Tag Archives: laser scanning

Laser Scanning for GIS and FM

On the surface, rich laser- scan data seems like a natural, valuable addition to GIS and facility management (FM) solutions—and to related operations and maintenance and asset-management capabilities. Much as the emergence of GPS in the 1990s helped drive GIS adoption and growth, the emergence of laser scanning also feels ready to aid GIS, FM,...

No Job Is Too Big or Too Small

Alexandra Grounds, Founder & Director, Grounds Associates, Ltd. Editor’s note: In this year’s Outlook issue, we present trends in geospatial technologies and vision statements from key geospatial industry firms, but we also highlight smaller operations: the agile, tech-savvy, and talented practitioners and their teams. As the need for geospatial data and expertise grows, career paths...

TruView with proposed design

The Value of 360º Digital Panoramic Images

The GeoDude tells us that rich, new deliverables are changing client expectations for the better. One of the biggest impacts that 3D laser scanning has had on the market is a set of new client deliverables that it has spawned. One deliverable in particular (360° panoramic digital images) has profoundly raised the bar of client expectations, yet...

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....

A Geiger lidar image of downtown Charlotte, North Carolina

A Lidar That Oversamples: Geiger Lidar Imaging

Harris 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 an array that illuminates a large area on the ground, capturing...