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Welcome to the mid-February issue of LiDAR News. Winter continues to be on vacation here
in the Northeast, and for most of the US for that matter. That is not the case in Europe where
the ice is 5 feet thick on the major rivers. Here in the US it is certainly reducing the heating
and snow removal bills, but the lack of snow in the West is going to cause serious water shortage
problems this summer.
On the conference front with ILMF 2012
the record books the attention now turns to the Faro
user conferences - both inaugural events. LiDAR News will be
covering both of these information-packed venues. These smaller, focused events provide important
learning and networking opportunities.
It certainly seems like 2012 is off to an impressive start. The stock market is up, the
unemployment rate is dropping and I am seeing a number of survey openings being posted. The
energy sector is booming as the US moves toward becoming a net exporter and 2 nuclear power plant
licenses were granted this week. The natural state of the US economy is prosperity, if we could
just get the politicians to understand that.
The Featured Video in this issue comes from Geotop Italy. It was recorded in 2009 but it
provides a nice link with Richard Rybka's article on what he sees as the rapid maturing of mobile
LiDAR technology. (As an aside, for all of the car nuts in the audience check out this video
The Spotlight in this issue goes to Jason Amadori from Earth Eye, who has agreed to become a
LiDAR News Contributing Author. Welcome Jason. Building a highway sign inventory database for New
York City is a daunting task unless you have the ability to automate the data collection and
processing. Jason does.
Stephen Clancy provides a checklist for determining whether Mobile LiDAR is the right tool for
the job. And Joe Croser, our resident business consultant wraps up this issue with a must read
analysis of the recent decision by Autodesk to withdraw support for a couple of point cloud tools
being tested through Autodesk Labs.
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NYCDOT LiDAR Project
The new MUTCD - Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices regulations require the development
of an inventory management program that documents the installation, maintenance and construction
characteristics of sign infrastructure. This information was then used to create a sign
replacement program designed to prioritize high-risk sign replacements first while optimizing the
replacement of other signs in an area to minimize ...
Check out our video of the week, hand-picked by our editorial team:
Topcon IP-S2 By Geotop
Geotop Italy demonstrates the wide variety of applications that IP-S2 supports: GIS Data,
Road Asset, Hazard Management, Digital Map-Making ...
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New Articles from the LiDAR News team...
Mobile Mapping Grows
Up: Richard Rybka - It's amazing how mobile mapping has matured over the
past three years. I recently attended the International LiDAR Mapping Forum 2012 in Denver as a
vendor representative for Topcon Positioning Systems. My first experience with ILMF goes back to
2009. Attending this year's conference provided an opportunity to take ...
Identifying the Need for
Mobile LiDAR: Stephen Clancy ? In all of my presentations, discussions and
travels, I am almost always asked ?what makes a good Mobile LiDAR project?? It is a difficult
question to answer quickly and sufficiently. As an experienced Project Manager that has
completed the coursework from the Project Management Institute, I know that a ...
Autodesk: Joe Croser ? I have been rubbing my temples trying to answer the
question ?Why?? Why did Autodesk end the technology previews for point cloud feature and shape
extraction without ?graduating? the technology for commercial release as they usually do? And as
I pondered the question, it all became clear. Commenting on the decision Scott ...
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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.
3D Documentation Conference
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? Orlando, FL: February 28 - March 1
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Rapidform Success Conference 2012
? Denver, CO: April 2 - April 5
? Houston, TX: April 15 - April 18
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