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By now you know that if you did not attend SPAR 2015 then you missed one of the more exciting events of the past few years. There was a definite buzz in the air from both the vendor and attendee side. On the technology front Z + F demonstrated an impressive integration of their scanner and mobile software. From the business side Trimble and Dot Products announced that the former would become an international reseller of the handheld scanner system.
If you have any doubt about the visualization power of LiDAR technology then you must see the video from Volkswagen below.
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Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Supports GEO Business 2015
Dr. Mark Whorton to Deliver Keynote at Optech ILSC 2015
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Optech at 1st Int. Congress of the Mediterranean Union of Surveyors
Hexagon Expands Industrial Software Offering with the Acquisition of Q-DAS
Hexagon Announces New Segment Reporting
SmartGeoMetrics Launches Two New Firms from In-House Divisions.
SAM Expands Survey Capacity with Second Lynx Mobile Mapper?
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    This section is an update about LiDAR conferences, training, seminars, webinars and other relevant events. Feel free to make a suggestion for future consideration.
    HxGN Live 2015 - Las Vegas: June 1-4
    Optech ILSC 2015 - Toronto: June 9-12
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