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Welcome to the early May issue of LiDAR News. A highly successful SPAR 2012?it broke all the records?is in the books. If you haven't seen the third print edition of LiDAR Magazine, Vol2No3please note the latest edition is now available in print as well as online. All SPAR attendees received the latest edition; mailed copies began arriving last week. If you would like to receive a print copy and have not yet subscribed, click here. Click the cover to the right to see the digital version of the magazine. > > > > >
We've done our best to index recent happenings. New articles from Jason Amadori, Joe Croser and Michael Gerlek are below. Over on the blog, I've reported two upcoming webinars of interest, in addition to Trimble's acquisition of Sketchup (from Google), and "Consumer Reports" for the laser scanning industry.
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Terrestrial Laser Scanning
for High Resolution Terrain Mapping
While attending East Carolina University?s Department of Geography (I graduated last summer) I traveled all over the country with my advisor Thad Wasklewicz (Ph.D.) acquiring high resolution terrain data. Many of the projects I was involved in used terrestrial laser scanners to map the surface of the earth in order to study the spatial and temporal dynamics of ...

Video of the week
Check out our video of the week, hand-picked by our editorial team:
Zebedee Handheld 3D Mapping System
Handheld laser mapping system developed at CSIRO that is able to generate 3D maps in GPS denied areas (indoors, underground, etc). The system ...
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New Articles from the LiDAR News team...
Utilizing Mobile LiDAR to Support Pavement Resurfacing: Jason Amadori ? Many transportation agencies are looking for ways to save money while increasing safety on their highways. They are seeking innovative ways to do this through the use of new technology. Mobile LiDAR is being used to determine roadway geometry information for long stretches of ...
Joe Croser 
Don?t Ask What Hurts; Show Me How to Be Better!: Joe Croser ? With the dust settling after the SPAR 2012 Conference, and with so many new announcements from hardware and software vendors still fresh in many people?s minds, I wanted to ponder a couple of recent and out of the industry blog posts that took exception to vendors asking prospects "what ...
GMT: The Generic Mapping Tools : Michael Gerlek ? GMT, the ?Generic Mapping Tools?, is a package I?ve heard about over the years but had never used. Mostly I?d heard that it was very old, mostly used in the academic/research community, heavily tied to Postscript, and completely independent of the ?modern? open source GIS tools, e.g. those ...
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GeoCue Announces 2012 Training Event
GMT: The Generic Mapping Tools
"Piping in the Point Cloud with AutoCAD Plant 3D"
Don?t Ask What Hurts; Show Me How to Be Better!
GKS Engineering Services Customer, Sbyke®, Wins Two Prestigious Awards
Measurement Devices Ltd Announces New Chief Operating Officer
Blom delivers laser scanning survey for railway development in Finland
Indianapolis Awards Multi-Million Dollar Mapping Contract to Woolpert
SPAR International 2012 Largest Edition Ever
3D Laser Mapping LiDAR Workshop Success
KnowledgeSmart Online Testing Engine Powers Club Revit Knowledge Challenge
URISA Announces LiDAR Webinar Series
AVEVA Laser Modeller reduces 3D modelling time by up to 50%
European User Meeting for 3D documentation in Zurich
iSTAR: The world's first automatic rapid 360º camera launches
Terrestrial Laser Scanning for High Resolution Terrain Mapping
kubit enhances the PointSense family with major upgrades to Plant and the addition of Heritage
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    USGS CLICK Will Be Disabled on May 9
    kubit and Autodesk to Host Webinar
    Webinar: Maximize Your LiDAR Investment with ERDAS IMAGINE
    Trimble Acquires Sketchup
    Point Density vs. Accuracy
    ?Consumer Reports? for the Laser Scanning Industry
    The Photogrammetry Model for Data Acquisition
    An Introduction to Automated Mobile Survey

    This section is an update about LiDAR conferences, training, seminars, webinars and other relevant events. Feel free to make a suggestion for future consideration.
    Hexagon 2012 ? Las Vegas, Nevada: June 4-7
    AGSE 2012 - Johor Bahru, Malaysia: July 16-20
    Esri 2012 User Conference - San Diego, California: July 23-27
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    ? Changing the Face of Quarry Management ? Managing High Volumes of LiDAR Data ? Implementing BIM for Construction ? UltraCam User Group Meeting ? Unlocking Subterranean Philadelphia with LiDAR ? Avoiding Incidents with Incidence ? Systematic Thinking...and more!
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