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Well, we made it to December. Now, if we don't go off the fiscal cliff, here and in Europe, then I think we are going to have a good year in 2013, although the 13 bothers me a bit. I don't think many of us were around in the last 13 so it's hard to say. Here's a list of the historical events in 1913.
There were a number of important news items, but the one that caught my idea was the ratification of the 16th amendment to the U.S. constitution establishing income tax. I haven't heard about any centennial celebrations being planned.
If you have an interest in the history of 3D CAD for road design, be sure to read the second installment by Randy Tardy - he was there, and I think you will be surprised by the timeline. I recently had dinner with Faraz Ravi, founder of Pointools. His software was used to discover even more about the secrets of Stonehenge.
The European LiDAR Mapping Forum (ELMF) kicks off in Salzburg, Austria today. Our European correspondent, Janhein Loedeman, is taking in the event. Drop us a line if you're on site and would like to meet up. Each attendee will receive a copy of our latest magazine.
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Several years ago as a new project lead, I was put in charge of a project for an Oregon county in which my team was to create one of the first operational ORMAP geodatabases in the state. It was a time of transition from the older ArcInfo coverage files to the newer, shinier, silver graphic cylinder of the geodatabase. There was a considerable amount of buzz around this new transition and how this would increase the accessibility of GIS data to a ...

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New Articles from the LiDAR News team...
Why InRoads is First in 3D Road Design: Randy Tardy ? In a previous article I explained why MicroStation dominates State DOT?s. Now we are ready to pose a new set of history revealing questions. Why has InRoads, originally developed by Intergraph, emerged as the leading, proven 3D design solution for transportation projects? When was the InRoads 3D decision made ...
Bronze Age Art at the UK?s Stonehenge World Heritage Site: Marcus Abbott ? In November 2011 English Heritage commissioned the most detailed laser scan survey of Stonehenge ever undertaken. Each stone was recorded in unparalleled detail with a point spacing of 0.5mm. This work was carried out by the Greenhatch Group. The resulting huge data resource of 850GB had ...
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Certainty 3D Offers Free Web Apps for LiDAR Project Planning: Ted Knaak ? Certainty 3D is pleased to offer the popular LiDAR project planning software, TopoPLANNER and TopoMISSION, as web applications. This effectively makes these two powerful programs universally available as opposed to the previous download versions. This document will review these applications ...
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ElectraNet Chooses Bentley Substation to Improve the Efficiency and Accuracy of Electric Substation Design
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Bentley?s Newest SACS Release Provides Advanced Visualization of Motions Prediction and Expanded Offshore Wind Turbine Analysis
Certainty 3D Offers Free Web Apps for LiDAR Project Planning
Introduction to Laser Scanning - Leica HDS
Blue Marble to Feature Global Mapper at ELMF 2012 in Salzburg, Austria
Topcon Releases ScanMaster CAD Link for GLS-1500
Geomagic Announces Freeform 2013
Geomagic Announces the 2013 Editions of Qualify and Qualify Probe
Now Available: TerraGo Mobile for Android
Geomagic Spark, a New Approach to Designing from Scan Data
Barrenlands, Bombs & Boundaries
RIEGL USA to Attend AGU 2012
Intergraph Expands Edmonton?s Geospatial Capabilities
AVEVA Announces Owner Operator Round Table Event in Calgary
Highways Authorities Boost Numbers at Yotta DCL?s Annual Event
AVEVA Publishes New Business Paper - Plant Design for Lean Construction
Direct Dimensions Announces ShapeShot Public Launch in New York City
Pointools Used to Help Discover Extraordinary Bronze Age Art at Stonehenge
New Tools in Maptek Vulcan 8.2 Release Target Speed And Efficiency
ASPRS 2013 Fellows Named
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