High-precision Laser Scanning for Cave Tourism

3D Reconstruction of the Pollera Cave, Italy
The Pollera cave is situated in the region of Liguria, Italy, and is the subject of a strategy aimed at improving and promoting tourism in the area. In this project, 3D laser scans of some of the more easily accessible cave rooms were needed to create multimedia products such as movies, images and scenes for 3D virtual tours, and to generate geocartographic products for tourist excursions. To achieve this, the cave was scanned using a Z+F IMAGER 5010 high-precision laser scanner. Surveying and data processing proved to be particularly difficult and costly due to the underground environment, but by using free... (read more)
2017-12-21 01:31:30

MoLaS: Mobile Laser Scanning Technology Workshop

The collection of 3D data from moving platforms such as vehicles or aircraft is one of the most interesting challenges in the area of object detection and reconstruction. Laser scanners, which collect data rapidly, reliably and with high precision, play a key role in this context. High-precision systems, calibration and referencing are therefore the central aspects of current research activities and applications. From 23-24 November  2016, Fraunhofer IPM is hosting the second international MoLaS workshop on the subject of mobile laser scanning at its premises in Freiburg, Germany. The first MoLaS workshop in 2014 with 120 participants has shown that there is... (read more)
2016-04-06 10:34:37

A Mindset Change in Laser Scanning Management

Bringing Lidar Data to the Geospatial Community
The wide availability of online map services nowadays underlines the growing demand for data via the internet. However, there are no comparable services for Lidar data due to its complex structure, the difficulty of accessing data and the size of the files, to name but a few reasons. These factors, in combination with strict security and privacy measures, mean that only companies with sufficient knowledge, financial resources and software are able to take full advantage of the high accuracy that laser scanning technology and Lidar data can offer by applying this information to their projects. LiDAR Online aims to overcome... (read more)
2013-01-04 12:02:39

Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning on Single Aircraft

Diamond Aircraft, Austria, has introduced the new DA42 GEOSTAR that enables the collection of laser scanning and photo-grammetry data during one single flight. The team of Diamond Airborne Sensing (subsidiary of Diamond Aircraft) announced it has succeeded in perfect sensor integration on the DA42 MPP, the most economic remote sensing platform worldwide. Both systems are integrated with sufficient resources for fuel and flight crew. Hence the GEOSTAR is able to complete incredible 10-hour survey flights with a range of up to 1,042 NM, equivalent to the flight route Copenhagen - Barcelona. At an altitude of 10,000 feet it can even... (read more)
2013-10-16 09:48:52

Pointfuse Launches Laser Scanning Software Suite

Pointfuse is releasing Pointfuse 2018, a suite of laser scanning software which includes a cloud-based data processing service called Pointfuse Bolt. Designed to promote and support the capture of digitised ‘as-built’ data, Pointfuse 2018 will help BIM practitioners create intelligent data that is easy to consume and easy to share. Pointfuse Bolt is powered by unlimited parallelised computing on an industry-standard secure platform to process point clouds captured during the design, build and delivery of complex construction projects. Offering a scalable yet affordable solution, the Bolt service reduces processing times and minimises the IT requirement for expensive hardware whilst maximising... (read more)
2018-10-19 10:23:57

The Rising Demand for Total Stations and Terrestrial Laser Scanners

How the Booming Construction Business Boosts the Geospatial Industry
Increasing investments in large infrastructure and construction projects, and the rising role of building information modelling (BIM), are expected to drive the market for geospatial equipment. BIM’s close connection with spatial information makes it a familiar landscape and offers rich possibilities for surveyors and other geospatial professionals. Geomares – publisher of 'GIM International' and 'Geo-matching' – has analysed the user data and behaviour of thousands of members of the global geospatial community. It is interesting to see how the market of ‘traditional survey equipment’ such as total stations and terrestrial laser scanners is responding to the growing construction market and... (read more)
2019-02-05 02:33:23

Teledyne Optech Showcases Next-generation Terrestrial Laser Scanner

Teledyne Optech has announced the release of its Polaris Terrestrial Laser Scanner at the SPAR 3D Conference and Expo, 3-5 April in Houston, Texas, USA. The scanner will be on display at the company’s booth along with the Optech Maverick, Eclipse and award-winning Galaxy. Bridging the gap between indoor and outdoor scanners, the Polaris can survey targets up to 1,600m away in long-range mode or collect up to 500,000 measurements per second in short-range mode. Its 360°×120° field of view (FOV) captures indoor panoramas from a single site, while its rugged design, light weight and swappable batteries let it travel deep... (read more)
2017-03-23 09:12:46

Terrestrial GPS Augmentation Network

Mining fleet management specialists Leica Geosystems have launched their GPS Augmentation Network, incorporating technology developed by Locata Corporation. The terrestrial network ensures 24/7 positioning coverage in adverse GPS situations. Open-cut mines can present challenges for satellite based positioning as the pit becomes deeper, and on sites where the walls are steep. The positioning signals transmitted from satellites can become obstructed by the pit walls, reducing GPS availability and accuracy. The angle of ‘sky view' is further reduced where machinery is in close proximity to the pit walls. Leica's GPS augmentation network fills holes in coverage and ensures consistent and accurate... (read more)
2011-01-12 11:20:10

65% Growth in 3D Laser Scanning Sales

Sales of terrestrial 3D laser scanners topped US$ 44.8 million in 2004, according to Star Point's latest estimate – a growth of 65% over the year before. Participants in the terrestrial 3D laser scanner market include: Leica Geosystems HDS, RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems, Trimble Navigation, Zoller+Fröhlich, Optech Incorporated, FARO Technologies Inc., MDL (Measurement Devices Ltd.), I-SiTE Pty Ltd, Visi Image, Inc., CALLIDUS Precision Systems GmbH and SIS, Inc. By Spar Point’s current forecast, terrestrial 3D laser scanner revenues will exceed US$ 65.9 million in 2005, up 46% over last year. They see no sign of slackening demand – the modestly... (read more)
2005-11-23 12:00:00

Laser Scanning and Digital Aerial Photography. Today and Tomorrow

The 5th Annual International Conference and Exposition ‘Laser Scanning and Digital Aerial Photography. Today and Tomorrow’ will be held from 08-09 December 2005 in Moscow, in the Novotel Moscow Center. The organisers of the Conference are the Russian Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (RSPRS) and Gasprom. The Coorganisers are the Federal Service of Geodesy and Cartography of Russia, the Federal Agency of Real Estate Cadastre of Russia, International Cartographic Association, Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK), the Siberian State Geodetic Academy (SGGA). The general sponsors of the event are Geokosmos, GeoLIDAR and GeoPoligon. It is expected that... (read more)
2005-10-17 12:00:00
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