Lidar, Laser Scanning GeoData Product News

10 Most-Read Articles of 2014

As we begin 2015, GeoDataPoint takes a look at what was popular with our readers in 2014. Here are the top 10 stories of the past year. Hot topics appear to be LiDAR and UAVs, which will likely be big in 2015 as well.

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2 weeks and 5 days ago

Geospatial Highlights: Trimble Dimensions, NASA, Future of Drones

This week, the GeoDataPoint and POB team was in Las Vegas for Trimble Dimensions 2014. This year's event exceeded expectations with more than 4,000 attendees from around the world. Other items of interest include news from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, where a team is developing a next-generation 3D scanning LiDAR; an interesting interview from engadget about the future of drones with 3D Robotics' Colin Guinn; Dell's announcement on putting depth-sensing 3D cameras in more Android, Windows devices; and Time Magazine reveals "the best drone you can buy right now."

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2 months and 3 weeks ago

Emerging Uses for LiDAR: Part Two

This is the second in a two-part series exploring advances in LiDAR. This week we look at a startup helping cities maintain effectiveness and efficiency and a company that created a free mobile LiDAR app.

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5 months and 2 weeks ago

Emerging Uses for LiDAR

This is the first in a two-part series exploring advances in LiDAR. This week, we look at geologic and recreational exploration and identifying natural hazards with the 3DEP initiative.

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5 months and 3 weeks ago

Geospatial Highlights: Drones as Party Photographers

This week, national media are all over the latest trend: Drones as wedding photographers. Also a tourist crashes a drone at Yellowstone National Park, and more.

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5 months and 3 weeks ago

PhD Student Using GIS, LiDAR Focuses on Coastal Geology

Christopher Maike is working towards his PhD with a focus on coastal geology and engineering at the University of Delaware. Maike discusses the technology he uses in his research, including GIS, LiDAR, mapping and aerial photography.

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5 months and 4 weeks ago

LiDAR Expanding Role in Industrial Automation, Tracking

The LiDAR market is projected to grow to $551.26 million by 2018, with heavy penetration in industrial and commercial sectors. This is broad-based expansion for a technology that began in the early 1960s, when its use was strictly limited to government and military applications.

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6 months and 6 days ago

Geospatial Highlights: FAA OKs Drones to Monitor Wildfires

This week, we begin with a return to drones and wildfires as the Federal Aviation Administration for the first time approves the use of drones to monitor Washington wildfires. Also of interest: the best drone photography of the year; MIT researchers create LiDAR system for photographers; 3D app for iPad; Obama unveils 3D mapping initiative; and more.

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6 months and one week ago

LiDAR and the Driverless Car

There are many technology elements that make driverless cars go, but few are more important than the LiDAR devices that are mounted on the roofs of these vehicles. These LiDAR devices can scan more than 200 feet in all directions, generating a precise three-dimensional map of the car’s surroundings.

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8 months and 2 weeks ago

Accuracy of LiDAR Deliverables a Complex Concept

A client told me the other day that some vendors are promising vertical accuracy of LiDAR deliverables that exceed the LiDAR manufacturer specifications for that system and asked: Is it legitimate for a service provider to promise better accuracy than manufacturer specifications? Or, are service providers overselling their LiDAR services by promising high vertical accuracies?

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9 months and one week ago