All posts by Kevin Lidtka

Single-Photon Lidar

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series December 2016SPL collects massive data from the air, uses less power, and can see through semi-porous objects with green lasers. Technological advances in our industry have truly been a sight to behold. It seems like when you blink, already there’s a faster, smaller version of...

The Scanning Stalker: Who’s That In My Point Clouds?

This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series November 2016 There he is again. This is the third time today. I keep finding him in my scans–hiding behind some tree or peeking around a corner. I keep an eye out while I’m in the field, but I’ve never caught him in the act....

This hologram of a church in Texas was built from a combination of airborne and terrestrial lidar scans.

Wizardly 3D

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series xyHt in print, November 2015Above: This hologram of a church in Texas was built from a combination of airborne and terrestrial lidar scans. More than just illusions, hologram technology is booming. Every once in a while a new product or technology comes out that makes you...

3D CAD model of casting with gating and filtering system

3D Printing Forrealz

Imagine purchasing a new washer and dryer. Inside is a little package with the usual owner’s manual and warranty information, but also … a little usb drive. Imagine receiving a similar usb drive when you purchase a new car. And another when you buy a piece of furniture. You file them away thinking they might...

Summertime, and the Surveying Ain’t Easy

This entry is part of 6 in the series xyHt in print, June 2015Now that winter and even spring have finished thrashing half the country, we can officially enjoy summer. As a laser scanner operator I have a fairly easy job this season due to the limitations of the instrument—at least, it’s easier than being...

Tunnel Vision

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series xyHt in print May 2015Dis-located What do you think of all this new technology? Do you love it? Do you fear it?  Does it keep advancing faster than you can keep up?  In our industries, new technology usually means change.  We will probably need to...