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Welcome to the first April issue of LiDAR News. SPAR 2011 did not disappoint
- it was a record breaker in terms of attendance and overall value. Next year's event is already
booked into the same venue?The Woodlands (Houston, TX), April 15 - 18, 2012. I had the pleasure
of meeting many of you, although I would have needed 2 or 3 clones to see and do it all. Many
thanks to those who expressed their support for LiDAR News and the contributions that all on the
team are making. It is very rewarding to receive these compliments.
The featured video this week comes from kubit who announced their new PointSense Plant for
AutoCAD product at SPAR. kubit has decided to rely on the point cloud engine now being delivered
in AutoCAD, allowing them to focus on vertical markets such as plant. On a related note, Autodesk
announced that its PCG engine will be included in the next release of Revit. It will be
interesting to see how that is implemented.
Fred Persi gets the Spotlight in this issue with his discussion on the explosion of data. As
Fred points out, this was a recurring theme at SPAR. The numbers are truly staggering when looked
at in total. That's why I'm advocating smarter scanners that collect more intelligent data.
Leading off this issue is a guest contributor, Cyn Rene' Whitfield, who discusses the importance
of control in achieving the required level of accuracy. Whitfield says it's not just the fact
that you have control on your mobile project, you also have to know where to place it.
Mike Olsen joins forces with Georgia Fotopoulos to recap a SPAR session that focused on
attracting the younger generation to our industry. There were a number of academic programs
represented. This is a serious issue facing a number of professions. 3D is cool, but most of the
survey education programs in the US are still in the 2D world. I would like to encourage everyone
to reach out to your local college or tech school and offer to at least provide a 1 hour seminar.
Richard Rybka provides his insight into why mobile scanning data is so desirable. As we all know
it's becoming a 3D graphics world and one of the most cost effective platforms for collecting
that data is mobile LiDAR?we just have to figure out how to manage all that data!
In the fourth installment of his series on transmission line management, Lewis Graham cautions
that in most cases the utility customer is not familiar with LiDAR data. Furthermore, the
clearance analysis workflows require that the engineer pay close attention to the details of how
the lines are connected to the insulators and to the modeling of sag. If we are not careful to
educate the customer LiDAR may not live up to its potential.
John Russo wraps things up with his well thought out and passionate pitch to develop what he is
calling the U.S. Institute of Building Documentation. This group of professionals is not covered
by any other organization. They possess a unique set of skills and John would like to see that
recognized. I support him on this.
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Awash in Data
Recently I attended the SPAR Conference on laser scanning. It's exciting to see new
innovations and to talk with practitioners about their experiences, successes and challenges. I
noticed a recurring theme that echoed from all corners. Many hardware and software vendors,
service providers and end users indicate that we are on the brink of a data explosion, and that
dealing with huge volumes of information will soon become a major focus ...
Check out our video of the week, hand-picked by our editorial team:
kubit PointSense Plant Product
Automating piping design from point cloud data. A product preview at the new piping and plant
design functionality available in PointSense Plant from kubit. Pattern recognition tools for
routing pipe runs ....
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New Articles for April, 2011 from the LiDAR News team...
Marketing Accuracy ? Under
Control : Cyn Rene' Whitfield ? Attending over 300 conferences in
the past seven years, and talking to thousands of surveyors, a trend has become increasingly
evident concerning the major players in the 3D world. I am not referring to the premier
technology sharing conferences such as ILMF, SPAR and the ESRI User Conference as ...
Engaging Youth at SPAR 2011
: Michael Olsen and Georgia Fotopoulos ? A new topic introduced at SPAR 2011
was the Engaging Youth session which highlighted the opportunities and avenues for introducing
exciting 3D technologies to the next generation of young professionals. The Navajo Technology
College, Oregon State University, and the University ...
The Appeal of 3D Mobile
Mapping Data : Richard Rybka ? What is the appeal? Why are the deliverables
from these mobile mapping systems so much more desirable than what we are accustomed to expect
using conventional data collection methodologies? Here are a few of the distinctive advantages:
1. More data - conventional data collection techniques, even with the fastest ...
LIDAR for Electric
Transmission Modeling ? Part IV : Lewis Graham ? In this article I will
primarily focus on Transmission Vegetation Management (TVM) Programs (TVMP) as a driver for
transmission line operators acquiring LIDAR data. While the data collected for line rerating
and TVM are similar, more data must be collected for TVM work. LIDAR as a base data source for ...
The U.S. Institute of
Building Documentation : John Russo ? As an architect with over twenty-
seven years of experience in building survey and documentation, I have come to realize that the
profession of building documentation in the United States is lacking a national organization to
help promote, guide and support this industry. As the means and methods ...
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