Category Archives: Lidar/Imaging

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It’s Unstoppable and Headed Your Way

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series PangaeaFrom time to time I like to stop and think about the mission of Pangaea and explain that mission to you. My task is exposing you to new, emerging geospatial technologies. But why bother? Here’s a little analogy I thought of to help explain why...

High-definition mapping sensors (lidar, digital, and oblique imagery, here mounted on a helicopter during collection of an autonomous vehicle mapping project) provide an accurate, cost-effective approach to limit the interference and potential delays related to collecting extensive control on a right of way.

Closer Than It Looks

This entry is part 11 of 12 in the series xyHt in print May 2016Above: High-definition mapping sensors (lidar, digital, and oblique imagery, here mounted on a helicopter during collection of an autonomous vehicle mapping project) provide an accurate, cost-effective approach to limit the interference and potential delays related to collecting extensive control on a...

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The Future of Treasure Hunting Part 2: Eyes in the Skies

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series PangaeaA scene from the Detectorists, a BBC comedy that follows the lives of small-town hobbyists using metal detectors to hunt for buried treasure, illustrates important aspects of the future of treasure hunting. In the last episode of season one, the team is searching a local...

Reality Capture has always played a role in the safety factor for surveyors and data collectors. Image courtesy of Olsson Associates.

Capturing Reality in 2016

This entry is part 1 of 12 in the series xyHt in print, April 2016An overview of criteria for obtaining and processing 3D data today. Above: Reality Capture has always played a role in the safety factor for surveyors and data collectors. Image courtesy of Olsson Associates. Ten years on, 3D and BIM are the...

The RiCOPTER UAS with VUX-SYS lidar is the first integrated survey-grade laser scanner-UAS.

Shedding Light on Lidar

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Heights 2016RIEGL USA’s CEO talks about the important trends in the lidar profession.  For an inside look at the lidar profession, Heights interviewed James Van Rens, CEO of RIEGL USA. RIEGL provides a wide range of lidar scanning solutions for the aerial mapping and surveying...

TIR mosaic showing an isolated desert spring in the Summer Lake project area. (Courtesy: Oregon DOGAMI).

Thermal Imaging Heats Up the Geospatial World

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Heights 2016Thermal Infrared (TIR) remote sensing technology makes existing applications more cost-effective and creates new applications, including for the environment. News footage frequently shows a dramatic scene of a suspect hiding in the shadows on a pitch-black night. Despite the darkness, the subject glows white-hot...