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Welcome! I write from Houston, taking in this year's SPAR 3D Expo and Conference. It's too early to get final attendance numbers but keynotes, plenary and session tracks have been packed and the place is buzzing...there is definitely a palpable excitement running through the industry. Certainly exhibition space sales have benefited enormously by the whole UAV phenomena as the drones have taken over a third to a half of the exhibit space.

To kick off the event, Greg Bentley, CEO, Bentley Systems provided fascinating insight in his opening keynote about new interactive 3D technologies used for the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia. Shortly afterward, I took in the session "Basics of 3D Technologies – Business Drivers for Use of 3D Technologies". The hour culminated in a panel discussion with Matt Craig, LFM Software, Ken Smerz, Eco3d and Greg Dasher of Balfour Beatty Construction. Getting Mr. Dasher’s perspective from a construction company how they justified and benefited from their investment in laser scanning was very illuminating as to what needs to happen for this technology to become accepted by end users. Ken Smerz points out that maybe 10 percent of potential users of this technology are actually exposed to the benefits suggesting that there is a huge education job that needs to happen for this technology to reach its true potential.

Several major product announcements today from the likes of Riegl, Bentley, Leica, Orbit and Arithmetica just to name a few. More to come. If you're here at the show, drop me a line!

Roland Mangold
Managing Editor
LIDAR Magazine

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

Arithmetica Launches Pointfuse V2 at SPAR 3D 2016

Houston, Texas : April 12th, 2016 - Arithmetica has launched a brand new version of Pointfuse at the SPAR 3D Expo in Texas. Pointfuse V2 represents a major change in the way that point cloud data is automatically converted to three dimensional vector models. Offering a ?one button? approach, the new techniques in Pointfuse V2 not only convert point clouds into 3D vector models with accurate geometry, but also enable shapes ...


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

senseFly presents: Mapping the Impossible

A video crew follows senseFly's team of engineers as they mark a historic surveying milestone by using eBee mapping drones to photograph the epic Matterhorn, before generating an astounding 3D model of "the most beautiful mountain".

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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...

Michael Raphael 
Documenting Historic Naval Architecture with 3D Laser Scanning: Michael Raphael - The mission of documenting historic sites and structures with laser scanning often includes artifacts of naval history such as historic wooden ships. Given the amazing human effort to design and build these vessels back in the day, without computers and CAD software, these vestiges of engineering ...

Tomas Sleziak 
Constitutional Court of Czech Republic As-built Documentation: Tomas Sleziak - The Constitutional Court of Czech Republic, which is located in Brno, stands alone and creates a whole block (approx. 97 x 57 m). The block includes four courtyards, rounded by a main corridor with four starways--one in each wing. The offices border the outer side to the outer side of corridor, while the ...

Steve Bury 
Topographical Surveys for BIM-What You Need to Know: Steve Bury - I spoke recently at the Digital Construction Week Show in London on the subject of Topographical Surveys...As-Built BIM for Outside. Okay, not the snappiest of titles but at least most of the audience seemed to stay awake during my delivery! I thought it might be a good idea to share some of the points ...

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 a ...

Lewis Graham 
Random Points: Just a Little Bit Tighter, now Baby: Lewis Graham - I was recently engaged in a very interesting conversation with a company who is performing a number of survey related operations for mine site management. This conversation led me to think, once again, about the overall issues of accuracy. The end purpose of this month's column is to implore the ...

Ken Smerz  
The Business of Laser Scanning: Cash Strapped?: Ken Smerz -Cash is King! No kidding, but when I can't get my clients to pay for the jobs we deliver in a timely manner, that's a significant issue for expenses... and little things like payroll. We actually have a chart we use to forecast accounts receivable versus costs, with intersecting lines that project when we are expecting to ...

Eric Andelin 
The Sharing Economy and Its Place in Geospatial Services: Eric Andelin - Have you noticed a lot of new faces in our profession? New companies bringing new product offerings to the table? Transformative hardware in form, capability and cost. How about software as a service (SAS) or cloud based processing so simple it doesn't take a geospatial professional to understand and ...



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Orbit GT Launches New UAS Mapping Software at SPAR
U.S. Army, Navy Leaders to Speak at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2016
FARO Announces New HDR Laser Scanners and Software
New Autonomous Airborne Mapping Solution
Introducing SurphSLAM Precision Mobile Mapping System
Basis Software Introduces All New Surphaser Model 10
Orbit GT Shows Automated Feature Extraction tools at SPAR
senseFly presents: Mapping the Impossible
BIM Market to be $11.7 Billion by 2022
Teledyne Optech to Announce New Airborne System at ASPRS IGTF
Teledyne Optech to Unveil Autonomous Mapping System at SPAR 3D
Arithmetica to Launch Pointfuse V2 at SPAR 3D 2016
RIEGL is Attending, Exhibiting, and Participating at SPAR 3D
USIBD's LOA 2016 V 0_1 is Ready for Public Review
Orbit GT Launches Mobile Mapping Feature Extraction Bundle at SPAR
Global Mapper SDK v17.1 Released
Siteco Announces New Rail-SIT Software Release
Orbit GT Releases Update for Mobile Mapping Feature Extraction
Maser Consulting Announces New Leadership Structure
Commercial UAV Expo Free Report: Surveying and Mapping with UAVs
TUMO and CyArk to Partner
FARO bridge workflow using Rithm Survey app and PointSense for AutoCAD
DRONE VOLT Launches its Surveillance Drone at the Nuremberg IWA Fair
Bentley: How Technology was Used for the Pope's Visit
2015 Event Draws Strong Support for Commercial UAV Expo 2016
GeoFIT Americas Adopts SimActive?s Correlator3D for UAVs
Pix4D and Parrot Present Drone Solution at Conference
FARO Introduces World's First 3D BIM Scan Localizer
RIEGL is Attending and Presenting at Conferences this March
Asset Owners Share Business Drivers for 3D Technologies at SPAR 3D
Juniper Unmanned Releases Flight Management Solution
interaerial SOLUTIONS - Biggest Commercial UAS Event Cleared for Take-Off
ZEB-REVO - A Revolution in Mobile Indoor Mapping
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    Siteco announced the release of the New TOTAL CONTROL Road-SIT Survey release for the Mobile Mapping Systems. Users can rely on top performing features, through a natural approach: powerful snapping tools for the feature extraction, fine-tuning collimation, real-time update display in multiple point-cloud cross sections and camera views, smart zooming functions, and much more. The Road-SIT suite is used with the well-known Siteco?s Road-Scanner and fully compatible with Optech, Riegl, Topcon and Leica mobile mapping systems. Click for videos or info.


    This section is an update about LiDAR conferences, training, seminars, webinars and other relevant events. Feel free to make a suggestion for future consideration.

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

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

    GITA Pacific Northwest Chapter Conference: April 18-19: Mukilteo, WA

    GeoBuiz Summit: April 26-27: Bethesda, MD

    EnerGIS: May 16-17: Canonsburg, PA

    Upper Midwest Geospatial Conference: May 25-26: La Crosse, WI

    *GITA conferences and events are open to anyone interested in learning about geospatial information and technology. To learn more about any of the GITA events above, visit GITA's website at:

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