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Welcome to the second April issue of LiDAR News. I want to call your attention to a
number of recent comments concerning LiDAR News blog posts on laser scanning industry training
and measurement science. A number of important points have been made about the responsibility of
the end users of laser scanning to understand the measurement science that they are applying and
how it is a real challenge to get the essential training needed to become a professional in
The two are obviously linked and I believe there is a real need to address these issues. This is
why I think Ken Smerz (and John Russo) is on the right track with the idea of building a 3D professional organization
I am going to be attending the FIATECH Technology
Conference and Showcase
next week in Chandler, Arizona. As it will be my first FIATECH
conference be sure to check out the LiDAR News blog and Twitter for conference updates. Tad Fry
and I will be presenting on the recently approved ASTM E57 data interoperability standard in the
hope of encouraging this influential organization's membership to require its use on their
In addition to ASPRS 2011 (Milwaukee, May 1st-5th), and the Optech LiDAR Solutions Conference
(Toronto, May 31st-June 3rd), we're gearing up for Hexagon 2011 (June 6th-
9th, in Orlando)
. This event will house the annual Leica HDS user conference, in addition
to all the latest and greatest from the Geosystems, Intergraph and ERDAS groups. LiDAR news
subscribers will receive a registration discount offer via e-mail, shortly. You can still take
advantage of early bird
The featured video this week comes from the folks at Direct Dimensions. It's an elegant building
CAD model fly-through which appears quite clean and simple, but as Michael Raphael, founder and
President notes, "was a lot of work". As Mark Twain said about his writing, "If I had more time,
I could have made it shorter".
Stephen Clancy gets the Spotlight in this issue with Knowing Your Limitations, an important
article about lessons learned in the 1.5 years since Baker has been in the Mobile LiDAR business.
From manhole inverts, to bare earth DTMs with tall grassy vegetation, to parked cars along the
curb, both the operators and the customers have to understand the limitations of the technology.
Leading off this issue is a guest contributor, Sean MacFaden, who works with Jarlath O'Neil-
Dunne as a research specialist at the University of Vermont (UVM) Spatial Analysis Laboratory.
Sean provides a detailed analysis of how airborne LiDAR is being used in urban environments such
as New York City to accurately map the tree canopy. They use a powerful data fusion approach that
combines LiDAR with orthophotography to produce superior results.
Michael Raphael provides a recap of an urban renewal project involving an historic reservoir in
New Jersey. At one time the reservoir provided drinking water to Ellis Island, the location where
many of our ancestors entered this country. The site was abandoned in the 1980's, but a group of
local citizens convinced the powers to be to declare it an "urban oasis" and it is now being
restored with the help of Direct Dimensions.
David Ward teams up with Jeremy Hale from I-cubed to discuss the impact of "the cloud" on
geospatial data storage and services. As we read in the last issue of LiDAR News data volumes are
exploding, with the increasing use of LiDAR only adding fuel to the fire. At the same time the
cloud is offering breakthrough cost savings to those who are savvy enough to turn it into their
Joe Croser completes this issue with a visit to Mont Orgueil Castle on the Channel Island of
Jersey. Built in the 13th Century the castle has a rich history of being the front line of
defence (as Joe prefers) for England. Thanks to 3D laser scanning it is being preserved for
future generations to enjoy.
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Knowing your Limitations
Any time a new technology - whether hardware or software makes its way onto the market and
into our tool box, we are always quick to determine what it does and how it works. We take our
new shiny toy around and shop it to our clients and tell them all the great things that it does ?
how it will save them money, help them do something great or change the game. Equally (if not
even more so) important, we should also know the limitations of our ...
Check out our video of the week, hand-picked by our editorial team:
3-D CAD Model Fly-through
Direct Dimensions captured the 3D laser scan data using both their FARO "Photon" and Basis
Software "Surphaser" scanners. They use both scanners regularly. The 3D CAM model was created
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New Articles for April, 2011 from the LiDAR News team...
Mapping for New York City: Sean McFaden ? In previous articles, my
colleague Jarlath O?Neil-Dunne has described the value of high-resolution LiDAR for tree-canopy
mapping efforts in urban environments. Shadows created by buildings can obscure trees in passive-
sensor satellite or aerial imagery, making delineation and classification of these features ...
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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 Annual Conference
? Milwaukee, Wisconsin: May 1 - 5
FARO 3-D Documentation Conference
? Essen, Germany:
May 17 - 18
Optech Innovative LiDAR
May 31-June 3
- Orlando, FL: June 6-9
- Berkeley, California: July 7-8
Surveying and Geomatic
Educators Society Biannual Conference
MayagŁez, Puerto Rico: July
? Calgary, Alberta, Canada: August 29 - 31
Send your event info to editor[at]lidarmag.com
|Innovative LiDAR Solutions Conference|
Incorporated?s second annual ILSC will be held in Toronto on May 31 - June 3, 2011. ILSC
2011 represents an open forum for industry professionals to discuss best practices and explore
real-world lidar solutions.
Topics of special interest will include new methods for
maximizing project accuracies, application-specific sensor designs, and exploring the challenges
of delivering data to a dynamic spatial-information marketplace.
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