IBM Visualizes a “Smarter Planet” using 3D Laser Scanning Technology [LiDAR]

IBM Data Anthem 02 web 300x168 IBM Visualizes a Smarter Planet using 3D Laser Scanning Technology [LiDAR]HOUSTON, TX March 18, 2010 Coign Asset Metrics & Technologies (CoignAMT), at the direction of Zoo Film Productions of Hollywood, CA, has helped produce IBM’s first globally released television commercial created entirely from Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) 3D point cloud data.

CoignAMT used the HDS6100 phase-based laser scanner from Leica Geosystems to create scenes of cars on a freeway, patients in a hospital, electricity grids and much more. The 30-second LiDAR-based commercial is a key part of IBM’s Smarter Planet initiative to portray that data is all around; and that by changing the way the world thinks, companies can maximize the use of data to lower their costs and reduce environmental impact.

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Travis Reinke, business sector manager for CoignAMT, says, “Coincidentally, IBM’s perspective is a core part of CoignAMT’s business practice. We help our clients see the long-term value of the data they currently have by using the latest technology, such as 3D laser scanning, to quickly gather an immense amount of data to support their existing “intelligent” systems.”

Boeing Launches Compact 3-D Imaging Camera

photon 3D camera th Boeing Launches Compact 3 D Imaging CameraALBUQUERQUE, N.M., March 8, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced it has begun offering a new, compact, energy-efficient camera that provides three-dimensional images for military and commercial applications.

Boeing Directed Energy Systems and wholly owned Boeing subsidiary Spectrolab have jointly developed the camera using their own research and development funding, and successfully tested it over the past two years by attaching it to mobile ground platforms and a Boeing AH-6 Little Bird helicopter. Equipped with advanced sensors that were developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory and transferred to Boeing under a teaming arrangement, the cube-shaped camera is one-third the size and uses one-tenth the power of most comparable 3-D imaging cameras.

“Our three-dimensional camera fits a lot of capability into a small package,” said Nasser Karam, vice president of Advanced Technology Products at Spectrolab. “Its compact design and modest power needs will allow it to be deployed on a wide range of platforms, including unmanned aerial and ground vehicles that don’t have much room or power to spare.”

Bentley Announces Integration of Pointools

Bentley Announces Point Cloud Integration using PointoolsPresented by: Executives from Spar Point research, Pointools, and Bentley

Summary:On October 14, 2009, Bentley announced that it had signed a “Continuous Technology Transfer Agreement” to incorporate Pointools’ Vortex Engine in the Bentley Technology Platform to enable reuse of 3D laser scanned data. This webinar will include three different perspectives on this agreement. To see the future of 3D data integration and platform interoperability you have to attend this webinar.

What you can learn:

  • An overview by Spar Point Research of the impact that laser scanning technology is having on the design, construction, and management of industrial plant, BIM, and civil/transportation infrastructure assets
  • The importance of integrating this technology into the daily workflows of infrastructure professionals and the value users will realize from this integration
  • A brief demonstration by Pointools of the Vortex engine functionality including an explanation on why the Pointools’ technology is so fast and so capable of handling billions of point clouds at one time
  • SPAR 2010 Laser Scanning Conference Summary

    Due to inclement weather in Washington D.C., I was not able to make it back to The Woodlands in time for the first day of SPAR 2010, but I sure do have a lot to share with you after day 2. Below are some highlights from the well-attended event:

    newlogosmall SPAR 2010 Laser Scanning Conference SummaryZebra Imaging – if you did not have a chance to see them in person, be sure to check out their website because they have developed a truly remarkable product. Zebra Imaging makes digitally-mastered, actively-animated, true-color, full-parallax holographic images. These holographic images are available in full color, or in monochrome (green). Zebra’s holographic images can be scaled to any size, large or small. By tiling together multiple tiles, it is possible to create large city maps, full sized cars, humans, and machinery. Check out a sample video of their technology here. Look for a full post about this technology after the conference.

    Leica Geosystems HDS4400 Long-Range 3D Laser Scanning Solution

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    Leica Geosystems HDS has information a new long-range scanner posted on their product page. Check it out at

    The Leica HDS4400 mine scanning system offers all the benefits of laser scanning in a convenient, easy-to-learn and highly productive package. It is long range High-Definition Surveying (HDS) for the mining industry.

    The Leica HDS4400 mine scanning system offers all the benefits of laser scanning in a convenient, easy-to-learn and highly productive package. It’s long range High-Definition Surveying for the mining industry.

    The complete system includes the Leica HDS4400 scanner, a rugged field controller, software and support for mine scanning from the global leader in laser scanning solutions.

