Autonomous Delivery Vehicles Launch in Silicon Valley

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The autonomous delivery vehicles will be using Velodyne’s lidar sensors to navigate a pre-planned route around San Jose, CA. SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Utilizing Velodyne Lidar sensors, ThorDrive, a leading autonomous vehicle (AV) startup, is introducing commercial vehicle services in the first of many pilots. The kick-off event will be attended by local government and business leaders, including Mayor Liz Kniss […]

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Geographic Intelligence – Latest Release of the Global Mapper SDK

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Add Geographic Intelligence to your Software Projects with the Latest Release of the Global Mapper SDK Hallowell, Maine – November 27, 2018 – Blue Marble Geographics ( is pleased to announce the immediate availability of version 20 of the Global Mapper Software Development Kit (SDK) along with the accompanying LiDAR Module SDK. Mirroring the most important capabilities of the desktop […]

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Orbit GT Releases Version 19 of 3D Mapping Portfolio

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Orbit GT releases version 19.0 of it’s 3D Mapping desktop portfolio. “I’m happy to announce that version 19.0 is now available for download”, says Peter Bonne, CEO of Orbit GT. “Our customers can now immediately take advantage of new features and updates.  This release includes all 3D Mapping products and offer a wide range of new and improved functionalities.” 3DM […]

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Quanergy Announces Partnership with LiDAR USA


Quanergy, LiDAR USA to Integrate Quanergy’s Industry-Leading M8 Ultra Sensors in Mapping Solutions  SUNNYVALE, Calif., November 21, 2018 – Quanergy Systems, Inc., a global leader in the design and manufacture of LiDAR sensors and smart sensing solutions today announced a partnership with LiDAR USA, a distinguished provider of GIS, surveying, civil engineering, agriculture, forensics, BIM and heritage mapping solutions. As […]

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TRB 2019 – The Center of the Transportation Universe

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The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 98th Annual Meeting – TRB 2019 will be held January 13–17, 2019, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. The information-packed program is expected to attract more than 13,000 transportation professionals from around the world. Autonomous vehicles and lidar are certain to be a major topic of discussion. The meeting program will […]

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Measuring Forests in 3D Provides Greater Accuracy

Measuring forests in the U.S. with 3D laser scanning indicates they may have significantly more carbon than previously thought. In a recent article by A.E.L. Stovall in Science Trends he reports that terrestrial laser scanning is providing more accurate estimates of tree biomass. A new method found 25% more carbon in trees than the traditional approach The good news is […]

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Remote GeoSystems Adds MISB Full Motion Video Support

Remote GeoSystems Adds MISB Full Motion Video (FMV) Support to LineVision Desktop FORT COLLINS, Colorado, USA – Remote GeoSystems, Inc., a global provider of immersive geospatial video software and recorders for survey and inspection, is pleased to announce the LineVision™ Desktop software suite now supports map-based playback and geoProject™ reporting with MISB FMV-compliant videos. Often larger commercial and military drones […]

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Airborne Lidar – Discrete Return or Full Waveform?

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This paper from 2011 provides an excellent treatment of the difference between discrete return airborne lidar and full waveform digital signal processing. Each has its strengths and weaknesses. Discrete return (DR) airborne lidar systems can record 4 returns Full waveform (FW) can record an unlimited number in theory Some systems provide both sensors DR is catching up to FW Excerpts […]

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LiDARUSA Announces Z+F Mobile Systems

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LiDARUSA is pleased to announce the integration of the Z+F scanners for mobile mapping.  The Z+F Profiler is a high-speed, very precise (sub mm), 360 deg scanner providing more than 1 million points/sec at up to 200 profiles/sec to a range of nearly 120 meters. Adding the Profiler to the Hiway Mapper series ensures users continued availability of the best […]

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3D Laser Scanning Standards and Guidelines from Caltrans

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3D laser scanning standards and specifications for Caltrans applications were developed to promote large-scale deployment of this technology into Caltrans day-to-day survey operations. This report documents the AHMCT research project, “Creating Standards and Specifications for the Use of Laser Scanning in Caltrans Projects.” DOTs and private contractors have used laser scanning in highway survey applications and found that it reduces […]

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ASTRALiTe Demonstrates Scanning Topo-Bathy LiDAR System

ASTRALiTe Demonstrates Scanning Topo-Bathy LiDAR System on DJI Matrice 600 Pro Louisville, CO, November 2018—ASTRALiTe, Inc.,successfully demonstrated its 2-in-1 Topo-Bathy LiDAR flying on a DJI Matrice 600 Pro UAV during three separate missions over the course of a month. “It’s a breakthrough to have a bathymetric scanning lidar system capable of working on the widely available DJI Matrice UAV. It […]

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Pavement Markings Auto-Extracted From Point Clouds

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Article Highlights:  The use of Mobile Laser Scanning for collecting highway conditions such as pavement markings is increasing. Since pavement markings are made intentionally reflective their return intensity can be used to auto-extract them from the point cloud. Extracting them can be a challenge given the accuracies of current MLS systems (cm-level), relative to the thickness of the markings (mm-level). […]

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LeddarTech Mobility Leadership Series in Europe


LeddarTech – Mobility Leadership Series Addresses Autonomous Driving and LiDAR Technologies in Europe  QUEBEC CITY, Nov. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LeddarTech, an industry leader in providing the most versatile and scalable automotive LiDAR development platform, announces that as part of the LeddarTech Mobility Leadership Series, two of its experts, Pascal Tousignant, senior product line manager and Frantz Saintellemy, president […]

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Bentley Systems Announces Agreement to Acquire AIworx


Bentley Systems Announces Agreement to Acquire AIworx, Specialists in Machine Learning and IoT Technologies  Leveraging digital twins’ analytics visibility for infrastructure asset performance EXTON, Pa. –– 13 November 2018 –– Bentley Systems Incorporated, the leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, today announced it has entered an agreement to acquire Quebec […]

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Bentley Systems Announces the Acquisition of ACE Enterprise


Bentley Systems – Extends scope of infrastructure engineering digital twins beyond IoT, to include IT EXTON, Pa. –– 13 November 2018 –– Bentley Systems Incorporated, the leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, today announced the acquisition of ACE enterprise Slovakia, provider of innovative technology solutions to interface with enterprise resource […]

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Golden Software Enhances 3D Data Visualization in Surfer 16

Golden Software, a developer of affordable scientific graphics software, has enhanced the visualization capabilities in version 16 of its Surfer® gridding, contouring and 3D surface mapping package. Geologists, environmental consultants, and geospatial professionals will find Surfer 16 makes it easier for them to interpret complex scientific data. “We have improved every aspect of core functionality in Surfer 16 so it’s […]

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Hexagon to Display Smart X Solutions at Smart City Expo

Hexagon to Display Smart X Solutions for Digital, Connected and Intelligent Cities at Smart City Expo World Congress Hexagon AB, a global leader in digital solutions, will demonstrate its Smart X solutions for solving urban challenges related to safety, infrastructure and mobility at the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) in Barcelona from 13-15 November. “Every smart city must respond […]

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GEO Business 2019 – Call for Abstracts Announced

GEO Business 2019 – Call for Abstracts Announced The organisers of the UK’s largest geospatial event, GEO Business 2019, have announced a call for abstracts for their seminar programme to be held at the Business Design Centre in London, UK from 21 – 22 May 2019. The cutting edge seminars, attracted an incredible 2602 attendees from 53 countries at its launch […]

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