Category Archives: Lidar/Imaging

Chillon Castle

Pix4D Mapper

Imagine walking up to an object with practically any camera and taking photos of it at different angles. Now imagine uploading those images onto a computer and being able to create a survey-accurate point cloud. Sounds impossible, huh? Too good to be true? That’s what I thought when I first heard of Pix4D. When I...


Greg Dykstra from Pixar Animation Studios

Above picture: Greg Dykstra from Pixar Animation Studios is the first guest on the Podcast. His work portfolio includes Finding Nemo, Up, The Incredibles, Ghostbuster II, RoboCop 2 and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Having worked in the geospatial sector for some time, I think the challenges we face are not about “Crossing the Chasm” (a...

The author took this photo from the beach while scanning, before the rain set in.

Reality Show Material

So when are they going to do a reality show about us scanner jockeys? The ship owner (I’ll call him Bill) flew me up to Alaska specifically for this project and told me not to worry about anything, that he would arrange for my food and boarding. Usually that means I’m put in a nice...

Point cloud of full model of castle, shown from the front

Chillon Castle: A Pix4D Sample Project

Above picture: Point cloud of full model of castle, shown from the top I wrote a review of Pix4D’s Mapper software in the November print issue of xyHt; check it out. Here’s Pix4D’s sample project to showcase the power of their software. They chose to create a model of Switzerland’s most visited site: the Chillon...

from shore to floor feat

From Shore to Floor

Today’s technology records depth from land to deep waters accurately and efficiently. More than 90% of the world’s trade is carried by sea, according to the International Maritime Organization. Therefore, accurate and up-to-date charts of coastal waters for ship navigation are vital for world commerce. The current expansion of the Panama Canal, which will double...

Phil Kerns of Visual Intelligence accepts the Grand Award at the 2014 MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence competition.

Visual Intelligence Takes Top MAPPS Honors

By xyHt Visual Intelligence captured the Grand Award at the 8th annual MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards ceremony. The award was presented at the 2014 Geospatial and Engineering International Marketing Conference in Alexandria, Virginia on September 25, 2014. A software and sensor technology company based in Houston, Texas Visual Intelligence won with their...