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Welcome to the end of January 2013 eNewsletter. I would like to call your attention to a great cause that Anna Maria Kotlowska the Marketing and Communications Manager for GeoDigital International has been championing. It's called LiDAR as Art. The idea is to create a LiDAR image, submit it to the contest website and then the public votes. The first place winner receives an iPad and $1,000 for the charity of their choice. Second and third place will receive $500 contributions for their charity.
The voting is now in progress in the LiDAR as Art 2 contest. There are 38 amazing images to choose from. The voting closes on February 5 with the top 3 contestants having their images displayed in the GeoDigital booth at ILMF 2013, so be sure to vote. Anna likes refer to this project as "art with a purpose." Kudos to Anna and her team for giving back like this.
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Geospatial Technology Plays a Critical Role in the Electric Power Industry: Geoff Zeiss ? Geospatial data and technology, including LiDAR plays a critical role in the energy industry, in general. I would like to outline just a few examples where geospatial technology plays a key enabling role in the electric power industry. Residential, commercial, and public buildings account ...
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Book Review: ASPRS Manual of Airborne Topographic LiDAR: Michael Olsen ? In the fall of 2012, the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing released a valuable addition to literature available to the LiDAR community - ?The Manual of Airborne Topographic LiDAR.? The book can be purchased through the ASPRS bookstore. The manual was edited by ...
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MAPA in Mexico City -Newest Team Member Announced
New 4D/5D Visualization Software
National Land Survey of Finland Deploys Bentley Geo Web Publisher to Serve Maps On Demand to All Citizens
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24 Organizations to Receive a Total of More Than $2 Million in GIS Imagery Grants
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Applanix SpONSORS University of Toronto Aeronautics Team
Congressmen Joe Garcia (D-FL) to Keynote MAPPS Winter Conference
Merrick's Bethel to Present at LiDAR Mapping Conference "Automated LiDAR Quality Control" Will Be the Topic
AVEVA is Gold Sponsor of ARC World Industry Forum 2013
Calling For Nominations to Honor Outstanding Accomplishments to the Topographic Mapping Mission of the USGS
RIEGL USA To Attend 2013 MAPPS Winter Conference
Bluesky?s LiDAR Surveys Hampshire Towns and Home of the British Army
GEO-13 Exhibition Becomes GEO-North and GEO-South
SBG Systems Introduces Ekinox Series, A New Family of MEMS-Based Tactical Grade Inertial Systems.
Optech Announces ILSC 2013 Call for Presentations
Safe Software Releases FME 2013
Blue Marble Merges the Blue Marble Desktop into Geographic Calculator 2013
Bentley Systems Becomes Authorized Provider of IACET CEUs
Legrand Goes 3D With AVEVA
VRMesh Plugin for ArcGIS Released for Point Cloud Classification and Triangle Meshing
Final Call for Papers ? GI Forum 2013
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