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Well, I told myself I was not going to get involved in the exploding UAS industry, but I just signed up to attend UAVSI's Unmanned Systems 2014 in Orlando, FL. It's too important a topic to not at least try to stay up to speed.
As part of the trip I will be visiting Riegl USA. They are celebrating 20 years in business which certainly speaks to the vision of Ted Knaak, Dr. Riegl and Jim Van Rens, among others who I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate for all they have accomplished and for setting the bar so high.
I also want to call your attention to the Spotlight article in this issue where Karen Shuckman and Mike Renslow provide an important update on the ASPRS LiDAR certification process that is being proposed. Scroll down for articles, videos, news and more.
Best regards,
Gene Roe, LS, PE, PhD
Managing Editor
LiDAR News

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Spotlight *LiDAR News is updated 24/7 with the latest news and announcements affecting the business..
Update on Certification of Lidar Practitioners
In 2009, an entry appeared on the LiDAR News blog asking some basic questions about the need for certification of lidar practitioners within the geospatial profession. Professional certification programs in the mapping sciences (photogrammetry, remote sensing, GIS, and geospatial intelligence) have been around for a number of years and are offered by several organizations, but lidar specifically has not yet been ...

Video of the week
Check out our video of the week, hand-picked by our editorial team:
Scanning the Gig Nana
The Gig Nana that is currently on display at the Legion of Honor; Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. I say amazing because I am a sculler and so these ...
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New Articles from the LiDAR News team...
Using Laser Scanning for Historic Preservation Documentation: Mick Cunningham ? When in graduate school at the University of Illinois in the late 1980?s I was pursuing a Master of Architecture, in what was called the History and Preservation Option. One of the classes I took was known as Recording Historic Buildings. It involved a small team of students taking a series ...
The Dreaded Gatekeeper: Robert Blum ? Sunday night, your bags are packed and you?re ready to go. You have a three day road trip ahead comprised of scheduled meetings with clients along with cold calls to fill in the gaps. As a prepared salesperson with a quality service/product to promote you have already done your homework by identifying unknown AEC?s in the area ...
Snoopy Takes To The Air: Jeff Fagerman ? Albert Einstein once said, "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." Nobody likes to make mistakes but we all have and will continue to do so. It seems that generally when we try something new, we are prone to make mistakes, no matter how much planning and care we exercise. Since mid 2010, LiDAR USA has ...
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Snoopy Takes To The Air
3D Laser Mapping Celebrates 15 Years of Growth
RIEGL Presented Geospatial World?s Technical Innovation Award
Berlin to host AVEVA World Summit 2014
Bentley Systems Releases 2013 Annual Report Online
Atlantic Upgrades Ortho Production Software to Simactive
Scanning the Gig Nana
Update on Certification of Lidar Practitioners
The Dreaded Gatekeeper
xNAV500 Launch
European LiDAR Mapping Forum Announces Call for Papers for 2014 Event
Creaform Introduces VXmodel 3D Scan- to-CAD Software
Creaform Launches the Next Generation of Go!SCAN 3D Portable Scanners
Optech to Exhibit at AUVSI 2014 in Orlando
Hexagon Metrology Releases Handheld Leica T-Scan 5
RIEGL USA to Exhibit and Present at AUVSI?s Unmanned Systems 2014
Blue Marble President Appointed to GeoLibrary Board
GEO Business 2014 Announce Opening Keynote Speaker
RIEGL USA to Exhibit and Present at sUSB-Expo
Using Laser Scanning for Historic Preservation Documentation
Optech Joins Other Teledyne Companies at SPIE DSS 2014 in Baltimore
Bentley Expands Reach of Bentley LEARNing Conference
ECAD and Kubit USA Announce Partnership
Coordinate Metrology Society Unveils Expert Technical Presentations
Maryland Society of Surveyors Selects John M. Palatiello & Associates
Now is the Time for the Geospatial Community to Contact Congress
Think Before You Scan That Building. Or interior space. Or public square. Or. . .
AVEVA Steps up its R&D Investment in India
11th SPAR International Conference Wraps Up in Colorado Springs
Fincantieri Offshore Chooses AVEVA Software for a Revolutionary Project
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