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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Reality Modeling Drives Efficient Design, Management of Anderson Road Quarry

Bentley’s Integrated Solution Enables 4D Construction Process Accommodating a Soaring Population Growth To support the surge in economic development and population, Hong Kong has invested in numerous large-scale infrastructure works and new building structures. For more than 50 years, Anderson Road Quarry supplied aggregate, asphalt, stone, and concrete for construction programs in Hong Kong. Now a vacated site, Hong Kong’s […]

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3D Reality Mesh of Penn State’s University Park Campus Generated with ContextCapture

3D Reality Mesh of Penn State’s University Park Campus Generated with ContextCapture Bentley’s Reality-Capture Technology Provides an Integrated Data Solution A Virtual Campus Initiative Founded in 1855 with more than 24 campuses serving nearly 100,000 students, Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) is the state’s largest public university and has been ranked a leader in higher education for more than 150 […]

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Black Swift Technologies and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory – Unmanned Aircraft Volcano Research

Airborne Carbon Dioxide Data Analysis Helps NASA/JPL Advance Volcano Science and Monitoring Efforts Boulder, CO – (February 6, 2018) – With a legacy of delivering reliable, robust, and highly accurate small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), Black Swift Technologies (BST), a specialized engineering firm based in Boulder, CO, announced today a successful collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA/JPL) to capture […]

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BoE Systems Drone-Based Aerial LiDAR Supports Local Waterway Infrastructure Project

By Jason Littrell, President, BoE Systems Introduction BoE Systems integrates cutting-edge hardware and software to provide highly accurate geospatial data collection solutions. Our drone-based aerial LiDAR systems create detail-rich 3-dimensional models from an ideal vantage point. These models, known as point clouds, are ideal for a variety of industry uses as they hold a treasure trove of critical data points […]

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Lidar and UAVs

“I first approached Velodyne LiDAR in 2012 with the wild idea of putting a LiDAR sensor on a drone,” says Grayson Omans, CEO and co-founder of Phoenix LiDAR. “Back then, these LiDAR sensors were pretty expensive, so it was a novel idea. I had high hopes for the result, but I never imagined that we’d both end up disrupting the […]

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Sanborn3D HD Maps for Autonomous Driving: Santa Clara

Project Major auto manufacturers have already released, or are soon to release self-driving cars, and for the vehicles to operate safely, purpose-built, accurate, and highly detailed map-based data sets are essential. To fill this need, Sanborn’s Advanced Technology Group used its proprietary HD Mapping technology to develop standardized, high-precision 3D base maps of the Silicon Valley area, and surrounding locations, […]

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ContextCapture Creates Precise Reality Model for EUR 23,000 Ridracoli Dam Survey Project

ITALDRON’s 3D Model for Preventive Maintenance of Water Supply Dam Proves Accurate within 2 Centimeters Hydrogeological Risk Assessment Italian water supplier Romagna Acque required a fast, accurate, and low-cost alternative to the terrestrial surveys the company used to help monitor the condition of its infrastructure. Ridracoli Dam, spanning the Bidente river in Casentino Forests National Park, provided the proving ground […]

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2017 Solstice Contest Winner Announcement!

Maser Consulting’s image is the winner of our 2017 Winter Solstice Lidar Art Contest with almost 400 votes! Congratulations to their team!! They share the story of their image below. Thank you all for your entries this year. We really enjoyed them! Please participate next year, everyone. We can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2018. Thank […]

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2017 Winter Solstice Contest

The Winter Solstice will soon be here in the New England. In celebration of the return to the light, Lidar News is hosting the 4th annual Lidar Art contest. We are looking for images with artistic appeal that ideally relate to the solstice and/or the holidays. Please send us your submission by December 15th. We will choose the top 3 […]

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Riegl and American Engineers, Inc. – Innovation Leaders

Riegl and American Engineers, Inc. – Innovation Leaders Firm Background American Engineers, Inc. (AEI) is a full-service, award-winning surveying and mapping firm established more than 35 years ago in Glasgow, Kentucky. They have grown to a staff of more than 100 serving clients throughout the Southeast and Midwest from offices in Glasgow, Louisville and Owensboro, Kentucky as well as Marietta, […]

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3D Mobile Mapping Technology Inspires Positive Change

Future Proofing Singapore Singapore is home to some of the most profitable financial services, manufacturing and oil-refining corporations in the world. An island state just off the coast of southern Malaysia, its small size has clearly not impeded the success of residents or firms choosing to locate themselves there. But with its accomplishments come some very specific challenges for a […]

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Digital Preservation – Saving our Past to Enrich the Future

The idea of using computer technologies to aid digital visualisation, preservation and reconstruction is not new. Traditionally, manual 3D modelling techniques were used to reconstruct various historical events, object or people. While being a useful tool in visualization, manual 3D modelling techniques could do just as much when it concerned itself with complex artefacts or sites due to the issues […]

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