Lidar

Pointfuse laser scanning software transforms digital construction workflows

September 12, 2019By
A design mesh. (Photo: Pointfuse)

Pointfuse has released the latest version of its advanced point cloud processing software that converts the millions of individual measurements captured by laser scanning and photogrammetry. Featuring new streamlined classification to ensure maximum efficiency and multicore processing for unlimited conversion power, the new version of Pointfuse is set to transform workflows within digital construction, facilities management and virtual design applications.... read more

Viametris launches new version of urban and road scanner

July 3, 2019By
Photo: Viametris

Viametris has launched the second-generation version of the vMS3D, its urban and road lidar scanner. The second-generation version of the 3D mobile vehicle scanner has been redesigned to be more compact. The system has been simplified considerably in both electronic and ergonomic terms to make it more robust and stable in adverse conditions and challenging environments. Despite being lighter, the second... read more

3D mapping of Notre Dame will help restoration

April 15, 2019By
Image: Ubisoft

Detailed 3D maps of the iconic and historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris hold out hope for accurate reconstruction after it was devastated by a massive fire April 15. Both the ceiling and the spire were destroyed, as well as internal woodwork. But the information to restore the cathedral is abundant. Besides photos, in 2015 art historian Andrew Tallon used... read more

Fugro uses airborne RAMMS to acquire land and sea data

January 18, 2019By
Photo: Agile LeVin, Visit Turks and Caicos Islands, via Fugro

Fugro has completed a landmark data acquisition campaign over the Turks and Caicos Islands, marking the first commercial success of its new Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System (RAMMS). Working under contract to the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), the company acquired more than 7,400 square kilometers of integrated, high-resolution bathymetric, topographic and image data. The resulting deliverables will support updated... read more

USGS selects Dewberry to complete lidar mapping for Florida

January 16, 2019By
This digital elevation model (DEM) indicates the type of data currently being acquired across Florida. (Photo: Dewberry)

High-resolution airborne lidar data to be acquired over 34,000 square miles for disaster response and recovery. Under an active Geospatial Products and Services contract, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has selected Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, to complete a statewide lidar mapping project for Florida. The project is funded by the Florida Division of Emergency Management and USGS... read more

Lidar data fused for understanding of tropical forests

November 15, 2018By
Virtual 3D forests created from lidar data collected in the field. (Image: Kim Calders via TERN)

A University of Queensland, Australia, environmental project fused data from terrestrial and UAV lidar collections to estimate forest biomass. Forest ecosystems contain more biomass than any other ecosystem. Estimating biomass — a critical endeavor to detect the health of ecosystems — can be difficult. Traditional methods can be destructive, such as harvesting trees to measure the weight of the different components.... read more

Mobile mapping market size worth over $40B by 2024

October 3, 2018By
Image: Global Market Insights

The mobile mapping market size is expected to be worth more than $40 billion by 2024, according to a new research report by Global Market Insights. The mobile mapping market is propelled by the increasing adoption of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets across the globe. Smartphone users are extensively using mapping applications on their devices for navigation and... read more

Volcanic GIS: Mapping and imaging the Kilauea eruption

August 16, 2018By
Lidar image of the Hawaii dataset showing the Kilauea Calderand the Halena'uma'u Crater and within it. (Image: Quantum Spatial)

Geospatial companies played a key role in the government's response to the Kilauea Volcano eruption. The volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii began erupting May 3, and while quiet for more than a week, it could resume erupting at any time. read more

Quantum Spatial lidar surveys provide volcano eruption insights

August 1, 2018By
Looking southwest towards Leilani Estates with Fissure 8 erupting in the background. (Image: Ron Chapple/GEO 1)

High-resolution lidar surveys help first responders, scientists and government agencies monitor Kilauea conditions and predict future lava flows. Independent geospatial data firm Quantum Spatial Inc. (QSI) has conducted high-resolution lidar surveys of areas surrounding the Kilauea volcano eruption in Hawaii. The emergency response effort was part of the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Rapid Response Imagery Products (RRIP) in support of the... read more

Dewberry to update lidar for Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands after hurricane

June 6, 2018By

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has selected Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, to collect and process Quality Level 1 topographic lidar data of Puerto Rico, including the islands of Culebra, Vieques and Isla de Mona; and the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas. The new data will be used to identify the impact... read more