    The Leica HDS4400 offers users these advantages for long range, pulsed laser scanning:

    • Long range scanning with up to 700 m range
    • Integrated high-resolution digital camera for panoramic color images
    • Removal battery pack

    Diversified Business Communications Acquires Spar Point Research

    DIVERSIFIED BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS ACQUIRES SPAR POINT RESEARCHSpar Point Research LLC has been acquired by Diversified Business Communications, a U.S.-based trade show, publishing and eMedia company headquartered in Portland, Maine.
    Tom Greaves, founder of Spar Point Research, will join the Diversified management team as managing director of the Spar Point Group. “We are excited about the future growth opportunities for Spar Point Group as part of Diversified,” Greaves said. “Diversified is a leading media and trade show organization with global reach and a proven record of strengthening the industries it serves. Diversified’s resources will allow our team to expand our geographic reach more quickly and better serve the needs of users and suppliers of 3D imaging technologies worldwide.“

    DIVERSIFIED BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS ACQUIRES SPAR POINT RESEARCH“Diversified is actively looking for opportunities to partner and acquire emerging industry franchises,” said Nancy Hasselback, president and CEO of Diversified Communications. “We see a tremendous opportunity for growth in 3D imaging technology.”

    You Can’t do it Alone…

    misspelledAP0609 468x311 You Can’t do it Alone…If you are anything like me, you would be perfectly fine with doing everything yourself… at least you think. I have a reality check for you, you can’t. I know, the last thing you want to hear when you are investing in new technology, like laser scanning, is the word “can’t”. Let me explain. About six years ago, I had the “solo” mindset, but as soon as work started piling up and everyone needed their projects done at the same time, I found myself making a lot of mistakes – mistakes that almost cost me some really good clients. This was a wake-up-call for me. I realized that the only way to truly be successful was to surround myself with the best and brightest talent that I could find. This is not to say that I couldn’t have made it on my own, but I have learned from experience that there is a much greater chance of success if you build a team and learn to work as a team.

    Investigators get 3-D crime scanner

    crime scene mgmt1 2405 Investigators get 3 D crime scannerBy Guillermo X. Garcia - Express-News

    Bexar County’s criminal investigators soon will have cutting-edge help as they comb through crime scenes: a 3-D, computerized laser scanning system.

    County commissioners approved the $207,000 purchase Tuesday.

    “This is state-of-the-art equipment,” said Jose Treviño, the Sheriff’s Office homicide supervisor. “This will provide much more accurate data, and much quicker, to investigators at the scene.”

    The system, which will be operational by March, takes a 3-D electronic photograph that plots objects in a 360-degree scan.

    The unit “will all but eliminate human error” when it comes to measuring and plotting crime scene evidence, Treviño said.

    “Eliminating the human error means you’ll have much greater chance that evidence won’t be missed,” he added. “It also guarantees much more accuracy in documenting the evidence’s location.”

    Law enforcement officials say they plan to use the tool to probe major incidents, such as bank robberies, homicides and large-scale traffic accidents.

    POLL: “What do you do for a living?” – “Um, it’s top secret?”

    Top Secret 3D Mapping/Laser ScanningWhile waiting for my coffee at Starbucks this morning, I recognized one of the fathers from my son’s basketball league. We shook hands and started into what I knew needed to be a short conversation since we were both on a mission to get our coffee and get to the office. One always has a choice to make in these situations – keep the conversation focused on what each other have in common, or throw caution to the wind and go with something that always ends up being a lengthy, involved explanation. I chose, like I usually make the mistake of doing, the latter. I was interested in what he did for a living and where his office was, but I knew as soon as I started to ask the question that he would reciprocate with the same.

    3D mapping drone fires lasers from a mile away (video)

    by Vladislav Savov @ Engadget posted Nov 18th 2009 at 6:40AM

    18nov09robo2408gh 3D mapping drone fires lasers from a mile away (video)

    The MIT Technology Review has unearthed a new laser-based 3D mapping robot that can produce results similar to those obtained from $100,000 systems at about a fifth of the cost. Funded by the US Army, researchers at the Stevens Institute of Technology have now demonstrated the Remotely Operated and Autonomous Mapping System (ROAMS, for short), which employs a mirror-based LIDAR system that bounces a laser off a rapidly rotating mirror and gleans environmental information from how long it takes for each pulse to bounce back. An array of video cameras and IR proximity sensors add to this recon bot’s sentience, though you’ll still need to be within a mile’s range to operate it. So not quite yet ready for solo missions to Mars, but plenty useful for gathering data on our own planet. You’ll find video and imagery of the results this machine kicks out after the break.

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