Project Showcase

Drone Lidar Components Present Data Quality Challenges

LiDAR representation by Echo using a Riegl MiniVUX -1UAV.

The use of drone LiDAR requires significant training and expertise especially when using inexpensive systems. (Editor Note – This is a cautionary tale told in the author’s words about the perils of self-proclaimed drone lidar experts.) Training is Needed There are a lot of people with drones who are collecting aerial imagery and becoming self-proclaimed mapping professionals in the process, […]

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3D Historic Preservation and Landscape Architecture – A Powerful Combination

Thomas J. Elmore began his formal education by earning an Associates degree from Colombia-Greene Community College, while living in my hometown of Catskill, NY. As they say, it’s a small world. After going on to earn his BS and MS in Landscape Architecture and  3D Historic Preservation, Thomas J. Elmore began Elmore Design Collaborative, LLC, Historical Landscape Architecture, in 1999. […]

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Orbit GT supports all types UAV imagery – desktop and

Orbit GT supports all types of UAV imagery in its desktop products and SaaS product   “It’s great to announce that our latest releases support the various image content produced by UAVs”, says Peter Bonne, CEO of Orbit GT. “while mapping projects produce Nadir images, other projects like pole inspection produce front-facing or oblique imagery.  All of these are […]

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Complete Mobile Surveying of Amtrak’s New York Penn Station

Amtrak’s New York Penn Station (NYPS) mobile surveying project was one of the first extended mobile LiDAR projects completed underground.  Mobile LiDAR technology was requested to provide a seamless 3D survey data set across the station’s rail infrastructure systems and to locate all visible ancillary features throughout the underground facility where GPS data isn’t available and do so without disrupting […]

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NavVis now uses SLAM to automatically remove point cloud artifacts


The latest software release for the SLAM-based NavVis M6 Indoor Mobile Mapping System automatically detects and removes point cloud artifacts, including moving objects in static scenes  February 12, 2019. Munich, Germany – NavVis, the leading global provider of indoor spatial intelligence solutions for enterprises, announces a new software release for the NavVis M6 Indoor Mobile Mapping System (IMMS) that automatically detects and removes dynamic […]

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AeroVironment Introduces Next Generation of Quantix Drone and AV DSS

AeroVironment Introduces Next Generation of Quantix Drone and AV DSS with New Product Updates, FMS Integration, Plant Count Beta Trial and Custom-tailored Pricing Packages for Growers to Ag Service Providers    Next generation of Quantix™ and AV Decision Support System™ (AV DSS) delivers performance improvements that optimize the user experience – on the ground, in the field, and in the […]

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NEW FOR 2019 – GEODATA FORUM CO-LOCATES AT GEO BUSINESS 2019 – A LEADING EVENT FOR DATA SPECIALISTS FOCUSED ON LOCATION INTELLIGENCE GeoDATA Forum is a new event for data specialists focused on location intelligence and is co-locating with the long established GEO Business event taking place 21 – 22 May 2019.  This sector has previously been served by a series of showcase […]

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Bentley Systems Announces Acquisition of SignCAD Systems

BENTLEY SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF SIGNCAD SYSTEMS, LEADING PROVIDER OF TRAFFIC SIGN DESIGN SOFTWARE Sign design solutions augment Bentley’s software portfolio to enable greater detail for digital twins of transportation assets EXTON, Pa. – February 10, 2019 – 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 […]

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The Making of PX-80: the World’s First Handheld LiDAR Scanner with Color Data

PX-80 Background Paracosm has been at the forefront of SLAM-based 3D-mapping since the company’s founding in 2013. In the ensuing years, they’ve racked up an impressive resume: helping Google develop the dense 3D-mapping engine on the Project Tango smartphone, receiving iRobot’s first corporate VC investment, and most recently being acquired by spatial computing powerhouse Occipital (makers of the Structure Sensor). […]

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BVLOS Drone Flights Improve Operational Economics

photo of drone BVLOS are The Missing Element

The number one issue holding back the drone industry is the inability, in general to fly beyond visual line of sight – BVLOS.  The following is an excerpt from The Economics of BVLOS, a whitepaper—written in partnership with Skylogic Research—that compares traditional inspection methods with VLOS and BVLOS drone operations on the basis of cost, safety, data quality, and time-to-value. […]

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USGS 3DEP Lidar Point Cloud Now Available as Amazon Public Dataset

USGS 3DEP LIDAR POINT CLOUD NOW AVAILABLE AS AMAZON PUBLIC DATASET Release Date: FEBRUARY 7, 2019 The USGS 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) is excited to announce the availability of a new way to access and process lidar point cloud data from the 3DEP repository. 3DEP has been acquiring three-dimensional information across the United States using light detection and ranging (lidar) technology- an airborne […]

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Delair launches, industry’s most powerful aerial intelligence

Delair launches, industry’s most powerful aerial intelligence platform, to unlock the value of drone data collection for enterprises New cloud-based solution introduces new levels of efficiency for UAV workflows and integrates industry-optimized analytics, establishing Delair as the leading enterprise software provider in the drone industry TOULOUSE, France – February 6, 2019  –  Delair, a leading supplier of commercial drone […]

