Why You Can’t Ignore Open-Source Software

by Ken Smerz

2 years and 8 months ago


A couple of years ago, my firm stumbled onto this great open-source tool for processing and editing 3D triangular meshes from laser scan data. Now everyone is using it. What does this mean for the future?

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Ken Smerz

Ken Smerz is president of the laser scanning service provider Precision 3D Scanning, a company that specializes in the architectural/engineering/contractor and forensic investigation markets. He also serves on the leadership team for the U.S. Institute of Building Documentation (USIBD).


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On May 30, 2012 Giovanni Manghi wrote:

Nice article except the false concept that with Open Source you are on your own. Have a look here http://www.osgeo.org/search_profile and you’ll find a LOT of companies ready to offer you professional support worldwide.

On May 31, 2012 Julia Harrell wrote:

Another common misconception is “formal training isn’t available”.  It certainly is, but you may have to look a little harder to find those offering the instruction.  On the plus side, you will often (much more so than with commercial software) have the option to purchase training sessions that are custom tailored to your needs and not a “one-size-fits-all” canned training product.