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Welcome. The Isle of Man, well known to motorcycle enthusiasts around the globe, is now available in 3D thanks to the folks at Bluesky. Per a recent announcement, they intend to make 3D maps, as well as the raw point cloud data, available to view and download from their webstore. Read more about the original survey and process below. Whether or not you're interested in this specific dataset, you can imagine more and better project data becoming available in this manner in the years ahead.

Also of note, if you're concerned with utility asset management or tasked with any manner of vegetation encroachment issues, be sure to check out next week's webinar (Thurs. Sep 22, 11 am MST) from the folks at Harris.

Until Next time, Cheers!

Roland Mangold
Managing Editor
LIDAR Magazine

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

Bluesky Publishes First Online 3D Maps of Isle of Man

Aerial mapping company Bluesky has signed a contract with the Isle of Man Government to resell laser scan survey data of the British Crown dependency. Located in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland, the Isle of Man is perhaps best known for the annual motorcycle sport event - the Isle of Man TT (tourist trophy). The original LiDAR survey was undertaken on behalf of the Department of Infrastructure, which is responsible for a ...


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

Indoor Mapping and Scan to BIM the Next Big Application

Indoor mapping and scan to BIM are the next big application for laser scanning. This demonstration video of Viametris iMMS (indoor Mobile Mapping System) or, Building 3D Survey Systems dedicated to show its usage in a real office...

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The release of Global Mapper 18 is just weeks away and the excitement is growing among the Global Mapper community.

Without question, this is one of the most eagerly anticipated releases in the history of this renowned software.


Recent Articles from the LIDAR Mag team...

Brian Mayfield 
We Can Provide High-Quality LiDAR for Less Than $100 per Square Mile: Brian Mayfield - The October 2015 issue of LiDAR Magazine featured an article titled "You Can Do That for How Cheap?" The general premise of the article was that although the cost of LiDAR is declining, lower cost does not necessarily represent a better result or ROI for the client agency. It was certainly ...

Jill Wrenn 
The Evolution of LiDAR Field Operations and Preferred Methods: Jill Wrenn - In the past twenty years, LiDAR field operations have changed significantly. The advances in LiDAR technology played a significant role. The improvement in the GPS constellation, the addition of GLONASS and other available systems make it possible to essentially fly around the clock. There are still precautions ...

Chris Dryden 
Precision Surveys Achieves 10x Productivity Improvement with iSTAR: Chris Dryden - For 40 years, Precision Surveys Limited has been offering a comprehensive consulting service orientated towards providing land-related information to both public and private sector clients throughout Ireland. It has more than 8,000 surveys completed which include building surveys ...

Jamie Young 
How Is That Done Again? Changing Specifications: Jamie Young - The changing of specifications continually happens with in our profession. We continually need to adapt to these changes. The trend of changing specifications as LiDAR technology advances has driven most of the profession to the USGS National Geospatial Program Lidar Base Specification. The current ...

Rafa Torro 
Cloud Services Make LiDAR Accessible to Electric Transmission Vegetation: Rafa Torro - North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Reliability Standard FAC-003-3 for transmission vegetation management went into effect In July 2014. It stipulates that lines need to be routinely inspected once a year does not, however, recommend the best method of inspection ...

David F. Maune 
LiDAR Products and Services for the USGS National Geospatial Program: David F. Maune - In 1998, Dewberry was one of four prime contractors who won USGS' Cartographic Services Contract (CSC) for which USGS had made no reference to LiDAR in its Request for Proposal. We were poised to produce digital orthophotos, Digital Line Graphs (DLGs), Basic Graphic Revisions ...

Idriss, Adouane, & Gelhar 
Monitoring Phosphate Stockpiles in Morocco: Idriss, Adouane, & Gelhar - In the complex North Africa scenario, Morocco represents the best example of how political stability leads to economic, social and technological development. Morocco, a constitutional monarchy, where the country has remained relatively peaceful for centuries, enjoys a recently enacted new constitution ...

Lewis Graham 
Random Points: FAA Part 107-G Rated!: Lewis Graham - Okay, okay, I know you are tired by now of reading about the new regulations for commercial small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) that will take effect in the United State in late August. However, there is a real gem in these rules that it seems no one is discussing. In fact, I think it may be the most important rule of ...

Ken Smerz  
The Business Of Laser Scanning: So, Why Didn't It Work?: Ken Smerz - I believe it's mission critical to create "success plans" regardless of the area of focus in the 3d imaging industry. For years I've been writing about how you must have a plan that should include multiple synergistic objectives; assignment of responsibility; financial metrics; and accountability. I also believe ...


Trimble Dimensions: November 7-9, Las Vegas

Trimble Dimensions 2016 User Conference is a three-day action-packed event designed for Trimble users to learn, collaborate and network with their peers. Attendees see first-hand how their industry peers use Trimble's end-to-end technology to easily transform data into intelligent, usable information. Throughout the conference, attendees are provided with a variety of opportunities to network with key industry players, nurture existing business relations and build valuable partnerships.



LIDAR Magazine - Volume 6, Number 6 (September)
• Paying  • Points & Pixels  • LiDAR ROI  • Field Operations  • 360 Degree Imaging  • Changing Specifications  • USGS  • Vegetation Management  • Phosphate Stockpiles  • FAA Part 107  • Business of Laser Scanning ...

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LIDAR Magazine - Volume 6, Number 5 (July/August)
• Traffic Monitoring via UAV  • Points & Pixels  • Photogrammetry Licensing  • UAS Compliance  • 3D Education  • Scanning Antarctica  • 3D Real-Time  • Mapping in Nepal  • FEMA  • Transportation  • Laser Focus ...and more!

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Topcon Announces Enhancements to UAS Packages
The French Ministry of Defense Chooses Global Mapper for GIS Operations
Teledyne Optech Presenting CZMIL’s Object-Detection Capability at Oceans 16
RIEGL to Exhibit and Present at Geomatics Indaba 2016
Teledyne Optech Lidar Launched in OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Mission
Indoor Mapping and Scan to BIM the Next Big Application
2G Robotics Providing Exclusive Preview of New Underwater Laser System
Quantum Spatial to Provide NOAA with Unmanned Aerial LiDAR and Imagery Acquisition Services
INTERGEO 2016: The GeoIT Industry's LIVE Event with Top Speakers and an Up-To-Date Conference Program
StreetMapper Helps Power Growth for AAM in India
Bluesky Publishes First Online 3D Maps of Isle of Man
Solutions for Wide-Area Mapping at Geomatics Indaba 2016
Phase One Industrial Launches iXU-RS Aerial Camera Series
Phase One Industrial Innovates Four Band Aerial Imaging
Orbit GT Launches QGIS Plugin for Mobile Mapping
Cardinal Systems Adds New UAS Module to Vr Mapping Software
Dewberry Selected to Provide QA/QC for Connecticut Map Data
USIBD's Cornerstone Report Survey #8: The General Contractor's Perspective
New Kespry Drone 2.0 Has Twice the Aerial Coverage
Airobotics Selects SimActive's Software for its Automated Drone Solution
Maser Consulting Opens New Office in Orlando
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