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Welcome. As you're reading this we're gearing up for SPAR 2013 in Colorado Springs. For those unable to attend look for tweets and blog posts to keep you informed of any major industry announcements. The registrations are running 25% ahead of last year, so the industry is certainly still in a high growth mode. At the top of my "to do list" is to get a demo of Autodesk's recently announced ReCap. This product has the potential to really open up the 3D AEC market. Ken Smerz, of Precision 3D Scanning (and LiDAR News contributor) predicts that ReCap will have a similar impact on the market as the Faro Focus 3D.
We'll be releasing a new edition of LiDAR Magazine at the show; several other preliminary announcements are below. If you don't receive our print edition, register HERE. We appreciate your support in building this professional community.
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Gene Roe, LS, PE, PhD
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LiDAR News

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The Promise of UAVs
Will unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or ?drones? become a platform for future LIDAR, imagery, and other geospatial data collection activities? There was initial excitement and anticipation in the geospatial community when Congress passed and the President signed legislation in February 2012 authorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop and implement a plan to provide a ?certificate of authorization? for commercial ...

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Jay Leno should have a lot more time to work on his incredible car collection and investigate, as he does in this video 3D laser scanning and printing ...
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New Articles from the LiDAR News team...
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What Happened to Jim!? : Ted Mort ? Earlier this year our team was approached with an opportunity to work with an Arizona contractor who was pursuing a bridge renovation project. We reviewed the available information and selected our equipment. We use a variety of scanners from several manufacturers and this gives us the ability to execute each project ...
The Reality: TOF vs Phased based scanners : Thad Wester ?There are two different types of technology behind static terrestrial laser scanners. One technology is time of flight (TOF), scanners such as the Leica C10 or Riegl VZ-400 use this technique. The other is Phase-shift (sometimes referred to as phased based) - which Leica HDS7000 and the Faro Focus 3D use ...
Simple Sustainable Solutions (S3): Randy Tardy ? Previously my transportation focus has been predominately on highway facilities. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) embraced Context Sensitive Solutions - CSS (CS2) when they published Flexibility in Highway Design 15 years ago. Today, the FHWA has a robust Context Sensitive Solutions web site. The ...
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? Democratization ? Hurricane Sandy ? ISO Implementation ? CAD and GIS Integration ? Dead Reckoning ? Alaska?s North Slope ? Wildfire Risk Analysis ? MEMS Scanning ? 3D GeoPDF Maps ? Ted Knaak ? Labor is the Business ? Third Dimension ...and more!
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RIEGL USA to Exhibit at SPAR International
Orbit GT Demos Preview of Orbit AIM X.5 at SPAR International
The New Health Care Partner 3D Scanner
Maptek Provides Vulcan Software for Mongolian Mine Engineering Students
COFPAES to Host "QBS Contracting for A/E Services" Workshop May 14
Bentley?s Inaugural Donald J. Burns Grant of $25,000 Awarded to Univ of TX
Neptec Technologies Launches Suite of Products Designed for the 3D Machine Vision Market in Harsh Environments
Brunson Introduces New Line of Certified & Serialized Target Holder Kits
Blue Marble Demonstrates How to Take 3D Analysis to the Next Level
Velodyne LiDAR Features Newest HDL32 Sensor During SPAR International
Huelskamp Elected CEO Christie to Continue as Board Chair
MAPPS Applauds Digital Coast Act by Rep. Ruppersberger & Rep. Young
Optech Announces New CS-6500 Aerial Digital Camera
MAPPS Applauds Introduction of FLAIR Act
Great Stories Start at HxGN LIVE ? Hexagon Metrology?s Annual Conference
Steinbichler Optotechnik and CONZEPT Solutions at CONTROL 2013 ? Innovations in Measurement Technology and Automation
GeoSpatial Experts Establishes Reseller Channel for GeoJot+ Field Data Solution Resellers Signed in U.S., Canada, Europe
Midwest Aerial Completes Three Airborne Acquisitions with DMC II Cameras
Google Director of Global Maps To Keynote GeoDigital User Meeting
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