Category Archives: Lidar/Imaging

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Single-Photon Lidar

This entry is part 6 of 3 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...

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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....

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UAS Crystal Ball 2017

This entry is part 12 of 12 in the series PangaeaFour things to watch for in the UAS space next year. Regulation: I just made up an acronym—“GBVLOS”—Getting beyond visual line of sight. With the rollout of the FAA’s Rule 107 allowing sUAS into the NAS for commercial work, the profession breathed a sigh of...

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A Lidar That Oversamples: Geiger Lidar Imaging

This entry is part 4 of 11 in the series October 2016Harris Corporation’s Geiger-mode lidar reaches new markets. Typical linear lidar systems repeatedly fire a single beam, each time measuring a single location on the ground. They collect data at a given resolution, which is also the processing resolution. By contrast, a Geiger-mode system is...

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Trimble Unveils SX10 Scanning Total Station

Trimble unveiled a next-generation survey instrument—the Trimble® SX10 Scanning Total Station. It merges high-speed 3D scanning, enhanced Trimble VISION™ imaging technology and high-accuracy total station measurements into familiar field and office workflows for surveyors. The innovative solution provides surveyors and geospatial professionals with the capabilities and versatility to handle projects from traditional surveys to complex...

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Full Kit

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series August 2016Topcon releases a complete surveying suite. The release is timely. For forward-thinking firms trying to meet increased demand, two key challenges are staffing up and gearing up. Many firms that have not added crews or upgraded kit for more than a decade are looking...