Category Archives: Lidar/Imaging

A colorized point cloud taken with a UAV.

Unmanned Lidar in the Air

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series October 2017A discourse on UAV lidar from the perspectives of a vendor and a user. IS A UAV LIDAR SYSTEM REALISTIC? While UAV lidar is definitely a breakthrough for vendors and users alike, is it enough? Can UAV photogrammetry deliver what is really needed by...

Plans are underway to create treadmill routines that match the course’s gradients.

Tech Feats for a X-Country Course

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series September 2017A 3D data company created a photo-realistic cross-country-course simulation using mobile mapping, with more innovation to come. When the best collegiate runners take their marks at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Wisconsin next year, the course will be as familiar as their favorite training...

The firm that used scanning for this site survey noted that more than 60% of these types of projects entail scope creep; scanning typically avoids go-backs. Credit:TheLandGroup.

The GeoDude on Scanning Efficiency

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series September 2017A Snapshot from the GeoDude on Rich Data Here’s a comparison of today’s field and office efficiencies—for conventional surveying methods versus laser scanning—as applied to topographic and site surveys. Above: The firm that used scanning for this site survey noted that more than 60% of...

Stockpile AR Site View

Mainstreaming Augmented Reality: No Headset Required, Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 33 in the series PangaeaAugmented reality technology is rapidly evolving into the mainstream; now you can employ and enjoy AR on your smartphone. Let’s start with Apple’s ARKit, a software developers’ kit (SDK) for augmented reality. Apps developed on this platform will work with all iPhones and iPads that...

Eclipse Background, NASA

Night in the Afternoon: A US Solar Eclipse

This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series August 2017What you need to know about the 2017 solar eclipse The upcoming solar eclipse will leave a 70-mile-wide trail of darkness across the United States on August 21, 2017 (see the map of the eclipse path on pages 44-45). This will be a once-in-a-lifetime...

The GeoDude on the Adoption of Laser Scanning Today

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series July 2017Part 2 Above: Although not yet fully mainstream for topographic surveys, laser scanning is frequently used to topo sites with a lot of detail and hardscape. Credit: Allegheny Surveys. With new and emerging technologies such as laser scanning, many professionals want to know “When...