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For those who were not able to attend SPAR 2014 it seemed to me that the news was very positive concerning the LiDAR industry. Most of the people I spoke to were very busy, but these are also some of the most experienced firms in the business. All will tell you that they have paid their dues.
There were 17 new exhibitors on the show floor which certainly indicates a healthy rate of growth on the vendor side. UASs, lower cost scanners from Leica HDS and Surphaser, plus new mobile mapping products including an indoor mapping robot (see video below) from Sanborn were receiving a lot of attention. After just two years in Colorado Springs SPAR has decided to return to Houston, Texas.
If you're available between 1-2pm (EDT) later today, ClearEdge is hosting a webinar on "Structural Modeling with the New EdgeWise Structure: Case Studies of Faster, More Accurate Workflows". Registration is free, HERE. As always, if you have an idea, tip or question, please let me know.
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Gene Roe, LS, PE, PhD
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There is a growing awareness and understanding of the intellectual property considerations in the capture/modify/make ecosystem ? particularly as it relates to content that is captured via a 3D scanner, modified or mashed up, and then manufactured (via 3D printing or otherwise). I have written about this before ? blogging early in 2012 in The Storm Clouds on the Horizon that I felt the next ?Napster? era was upon us for digitally captured ...

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SPIN from Sanborn Mapping
INdoor Mapping (SPIN) is a semi-autonomous mobile robotic platform designed exclusively for indoor mapping accurately mapping the interiors of ...
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New Articles from the LiDAR News team...
Now is the Time to Contact Congress in Support of 3DEP: Nick Palatiello ? he U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has launched a program to provide a national elevation dataset to a common standard with scheduled updates. The 3DEP program is based on a recommended 8-year acquisition cycle at a cost of $146 million per year, to be shared among several agency budgets. The 3DEP ...
LIDAR Best Practices: Part 1 - Acquisition: Lewis Graham ? Before we begin, I must once again remind you that my companies GeoCue Corporation and QCoherent Software provide consulting services and software to the LIDAR industry. In addition, GeoCue is the North American distributor for Terrasolid. This does, of course, introduce some level of bias into my articles. In ...
Joe Croser 
Lowering the Barriers to Streamline Point Cloud Workflows : Joe Croser ? "If you are not solving a problem you don?t have a business" ? at least that?s the general rule, although exceptions do apply. Perhaps it?s more fair to say, "If someone doesn?t value your offering enough to pay money for it you don?t have a business". That?s why at Pointools we focus entirely on solving user ...
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AVEVA Steps up its R&D Investment in India
11th SPAR International Wraps Up in Colorado Springs
Fincantieri Offshore Chooses AVEVA Software for a Revolutionary Project
Metrologic Group Automates the STEINBICHLER T-SCAN CS Laser Scanner
Certainty 3D LLC Releases TechNote #1021
USGIF Names Roberta Lenczowski as Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
SPIN from Sanborn Mapping
Innovative Sensor Fusion Applications for Optech ILRIS
RIEGL USA to Exhibit and Present at SPIE DSS 2014
Leica Geosystems to Demo Easy BIM As-Builting Solutions
Spectra Precision?s New MobileMapper 20 Handheld Extends GIS
AVEVA Provides Integrated Engineering & Design Solutions
Leica Geosystems to Open Laser Scanner Service Center in Atlanta
Yotta Horizons Software Helps Highways Engineers Enhance Asset Management
RIEGL LIDAR 2015 will take place in Hong Kong and Guangzhou
ZEB1 Hand Held Laser Scanner on US Tour
Kubit Announces New Product Release
Bluesky?s National Tree Map Helps Council Map Trees
Basis Software Releases ?Entry Level? Surphaser
Trimble Announces New Software Updates for Analysis and Modeling
Trimble Delivers 3D Scanning Extension for SketchUp
Neptec Technologies to Demonstrate New OPAL-120 Laser Scanner at SPAR
Psomas Chooses Optech Lynx SG1 Mobile Mapper? for Highway Surveying
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Operations: To Train or Not to Train
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Conferences: MAPPS 2014 Winter Meeting Recap
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