Technology Manifesto for the 3D Built Environment

(Editor Note – The first two parts of the Technology Manifesto were published on the Lidar News In the Scan blog during July. Those have been included here along with a third and final portion making this the complete article.) Introduction It’s quite a long title that has evolved over the years. I guess you could say I have been thinking about […]

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Through the Eyes of the Consumer

ERV an Eco3d Product For the past few years everyone has been talking about the rise of e-commerce. Economic ‘Experts’ often forecast the upcoming demise of brick and mortar retail locations and how the days of traveling to stores to make physical transactions are numbered. There is no doubt e-commerce is affecting brick and mortar retail, but from our clients […]

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BOMA Measurement Methods: Out with the Old, in with the New…

Brief History… In 1915, the first issue of the BOMA Standard Method of Floor Measurement for Office Buildings was published.  Shortly thereafter, BOMA standards were adopted thought the industry as the national standard for floor measurement.  Over the years, amendments and revisions have been released to keep the standards current, overcome the changing needs of the real estate market and […]

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NM Group and Durham University Complete Outstanding Research +

NM Group and Durham University Complete Outstanding Research in Utility Vegetation Management NM Group and Durham University received an Outstanding grade by Innovate UK for their research in Utility Vegetation Management. This research was part of a government funded scheme known as the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). The project used geospatial data to develop powerful new vegetation management risk tools. […]

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Minimum Effective Dose of 3D Accuracy is Needed

Day in and day out reality capture solutions seem to be appearing out of thin air with solutions pushing the level of accuracy into tighter tolerances while at the same time a newer breed of less accurate solutions are emerging at considerably less cost. Tony Sabat borrows the concept of minimum effective dose from the medical industry to explain an […]

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LiDAR Infographics Sign Inventory

Introduction It is said that the average person is exposed to more than 5,000 advertising messages a day. That’s a drastic increase from 500 in the 1970’s before social media and the Internet. So, what makes the difference in retaining one of these messages? Visual recognition. Your attention span is roughly eight seconds. Our human brain takes less than a […]

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Geospatial Data Visualization at West Point

This team of West Point researchers is at the cutting edge of augmented and virtual reality applied research. Background The Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at the United States Military Academy – West Point (USMA) has set up an advanced visualization workspace that facilitates the immersive evaluation and exploitation of three-dimensional (3D) geospatial data. Currently, the workspace provides both […]

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Inside CERN

(Editor’s Note – This is an extremely rare opportunity to better understand and more importantly visualize what it is like inside CERN. Many thanks to Doug Pritchard, his team and everyone involved in allowing us to publish this story.)  CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, is one of the largest and most important scientific research centres in the world. […]

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ScanX3D – The Name Says It All

Background To many people, selecting a name for their new business can be one of the most important decisions they can make. Company names are a key part of branding, which makes you wonder about some of the big names like Uber, Airbnb and Google; versus Autodesk, Intel and Facebook, for instance. The latter, by the way, was the nickname […]

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IN-FLIGHT Data and senseFly team up for Canada’s largest Beyond Visual-Line-Of-Sight (BVLOS) drone trial

IN-FLIGHT Data’s five-month ‘UAS BVLOS Proof-of Concept Trial’, supported by senseFly, will span a wide range of real-world drone-missions totalling more than 1,500 km of linear flight Calgary, Canada / Cheseaux, Switzerland, June 04, 2018—One of Canada’s leading commercial drone operators, IN-FLIGHT Data, this week is embarking upon Canada’s largest BVLOS UAS Operations trial to date, with support from senseFly, the industry’s […]

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GeoCue Group Seeks Support Technician

GeoCue Group, Inc., the market leader in workflow management software for geospatial data production, is looking for a Support Technician to join our Customer Support team. The successful candidate will have 4-6 years’ experience working in geospatial data production with an emphasis on LIDAR data production; degree in Engineering or Earth Sciences preferred. Experience with industry standard software packages including […]

