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Welcome! Summer is in full swing and LIDAR companies, like the bees buzzing from flower to flower are busily scurrying around the countryside collecting data and also providing one of life's most valuable service; pollinating the world's infrastructure and resource projects to fruition.

Today, LIDAR data is being collected all over the world by every conceivable means from satellite, plane, helicopter, drone, auto and by foot... This collection of data is just the beginning of a vital process. In fact, LIDAR companies perform an extremely valuable service to society because the collection of LIDAR is always the precursor to a process that provides critical information that will lead to practical solutions in our technologically driven universe. LIDAR provides a critical element to an enormous variety of projects including; small medium and large infrastructure projects, environmental and natural resource management. LIDAR data collection and interpretation is in fact becoming an increasingly large and invaluable part of everyday life for all of society. LIDAR is a dynamic business whose applications are constantly expanding as our technology demands increase.

LIDAR's true value comes to fruition in the form of building, constructing, creating jobs, economic growth, and the protecting our resources and the environment... all this benefit from a little point cloud! So go forth intrepid collectors... you are like bees flitting around the globe pollinating our world!

As I compile our upcoming magazines I'm astounded by the breadth of applications we're coming across. Please don't hesitate to drop me a line if you're workign on something interesting that our readership may like to learn about.

Until next time... Cheers!

Roland Mangold
Managing Editor
LIDAR Magazine

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Sponsored by Blue Marble Geographics

The 2015 Blue Marble User Conference in Arlington, VA on October 6th is a great opportunity for networking, training, and providing input on how to improve our products.

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Spotlight is updated 24/7 with the latest news and announcements affecting the business..

The Birth of 3D Mapping Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to take the LIDAR mapping market into hypergrowth. Following Moore's law, with computation capacity doubling every 2 years, it is now possible for point cloud feature extraction to outpace the speed of data generation from laser scanning systems using artificial intelligence. Today, many LIDAR data acquisition systems are capable of collecting terabytes of data on a single trip...


Video of the week Check out our video of the week, hand-picked by our editorial team:

LiDAR-based wet-areas mapping

The wet-areas initiative at the Forest Watershed Research Centre of the Faculty of Forestry and Environmnetal Management - University of New Brunswick using LIDAR point cloud elevations and high-resolution image drapes ...

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Sponsored by Commercial UAV Expo

It's fast. It's affordable. It's revolutionary. And it's coming soon to the skies near you. Learn what you need to know to take your business soaring to new heights at the Commercial UAV Expo.

Candid and unbiased, the goal of the conference is to share knowledge, best practices and the latest drone regulations among end users as the commercial use of UAS and UAV technology continues to grow.


New Articles from the LIDAR Magazine team...

Lewis Graham 
Random Points: Proselytize LIDAR, Please!: Lewis Graham - The United States Geological Survey (USGS) 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) is now in full swing. 3DEP is an expense sharing program with the goal of collecting high quality LIDAR data for the conterminous United States, Hawaii, and the U.S. territories with Alaska being covered by synthetic aperture radar (SAR) elevation ...

UAS Photogrammetric Point Clouds: A Substitute for LiDAR?: Jarlath O'neil-Dunne - No topic in the remote sensing community was hotter in 2014 than Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and it appears that will also hold true for 2015. Arguably the biggest UAS news over the past few months has been the commercial release of LiDAR systems for UAS, with a number of ...

Christoph Strecha 
Mapping Chillon: Comparing Image Reconstruction Accuracy to LiDAR: Strecha & Montgomery - How efficient and accurate is it to map a complex architectural structure using photogrammetric point cloud generation? How would the results of mapping such a structure compare to LiDAR scans? Pix4D, an image-processing software company, assembled a team to address these ...

David Mckittrick 
Increasing the Value of a Point Cloud with The Global Mapper LiDAR Module: David Mckittrick - Traditional mapping practices create a representation of the world from a two-dimensional, top-down perspective. The age-old challenge of projecting spatial data onto a two-dimensional plane is a direct consequence of this apparent necessity. Today's geospatial technology increasingly ...



