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Welcome to the first March issue of LiDAR News. Spar 2011 is just two weeks
away, and so is spring. This year's event returns to The Woodlands (Houston, TX) March 21 - 24. I
have heard from a number of people that they will be attending. With the economy improving on
many fronts and the major vendors turning in great quarters I have a feeling this could be the
biggest one yet, but after all, the show is in Texas!
The featured video for this issue is a little bit, well, different. If you have not been
following the Kinect
hack craze then this will be
educational and fun. In case you don't know, Kinect is the next generation of controller
technology from Microsoft. It was released last fall for the Xbox 360, but since it can capture
3D by using infrared structured light
and the cost is so low, every hacker worth his/her salt has been using this device to create
amazing 3D applications. Before you dismiss this as just video game stuff, you should read
. Almost forgot, the University of Warwick students have built a rescue bot with
their Kinect?great job.
The folks at Merrick and Company get the Spotlight this issue as it ties in nicely with the
articles that Lewis Graham has been providing on the recent NERC notices about rating electric
transmission lines. Merrick is using a helicopter to collect LiDAR as well as nadir and oblique
imagery in one pass?impressive.
In this issue, Richard Rybka leads things off with his "trip report" from Antarctica...well,
almost. He was actually in Punta Arenas, Chile, the southernmost city in the world. I am sure it
was a trip he'll never forget, not to mention the success that the client is having with mobile
Batting second is Stephen Clancy. He introduced his article to me by saying, "Yes, I had to do
one on accuracies." I think you will find this to be enlightening and valuable information.
Following Stephen is Michael Raphael, who helped to pioneer the development of some of the early
uses of laser scanning in the metrology world: Michael provides a very powerful recount of the
work they did at the Lincoln Monument in Washington, DC after September 11, 2001.
Batting cleanup is John Russo: John has provided a compelling interview with Jim Balding who
literally wrote the book on Autodesk Revit Architecture. As an industry leader and early adopter,
Jim?s insight on the value of laser scanning from the architect?s point of view is an important
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As-Built Transmission Line
Merrick & Company's geospatial mapping and technologies unit is completing a high density,
aerial light detection and ranging (LiDAR) as-built survey of a 132-mile double circuit 345kV
line in the western U.S. The data was collected using a helicopter platform equipped with a
multiple sensor pod configuration. On this project, in addition to providing PLS-CADD formatted
LiDAR data, the team simultaneously collected nadir imagery and high resolution ...
Check out our video of the week, hand-picked by our editorial team:
Kinect-based Rescue Bot
The University of Warwick students use the Kinect to develop a rescue robot that can be used
to search for people after an earthquake. Microsoft has big plans for the Kinect technology
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New Articles for March, 2011 from the LiDAR News team...
Mobile Mapping in Antarctica
: Richard Rybka, RLA ? Well, almost in Antarctica. Actually, I was
in Punta Arenas, Chile - the southernmost city in the world. Punta Arenas is located in the
Antarctica Chilean Province, just a short 800-mile hop to the closest point of land on the
continent of Antarctica. Punta Arenas borders on the Strait of Magellan. This important ...
Defining Accuracies in
Mobile LiDAR Surveying: Stephen Clancy ? The method of defining accuracy for
traditional surveying methodologies (total station traversing and leveling), is through the
specification of Order and Class, according to Horizontal/Vertical Accuracy Standards. The
foundation for representing a survey product that meets these standards is ...
Innovation: New 3D Capabilities on Demand: Michael Raphael ? Today's
applications and uses for 3D laser scanning are clearly quite broad - from such diverse worlds as
facilities to forensics to shipbuilding. One of the successful early adopting worlds is also
historic preservation. Accurate three-dimensional scans of complex historic sites, structures,
An Interview with Jim
Balding, Architect : John Russo ? Jim Balding renowned architect,
author, technologist, and Revit guru has long been an industry leader in the integration of
architecture and technology. Jim is a member of the Autodesk Revit Client Advisory Board and
served five years as Revit Product Chair for AUGI. Jim co-authored the book Introducing and ...
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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.
2011 - The Woodlands, TX: March 21-24
? The Woodlands, TX: March 21
Faro 3-D Documentation Conference
? Essen, Germany:
May 17 - 18
Optech Innovative LiDAR
- Toronto, Canada:
May 31-June 3
2011 International Conference
- Orlando, FL: June 7-9
- Berkeley, California: July 7-8
Surveying and Geomatic
Educators Society Biannual Conference
MayagŁez, Puerto Rico: July
? Calgary, Alberta, Canada: August 29 - 31
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