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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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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 ...

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kubit PointSense Plant Product Preview
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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 ...
Richard Rybka 
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 ...
John Russo 
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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