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I am in the process of slowly returning from an ASCE?American Society of Civil Engineers?day- long introductory seminar on laser scanning and LiDAR: stuck on the tarmac for 4 hours. There were about 15 people at the seminar who were just getting interested in the technology. Most people were involved with surveying in one form or another.
I still believe we are just 2 years into the 3D decade. Those of us who are immersed in the industry don't realize how little the technology has penetrated into the mainstream. There certainly is a long runway ahead of us, but as Chris Zmijewski?a new contributing author?points out, attracting the younger generation to our 3D profession is not going all that well.
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Riding the Rails with Mobile Scanning: Tim Van Gelder ? The North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR) built its railroad in the 1850s, with a 200-ft. boundary corridor extending 100 feet on either side of the rail centerline. Today, the track spans 317 miles and carries 50-60 freight trains and 10 passenger trains daily. Development has significantly encroached upon the original ...
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NVision?s Project Portal to Streamline Reverse Engineering: Steve Glad ? A major OEM for the aerospace industry was able to significantly reduce the length of a reverse engineering project by utilizing a new project portal offered by NVision, Inc., a leading provider of 3D scanning and re- engineering services. The new portal provided the OEM with full and immediate access ...
Laser Scanning the Envelope : Ken Smerz - Laser scanning has its obvious uses in the BIM world, specifically within the mechanical, plumbing and HVAC trades. Anyone currently competing in this space and not using laser scanning and 3D modeling is missing not only a significant cost saving tool, but not looking to the future where soon all MEP as-found documentation work will be done this way ...
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