Roland Mangold to head LIDAR Magazine @LiDARmag

A quick update as you may have heard the news. Industry veteran, Roland Mangold will be heading up the roll of Editor at LiDAR Magazine. In case the name sounds familiar to you, LiDAR Magazine is one of our sister properties / publications here as we all fall under the umbrella of Spatial Media LLC – see Spatial Media also operates The American Surveyor Magazine,, the Machine Control brands and other Geo-Technology focused properties.

Our LiDARNews is now LiDAR Magazine ( and I'm pleased to welcome an old Canadian friend, Roland Mangold to our team as we will be heading up all things LiDAR - Roland will succeed LIDAR Magazine Managing Editor Dr. Gene V. Roe effective with the July/August issue of the magazine. If you don't already receive the print version of the magazine, it's available free to industry professionals and I'll be frank and say that it really is an awesome publication - our publisher does a top notch job putting this together!…/spatial-media-acquires-uav-news-publi…/

Roland’s unique perspective and industry experience will serve hungry reader groups well; his enthusiasm and ability to present the business case will continually encourage our subscribers to invest in LIDAR, UAS and other developing technologies.

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Webinar – Single Photon LIDAR: Why Not See the Forest AND the Trees?

A webinar of interest – “Single Photon LIDAR: Why Not See the Forest AND the Trees?

Single Photon LIDAR

In stark contrast to the linear-mode LIDAR sensors available on the commercial market, single photon sensitive sensors offer multiple advantages for customers seeking cost-effective collection of wide area elevation data. Conventional linear-mode sensors require detection of hundreds to thousands of photons per range measurement. This approach dictates that the transmitted laser energy be concentrated into a single beam and limits the sensor to flight at low altitudes. Across a required collection area, the compromised aerial coverage due to inefficient use of aircraft time and employee resources results in significant costs incurred by the customer. [Read more…]

Event Tip – RIEGL LiDAR 2015

An event of interest for those of you interested in the booming LiDAR industry – actually, 2 events! LiDAR 2015 from RIEGL takes place in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China May 5-8. Solution providers and VARs take note that Sponsorship opportunities are still available!


From RIEGL… Take part in revolutionary RIEGL hard and software introductions, experience captivating keynotes and presentations from industry experts, meet with members of the worldwide RIEGL community, and join us for exciting social events in unique locations!

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3D LiDAR Sensor Powers 7th Annual International RoboBoat Competition Winner

Now here’s some cool technology that brings you robotic technology, LiDAR sensors and more… nice! Outfitted with Velodyne’s HDL-32 LiDAR sensor, the pilot-less Embry-Riddle vessel crossed the finish line ahead of the 12 other teams participating in the event, which was sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, the AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International) Foundation and several industry partners.

Velodyne’s 3D LiDAR Sensor Enables Embry-Riddle Boat to Take First Place in International Roboboat Competition

Velodyne’s 3D LiDAR Sensor Enables Embry-Riddle Boat to Take First Place in International Roboboat Competition

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Experience A breathtaking virtual tour of China’s supercave from National Geographic

Image venturing through one of China’s scenic wonders, a massive cave full of cone shaped peaks, arches, and the world’s largest cavern! Well, thanks to National Geographic you can now sit back in your chair and go on a virtual exploration and enjoy it all, complete with details of how laser scanning technology was used to capture is all in amazing detail!

breathtaking virtual tour of a supercave -- new from Nat Geo's July issue

breathtaking virtual tour of a supercave -- new from Nat Geo's July issue

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Update on USGS 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) initiative

An update on 3DEP from the USGS… The 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) initiative is being developed to respond to growing needs for high-quality topographic data and for a wide range of other three-dimensional representations of the Nation’s natural and constructed features. The primary goal of 3DEP is to systematically collect enhanced elevation data in the form of high-quality light detection and ranging (lidar) data over the conterminous United States, Hawaii, and the U.S. territories, with data acquired over an 8-year period. Interferometric synthetic aperture radar (ifsar) data will be collected over Alaska, where cloud cover and remote locations preclude the use of lidar over much of the State. The 3DEP initiative is based on the results of the National Enhanced Elevation Assessment.

mt. St. HelensMount St. Helens lidar

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3D scanning to Preserve a National Treasure from the 1964 World’s Fair

Here’s details of an amazing project from Cyark who are wanting to preserve a piece of American history. From the company… “we’ve launched our first ever Kickstarter campaign to fund the scanning of the 1964 World’s Fair New York State Pavilion in NYC, in partnership with University of Central Florida and the New York City Dept of Parks and Rec.”

New York Pavilion, 1964 (Photo courtesy of Bill Cotter)

Through a Kickstarter funding effort, Cyark plans to 3D laser scan (and preserve) the endangered 1964 World’s Fair New York State Pavilion to create a digital record to aid preservation.  The digital preservation will occur with high-speed, high-precision 3D laser scanners. And all resulting 3D data will be made freely available to the public.

See details of the project HERE and take part in preserving a national treasure!

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Lizardtech Announces Express Server 9 with ExpressZip and 10 Cool things

This week, Seattle-based Lizardtech, the experts in image compression, have rolled out Express Server 9. After 10 years in development, Express Server at R9 boasts a painless, automated upgrade process for users [think upgrade in minutes while retaining all of your existing system configurations and migrating all catalogs] and something new and very cool for users, now included with Express Server is the ExpressZip web app.

Recall with Express Server users can quickly and easily distribute raster imagery via any client, including web and mobile. High visual quality is retained while support for all popular image data formats are supported including: MrSID, JPEG 2000, NITF, Geospatial PDF and more. Express Server runs in a 64 bit environment and as a bonus to new users, is available as a fully functional, free, 30 day trial (See

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Data Tip – NOAA Digital Coast Data Access Viewer adds LiDAR

Here’s details of a pretty sweet data access tool from the NOAA Coastal Service Center– the Data Access Viewer. In a recent update from NOAA we learn that Many new LiDAR data sets recently have been added to the resource. More details available in this announcement.

Stay informed of NOAA activities and data tips via the NOAA GeoZone blog

Search almost 1000 data layers for data from NOAA

3D models from laser scans with Autodesk ReCap

An interesting application from Autodesk – ReCap (thanks to Gene Roe of for turning me on to this one).  Autodesk ReCap now enables any designer, architect or engineer to add, modify, validate and document their design process in context from existing environments. ReCap delivers powerful and easy to use workflow on the desktop and in the cloud to create intelligent 3D models from laser scans and captured photos.  Users are invited to download the free ReCap studio for free and ReCap photo will be available soon according to the company  – see more here at Autodesk

See Also A Closer Look at Autodesk ReCap from LiDARnews