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Welcome! We've finally decompressed from an intense week at InterGEO. The show may only last 3 days but it is so massive and encompassing that it literally consumes an entire week to prepare for, participate in and then reflect upon such a large conference. With over 17,000 visitors from more than 100 countries, the show has become the premier platform for global industry networking.

The UAV phenomena certainly had its impact on the exhibit floor (and air!) as drones are taking over not only the exhibits but also geospatial applications covering every conceivable discipline. This conference helps to illustrate how far we've come in the remote sensing industry thanks to myriad sensors covering every inch of the Earth providing benefits to all walks of life.

Another sign of the times is the tremendous growth and awareness of 3D technology. Laser scanning, reality capture and scan-to-BIM are driving innovation across every industry. We now see GeoTech being applied across the board because everything has a geographic element to it.

Scroll down to catch much of the big news from the show. As always, don't hesitate to drop a line with article ideas or news tips.

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 Aerial Mapping Helps Prevent Trees From Falling

Aerial mapping from Bluesky is helping to reduce the risk of trees falling on power lines, key roads and railways. Part of an NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) funded project, 3D data produced by Bluesky is being used by scientists at the University of Lancaster to refine a tree failure risk model that currently uses complex wind analysis techniques to assign a level of risk to to individual trees. The data - Bluesky's unique UK National Tree ...


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

ROBIN Mobile Mapping Video: Newark Castle in 3D

3D Laser Mapping has marked the 800th anniversary of King John's death by mapping Newark Castle. Also known as 'Bad King John', King John ruled England from the 6 April 1199 until his death at the castle, aged 49, on 19 October 1216. The Nottinghamshire-based company used its latest 3D ...

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New generation of solid-state LiDAR sensors

LeddarVu is an advanced LiDAR platform that combines the benefits of a lightweight and compact architecture with superior performance, all-weather robustness, affordability and ease of integration.

With several fields-of-view configurations available, LeddarVu is the best LiDAR sensing platform for applications such as drone navigation, advanced traffic monitoring systems or unmanned vehicles collision avoidance.


Recent Articles from the LIDAR Mag team...

Roland Mangold 
From the Editor: Embracing New Technology: Roland Mangold - Welcome to the October/November edition of LiDAR Magazine. This is our INTERGEO issue and the LiDAR Magazine crew are all here in Hamburg Germany taking in the largest geospatial conference and trade show in the world. With over 16,500 visitors from more than 100 countries, INTERGEO is one of the most ...
Wantman & Hill 
Embracing New Technology: WGI Adds Mobile Mapping Capabilities: Wantman & Hill - The learning curve associated with adopting new technology can be a significant hurdle for many firms. Will the time and effort be worth it in the long term? If everything is going well, why introduce potential problems? These are fair questions to ask before purchasing a mobile mapping system ...

/Josh Killalea 
Busted! 5 Myths About Working With Point Cloud Data: Josh Killalea - I hear a lot of myths when talking to people about working with point cloud data. Most of the time they come from people that have never used point cloud data at all or have only used it once. While nearly all are understandable, most are not true. So here are some myths busted for your enjoyment. But first, allow ...

Stuart Roberts 
Even Photogrammetry Needs a Vacation.... Yeah, Right: Stuart Roberts - I had busted my hump all year long and now it's time for an escape. Take the young kids and wife to Yellowstone for a week of relaxing. Well, you really don't relax in Yellowstone once you've surmised you're vacationing in the world's largest volcano. Exit the car in the wrong spot and you're on the menu ...

Jamie Young 
Why Do You Have To Be That Way? A Look at Aerial LiDAR Again!: Jamie Young - The September 2016 issue of LiDAR Magazine featured an article titled "YES, WE CAN Provide High-Quality LiDAR for Less than $100 per Square Mile" The general . premise of the article was that Atlantic can provide USGS QL2 LiDAR for $100 a square Mile and why? That is AWEsome!! It is difficult ...

David F. Maune 
National Height System: Gravity vs. Geometry: David F. Maune - National height systems have long been based on the rules of gravity to determine orthometric heights (H) and model the directions in which water will flow across the earth's surface. Until the late 1990s, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) had relied on conventional line-of-sight survey measurements to provide a ...

Marie Scultore 
LiDAR Technology: Future of Land Surveying: Marie Scultore -Experts based throughout Quebec offer their opinion regarding the use of a new technology that is revolutionizing land surveying, LiDAR. LiDAR, also known as Light Detection and Ranging which allows terrestrial, airborne, or mobile scanning, and provides detailed digital terrain models and also records landscapes in ...

Sam Moffat  
Tennessee Agencies Collaborate to Gain Multipurpose Lidar Data: Sam Moffat - Lidar was collected via three projects across 49 counties to form a comprehensive topographic state database that also supports the U.S. Geological Survey's 3D Elevation Program. In late 2015, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) contracted with Woolpert to collect high-resolution ...

Lewis Graham 
Random Points: What's in a Name?: Lewis Graham - As I have mentioned in a number of past columns, we are addressing the small UAS mapping industry via our subsidiary company, AirGon LLC. While our primary business is developing and/or integrating technology to provide turnkey mapping systems, we also provide a small amount of mapping services. I have two goals for ...


Sponsored by Harris Corporation

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LIDAR Magazine - Volume 6, Number 7 (October)
• INTERGEO  • Points & Pixels  • Embracing New Technology  • 5 Myths  • Need a Vacation  • Aerial LiDAR  • Gravity vs. Geometry  • Future of Land Surveying  • Tennessee Agencies  • What's in a Name? ...

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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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HYPACK Chooses Ellipse-D Inertial Nav for UAV-Based Surv Solution: NEXUS 800
GRMC Announces "Your Facility on Your Desktop" Webinar Using SLAM Technology
Springfield Hires Woolpert to Conduct Airport Master Plan
Woolpert Signs Contract with NOAA to Map U.S. Coastal Regions, Great Lakes
Arithmetica Appoints point3D as North American Reseller of SphereVision 360
Thiess Invests in Maptek I-Site Laser Scanner for Oyu Tolgoi Project in Mongolia
INTERGEO 2016: Smart Geoinformation Shaping the Future
Arithmetica Launches Pointfuse V2 at Intergeo
Maptek NA Operations Move to New Location
USIBD's Version 2 of the Level of Accuracy (LOA) Specification Version 2.0 Published
New RIEGL miniVUX-1UAV and VQ-1560i at INTERGEO + Launch Customers
Eco3d Vice-President to Serve as Master of Ceremonies at USIBD Conference
New RIEGL Products at Intergeo 2016
AltiGator and YellowScan Unveil a 5.6kg Survey-Grade LiDAR UAV
Teledyne Optech Announces Enhancement for ALTM Galaxy
Teledyne Optech Unveils the Ultra-Light Maverick for Mobile Asset Mapping
Brand-New Optech Polaris Terrestrial Laser Scanner Launches at INTERGEO 2016
Teledyne Optech Doubles Scanner Speed with Lynx HS-600 Mobile Surveying Solution
DotProduct & Elysium Announce InfiPoints DP On-Tablet Feature Extraction for DPI-8
Applanix Announces POSPac MMS 8 Feat. Post-Processed Trimble CenterPoint RTX
SimActive Launches Subscription UAV Software
Orbit GT Unveils Mobile Mapping Feature Extraction v17 Features
Topcon Announces New MAGNET Software Solutions for Increased Integration, ROI
TerraGo to Showcase Collaborative Geospatial Solutions at INTERGEO 2016
Trimble Unveils SX10 Scanning Total Station for Geospatial Professionals
Siteco Features New Products and Partners at Intergeo 2016
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