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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 this. 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 LiDAR.
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 read.
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As-Built Transmission Line Mapping
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 ...

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New Articles for March, 2011 from the LiDAR News team...
Richard Rybka 
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 ...
Michael Raphael 
Necessity Drives 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, and ...
John Russo 
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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LiDAR for the UK
Mapping Underwater Volcanoes in 3D
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LiDAR Glasses for Blind People
AVEVA Showcases Laser Products at SPAR 2011
Non-Scanning 3D Flash LiDAR Camera Onboard Discovery
ASTM E57 Laser Scan Data Exchange Format
GSA 3D Laser Scanning Guide
LiDAR-Based Conservation Planning Tools
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Updated Shape Extractor for AutoCAD
Leica Geosystems Calls for Papers and Presentations for Hexagon 2011 International Conference
earthmine Announces First Annual Partner Conference
3D Laser Mapping Offers StreetMapper Fractional Ownership
kubit User Workshop: ?AutoCAD, Point Clouds and Design Automation?
Transmission Corridor Management Part III
Space LiDAR Approved
The Expanding Geomatics Program at OSU: A Student?s Perspective
Generation NEXT, Laser Scanning Grows Up...
Mapping the Green Infrastructure
Georgia Bureau of Investigation acquires Leica Geosystems 3D Laser Scanner
VRMesh 6.0 Released for Automatic LIDAR Point Cloud Classification
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    SPAR 2011 - The Woodlands, TX: March 21-24
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    Faro 3-D Documentation Conference ? Essen, Germany: May 17 - 18
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    Inaugural Hexagon 2011 International Conference - Orlando, FL: June 7-9
    earthmine Partner Conference - Berkeley, California: July 7-8
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