Novel LiDAR Data Improves Our Understanding of Tropical Forests

Dr. Kim Calders and his team have just completed 2 months of field work in Australian tropical forests collecting both terrestrial and UAS lidar data to support a novel lidar data fusion methodology. Forest ecosystems contain more biomass than any other ecosystem. However, estimating biomass without cutting down trees is difficult. Traditional methods of estimating aboveground biomass (ABG) are based […]

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Electrical Network Asset Position and Condition Data

Data gathering is an essential task in order to understand the health of an electrical network. However, many operators are missing out on the cost efficiencies available through using technology to combine routine asset inspection patrols more effectively. In this interview David Langworth, General Manager at NM Group (part of Trimble Inc.) discusses how combining asset condition with other datasets […]

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Rising Star Program Supports Young Professionals

The American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) has created the Rising Star program to identify and mentor young geospatial professionals. As a great example of the recognition of the importance of young professionals to the future of the geospatial industry, the ASPRS has developed the Rising Star Program. The first two recipients, Chris Stayte and Corey Ocshman, both […]

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SAM, LLC: Using Technology to Enhance Solutions

This article provides an inside look at Surveying and Mapping, LLC – SAM and how technology has helped them become the largest geospatial service company in the U.S. Background Surveying and Mapping, LLC (SAM) was founded in 1994 with a core guiding principle of leveraging the latest technologies to maximize value for clients. Today, SAM is the largest geospatial service […]

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TruePoint Laser Scanning Historical Documentation Case Study

TruePoint Laser Scanning recently completed the historical documentation of a very challenging project in Laredo, Texas. Task: TruePoint performed 3D laser scanning services for the as-built documentation of two historical homes and a Four Diamond Hotel in Laredo, Texas. With its beautiful gardens and its amazing view to Mexico and the Rio Grande River, this property is one of Laredo’s […]

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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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Underground Infrastructure Mapping with Mobile Lidar and GPR

Leica Pegasus2 Stream for underground infratructure mapping

Governments are beginning to mandate that underground infrastructure mapping be carried out as national policy. Underground infrastructure mapping of utilities and other infrastructure is one of the major challenges in creating a digital twin at the municipal, regional, and national level.  LiDAR reality capture of the above-ground ground features simultaneously with ground penetrating radar (GPR) scans of subsurface infrastructure at […]

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Rolling Shutter Effect Important in UAV Photogrammetry

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Many are not aware that photographs taken with a UAV are subject to the rolling shutter effect. (Be sure to watch the video at the end for great visual explanation.) The main disadvantage of UAV photogrammetry is that it uses non-metric cameras. These cameras have low-quality movable lenses, a small focal length, and most have a CMOS sensor with an […]

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Maximilian Boosfeld on Wingtra VTOL UAS

Photo of Maximilian Boosfeld CEO

Wingtra is the world’s leading producer of vertical take-off and landing – VTOL drones. The Early Years Wingtra Founder and CEO Maximilian Boosfeld was studying Mechanical Engineering at one of the top science schools in the world, ETH Zurich. (As evidence of the claim, Albert Einstein graduated from the same university.) During the studies he met many truly smart people. […]

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RealWorld Engineering Consultants Created 3D GIS Models

Bentley’s ContextCapture Improved Collaboration to Save 90 Percent of Total Project Time for RealWorld Engineering Consultants Modeling New Taipei City New Taipei City is a special municipality in Taipei and the most populous city in Taiwan. The city includes a stretch of the island’s coastline and surrounds the Taipei Basin. Known as Taipei County before its upgrade in 2010, the […]

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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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