Automated Feature Extraction Goes Mainstream

Background Civil Maps is an artificial intelligence (AI) start-up based in Silicon Valley.  Over the past couple of years, they have developed industry leading technologies for the autonomous vehicle industry.  Their key technologies include automated registration of LiDAR point clouds without the need for ground control points, automated feature extraction to rapidly produce large area maps, and Scout, their low-cost […]

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NM Group collaborate with Harris Corporation to provide Geiger-mode LiDAR to distribution utilities

In an industry first, Harris Corporation and NM Group now offer Geiger-mode LiDAR for aerially mapping power networks. This emergent technology allows large geographic areas to be acquired in a single economic flight. LiDAR is an established technique for companies operating and maintaining electricity networks. It can improve the safety, reliability and capacity of a network through processes such as […]

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Orbit GT launches AutoCAD MAP plugin for Mobile Mapping

Lokeren, Belgium, May 10th, 2016. Orbit GeoSpatial Technologies is pleased to announce the launch of the Mobile Mapping plugin for AutoCAD MAP. “We’re pleased to announce that from today, every AutoCAD user now has access to the vast volumes of Mobile Mapping data”, says Peter Bonne, CEO of Orbit GT. “By connecting to our Publisher, the AutoCAD MAP user consumers […]

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Tying Data Together

The LiDAR profession continues to evolve and with evolution comes new solutions, innovation and analytics which causes the provider of data to evaluate the best solution for the application. Merrick & Company uses most every remote sensing technology to provide solutions to most mapping applications. One of the more challenging aspects of combining technologies is making all the data fit […]

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Bentley Systems Issues Call for Submissions to 2016 Be Inspired Awards for Excellence in Infrastructure

EXTON, Pa., U.S.A. – May 3, 2016 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced its call for submissions to the 2016 Be Inspired Awards program. The deadline for entries is May 30, 2016. The awards, which are selected by independent juries of industry experts, recognize the extraordinary work of organizations […]

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Delights and Challenges When Scanning in Africa

A hidden Ethiopian treasure history of Yemrehanna Kristos Yemrehanna Kristos is one of Ethiopia’s lesser known and, maybe for that reason, better preserved churches compared to churches of Lalibela. Built by a Zagwe king-priest of the same name, around the 12th century, this church is an outstanding example of a late Axumite design. It was, and still is, an important […]

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Industrial Geomatics

This article in Hydrocarbon Engineering proposes the use of “industrial geomatics” as an emerging part of the 3D intelligent management of plant facilities. It is an interesting combination of terms and I think…Read More at In The Scan

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Indoor Localization Competition

The Microsoft Indoor Localization Competition is a well-known annual benchmark for assessing many approaches to indoor localization. The purpose of the competition was to bring together real-time indoor location technologies and compare their performance in the same space. The competition had nearly 50 competitors in 2D and the more challenging 3D category. Each team…Read More at In The Scan

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Dignity in 3D

Direct Dimensions has had the opportunity to work on many amazing art projects in the last fifteen years ranging from documenting famous sculptures for museums to working with talented local artists. One of our recent projects has been a partnership with Zachary Oxman, a sculptor based in nearby Bethesda, Maryland. Mr. Oxman is known for his bronze art work as […]

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Michigan-based Surveying Firm Expands With Purchase of Second Mobile Mapping System

Standish, Michigan – April, 2016 Surveying Solutions, Inc. (SSI), a leading geospatial service provider, is excited to announce the purchase of their second VMX Mobile LiDAR system. SSI’s acquisition of the new RIEGL VMX-1HA will aid in the expansion of their robust mapping portfolio. SSI is also the first firm in the U.S. to purchase the new VMX-1HA system. With an […]

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The Impact of Software on the Lidar Industry

The Trusty Slide Rule I’m sitting here looking at the Sun Hemmi slide rule that I keep on my desk (I have been using it as a ruler over the past several decades) and I reflect that this wonderful device never required any software updates or battery charges, yet it still delivers very accurate advanced mathematical calculations. One could postulate […]

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GNSS – The Rest of the Picture

Matching the GNSS solution to the project continues to be an issue. In the previous article we looked at projects that were widely varying in requirements. First we reviewed the most general case requiring positioning to only a meter or more. Next we saw how an RTK system may be an appropriate solution for UAVs with the LOS restriction and […]

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ZEB-REVO – A Revolution in Mobile Indoor Mapping

GeoSLAM are delighted to announce the launch of the ZEB-REVO – the next generation in our range of mobile, handheld 3D laser scanners. The ZEB-REVO builds upon the success of its predecessor, the award winning ZEB1, with a faster scanner, even simpler operation and greater versatility. At its core is GeoSLAM’s industry leading Simultaneous Localisation And Mapping (SLAM) algorithm, which […]

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ASPRS IGTF 2016 Announces Call for Presentations and Workshops

November 16, 2015—(Bethesda, MD) —  The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) requests abstracts for its IGTF 2016 conference program, which will be held in Fort Worth, TX, USA, April 11-15, 2016.   The ASPRS Imaging and Geospatial Technology Forum (IGTF) is the premier scientific and engineering forum in the United States (and one of the top internationally) […]

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Laser Scanning Technology & The Kuwait Cultural Center: 3d Measurement in Real Time Proves Essential.

The Kuwaiti Cultural Center, currently under construction in Kuwait City, is intended to become the icon for the country and the entire region. It’s composed of 4 separate structures that are all free form in design and cladded in titanium. There is literally nothing like it in the world. The challenge the building envelope contractor, BEMO International, had was to […]

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Mobile Mapping Systems – An Overview and Performance Test

(This article is based on a peer reviewed paper written by I. Toschi, et al) Mobile Mapping System (MMS) is nowadays an emerging technology, whose development began in the late 1980s and is constantly growing. From a technological point of view, MMS is a multi-sensor system, that consists mainly of three components: mapping sensors (active and/or passive 3D imaging systems), […]

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Siteco’s Road-Scanner Surveys Okinawa Island Main Highway for ASCO

Asco Co. Ltd. is a general construction consultant based in Osaka and has been a pioneer of cutting edge 3D surveying technologies, including Laser Mobile Mapping. Last October, at Intergeo 2014, Mr. Masato Banjo, the CEO of Asco and their technical team were impressed by the Road-Scanner mobile mapping system.  ASCO began analyzing the system features and collecting sample data. […]

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