All posts by Geoffrey Jacobs

The GeoDude on the Adoption of Laser Scanning Today

Part 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 is the right time to get in?” They may worry about...

This image of a plan deliverable conveys that scanning is not just about interesting scan images; it has progressed to valuable client deliverables. Credit: Delta Engineers, Architects, and Land Surveyors.

GeoDude: The Adoption Status of Laser Scanning Today, Part 1

By Geoffrey Jacobs Note from the editor in chief: In 2006 when I began at this magazine’s predecessor, Professional Surveyor, Geoff Jacobs was already an established 3D scanning columnist, trusted as an industry specialist and read regularly by our subscribers. He’s a significant leader in the field; Geoff is also a pleasure to work with....

Geoff Jacobs tries out DAT/EM's VR tool at SPAR 2017

Three Trends at SPAR International 2017

 I’ve attended SPAR every year since its inception in 2004, always while working for a vendor for 3D laser scanning products. This year, sporting my new xyHt shirt, I viewed the event from a different perspective. Let me preface this “review” by noting that I did not do a complete walk-around of each vendor’s booth;...