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• Editorial  • Proselytize  • UAS  • FAA  • Mapping Chillon  • Balloons  • Global Mapper  • Single Photon  • Oregon  • Artificial Intelligence  • MoDOT  • Accessibility  • Green Roof  • Pandora  • RIEGL  • Business ...and more!

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• China  • Mania  • Gothic Architecture  • HABS  • 3D GIS  • Forests  • Caltrans  • Hollywood  • 3D Topography  • Smart City  • Collection Efficiency  • Pipe Identification  • Business ...and more!

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LiDAR Magazine - Volume 5, Number 3 (May)
• Mentoring  • Drone Rules  • Photons  • Scan a Bridge  • Lowering the Barrier  • Lidar at the Movies  • American Sniper  • 3D Opportunities  • REAL 2015  • Data Fusion  • GRiD  • Surface Mapping  • Island University  • PointCab  • Disaster Relief  • Ireland   • Business ...and more

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LiDAR Magazine - Volume 5, Number 2 (March/April)
• Consumerization  • Optimal Design  • Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade • Conservation; • Space-Age • Underwater Laser • Barriers • National Mall • ASTM E57  • Landslides • Life Saving • Automating Dry Bulk  • Powerline Inspections • General Contractors ...and more!

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Sponsored by Mandli Communications

Maverick, from Mandli Communications, is a portable, powerful, and accessible spatial data collection system. Combining high-resolution 360: imaging, LiDAR, and an integrated POS, Maverick is capable of efficient and accurate mobile data collection. System operation is simple and intuitive. Maverick can be easily mounted on a variety of mobile platforms, and provides a robust and multi-functional dataset that can be utilized for a wide range of projects and applications. Learn more!


Real Earth Partners With Velodyne to Expand Market for Creating High-Res LiDAR Maps Without GPS
Woolpert Selected by USGS to Evaluate New Lidar Technologies for 3DEP
Advanced Maptek Spatial Data Systems Target Mine Survey Productivity
USIBD 2015 Digital Reality Symposium - Where Technology Meets Business Reality?
USIBD's 2015 Digital Symposium: "Where Technology Meets Business Reality"
Surrey Satellite US Expands Business Development Team
Webinar: Learn to Create and Share Tasks in Esri ArcGIS Pro
Envitia selected by Blighter Surveillance Systems for New Gen BlighterView HMI
LizardTech Launches GeoExpress 9.5
GeoCue Announces Release of LP360 2015.1
Orbit GT Releases Mobile Mapping Feature Extraction Portfolio v11.1
Orbit GT releases Mobile Mapping Publisher v11.1
PTFS to Unveil Droneware? Geospatial Content Management System for Unmanned Aerial Systems at Esri Conference
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    TopoDOT is a CAD application for extracting high quality models from LiDAR system data. Integrating TopoDOT's comprehensive tool suite for processing with the existing CAD capabilities of MicroStation?, PowerSurvey? and PowerMap? products has yielded a low cost application unrivalled in productivity and performance.

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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.

    InterDrone: 9-11 September, 2015, Las Vegas, Nevada

    InterGeo: 15-17 September 2015, Stuttgart, Germany

    ASPRS UAS Tech Demos & Symposium: Sept. 29-30 2015, Reno, NV

    Commercial UAV Expo: 5-7 October, 2015: Las Vegas, NV

    Commercial UAV Show: 20-21 October, 2015 London UK

    Drone World Expo: 17-18 November 2015, San Jose, CA

    Capturing Reality: 23-25 November 2015, Salzburg Congress, Salzburg

    International LiDAR Mapping Forum : 22-24 February 2016, Denver, Colorado
    Send your event info to editor[at] << Events >>


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    SimActive's Correlator3D™ software is a patented end-to-end photogrammetry solution for the generation of high-quality geospatial data from satellite and aerial imagery, including UAVs. Correlator3D™ performs aerial triangulation (AT) and produces dense digital surface models (DSM), digital terrain models (DTM), orthomosaics and vectorized 3D features. Powered by GPU technology and multi-core CPUs, Correlator3D™ ensures matchless processing power to support rapid production of large datasets. For more information, please visit


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