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Welcome to the first issue of LiDAR News for 2012 and Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a chance to unplug, enjoy time with your families and that you are looking forward to an exciting new year in 3D laser scanning and LiDAR. My prediction is that 2012 is going to surprise to the upside, at least economically and hopefully, politically. Can you imagine what it would be like to have a functional Federal government?
As a way of thanking the LiDAR News contributing authors for all their hard work in 2011 we decided to keep the effort for this issue to a minimum by not asking for a new article during the holidays. Instead we are going to recycle a few of the more interesting stories from the past year. While we are on this subject if any of you have an interest in becoming a contributing author please let me know. It is a good vehicle for getting your name in front of thousands of highly qualified readers every month.
There is BIG news to report concerning the next issue of LiDAR Magazine. After just 2 online issues we have decided to publish our next issue in print as well as digitally. Our plan is distribute the first print issue at ILMF 2012 in Denver, Colorado January 23 - 25. Hope to see many of you there as we kick off the conference schedule for 2012.
Intro to LiDAR, created by a team at Idaho University, is the Featured Video in this issue. The Spotlight article goes to Richard Rybka for his interviews of Autodesk and Bentley Systems concerning mobile LiDAR. These 2 software giants are going to have a lot to say about the integration of 3D point clouds and model-based design, particularly with their recent acquisitions of Alice Labs and Pointools, respectively.
I want to also highlight the excellent series of articles prepared by Lewis Graham on LiDAR best practices. And to wrap up this issue we have the 3 Michaels - Gerlek, Olsen and Raphael discussing open source software licensing, georeferencing point clouds and the Wright Brothers.
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Autodesk and Bentley Systems Talk About Mobile LiDAR
Software is the key to a complete solution for the end-user-- there is no question about it. Hardware manufacturers continue to build advanced mobile mapping systems--like Topcon's new HD Mapper system that collects 1.3 million LiDAR points per second. But when it comes down to the applications, software is essential to transforming massive datasets into bottom-line deliverables for the customer. Autodesk and Bentley Systems are two of ...

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An Intro to LiDAR
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New Articles from the LiDAR News team...
LIDAR Best Practices: Part III ? Initial Office Processing: Lewis Graham ? In the previous installment, we examined the field operations associated with planning and acquiring a LIDAR (and possibly imagery) mission. We place great emphasis on step by step quality checks and the importance of developing and rigorously following written procedures. W. Edwards Demming, the father ...
Understanding Open Source Licensing: Michael Gerlek ? Last time, in episode #2, we looked at libLAS, a library for processing LAS data, and we mentioned that it is available under the ?BSD open source license?. This time, we?ll talk about what an open source license actually is, and what rights the BSD license gives you. This article doesn?t actually have anything to ...
Putting the Pieces Together?Laser Scan Geo-Referencing: Michael Olsen ? Greetings and welcome from the US Northwest! In the last issue, I related some fun experiences while scanning seacliffs in San Diego. In this article, I would like to discuss some of the challenges we faced while trying to geo-reference our data and the subsequent development of a freely available ...
Michael Raphael 
Laser Scanner Helps Recreate the Wright Bros. 1st Flight: Michael Raphael ? 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 ...
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Government awards police forces £2.7 million to tackle motorway closures
MAPPS Announces Program for Winter Conference January 22 - 26, 2012
SarPoint Engineering to Take Delivery of the First RIEGL VMX-450 Mobile Scanning System
Makai Voyager Video
Makai Voyager Released
ASPRS Survey Finds Hiring in the Geospatial Industry Continues Despite High U.S. Unemployment Rates
The Coordinate Metrology Society Announces "Call for Papers" for the 2012 Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference in New Orleans
AVEVA and RIEGL Sign Interoperability Agreement
Zebedee Handheld 3D Mapping System
Close-range Laser Scanning for Reverse Engineering
News from Around the Open World
Effective Vegetation Management for the UK Power Industry with Blom LiDAR
Successful European LiDAR Mapping Forum Reflects Vibrant Industry
FARO Technologies Announces First U.S. 3D Documentation Conference for 2012
The Canadian Consortium for LiDAR Environmental Applications Research
Digital Surveys Documents Alnwick Castle
Mobile Mapping in Europe
AVEVA and FARO sign Interoperability Agreement
Optech Announces 6th International Terrestrial Laser Scanning User Meeting
Maptek Announces New Office in Canada
Merrick Completes High Fidelity Mapping for the University of California Riverside
Intergraph and DigitalGlobe offer a geospatial challenge
NVision Helps Reverse Engineer Optical Retailer?s Store Display, Enabling Millions in Annual Sales
Topcon Volunteers Support Japan Through TOGETHER Program
GeoDigital Acquires Powel, Inc.
Creaform China and Rapidform Announce 3D Scanning Solutions Agreement
Optech Wins MAPPS 2011 Technology Innovation Award
3D Laser Mapping Expands to Australia
AVEVA World North America User Conference Delegates Experience the Power of Joined Up Thinking
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