecting the business..
New Life to Old Caves Hidden Under
Nottingham?s architectural heritage is enjoying a new lease of life thanks to a University
project to survey almost 450 caves located below the City. The survey project is being led by
Trent and Peak Archaeology from the University of Nottingham and is the first part of the Caves
of Nottingham Regeneration Project (CoNoRP) designed to assess the archaeological importance of
the caves and to ...
Check out our video of the week, hand-picked by our editorial team:
LiDAR & Understanding Oregon's
The kind of insight that only classified LiDAR can provide. This outstanding video provides
an intro to the power of LiDAR for understanding the natural history of Oregon?s Willamette
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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...
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 ...
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
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