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As you read this I will be reporting from Trimble Dimensions 2012 in sunny Las Vegas, Nevada. (Just for the record I voted via absentee ballot.) It will be my first time at this event and I am really looking forward to attending. Given the recent OEM deal with FARO and all of the other acquisitions that Trimble has been making it should be interesting to hear about their vision of the future for our industry.
Our thoughts are with all those who have been impacted by super storm Sandy. Let's hope that this was a once in a lifetime event as some described. It is certain to create construction activity, but there are better ways for that...
The following week I will be attending Bentley Systems Be Inspired Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Bentley selects their best customer projects for showcasing at this event. Stay tuned for a recap of both events.
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Gene Roe, LS, PE, PhD
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    European LiDAR Mapping Forum 2012

    Two-day technical conference and exhibition focusing on the use of LiDAR to support transport, urban modelling, coastal zone mapping, asset management and GIS applications. Highlights include over 40 technical papers presented by Internationally recognised speakers, more than 60 exhibitors forming the largest ever European exhibition dedicated solely to LIDAR technology and services, entry level workshops and onsite mobile mapping vehicles. Visit us for more information or to register.

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