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Welcome to the end of February issue of LiDAR News. As you are reading this I will be in Orlando, Florida attending the Riegl LiDAR 2012 User Conference. Look for updates on Twitter and on the blog. Last week's inaugural FARO 3D Documentation Conference was a big success according Marc Cheves, who represented us and the other Spatial Media properties.
Faro's CEO declared that they have to be the #1 laser scanner manufacturer based on the explosion in sales of the Focus 3D. The first time event in North America drew almost 300 people. Bill Gutelius, guest author (if you are interested in contributing an article please let me know) discusses the challenge of deciding which laser scanning tradeshows he needs to attend.
I am not going to be able to attend a follow up event in Orlando sponsored by Certainty 3D on mobile LiDAR, but Ted Knaak has provided an important article on the issues surrounding its adoption by the DOTs. The organizational issues are just as important if not more so to adoption of a disruptive technology like mobile laser scanning.
The Featured Video in this issue is actually a series of video interviews that Rich Bremer, a member of the Spatial Media team recorded at ILMF 2012 with a number of the vendors. See this blog post for a complete list.
The Spotlight in this issue goes to Lewis Graham for his compelling argument on the need to capitalize the "I" in LIDAR - he's convinced me. And finally, we want to welcome Justin Lokitz from Autodesk as a contributing author. Justin is a Senior Product Manager involved with geospatial technology such as Autodesk Map 3D. In his first article he presents a strong argument for the use of photogrammetry to collect 3D data.
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Putting the "I" Back in LIDAR
In the previous installment, we examined the process of initial quality check and geometric correction of LIDAR data. I am taking a break from the processing series to discuss the value of the "I" in LIDAR. I (pun intended) am advocating that we always write LIDAR with a capital "I" as opposed to the popular "LiDAR." Is this really a big deal? Well, I have thought so and this feeling was confirmed at a visit to land information conference last week in which ...

Video of the week
Check out our video of the week, hand-picked by our editorial team:
Cardinal Systems at ILMF 2012
Rich Bremer from LiDAR News recorded a number of video interviews on the show floor at ILMF 2012. Here is one example: ...
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New Articles from the LiDAR News team...
The Tradeshow Dilemma: Bill Gutelius - I have been on both sides of the booth ? sometimes simultaneously, at tradeshows and conferences. It has been my experience that they consistently afforded me an opportunity to learn a lot, develop business relationships (?network?) and to acquire new business ? no matter whether as an attendee or an exhibitor or even as BOTH ...
Ted Knaak 
Two Perspectives on LiDAR Technology Market Adoption: Ted Knaak ? There is a lot of good news for the transportation market coming from LiDAR technology these days. Field productivity is going through the roof! Static scanners with truck mounted tripods have increased productivity from 6 scans per day to over 60. Mobile terrestrial systems are collecting 500,000 ...
Photogrammetry is the New Point Cloud (and Vice Versa): Justin Lokitz ? It?s quite apparent, and probably obvious to everyone who reads LiDAR News, that point cloud capture, visualization and analysis technologies are becoming ubiquitous across every market sector that deals with real- world objects. Whether you?re a designer of manufactured parts or a civil engineer ...
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AVEVA Extends Training Programmes to Brazilian Universities in Pará and Pernambuco
The Tradeshow Dilemma
Photogrammetry is the New Point Cloud (and Vice Versa)
Creaform Celebrates 10 Years of Innovation in 3D Optical Measurement Technos and 3D Engineering Services
Geosemble, BAE Systems Strengthen Product Integration
MineSuite production information technology moves to MinLog
earthmine Announces Second Annual Partner Conference
3D Laser Mapping Announce LiDAR Workshop Series
AVEVA Expands in Korea
Putting the "I" Back in LIDAR
Two Perspectives on LiDAR Technology Market Adoption
LizardTech Video Interview at ILMF 2012
Twenty to Receive Citizenship and Five to be Honored in Silicon Valley
Exelis Video Interview at ILMF 2012
Cardinal Systems at ILMF 2012
Danish Government Launches Nation- wide Sea-level Rise Flooding Tool Based on SCALGO Computations
Record Breaking FY2011 Sales For Rapidform 3D Scanning Software
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Take the NOAA Survey on Proposed Resolution Restrictions for EO Commercial Imaging Satellites
Ken Block's Gymkhana THREE, Part 2
Identifying the Need for Mobile LiDAR
Second Guessing Autodesk
Merrick?s Sherry Promoted to Senior Vice President
AeroMetric Acquires Leica Ultra High Point Density LiDAR System
WindSentinel Completes First Phase of Wind Resource Assessment Campaign on Lake Michigan
Mobile Mapping Grows Up
The IP-S2
2012 Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference Heads to New Orleans, LA from July 16-20, 2012 Coordinate Metrology Society Opens Reg
ASPRS Approves Resolution on U.S. Imaging Program
AVEVA opens new office in Genoa, Italy
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