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From what I am hearing, the New Year seems to be off to a fast start. The 3D world is exploding on so many fronts that it impossible to keep up with all the different applications. Especially if you include the automotive world, as you can see in this issue's Video of the Week. As I have mentioned before, this a very similar path to what occurred with the consumerization of GPS.
On the data format front, the hot topic over the past couple of weeks is the announcement by Esri that it has developed a compressed format for LAS. A FAQ on the LAS Optimizer can be found here. The associated software can be downloaded and is free to use.
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