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• Consumerization  • Optimal Design  • Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade  • Conservation  • Space-Age  • Underwater Laser  • Barriers  • National Mall  • ASTM E57  • Landslides  • Life Saving  • Automating Dry Bulk  • Powerline Inspections  • General Contractors
Articles   View Cover    Click HERE for the PageFlip full version of the magazine.
SPAR International 2015 Breaks Attendance & Exhibit Records
RME Geomatics Purchases and Takes Delivery of their First RIEGL VUX-1!
Opening Preview Shows Trend Towards Geospatial 4.0
MAPPS Launches 3DEP Funding Awareness Initiative
Progen Reap Benefits on Major EVONIK Project using AVEVA 3D Modelling Solution
Optech Showcasing New Technology Developments at SPIE DSS
New Point Cloud Capability with SimActive Version 6.1
Spar 2015
Spar 2015 Week in Review
Beginning Slate of Flyers Announced for ASPRS UAS Mapping 2015 Reno Symposium
Preference for a Low-Tech Lifestyle
ZEB1 vs. Tape & Disto: Measured Building Survey Accuracy Comparison
Making the Invisible Visible
Colorado Floods
Optech Presenting the Latest Mapping Solutions for Geosciences at EGU 2015
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Supports GEO Business 2015
Dr. Mark Whorton to Deliver Keynote on Commercial Space-Based Imaging at Optech ILSC 2015
TerraSim® Demonstrates New Technology at ITEC 2015
3D Art Lends a Face to ALS - Pop-Up Gallery in NYC and Displayed at 3D Printshow
Official Release: Phi.3D 2.0 & the DPI-8 Kit
World's Largest Potato Identified using LiDAR Analysis Tools in Global Mapper
Trimble to Offer DPI-8 Handheld 3D Scanner for Building Construction Jobsites
DotProduct Releases Phi.3D 2.0 Software on Upgraded DPI-8 Handheld 3D Imaging Kit
Blue Marble to Highlight the Global Mapper Lidar Module at SPAR International and CoastalGeoTools
Orbit GT Partners with Mandli for Maverick Release at SPAR, Houston
ClearEdge3D Announces EdgeWise™ 5.0
Optech at 1st International Congress of the Mediterranean Union of Surveyors in Morocco
Hexagon Expands Industrial Software Offering with the Acquisition of Q-DAS
Hexagon Announces New Segment Reporting
SmartGeoMetrics Launches Two New Firms from In-House Divisions.

Latest Articles From Our Contributors...

Michael Raphael 
3D Scanning Featured in Rock Music Video: Michael Raphael – In early May 2014, Direct Dimensions was contacted by a film production company about helping to create a music video for the band called Liars. The producers and director had a very clear vision of what they wanted to do in the video (see the Featured Video), which was show the creation and destruction ...
John 'JB' Byrd 
Growing Support for Digital Coast in Congress: John "JB" Byrd – Recent reports and articles have focused on sea level rise and how technology can be used to monitor, evaluate and plan for the phenomena. Included in these reports is a focus on a technology known and accepted by the geospatial community, but new to the mainstream media. That technology is LiDAR ...
Lewis Graham 
LIDAR Best Practices: Part II – Field Analysis: Lewis Graham – In the initial installment, we examined the initial acquisition segment of an airborne LIDAR project. In this issue, we will move on through field quality checks. As discussed in the previous issue, it is always best practice to look for problems that might require a reflight prior to mobilization off the project area ...

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From The Editor: The British Invasion
It was 50 years ago that the Beatles came to America highlighting the British Invasion of rock music. Most of my generation can tell you exactly where they were when they watched "The Fab Four" for the first time on the Ed Sullivan show. This time around the Brits are poised to launch ....
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Lewis Graham 
Random Points: Coherently Speaking...
I was reading with interest the debate over LiDAR, LiDAR, LiDAR and so forth in the previous issue of LIDAR News. I am not sure it much matters about the capitalization but I think we need to change the meaning of the acronym. There are several variants with the most popular seeming ....
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W. Stocking, PS 
Scanning the 'Back Dragon'
Commissioned in 1939 for naval operations during World War II, only four Iowa-class fast battleships were completed. The first of these, the USS New Jersey--also known as "Big J" or the "Black Dragon"--is the most decorated battleship in naval ....
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Wilder Young  
LiDAR Earth—2D and 3D LiDAR Data Hosting Technolog
In the past twenty or so years, LiDAR technology has evolved significantly. In the beginning of commercial LiDAR, sensors operated at pulse repetition rates as little as 5kHz and only could receive first and last pulses or both. That amount of data at the time was massive and computer ....
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Thad Wester 
How Can I Use a Drone, and What Products Can I Create With It?
How can I use a drone, and what can I produce with it? Those are the questions that I intended to answer when I bought a drone six months ago. The answers aren't completely known yet, but what I have collected with my drone has made me optimistic about their future as a surveying tool ....
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Bill Gutelius 
On The DOT—Collecting 3D Data with a Novel Handheld Imaging Device
The DOTProduct DPI-7 is an interesting offering in a growing market (e.g. Tango, Matterport, Structure, etc), of handheld 3D scanning systems. By integrating sophisticated software (Phi.3D) with readily available off-the-shelf sensors and tablets, it appears that DOTProduct has been ....
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Vorobyov, Reznichenko, & Monastyrov 
10 Commandments for the Lidar Data User: From Myths to Utilization
LiDAR technologies are becoming more and more usable in diverse areas of human activity. The application of LiDAR data varies from heavy industry to environmental protection, infrastructure to navigation and architecture to agriculture. So LiDAR data appears widely populated, but the ....
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How High Accuracy Asset Collection Drives Mobile LiDAR System
As 2014 winds down, we have been taking a closer look at TopoDOT® usage statistics for the year. One very interesting development has been the emergence of some real power-users with applications trending toward asset collection in support of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) ....
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Jon Adams  
Of Abe And George
On October 7th, 2014, Steven Schorr, President of DJS Associates, Inc., a forensic consulting firm based in Abington, PA, ceremoniously added two completed projects to the "Ark" as part of the 2nd annual CyArk 500 Summit, held at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Ben ....
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Laser Scanning of Architecture in South Africa
Vernacular architecture is any localized architectural style addressing local building needs through the use of local materials. It is often in direct response to the local environment. An important part of every country's unique heritage, it ....
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John M.
Russo, AIA 
The U.S. Institute of Building Documentation (USIBD)
Buildings are an integral part of our everyday lives. They provide us shelter and help sustain life. Buildings are where we work to produce goods and services that allow our societies to prosper and grow. Buildings can even serve as a form of art and identity. I think it is safe to say that ....
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Ken Smerz 
The Business of Laser Scanning: Situation Report
Recently I was speaking to another service provider and the conversation turned into a discussion on whether our industry is becoming `commoditized'. We'd both recently lost jobs in a competitive bid situations to operators who we felt did not have the experience. My friend and I ....
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