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Raising the Roof

Turner Construction Utilize GeoSLAM’s ZEB-REVO for Hard-to-Reach Ceiling Void Surveys When Turner Construction needed to carry out a revamp and extension of their Atlanta office, they took the unique opportunity to test-drive some revolutionary technology. Traditional laser scanning technologies are great for certain applications, but for hard-to-reach, overhead or ‘feature dense’ spaces, a new type of solution was called for. […]

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Advances in Seamless DTM Integration for Nearshore Surveys

by Joe Betit The integration of the near shore interface of horizontal and vertical datums has been a persistent source of problems for engineering design of major infrastructure and their construction dimensional survey layout. Compounding the inherent datum integration problems is the different approaches to survey used by offshore and onshore surveyors despite their often using the same equipment. Offshore […]

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Lidar News Media Survey – Results and Analysis 2018

Background The results are in for the first Lidar News Media Survey and it looks like social media is playing an important role in purchasing decisions along with an organization’s website. We had 475 people take the survey with over 150 responding to all of the questions over the ten-day period. Nearly 60% of the respondents were middle managers or […]

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Utilizing Mobile Technology to Bring a Century-old School to Life

Transforming an ageing school building in the renowned Jazz District of Kansas City to a community arts centre required the utilization of the most up-to-date surveying technology.   The Attucks building, originally designed and built in 1905 has undergone several redevelopments over the years. When the time came for the complete refurbishment of the building, one Kansas-based survey firm opted […]

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Comprehensive 3D Digital Design on a China Hydropower Project Saves USD 300 Million

Using Bentley BIM Technology Delivered Project 10 Months Ahead of Schedule   A BIM Initiative With hydropower at the forefront of China’s current aggressive targets to establish green energy consumption, Longkaikou Hydropower Co. Ltd. of China Huaneng Group commissioned the development of the Longkaikou Hydropower Station in China’s Yunnan Province. The sixth power station located along the Jinsha River, the […]

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Surveying Without the Baggage

How Mobile Mapping was Utilized to Scan an Airport Baggage Handling Facility in Minutes LIFA Surveyors needed just 10 minutes to scan a large airport baggage handling facility with GeoSLAM’s ZEB-REVO mobile 3D laser scanner as part of a planned upgrade project. The same room, measuring roughly 55,000sqft, would have taken 1-2 weeks with a traditional total station to achieve […]

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Archaeology in the Palm of Your Hand

New technologies are redefining how archaeologists share the past with the present.  The thrill of discovery, our methodologies and interpretations, and the need to preserve vital, irreplaceable resources – we struggle every day with the challenge of communicating these concepts to the public.  The Fairfield Foundation launched a new initiative in 2017 to tackle some of these issues using drones, […]

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Quantum Spatial – Setting the Standard

Background Russ Faux is currently Sr. Vice President for Growth Initiatives at Quantum Spatial, Inc. He has spent most of his 30-year career working with some form of airborne remote sensing and geospatial technologies. In 1998, he founded a small remote sensing company named Watershed Sciences, Inc. (WSI) that focused on water resource applications using thermal infrared imagery and newly […]

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SSI: Investing in 3D Technology

Background Andrew Semenchuk was an early adopter of laser scanning technology. As a professional surveyor, licensed in multiple states, he has over twenty years of experience in the transportation industry. Andy served for 15 years in state government and held the position of Automation Specialist where he was responsible for developing and successfully operating the first statewide CORS network and […]

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Helsinki Creates 3D City Models to Promote Commercial Research and Development

Helsinki Heads Digital City Initiatives by Leveraging Bentley’s Reality Modeling Technology A New Generation of City Models Helsinki, Finland’s capital and regional center, is experiencing booming development and a growing urban population of more than 600,000 residents. Helsinki has a long tradition of 3D city modeling dating back to the mid-1980s. To support city growth, promote digital city initiatives, enable […]

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