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Well, the 2012 London Summer Olympics are in the books and overall it seemed like a smooth running event. Laser scanning was used both to support the physical construction and the athletes. Creaform reports that 18 year-old Australian sensation Jessica Fox won silver in the slalom K1 race at the London 2012 Olympic Games. We had a blog on this before the Games began.
Even though I didn't attend, the editor of The American Surveyor attended the Survey Summit in San Diego and his report can be found HERE. Esri presented an entire day on LiDAR. I did receive a letter from the President of NSPS?National Society of Professional Surveyors?asking for support. In addition I met the President-elect of AAGS?American Association of Geodetic Surveying?Michael Dennis. This may be an organization to get behind if you are interested in 3D.
I trust you have all seen the latest LiDAR Magazine. This is our largest issue to date. You can choose to receive either a digital or hard copy on the website. I am always looking for good articles so if you have an idea please let me know, and encourage your colleagues to sign up for this newsletter HERE. We thank you for ongoing support in building this professional community.
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LIDAR Best Practices: Part VI ? Object Classification: Lewis Graham ? In the previous installment, we examined some of the intermediate steps that can be used in "classifying" LIDAR data where the objects of interest are very similar to the surrounding points. We specifically looked at the problems associated with classifying at-grade (meaning same elevation as the surroundings ...
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3D Imaging Provides Just the Touch for Museums: Michael Raphael ? There is no question that museums are expressing strong interest in the use of 3D. Those of us that follow tech news feeds are seeing near daily examples of museums around the world using 3D scanning to document all kinds of collection items from prehistoric natural artifacts to man-made modern ...
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The E57 LiDAR Data Format ? Moving the LiDAR Market Forward: Ted Knaak ? Turn on any brand DVR, connect your standard cable to any flat screen TV and you?ll enjoy the movie. Buy any printer to communicate with any computer and you?re up and running in seconds. Data standards are a key component to market growth by expanding our choices among ...
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Millions of Points in Your Web Browser: Elizabeth Lee ? Critical to CyArk?s mission is the free dissemination of rich 3D content from cultural heritage sites. Our primary vehicle for dissemination is our website and since launching the site in 2004 we have been working to implement the latest in web technologies to serve richer content in more immersive ways. Our new 3D Viewer takes ...
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? Revealing the Secrets of Stonehenge Through 3D Digital Modelling ?
? Connecting the Dots: An Interview with Tom Greaves ? The Pace of Change ? High Accuracy Survey with a Helicopter ? Mobile LiDAR 2D/3D/4D Interoperability ? FARO User Conference ? It's About Time...and more!
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Hexagon Metrology Debuts PC-DMIS 2012
Millions of Points in Your Web Browser: CyArk Launches New Browser-Based 3D Viewer
The E57 LiDAR Data Format ? Moving the LiDAR Market Forward
3D Imaging Provides Just the Touch for Museums
Meridian Associates awarded ?Small Business of the Year? from Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
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Leaning LiDAR Product Development
Creaform Congratulates Elite Water Sports Athletes Jessica Fox and Gilles Lamiré
The Heart of Consense has an International Beat
LIDAR Best Practices: Part VI ? Object Classification Reaches First Industry Adoption Milestone with 500 New Members
U.S. ARMY Northern Command's Defense Support to Civil Authorities System Manages Civilian Emergency Support Requests
ASPRS Updates Recertification Requirements
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Scanning the Masses: DaVinci Days Geomatics Demonstration
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From the Editor: The Surveying Profession(al)
Small Business, Big Ideas
Beyond Digital Heritage Preservation
Re-Modeling the Mixmaster
Transmission and Distribution Utility Infrastructure Capital Planning
Saving Lives with Virtual Indoor Environments
Discovering and Mapping Natural Hazards with LiDAR
Modeling Sea Level Rise and Marsh Changes?Tips for Improving the Collection and Interpretation of Coastal Data
Rapid 3D Energy Modeling for Retrofit Analysis of Existing Buildings Using Thermal and Digital Imagery
CSIRO: Moving Mobile Mapping Indoors
Vispower Technology Announces supports Online DWG Viewing Along with Markup Tools
The Future of Plant Design? to Preview at AVEVA World Summit 2012
GeoDigital Realigns Offices
Optech Wins JALBTCX 2012 Awards
AVEVA Presents the Design Efficiency Factors Influencing the Future of Plant Design Software
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