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Welcome to the holiday edition. All of us at LiDAR News want to thank you for all the input and support that you provided in 2012. It has been a year of significant growth for the LiDAR News platform. We want to take this opportunity to wish you a joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year!
I don't know which is more interesting - the use of LiDAR to potentially re-write the U.S. history books, or the results that MAPPS has been delivering for the 3D geospatial industry, or 12-21-12. The good news is we have them all covered, and more, in this diverse issue.
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3D laser surveying has become an important enabler of efficient plant revamp and upgrade projects. This AVEVA Business Paper describes how plant owner operators and engineering contractors can gain maximum value from this powerful technology, to reduce the cost, risk and downtime of plant modification projects. Readers will gain valuable insight into avoiding common mistakes in the use of laser scanning and ways in which 3D scan data can become a valuable asset for plant lifecycle management.

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How 2012 Could Shape the Future of Geospatial Technology
The geospatial profession, especially those with interest in LIDAR and laser scanning, may look back on 2012 as a pivotal time for market growth. This year was historic for MAPPS, the national association for private sector geospatial firms. While celebrating its 30th anniversary, MAPPS has seen markets and technologies change and expand over the past three decades, but the mission of the organization has remained constant -- to advocate for...

Video of the week
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America Unearthened With the Help of LiDAR
Here's a sneak peek at a new History Channel program that hints at the idea of Mayan ruins in the state of Georgia. AeroMetric collected the LiDAR data ...
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The Maptek I-Site 8810 is the only scanner with a fully integrated digital camera, enabling simultaneous capture of 3D laser point clouds with overlaid photo pixels. It features an integrated GPS and digital compass. Surveyor productivity is set to soar with a new user interface and wireless toughbook controller.

New Articles from the LiDAR News team...
Convergence of BIM, Geospatial and 3D Provides the Basis for Improved Building Asset Management: Geoff Zeiss ? The construction industry contributes about $7 trillion annually to the world economy. According to McKinsey about $3.6 trillion of this is for "narrow infrastructure" - transportation, utilities, and public and social infrastructure. The ...
12-21-12 - Never Let a Crisis Go To Waste: Mike Frecks/Cyn Rene' Whitfield ? The problem with predicting an impending crisis is that you just can?t anticipate all the variables. I think we all, if we have thought about it, questioned the outcome of any activity surrounding 12-21-12? the Mayan Calendar and Nostradamus predictions? sensationalizing an event that ...
Nadia Anis 
The Use of 3D Data in Architectural Forensic and Conflict Resolution: Nadia Anis ? As architects involved with forensic work for many years, we have used the same diagnostic tools. These tools have, on many occasions, proven inadequate for the complex issues or even the geometry of today?s architecture. Often times the forensic work is conducted as part of ...
LiDAR Magazine - Volume 2, Number 6 (November/December)
? LiDAR Bathymetry ? Mobile LiDAR ? Angkor Wat ? Scannin? in the Wind ? LiDAR, BIM, and GIS ? Rapid Mobilization ? Point Clouds ? Bathymetric Processing Solution ? Business of Laser Scanning...and more!
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LizardTech Releases Updated GeoViewer Application
Bluesky Aerial Photos Help Keep Birmingham Moving
StreetMapper Helps Improve Europe's Highway Safety
ClearEdge3D Releases EdgeWise Plant? 4.0
Convergence of BIM, Geospatial and 3D Provides the Basis for Improved Building Asset Management
How 2012 Could Shape the Future of Geospatial Technology
America Unearthened With the Help of LiDAR
Blue Marble Presents Paper at ELMF 2012 on LiDAR Post Processing in Global Mapper
Mining Technology Innovator Maptek Appoints New Representatives in Asia
Optech Announces Third Imaging and Lidar Solutions Conference, ILSC 2013
The Coordinate Metrology Society Releases CMSC 2012 Measurement Study Report ?The Importance of Practical Testing?
A New Version of Topocad ? Topocad 14.2 is Now Released by the Company Adtollo
12-21-12 - Never Let a Crisis Go To Waste
Richmond Speeds Response to Highways Maintenance with Yotta DCL
Turbine Parts Supplier Reduces Reverse Engineering Time 60% with NVision Laser Scanner
Maptek to Launch New Online Users Area in 2013
Seiler Instrument Offers Instructive Rental Opportunities Trimble® MX8 LiDAR Mapping System
2012 Pecora Awards Presented for Achievements in Earth Remote Sensing
3D Laser Mapping?s RIEGL Laser Scanner Powers Trail Surveys
The OGC Forms 3D Portrayal Standards Working Group
Blom To Map and Monitor Coastal Stretches in France
Bluesky Takes Ordnance Survey Mapping to New Heights
GeoSpatial Experts Introduces GeoJot+® Subscription to Mobilize Field Teams
AVEVA Highlights Top Five Recommendations for an Effective Laser-Enabled Revamp
American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Presents Hot Topics Session at International LiDAR Mapping Forum 2013
Big Data, Business Trends, and Networking Highlight MAPPS 2013 Winter Conference Program
FARO Introduces New 3D App Center
Free LiDAR Project Planning Web Apps
Capture and Share Field Data with the Newly Released TerraGo Mobile for Android
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    Sponsored by Optech

    Optech is the world leader in the development, manufacture and support of advanced lidar and imaging-based survey instruments. With operations and staff worldwide, Optech offers both standalone and fully integrated lidar and camera solutions in airborne mapping, airborne laser bathymetry, mobile mapping, terrestrial laser scanning, mine cavity monitoring, and industrial process control, as well as space-proven sensors.

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    This section is an update about LiDAR conferences, training, seminars, webinars and other relevant events. Feel free to make a suggestion for future consideration.
    European LiDAR Mapping Forum - Salzburg, Austria: December 4-5, 2012
    ILMF 2013 - Denver Colorado: February 11-13, 2013
    SPAR 2013 - Colorado Springs, Colorado: April 15-18, 2013
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    Sponsored by ClearEdge3D

    ClearEdge3D has released version 3.0 of its EdgeWise Plant software, which can automatically model pipes, tanks and other cylinders from point cloud data. The software's automated feature extraction algorithms, fast-finishing tools and SmartSheet™ intelligent pipe technology dramatically reduces the time and cost of 3D modeling. Clients report workflow savings of up to 70% over other pipe modeling software. Visit our site for more information.

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