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Welcome to our Winter Solstice edition! It's been a busy December from a news standpoint—scroll down for recent announcements. One item of note is Velodyne's unveiling of a new miniaturized solid-state sensor. Per Velodyne, "The technology will impact the proliferation of LiDAR sensors in multiple industry sectors, including autonomous vehicles, ridesharing, 3D mapping, and drones. LiDAR sensors that leverage this new design will be less expensive, easier to integrate due to their smaller size, and more reliable as a result of fewer moving parts. The technology can also be integrated in Velodyne LiDAR’s existing Puck form factors." While this may seem targeted towards OEM types, it's relevant to all of us from an increased adoption and of course cost perspective.

Also of note, Lizardtech has announced lossless compression of Harris' Geiger-Mode data. Several other project updates and partnerships are highlighted below. In this week's spotlight, our very own Ken Smerz (Eco3d) highlights a recent invitation for the adaptive reuse renovation of a church in Scottsdale. Nice work if you can get it... ;)

Merry Christmas everyone, cheers to 2017!

Roland Mangold
Managing Editor
LIDAR Magazine

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Sponsored by Harris Corporation

Geiger-mode LiDAR enables the collection of data at higher resolutions and from higher elevations than traditional linear LiDAR - so one collect can be used for multiple purposes. After two decades of providing the U.S. Government with this data, Harris now offers Geiger-mode LiDAR data and products to commercial organizations and civil governments.

Watch our video to see how you can benefit from Geiger-mode LiDAR.


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

Adaptive Reuse Project-Meetinghouse at 3080

Eco3d utilized 3d laser scanning to efficiently measure an old church in Scottsdale, AZ that will be converted into commercial office, retail, and restaurant space. Eco3d, a portfolio company of Ecoark Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: EARK) that measures existing topographic, structural, mechanical, and architectural conditions using a variety of instruments in 2d and 3d, announced that it has been selected by Structured Real Estate Partners to ...


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

An Overview to Phoenix LiDAR Systems

Phoenix LiDAR products can service a range of applications: Capturing topography in open pit mining areas; Power line, railway track and pipeline inspection; Terrain and canyon mapping; Construction site monitoring; Agriculture and forestry; Flood zone; Land slide, Earthquake disaster ...

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Sponsored by Blue Marble Geographics

At a fraction of the cost of comparable applications, the Global Mapper LiDAR Module is a must-have for anyone using or managing terrestrial or airborne LiDAR as well as other point cloud datasets. The latest release of the module includes numerous functional enhancements and performance improvements that have been designed to provide significantly enhanced point cloud visualization and analysis. Visit us for more details!


Recent Articles from the LIDAR Mag team...

Larry Trojak 
Phoenix Area Boasts "Need for Speed": Larry Trojak - When it comes to the design of utility installations, few things move at the speed of telecom technology--particularly in an area like metropolitan Phoenix, in which growth has rebounded nicely to pre-recession rates. The ongoing demand for standard utility work, coupled with a push to bring broadband and fiber optic ...

Michael Papenhagen 
UAV Use for Open Cast Mines and Quarries: Serafin and Papenhagen - Drone is a word that drives fear into the hearts of numerous citizens. It is technology that has been privileged exclusively to the super powers of our world and the military. Fortunately, times have changed and this secretive knowledge has trickled down to the ordinary citizen in the street. Avenues have ...

David F. Maune 
National Enhanced Elevation Assessment (NEEA)-Part 1: David F. Maune - Today's highly successful 3DEP program for nationwide QL2 LiDAR was a direct result of the findings and conclusions of the NEEA that USGS called "the most comprehensive benefit/cost analysis ever performed for any layer of The National Map." This is the first of several articles by the author ...

Gregory B. Lawes 
The Digital Thread from Concept to Lifecycle Support in Shipbuilding: Gregory B. Lawes - The shipbuilding industry in the US is undergoing what some might characterize as a slow digital transformation. Shipbuilding begins with concept design and progresses through functional and detailed design, and on through manufacturing and final commissioning. There is a digital thread of ...

