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Welcome! We're currently in Denver taking in the International LIDAR Mapping Forum where hundreds of professionals have gathered seeking LIDAR and other 3D geospatial data collection technologies. ILMF has always been an outstanding networking event—I say this because I was one of the original organizers (from 2005-2007). This year, possibly more than 900 attendees will rub shoulders, catch up, make deals and learn about the latest advances in technology.

Some of the biggest news of recent is Hexagon's acquisition of SigmaSpace Corporation. You may recall our June 2015 webinar that highlighted SigmaSpace's Single Photon LIDAR technology. SPL claims to enable 3D data collection at much higher speeds and resolution than conventional systems. Here at the show, there has been much excitement around new mobile mapping systems from Riegl alongside a UAS Collaboration from Juniper Unmanned, Pulse Aerospace and YellowScan plus new solutions from Optech, Orbit GT, Siteco and others. Stay tuned for additional announcements.

If you're at the show, come by our booth to catch up! We've got plenty of magazines to go-round.

Until next time...

Roland Mangold
Managing Editor
LIDAR Magazine

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Sponsored by Siteco Informatica

Siteco will attend ILMF 2016 in Denver and SPAR 2016 in Houston, participating at the Z+F booth. The new RoadScanner-Compact mobile mapping system exceeds market demand for small, inexpensive, easy to install mobile lidars, integrated with Faro, Z+F, Riegl, Velodyne and other sensors. Siteco’s powerful analysis software is fully compatible with Optech, Leica, Topcon and other mobile systems. The Road Scanner is available with a choice of MEMS-based or top performance mechanical and fiber-optic gyros. Click here for videos or more information.


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

Teledyne Optech Expands Survey Applications: ILMF 2016

February 2016 : Teledyne Optech is pleased to announce that it will be showcasing fresh results from its airborne systems at the International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 2016 on February 22-24 in Denver, CO. This will also be the North American release of the Optech Lynx SG-S mobile survey system. Teledyne Optech's latest mobile survey system is designed to attain the highest absolute accuracy.The Optech Galaxy will showcase the real ...


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

How Does LIDAR Remote Sensing Work?

Light Detection and Ranging. This NEON Science video overviews what lidar or light detection and ranging is, how it works and what types of information it can provide. The video was produced by the National Ecological Observatory Network - a non profit project devoted to open science and open...

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Sponsored by Teledyne Optech

Galaxy is the next generation of airborne solutions. Galaxy's new PulseTRAK™ and SwathTRAK™ technologies (patents pending) make surveying simpler than ever before by providing unique innovative feature sets that maximize productivity, increase information content and reduce overhead costs. Whether installed in a tactical UAV, integrated in a helicopter pod, or gyro-stabilized with an orthometric camera for wide-area mapping, Galaxy's performance and capability is out of this world.


New Articles from the LIDAR Magazine team...

Artemis Valanis 
Real Orthophotos: Artemis Valanis - An orthophoto is by definition a geometrically corrected image of uniform scale, resolution and quality. An orthophoto, may be created from a single or multiple photographs (hundreds or even thousands) which are processed using photogrammetric methods in order to produce an orthogonal projection view of a site (like a map) or ...

Lewis Graham 
Random Points: May I see your license, Ma'am: Lewis Graham - I was recently giving a talk on mine site mapping using small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) where I was sort of verbally attacked about licensure. It is bad enough that the FAA requires a pilot license to fly a model airplane and now this person in the audience was indignant that I was not a big advocate of also requiring ...



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New Riegl Mobile Products Webinar set for March 2nd
Orbit GT to Showcase at ILMF, Denver
ILMF 2016 Kicks Off Monday February 22
RIEGL and Aeroscout Announce Strategic Partnership
Hexagon Acquires SigmaSpace Corporation
New "laspublish" Creates Web Portals for LiDAR
VRMesh Plugin for AutoCAD 2016 Is Released
Juniper Unmanned, Pulse Aerospace and YellowScan at ILMF
RIEGL is Attending and Presenting at Esri FedGIS
LizardTech White Paper Reveals GeoExpress Software
Teledyne Optech Expands Survey Applications at ILMF 2016
Global Mapper LiDAR Module 17.1 Released
Loxley Chooses SimActive for Royal Thai Government Project
Teledyne Optech showcasing CMS V500 and ILRIS at SME 2016
RIEGL is Attending, Exhibiting, and Presenting at ILMF
Bluesky Sponsors UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Expansion in Kenya
Arithmetica Challenges Point Cloud Thinking with Pointfuse V2
Orbit GT to present at the FTTH conference, Luxembourg
Dewberry to Produce Topography and Bathymetry for Puerto Rico
Global Mapper 17.1 Released
AXIS GeoSpatial Takes Delivery of the RIEGL LMS-Q1560
ASI Expands Large-Area Lidar Capabilities
VRMesh 9.0 Released
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    Geiger-mode LiDAR is an emerging commercial technology that enables the collection of data at higher resolutions and from higher elevations than traditional linear-mode LiDAR. To date, Geiger-mode LiDAR has been used only in the government domain. Over the past 15 years, Harris has become the only large-volume processor of Geiger-mode LiDAR. Our experience includes the full life cycle of Geiger-mode LiDAR data collection, processing, and dissemination.


    This section is an update about LiDAR conferences, training, seminars, webinars and other relevant events. Feel free to make a suggestion for future consideration.
    International LiDAR Mapping Forum: 22-24 February 2016, Denver, Colorado

    SPAR 3D Expo & Conference: April 11-14, 2016, The Woodlands, Texas

    ASPRS 2016 Annual Conference: April 11 - 15, 2016, Forth Worth, Texas

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