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I attended a TRB workshop this past week on TransXML. It further reinforced the challenges associated with developing and adopting data standards. This effort began 10 years ago and unfortunately there is not very much to show for it. There has to be industry and end user financial support in order to get this work done. That is why the Open Geospatial Consortium deserves tremendous credit for the business model they developed and are sustaining. The transportation industry deserves better, or at least needs better.
Are you feeling the competitive pressure? Be sure to read the spotlight article for important words of wisdom from industry veteran Arik Degani.
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Should 3D Service Providers Worry About Falling Equipment Prices?
In two words: Yes but?  Fourteen years ago when we purchased our first 3D laser scanning system ? the CYRAX2400 and its processing software CGP we were sure we would have a maximum of 5 years until "every" surveyor would have one. We expected rapid equipment price reductions would make this technology affordable for most surveyors. We believed we ...

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AU 2013 Interview for LiDAR News
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New Articles from the LiDAR News team...
Professional Education for the LiDAR Student: Jeff Fagerman ? The Christmas trees are out along the roads and in the stores and already up and decorated in many homes. The radio waves are filled with the familiar sounds of Christmas carols. The stores are just as crazy as ever for December with shopping frenzies for the expected gift on Christmas morning. This is ...
Hearing Finds Federal Government Lacks Geospatial Coordination: Nick Palatiello ? Transparency, coordination and accountability for Federal geospatial data and land ownership are lacking, according Congressional testimony before the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources of the House Committee on Natural Resources on December 5, 2013. The ...
A Paradigm Shift in Cultural Heritage: the CyArk 500 Challenge: Justin Barton ? You?ve likely heard our (CyArk?s)story before on LiDAR News: the non-profit working with global partners to digitize humanity?s heritage. But the digital recording of heritage is only the start of our story. The data collected by today?s 3D reality capture technologies, such as LiDAR and ...
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? Data Mobility ? Rework Costs ? X-Ray Vision ? Robotic Aid ? Underground Mining ? Floodplain Studies ? National Teamwork ? Structure From Motion ? NEON ? Mobile LiDAR ? Bathymetric LiDAR ? LAS Enhancements ? Data Doors ? Quantum Cameras ? Carswell ? Finish ...and more!
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ILMF 2014: February 17-19, Denver, Colorado USA

The International LiDAR Mapping Forum is a technical conference and exhibition focused on the use of airborne, terrestrial and bathymetric LiDAR and mobile mapping systems. ILMF spotlights the use of LiDAR to support transport, urban modeling, coastal zone mapping, land and natural resource management, utility asset management, 3D visualization, GIS and other applications. nal


Light Field Cameras for 3D Capture and Reconstruction ? Part 1 of 2
Pushing Toward a Paradigm Shift in Cultural Heritage: the CyArk 500 Challenge
Professional Education for the LiDAR Student
House Committee Hearing Finds Fed Govt Lacks Geospatial Coordination
Should 3D Service Providers Worry About Falling Equipment Prices?
Bluesky Aerial Mapping Innovators Celebrate 10 Years
Digitizing Ireland?s Ogham Inscribed Stones
AU 2013 Interview for LiDAR News
AGI Join TSA, RICS and ICES as Joint Collaborators of GEO Business Event
Proteus Provides Satellite-Derived Bathymetric and Seafloor Maps for Military
3D Laser Mapping?s ZEB1 Mobile Scanner puts New Zealand?s Qntfi on the Map
New Lidar Data Sets Are Available from the NOAA Digital Coast Website
EMS-CHEMIE Moves to AVEVA Everything3D Mid-Project
Intergeo Eurasia 2014 - Turkey?s First Twin Conference Fairs
Coordinate Metrology Society Announces the 2014 Call for Papers for the 30th Annual Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC)
Digitizing Ireland?s Ogham Inscribed Stones
Blue Marble Releases GeoCalc 6.7 with Enhanced Power
Topcon Introduces BIM 3D Layout Solution for Construction
MAPPS to Testify on Geospatial Coordination and Land Management
New York State DOT, South Carolina DOT and BKK Hungary Join 13 US and 3 International Transportation Departments in Selecting Topo
Sanborn Map Company Purchases Visual Intelligence iOne n-Oblique Sensor
ClearEdge3D Releases EdgeWise BIM Suite for As-built BIM
Trimble Introduces New Version of its Cloud-based Software and Mobile Applications for Smart Water and Wastewater Management
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