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NavVis IndoorViewer converts static scans into immersive 360°

NavVis IndoorViewer now converts static scans into immersive 360° imagery New software feature brings full functionality of IndoorViewer to structured E57 point cloud files NavVis, a leading provider of indoor spatial intelligence technology, can now automatically convert E57 point cloud files into interactive, realistic 360° walkthroughs, following the latest software upgrade to IndoorViewer. NavVis IndoorViewer is a web-based application that displays realistic […]

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Canada Awards Microsatellite Contract FOR ARCTIC SURVEILLANCE

CANADA AWARDS MICROSATELLITE CONTRACT TO SPACE FLIGHT LABORATORY FOR ARCTIC SURVEILLANCE TORONTO, Ontario, Canada, 4 February 2019 – The Canadian Department of National Defence has awarded a C$15 million contract to Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) for development of multipurpose microsatellites to support Arctic surveillance. Upon successful completion and testing of the prototype, […]

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Carline Amsing – Younger Geospatial professional

Our next Younger Geospatial Professional Spotlight Interview is with Carline Amsing who is located in the Netherlands. What strikes me is the high level of professional geospatial opportunities that she has been taking advantage of. 1. Please provide a recap of your post high school education and training. Do you have any licenses or certifications? Are you a member of […]

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VELODYNE LIDAR- Bringing Autonomous Vessels to Open Water

Velodyne Sponsorship of RoboNation Brings State-of-the-Art Lidar Technology and Skills to Future Engineers Bringing Autonomous Vessels to Open Water: Velodyne Lidar Supports the Next Generation of AV Developers in Maritime RobotX Challenge San Jose, Calif., United States At the 2018 Maritime RobotX Challenge, Velodyne Lidar, Inc. contributed mentorship and lidar sensors to 15 university teams competing in an autonomous maritime competition. Held […]

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RIEGL announces expansion of global presence in Australia + Oceania

RIEGL office in Australia opened! The new office will provide direct RIEGL representation throughout Australia and New Zealand, offering full support to its existing RIEGL distributors in Australia C.R. Kennedy, and in New Zealand, Geospace. RIEGL Australia will have a primary focus on the airborne/UAV sectors, whilst our partners will continue to drive terrestrial and mobile products into various industries […]

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Quantum Spatial Wins Two Prestigious MAPPS Excellence Awards

Quantum Spatial – Projects Showcase QSI’s Expertise in Topo-bathymetric LiDAR Collection and Analysis, and eGIS Solution Development to Improve Understanding of Natural Resources St. Petersburg, Fla.,– January 29, 2018 – Quantum Spatial, Inc. (QSI), the nation’s largest independent geospatial data firm, this week was presented with two MAPPS 2018 Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards during the MAPPS Winter Conference. In the Airborne and Satellite Data Acquisition […]

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CYCLE GMBH RELEASES STATE-OF-THE-ART LASER SOPRANO FOR 3-PHOTON-MICROSCOPY AT PHOTONICS WEST 3-Photon-Microscopy has recently become a popular technique, especially for deep-tissue imaging to study Neuroscience. But it is still missing a cost-effective and useful solution for ultrafast laser sources generating femtosecond pulses in the biological transmission windows which are suffering less from optical attenuation, i.e. 1.3 µm and 1.7 µm. […]

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SBG Systems

SBG SYSTEMS – HORIZON, THE NEW HIGH PERFORMANCE IMU TO COMPLETE THE NAVSIGHT LAND/AIR SOLUTION Carrières-sur-seine, France, January 29th 2019 SBG Systems releases at the International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) in Denver, U.S.A, the Horizon IMU, a FOG-based high performance inertial measurement unit (IMU) designed to high demanding surveying applications such as high altitude data collection, or mobile mapping in […]

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Solv3D Releases New Features – 3DPointLogic™ and SiteVisit360™


Solv3D Releases Multiple New Features within 3DPointLogic™ and SiteVisit360™  Solv3D, a leading provider of 3D processing, geospatial data visualization and collaboration tools announced that a number of new features have recently been released within each of their products –SiteVisit360™ and 3DPointLogic™.   “We are extremely pleased with these two releases, as they will enable our customers to produce higher-quality data, […]

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ILMF and ASPRS Open with Workshops and Keynotes

Logo for Geo Week MAPPS, ILMF and ASPRS

With a very successful MAPPS Winter Meeting winding down, the focus shifted to the opening of the ASPRS Annual meeting and ILMF 2019. From what I saw the joint location of MAPPS, ILMF and ASPRS produced a packed exhibit area with a lot of interaction taking place. The 3D digital mapping community geo-located to Denver, CO this week for three […]

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faro – Reduce Scan-to-Project Delivery Time By Up To 50%


Faro – The SCENE 2019.0 Software and FARO® Focus Laser Scanner Firmware solution dramatically accelerates the on-site and in-office data capturing and processing workflow for AEC professionals. Lake Mary, FL, January 28th, 2019: FARO® (NASDAQ: FARO) the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement and imaging solutions for Construction BIM introduces SCENE 2019 Software and a Focus Laser Scanner Firmware […]

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