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There's encouraging news on the UAS front: The FAA recently approved four exemptions allowing companies to use UASs for a number of mapping apps including construction monitoring and agriculture. Included are Trimble and Woolpert. The exemption is based in part on a requirement that the UAS be within sight at all times.
I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas for those who celebrate it, and a Happy Holidays to everyone. The team at LiDAR News is looking forward to an amazing 2015 as we start our sixth year in business.
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Behind the Scenes at PECORA 19: ASPRS
The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing recently held the PECORA 19 Symposium (November 17-20) themed ?Sustaining Land Imaging?UAS to Satellites.? Established jointly by the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) the PECORA symposia series dates back to the early days of Earth observation satellites in the 1970?s. The 2014 PECORA meeting was held ...

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The President, in 3D
The bust of President Obama was created by a Smithsonian-led team of 3D-digital-imaging specialists when they stopped by the White House to take ...
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International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF)

The ILMF, taking place February 23-25, 2015 in Denver, Colorado, is a technical conference & exhibition focused on data acquisition, fusion, processing & point clouds for airborne, terrestrial and underwater LiDAR used to support transport, urban modeling, coastal zone mapping, utility asset management and more. For more information and to register visit>>

New Articles from the LiDAR News team...
Langan Engineering Takes Scanning Mobile: Joseph Romano ? Like many of you, back in 2004 it was not uncommon for me to hear, ?Your team is going to scan that with that laser thing?? around many of our meetings and offices. Today, Langan has a scanning and modeling team comprised of 7 scanning systems, over 20 modelers and that ?laser thing? is a critical part of ...
Mapping Northern Kentucky?s Trees From Above: Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne ? Planners are increasingly looking at ways to increase tree canopy in order to deal with a myriad of issues from reducing the urban heat island effect to improving wildlife habitat. In early 2014 the Northern Kentucky Urban & Community Forestry Council (NKUCFC) commissioned an assessment of ...
Greg Lawes 
Road Map to Success: Greg Lawes ? You had to sign up early if you wanted to catch a glimpse of the Reality Capture segment of Autodesk University. The interest in laser scanning has skyrocketed in the last few years with more and more people venturing into the technological waters. The ROI is proven but the path has many hurdles and making the correct decisions along the way is ...
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Snoopy ?Vacations? in Europe
Road Map to Success
MAPPS Urges State Legislatures to Enable UAS(UAS)
GeoCue Group Announces the Release of GeoCue 2014.1
Orbit GT and RDO Equipment Co., USA sign Reseller Agreement
3D Laser Mapping to Revolutionise Building Surveys
The President, in 3D
Blue Marble Announces Advanced LiDAR Option for the Global Mapper SDK
Trimble Obtains Exemption to Operate its Unmanned Aircraft System
First Undet Unlimited Network license Sold in UK for Maltby Surveys
Call for Papers for 2015 Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC)
Orbit GT Provides Solution for Countrywide Mobile Mapping Portal
Leica Geosystems Launches Certified Plant Service Provider Program
Catsurveys Introduces Rapid Vehicle- Based MGPR Innovation
SPAR Europe and ELMF Get Underway Next Week in Amsterdam
Orbit GT Releases Orbit Softcopy Version 11
RIEGL LiDAR 2015 International User Conference Registration is Now Open!
Optech Titan Opens Up New Markets for Airborne Lidar at ELMF 2014
RIEGL USA to Exhibit at the 2014 AGU Fall Meeting!
DroneMetrix Launches Updated Website
Topcon Announces Software Add-on for Autodesk integration
Orbit GT and Terramap, Poland Sign Reseller Agreement
Proteus Wins 2014 AGI Award for Geospatial Excellence
Optech Announces Titan, The World?s First Multispectral Airborne Lidar Sensor
Langan Brings New Efficiency with Leica Pegasus Mobile Mapping Solution
Behind the Scenes at PECORA 19
From The Editor: The British Invasion
Random Points: Coherently Speaking...
Scanning the 'Black Dragon'
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