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Welcome. We're gearing up for all manner of fall shows, with InterGEO in Hamburg, Germany starting in just two weeks. The world's premier GeoTech gathering never fails to amaze... Drop us a line if you'd like to meet up.

Speaking of events, Quantam Spatial hosted their first "Spatial Acquisition Summit" last week in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The summit attracted close to 80 attendees, many representing Quantam's technology and data acquisition partners. Visitors were treated to a wide variety of presentations and discussions regarding common LIDAR industry pain points, new uses of data and of course, UAS. Kudos to Quantam for the endeavor. You can read more about the happenings here.

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..

Orbit GT CEO Featured on Business TV Show

Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® announced an exclusive story featuring Orbit GT® CEO Peter Bonne, discussing the change in how 3D maps are made today. Bonne explains the challenges his customers face every day and how Orbit GT® helps solve these issues. He says, "In 3D mapping, you have imagery, you have all kinds of data and you bring it all together and it's really complex. Managing that data and assessing the features ...


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

Archaeological Scanning of Oregon and Paisley Caves

Elijah Davidson, a resident of nearby Williams, discovered the (Oregon) cave in 1874. Over the next two decades, private investors failed in efforts to run successful tourist ventures at the publicly owned site. After passage of the Antiquities Act by the United States Congress, President William Howard Taft ...

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This evolution of laser scan engine technology is based on its new innovative processing architecture.

With advanced processing technology, data acquisition and simultaneous geo-referencing, filtering and analysis become real-time. The new VZ-400i is an extremely fast field-to-office terrestrial Laser Scanning Solution, setting the benchmark in 3D Laser Scanning, again!


Recent Articles from the LIDAR Mag team...

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 ...
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 ...

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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Dewberry Selected to Provide Geo Services to NOAA Office for Coastal Mgmt
Dewberry Proceeds with FEMA Task Order for LA Rainfall & Flooding Analysis
Orbit GT CEO to Talk on Business TV Show Worldwide Business with Kathy Ireland
Atlantic Awarded $6.6 Million Contract from the Bureau of Reclamation
Bieknowski to Lead KCI LiDAR Expansion in the Southeast
Call to Truly Understand Accuracy Requirements in UAV LiDAR Surveys
SimActive Brings Picture-in-Picture 3D Viewing with Version 6.5
Teledyne Optech Showcasing Latest Mine Surveying Tools at MINExpo
Watford Derailment Strengthens Mobile Mapping Argument
Public Participation Makes the Digital City Truly Smart
RIEGL to Attend MINExpo 2016
Sam Shoemaker Brings Strategic Mine Planning Expertise to Maptek
Velodyne LiDAR Announces Puck Hi-Res LiDAR Sensor
Orbit GT and AAM Group, Australia, Join Forces
The French Ministry of Defense Chooses Global Mapper for GIS
Topcon Announces Enhancements to UAS Packages
Quantum Spatial to Provide NOAA with Unmanned Aerial LiDAR and Imagery Acquisition Services
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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.

    INTERGEO 2016: Oct 11-13, Hamburg, DE

    USIBD 2016 Symposium: Oct 16 - Oct 17, Atlanta, GA

    Commercial UAV Expo: Oct 31 - Nov 2, Las Vegas, NV

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    INTERGEO 2016: Hamburg, Germany, Oct 11-13

    Visit the world's largest trade fair in the field of geodesy, spatial data and land management and immerse yourself into a world of innovations and forward-looking technologies.

    Digitization permeates all areas of government, economy and society. BIG DATA, DIGITAL CONSTRUCTION and SMART CITIES therefore mark the key topics of this year's INTERGEO.


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