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Welcome! I have long been fascinated by the process, or cycle, of scanning a physical object, creating an accurate digital as-built and then coming full circle from physical object to digital 3D model and back again to creating a physical model made possible by the proliferation of 3D printers and rapid-prototype technology.

The tradition of building scale-models of geographic terrain and facilities dates to the 1520's when the Grand Duke of the Knights Templar commissioned a model of the city of Rhodes in preparation for the Turkish siege. In the 16th century, Italian engineers would present France's Charles IX with relief maps and scale-models at each step of building a fortress. The idea of building and construction documentation was born. The finest historical examples of 3D physical models of terrain and infrastructure can be found at the Musee des Plans-Reliefs housed, appropriately, in the Army Museum at the Invalids tomb of Napoleon I in Paris, France. For more, see my editorial below.

Be sure to scroll down to peruse all the great content submitted by our expert team, alongside our weekly spotlight, VOTW, latest news and more.

Until Next time... Cheers!

Roland Mangold
Managing Editor
LIDAR Magazine

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CartoConsult 3D Visualisations Add a Creative Edge

CartoConsult has completed a 3D mapping project for Pearson's Business School, London. Commissioned by Hunterlodge Advertising, CartoConsult produced a range of 3D images for Pearson Business School and Escape Studio's 2016 prospectus brochures. Views of Holborn and Shepherds Bush - two of the campus areas - were created as high resolution outputs. Sabina Lee, Senior Account Manager at Hunterlodge, commented on ...


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

Mapping Our Cultural Heritage in 3D

What if there was a way to explore historic monuments long after natural disasters or human aggression have wiped them from the map? Scott Lee and his team at CyArk are using 3D mapping technology to create a detailed digital archive of endangered world heritage sites so that future generations ...

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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...

Roland Mangold 
Physical Scale-Models - Real 3D As-built Data You Can Touch: Roland Mangold - The tremendous need for reality capture foretells great potential opportunity for LiDAR and laser scanning. The vast amounts of data being collected by LiDAR, laser scanning, photogrammetry and the ability to process all this data into something useful is the key. I find the convergence of reality capture ...

State of the LiDAR Profession, Sensors, Collection, and Calibration : Jamie Young - In FY 2007, the FAA issued three Advisory Circulars to provide guidance for the collection and submission of aeronautical data and to identify the FAA's GIS data model for airport-related data. The main goal of the Advisory Circulars was to develop satellite-based approach procedures and to better utilize and ...

David F. Maune 
FEMA's Romance with LiDAR: David F. Maune - In 1994, Brigadier General Gerald E. Galloway chaired the Interagency Floodplain Management Review Committee following the devastating floods of 1993. His report, widely known as the Galloway Report, recommended that FEMA evaluate newer technologies that could yield improved digital elevation models (DEMs) for floodplain ...

Christian Stallings 
Exploring UAS Effectiveness for Landfill Surveys: A Case Study: Christian Stallings - Can the rapidly advancing technology of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), a.k.a. "drones," be effective in collecting data on the nearly 2,000 landfill facilities in the U.S. In February 2016, McKim & Creed, Inc., a national engineering, geomatics and planning firm, teamed with landfill engineers ...



LIDAR Magazine - Volume 6, Number 4 (June)
• Physical Scale-models  • Points & Pixels  • Airports  • Landfill Surveys  • Data Fusion  • Geospatial SLAM  • 3D Real-Time  • Floodplain Management  • PhoDAR  • Partly Cloudy  • Laser Focus ...and more!

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LIDAR Magazine - Volume 6, Number 3 (May)
• SPAR 3D  • Points & Pixels  • Calibration  • Topographic Engineers  • 3D Modeling  • Crossing a Bridge  • Urban Forestry  • Mobile Mapping  • Random Points  • Why We Suck ...and more!

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Atlantic Expands by Acquiring Continental
CartoConsult 3D Visualisations Adds a Creative Edge to Univ Prospectus Brochures
U.S. Institute of Building Documentation 2016 Symposium Call for Abstracts
Topcon and Bentley Systems Announce Integration
Maptek to ?Switch on Innovation? at Technology Conference in Johannesburg
Registration Now Open for Trimble Dimensions 2016 User Conference
Topcon Announces Increased Integration with Autodesk Scanning Software
Gexcel at SPAR Japan 2016
3D Laser Mapping Launches New Multiplatform Mapping System
ScientificAerospace and DroneMetrex Introduce a Unique PhotoG Mapping Solution
SITECO Enters the UAV Market With Sky-Scanner
YellowScan LiDAR for Drone 2016
Gexcel at the 3D Faro User Conference Asia Pacific 2016
Airports?LiDAR and Imagery is Now Widely Used for Airport Mapping
Exploring UAS Effectiveness for Landfill Surveys: A Case Study
Innovative Simulation Uses 3D Real-Time to Boost Passing Accuracy
Woolpert Announces New President and CEO
Orbit GT to Support 3D Laser Mapping ?ROBIN? System at GeoBusiness, London
FARO Announces the Release of PointSense & VirtuSurv 17.0
Harris Geospatial Solutions to Offer Icaros OneButton with ENVI for Advanced UAS Image Processing
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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 User Conference: June 27-July 1: San Diego, CA USA

    World Congress on GIS & Remote Sensing 2016: Aug 1-3, New Orleans, LA USA

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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.


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