July 23, 2014
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Airborne LiDAR

Laser scanning from the air can provide all kinds of rich and useful data, for applications as diverse as mapping and forestry management. These stories will discuss uses of the approach, technological advances, and who’s actually making money doing this as a business.



Articles found: 127

Surdex First in U.S. to Operate Leica ADS100 Digital Imaging Sensors


Leica Geosystems Inc. today announced that Surdex Corporation has received delivery of its third Leica ADS100 digital imaging sensor. Two units were delivered in June 2013, which were the first Leica ADS100 systems to become operational in the U.S. All three systems have already been engaged on several important aerial mapping projects. A technical paper will be presented by Surdex describing its experience with the ADS100 at HxGN LIVE 2014 in June.
Surdex Corporation, headquartered in Chesterfield, Missouri, is one of the largest aerial mapping companies in North America. In addition to the Leica ADS100 digital imaging sensors, Surdex operates three Leica Z/I Imaging DMC-1 cameras, multiple Leica RCD30 Oblique camera systems, and a Leica ALS70-HP LiDAR sensor. The company continues to adopt the latest Leica innovations as new products become available.

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Orbit GT releases UAS Mapping 10.9 for all UAS systems


Orbit GeoSpatial Technologies is proud to announce the release of its UAS mapping software solution version 10.9.

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DAT/EM Systems International Software selected by The Sanborn Map Company, Inc. for Worldwide Mapping Projects


DAT/EM Systems International® is pleased to announce The Sanborn Map Company, Inc. purchased its software to support in-house mapping, orthorectification, mosaicking and triangulation activities for commercial mapping projects in the United States and around the globe.

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Blom ASA reports flat sales, $10 mil’ loss for 2013


3D aerial imaging and surveying firm, Blom ASA, said its 2013 financial results, including flat sales of NOK 265 million ($44.5 million) and a NOK 59.4 million ($10 million) loss, “are not satisfactory.”

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Aerial imaging market to hit $2 bil' by 2019


The global market for aerial imaging is predicted to hit $2 billion by 2019, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 13 percent, a new report from Transparency Market Research (TMR) said.

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World's first iPad app for lidar point cloud visualization debuts


RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems GmbH on Tuesday debuted the world's first iTunes app that lets users visualize point clouds - containing up to 2.5 million lidar points - in traditional 3D and in augmented reality (AR), on an iPad.

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Trimble expands airborne lidar portfolio


Trimble Navigation Ltd. has added two laser scanners for rapid, efficient point cloud capture, and high-resolution images, during corridor- and wide-area-mapping projects to its airborne lidar portfolio: the AX60i and AX80 for fixed-wing or rotary aircraft.

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Global lidar market to hit $551.3 mil’ by 2018


The global lidar market is forecast to grow more than 15 percent annually over the next five years, reaching a value of $551.3 million in 2018. The report said technological innovations are boosting the cost-benefit ratio of terrestrial and mobile lidar systems, which is expected to surpass that of airborne lidar systems. “It can be said that the terrestrial and mobile [lidar] systems are disrupting the airborne lidar market to some extent,” the report said.

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Hexagon, Topcon to form joint venture


A day after Hexagon announced joint venture plans with Topcon, the 3D imaging firm said Friday its cash offer for shares of Veripos Inc., a manufacturer of satellite navigation and positioning systems for offshore oil companies, has earned it a 51.2 percent stake.

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Trimble targets ag sector with UAV system


Trimble Navigation said Tuesday it added its UX5 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to its agriculture product portfolio for aerial imaging and mapping.

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