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• Editorial  • Proselytize  • UAS  • FAA  • Mapping Chillon  • Balloons  • Global Mapper  • Single Photon  • Oregon  • Artificial Intelligence  • MoDOT  • Accessibility  • Green Roof  • Pandora  • RIEGL  • Business
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LizardTech Launches GeoExpress 9.5 at 2015 Esri International User Conference
GeoCue Announces Release of LP360 2015.1
From The Editor: Above and Beyond
Random Points: Proselytize LIDAR, Please!
UAS Photogrammetric Point Clouds: A Substitute for LiDAR?
Closing in on 500 Authorizations, Commercial UAS Operations Are Starting to Take Off
Mapping Chillon: Comparing Image Reconstruction Accuracy to LiDAR
Balloons...the Poor Man's UAV
Increasing the Value of a LiDAR Point Cloud with The Global Mapper LiDAR Module
We May Be a Lot Closer Than We Originally Thought!
Partnership Shows LiDAR's Practical Use, Potential in Oregon
The Birth of 3D Mapping Artificial Intelligence
MoDOT Preserves Archaeological Information with Close-Range LiDAR
Improving Point Cloud Data Accessibility with Web Browser Solutions
A New Approach on Rapid Appraisal of Green Roof Potential in Urban Area
Pandora's Box
RIEGL LiDAR 2015—Success in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China
The Business of Laser Scanning: Industry Update
Orbit GT Releases Mobile Mapping Feature Extraction Portfolio v11.1
Orbit GT releases Mobile Mapping Publisher v11.1
PTFS to Unveil Droneware™ Geospatial Content Management System for Unmanned Aerial Systems at Esri Conference
Orbit GT to release and show Mobile Mapping v11.1 integration in ArcMap at Esri UC
Battling Wildfires from Space: NASA Adds to Firefighters’ Toolkit
Orbit GT Releases Mobile Mapping Content Manager v1.1
RIEGL to Attend, Exhibit, and Present at the 2015 Esri User Conference
USIBD’s Cornerstone Survey #7: The State of the Industry
Symposium Program Released for UAS Mapping 2015 Reno
Dielmo 3D Introduces the Launching of Web Portal OHIO
New state map from Indiana Geological Survey makes use of high-res imaging
LiDAR Market Is Predicted To Witness Rapid Growth, Will Grow To $944.3 Million By 2022

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Michael Raphael 
3D Scanning Featured in Rock Music Video: Michael Raphael – In early May 2014, Direct Dimensions was contacted by a film production company about helping to create a music video for the band called Liars. The producers and director had a very clear vision of what they wanted to do in the video (see the Featured Video), which was show the creation and destruction ...
John 'JB' Byrd 
Growing Support for Digital Coast in Congress: John "JB" Byrd – Recent reports and articles have focused on sea level rise and how technology can be used to monitor, evaluate and plan for the phenomena. Included in these reports is a focus on a technology known and accepted by the geospatial community, but new to the mainstream media. That technology is LiDAR ...
Lewis Graham 
LIDAR Best Practices: Part II – Field Analysis: Lewis Graham – In the initial installment, we examined the initial acquisition segment of an airborne LIDAR project. In this issue, we will move on through field quality checks. As discussed in the previous issue, it is always best practice to look for problems that might require a reflight prior to mobilization off the project area ...
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The Consumerization of LiDAR
Let's start with a quick recap of two recent conferences. ILMF 2015 continued the tradition of this start-of-the-year, industry trade show event. The overall attendance was typical of past events. There was something like 18 new companies exhibiting in what felt like a cramped and ....
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Lewis Graham 
Random Points: Optimal Design
I am treading down a dangerous path, speaking about design! My wife Nancy has a formal education in industrial design and often comments about my lack of ability in this department! Nevertheless, I venture forth. I hope by the end of this missive we circle back round to find relevance with ....
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Katia Chaterji and Allyson Mcduffie 
Documenting the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
In the fall of 2014, CyArk and Trimble embarked on a joint program to preserve a series of sites across western Africa and the Americas in order to shed further light on the physical remains of sites associated with the extensive and ....
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Carlos Bayod 
Lucida: The 3D Laser Scanner for Conservation
Factum Arte is a multidisciplinary workshop based in Madrid, Spain dedicated to digital mediation and the production of projects that redefine the relationship between two and three dimensions while addressing the complex dynamic that exists between originality and authenticity. Founded by ....
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Dr. Lori C. Walters 
Scanning the Space-Age
The faint, incessant beeps of Sputnik marked the beginning of the Space-Age, an era that simultaneously advanced Cold War fears of nuclear annihilation, led to a telecommunications revolution and witnessed humanity's initial steps upon another celestial body. It is an era that ....
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Mark Hardy 
Bringing Laser Scanning to New Depths in the Subsea Oil & Gas Market
It was a warm clear day on the deck of the Global Orion. We had sailed out of Carlyss, Louisiana two days ago and I was excited and a bit nervous for the upcoming project. It was not my first time working offshore but the stakes were high as we attempted to do something that had never ....
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Daryl Johnson 
The Barriers of 3D Laser Scanning Technology Using Innovation
3D laser scanning technology is great, but it still has problems, and people tend to not like problems, as we know. However, I can't think of a job that does not have at its core a problem that needs to be solved. It may seem strange that a couple of chemical engineers have devoted the last ....
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Robin Nixon 
History & Heroes—National Mall and Memorial Parks
Few places are more visible or recognizable to the eyes of the world than the National Mall, that stretch of land between the Lincoln Memorial and the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The American people, as well as visitors from all over the world, have long congregated in this historic and ....
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Paul Tice 
Experiencing Legacy ASTM E57 for Heritage
There are an infinite number of mechanisms in the history of visual documentation and communication, dating back thousands of years that humans have used to spark an idea, a memory, or an experience. The question that I have asked myself and readers of my blog in several ....
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Leshchinsky, Olsen, Tanyu & Wartman  
Inventorying and Classifying Landslides using Bare Earth Lidar
It was a sunny weekend morning on the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River when suddenly, the surrounding hills started moving. At 10:37AM, a landslide of approximately 7 million cubic yards of soil, rocks and trees swept across the Stillaguamish Valley, tragically taking the lives of 43 ....
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Rister P.E., Dr. Yang, Mcintosh, & Dr. Dadi 
Life Saving LiDAR
Surveyors and engineers around the world are pushing the limits of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) to assist the designer in a multitude of Civil Works projects, but researchers at the University of Kentucky's Kentucky Transportation Center and Center for Visualization and Virtual ....
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Ole Knudsen 
LiDAR—Lowering Cost Per Tonnes in Dry Bulk Business
As the competition and the requirements for safe and reliable dry bulk operations have increased rapidly over the years, the use of advanced automation technologies has become a key success factor in order to establish an efficient, high-quality, stable and competitive supply ....
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Ville Koivuranta 
Demonstration of Unmanned Aircraft for Powerline Inspections
In 2013 Finnish law for electricity markets set forth rules for electricity distribution and availability of electricity for customers. The maximum allowed duration of an interruption of electricity is 6 hours in urban and suburban areas; 36 hours in rural areas. Exceeding the time limits ....
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Ken Smerz 
The Business Of Laser Scanning: General Contractors...Exposed?
There's a significant growing end user group in the laser scanning community --general contractors. More clearly, self-performing general contractors. This is the a unique group within the GC world that performs some scope of the project themselves, and this case has made the investment in a ....
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