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Welcome to the second May issue of LiDAR News. As reported in the blog, the ASPRS annual conference was a valuable learning experience. If you are trying to keep up with the latest airborne and mobile LiDAR research, put this event on your schedule for next year.
The featured video this week is a virtual tour of the Timberline Lodge in Mt. Hood, Oregon prepared by i-TEN Associates?a timeless classic.
Michael Raphael gets the Spotlight in this issue with his interesting recount of the scanning of the propeller from the Wright Brothers first plane. Direct Dimensions seems to have the most diverse client list in the laser scanning business! As a change of pace, and since May 2011 has a Friday the 13th, guest author Cyn Rene' Whitfield provides a fun look into the issue of being superstitious. Richard Rybka compares the power of mobile mapping to the Swiss Army knife.
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Laser Scanner Helps Recreate the Wright Bros. 1st Flight
As our frequent readers know, Direct Dimensions utilizes laser scanning in many more interesting ways than just industrial buildings and facilities. In fact, our roots in scanning start with helping to develop the FaroArm, a close range metrology tool for reverse engineering and quality control applications in the aerospace industry, where I worked back in the late ?80?s. How fitting it was for me to be asked to use this 3D technology ...

Video of the week
Check out our video of the week, hand-picked by our editorial team:
3D laser scan virtual tour of Timberline Lodge
The guys at i-TEN Associates of Portland, Oregon have done a great job creating a virtual tour of the iconic Timberline Lodge in Mt. Hood, Oregon. The level of detail is amazing ....
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New Articles for May, 2011 from the LiDAR News team...
The Left and Right of Friday the 13th: Cyn Rene' Whitfield ? Does triskaidekaphobia influence your profession? The fear of the number 13 is associated with bad luck in western cultures attributed to those employing the lunar-solar calendars. In Greek and Norse mythology the number 12 symbolizes completeness. Architects in their elevator numbering sequence of ...
Richard Rybka 
The "Swiss Army Knife" Data Collector : Richard Rybka ? This is how I now describe the functionality of a mobile mapping system. This statement is not made as hype from a manufacturer. I am not saying we have created the ultimate, do-it-all product. My perspective comes from working with customers and dealers of Topcon's IP-S2 over the past two years, watching as ...
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ASPRS 77th Annual Conference ? Very Successful with Good Attendance
Fugro Launches New Airborne Lidar Bathymetry System
ASPRS Launches Revised Website
Q1 of 2011: Creaform is Off to a Very Good Start
Bluesky 3D Computer Models Keep Kent County Council in the Picture
3D Metrology Hardware Review Webinar
Trimble Navigation Offers To Acquire All Shares in Building Information Modeling ("BIM") Leader Tekla Corporation
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Creaform Body Digitizers line-up gears up with Geomagic Wrap!
NVision Specialized Training Assists Navy?s Reverse Engineering
Optech Announces 500-kHz ALTM Pegasus
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Getting the Most from Your LiDAR Investment
Laser Scanning Book Review
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ASPRS 2011 and Mobile Mapping Systems Committee
New Release of Quick Terrain Modeler
Piping the Point Cloud
FME Delivers New Opportunities to Maximize the Value of LiDAR Data
LIDAR for Electric Transmission Modeling ? Part V
The OGC Seeks Participants for 3D Portrayal Interoperability Experiment
1st International Specialist and User Forum for 3D-Documentation
Optech to host aerial digital camera workshop at ASPRS
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