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As I mentioned in the previous issue of LiDAR News I am really looking forward to attending Hexagon 2012 next week (June 4 - 7) in Las Vegas, Nevada. I am hoping to see and hear about the progress being made with the integration of Intergraph and Leica GeoSystems. Since last year's event Hexagon has acquired MicroSurvey and just last week myVR, a virtual reality software firm based in Norway.
In a recent blog I stirred things up a bit by raising the issue of software lagging hardware in terms of innovation in the laser scanning industry. For me, it goes to the critically important question of what "could be" accomplished versus what is being done. This is a real challenge in large firms. The cards are somewhat stacked against innovation unless people are allowed to fail, and in this world economy there is not much room for that. I'll be blogging and tweeting what I see and hear at Hexagon 2012 - stay tuned. Vol2No3
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Blue Marble Releases Global Mapper 13.2 with Enhancements to DigitalGlobe and Intermap Premium Data Access
Bluesky to Fund Night Sky Mapping Project
LiDAR USA announced ScanLook is ready for shipping.
Optech CS-15000 Aerial Digital Camera wins Geospatial Technology Innovation Award
A Challenging Economy Drives Adoption of LiDAR Technology
Making the Web Safe for Lidar
Terrestrial Scanning of Camelback Mountain - Phoenix, Arizona
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Visualisation of Vegetation Using LiDAR Data
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Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC) 2012 Showcases 27 Technical Presentations from Metrology Experts around the Globe
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