Jerome Ninot 
Viametris Tackles the Next Frontier in Mapping: Ninot, Lefevre & Satkunurajah - Remote sensing technologies are mapping, surveying and recording virtually every inch of the Earth from satellites, planes, automobiles and UAVs. Yet the mapping of indoor areas still present a challenge due to the lack of GPS or GNSS signals indoors and underground. And, the demand for fast 3D ...

Kutalmis Saylam 
A Tale of Two Airborne LiDAR Scanners—Lower Colorado River Basin Survey: Kutalmis Saylam -In January 2016, a team of Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) researchers and Surveying And Mapping, LLC (SAM) staff mobilized to Parker, Arizona, from Austin, Texas, to conduct airborne LiDAR surveys in the lower Colorado River basin, between the states of California and Arizona ...

William T. Derry 
Spatial Data Integration for Marina Renovation and Dredging Projects: William T. Derry -Our client was looking for a multisource data solution for a marina renovation and dredging project in a tributary to the Rehoboth Bay, in Sussex County, Delaware. Elevation data was required for the project area encompassing uplands, structure and water. To provide detailed ...

Lewis Graham 
Random Points: Point Cloud or Raster-Chose Wisely: Lewis Graham - We have an enterprise systems division of our company that primarily develops technology for organizing and processing point cloud and raster data. Within this body of work and projects we have commercial product development such as our LiDAR Server technology as well as custom development such ...

Ken Smerz  
The Business of Laser Scanning: Change on the Horizon!: Ken Smerz -To qualify the forthcoming opinion I'm about to give, I've been in the 3d imaging business for about 8 years, managing a 3d imaging service provider that isn't loyal to any hardware or software manufacturer. In fact, we actively seek to work with them all, and use the best hardware/software. We average ...


Sponsored by Riegl

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!



LIDAR Magazine - Volume 6, Number 8 (December)
• Next Great Ap  • Points & Pixels  • Phoenix  • Mines and Quarries  • NEEA  • Shipbuilding  • Colorado River Basin  • The Great Indoors  • Marina Renovation  • Point Cloud or Raster  • Change ...

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LIDAR Magazine - Volume 6, Number 7 (October/November)
• 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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Topcon Announces Distribution With Intel for UAS Solutions
Handling Massive Geodata Made Easy
LizardTech Unveils Lossless Compression of Harris Geiger-Mode LiDAR Data
Velodyne Announces Miniaturized, Low Cost Solid-State LiDAR Sensor
Proteus Geo Works with AECOM to Test New Bathymetry Service
Engineering Firm Acquires Maptek Spatial Modelling and GeoTech Tools
Keystone Consultants Surveys 6 Well Pads in a Single Day
FARO Expands with Acquisition of MWF-Technology GmbH
Dewberry Selected to Conduct Lidar Surveys of Everglades National Park
AeroVironment & CSUF Begin Research to Identify Water Stress in Almond Production
Fugro’s Airborne Technology Deployed in Response to New Zealand Earthquake
Topcon Announces Next Generation of Online Support and Training
RIEGL Attends 2016 AGU Fall Meeting
From the Editor: The Next Great LiDAR Application
Phoenix Area Boasts "Need for Speed"
UAV Use for Open Cast Mines and Quarries
National Enhanced Elevation Assessment (NEEA)—Part 1: Project Management Plan
The Digital Thread from Concept to Lifecycle Support in Shipbuilding
A Tale of Two Airborne LiDAR Scanners—Lower Colorado River Basin Survey
Viametris Tackles the Next Frontier in Mapping: The Great Indoors!...and Outdoors
Spatial Data Integration for Marina Renovation and Dredging Projects
Random Points: Point Cloud or Raster—Chose Wisely
The Business of Laser Scanning: Change on the Horizon!
Drones and Advanced Analytics Solutions Combine to Improve Business Processes, Optimize Operations and Improve Reliability
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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.

    Esri's annual Geodesign Summit 2017: Jan 24-26, 2017, Redlands CA

    International LIDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF): Feb 13-15, Denver, CO

    ASPRS IGTF 2017:: March 13-17, Baltimore, MD

    SPAR 3D Expo & Conference:: April 3-5, 2017, Houston, TX

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