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There have been a number of important industry announcements over the past two weeks that I want to be sure you are aware of: First is the announcement by Natural Resources Canada of a Best Practices Guide for the Use of LiDAR in Forest Inventory Applications. Having been involved in the development of a set of Guidelines for the use of mobile LiDAR in transportation, I appreciate how challenging and valuable a document like this can be.
Next is news (see video below) from Velodyne and Phoenix Aerial Systems concerning a successful test flight of a UAV with the Velodyne HDL-32E on board. I think it is clear that UAVs, or UASs, or AUVs?or whatever you want to call them?are the next BIG technology to hit the surveying market. AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2013 is August 12 - 15 in Washington, DC.
Finally, I am told by an expert in this field that the patent that Disney was recently granted for turning 2D photos into 3D models is a very big deal. It uses light ray technology as opposed to photogrammetry. Enjoy the rest of this edition.
Best regards,
Gene Roe, LS, PE, PhD
Managing Editor
LiDAR News

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Scripting Power: Unleashing the Potential of the Point Cloud
At the end of last year, Leica Geosystems announced the ability to perform python scripting within Cyclone 8.0. Previous versions of Cyclone had limited scripting capabilities for scan acquisition, which were very helpful to optimize data collection efforts, particularly with older scanners. Many CAD and GIS packages have had powerful scripting capabilities for a long time; however, most laser scan software currently does not have this ...

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Velodyne HDL-32E LiDAR on UAV
Velodyne's HDL-32E on Phoenix's Aerial Systems AL-2, combines the latest UAV, LiDAR and GNSS technology into an accurate & compact aerial mapping solution ...
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New Articles from the LiDAR News team...
Ann-Kathrin Kinscher 
Mobile Mapping System ? Do it yourself!: Ann-Kathrin Kinscher ? Mobile laser scanning is an essential part of today?s 3D documentation technologies. It is already widely used in generating 3D city models, as well as in registration of roadway damage and in the CGI (Computer Generated Images) sector. Through interaction of an inertial measurement unit, with a GPS system and a ...
Highlights of MAPPS Summer Conference: Nick Palatiello ? A robust workforce, the possibility of an early authorization for unmanned aerial vehicles, and market trends were the buzz during the MAPPS 2013 Summer Conference held July 22-26, 2013 in Rockport, ME. Sessions at the conference focused on regulatory and market influences that will have an impact on geospatial ...
Laser Scanning and BIM Support Energy Efficiency for Buildings: Geoff Zeiss ? In the Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2013 the reference case, which only takes into account existing legislation and regulations, forecasts U.S. 2020 emissions of 5,455 million tonnes, which is 470 million tonnes of carbon dioxide above the goal of 4,978 million tonnes ...
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Trimble Introduces Next Generation Tablet PC for Surveying
ASPRS Launches First eBook ?Manual of Airborne Topographic Lidar
Orbit GT and ESRI The Netherlands Sign Reseller Agreement
GRW Purchases Optech Gemini ALTM LiDAR Sensor
DIY Mobile Mapping System
Innovations in 3D Draws Crowds
GCS ?Geospatial Big Data? Webinar Focuses on Mobility
MAPPS Establishes Aviation Legal Plan, Retains Legal Counsel
Town of Canmore Contracts Advanced Aerial LiDAR Survey
Blue Marble Releases Global Mapper SDK v14.2
Building Documentation Industry Speaks Out
Make Time for Stickier Presentations
LiDAR Technology Adoption Strategy?A Bite-sized Low Risk Approach
Roadway Characteristics Inventory for DOTs Using Mobile LiDAR Technology
Proteus Wins Contract for Land/Marine Classification Mapping of Abu Dhabi
SPAR Europe/European LiDAR Mapping Forum Advisory Board Announced
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