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Leica Geosystems HDS Announces New 3D Laser Scanning Software

LGS logo web Leica Geosystems HDS Announces New 3D Laser Scanning SoftwareLeica Geosystems announces three new laser scanning software products for scan data import, forensic scene mapping, and modeling complex 3D surfaces. Combined, these products increase the breadth and depth of laser scanning software solutions available from Leica Geosystems.

A new, standalone Cyclone IMPORTER module is part of the separately announced, enhanced Cyclone 7.0 software suite. This new “open systems” module enables the direct use by Cyclone of scan data. Direct import of native data formats avoids conversion steps to neutral formats that can be time consuming and that are generally not as efficient for downstream data processing. Overall, it lets users of scan data from 3rd party scanners take better advantage of the broad capabilities in the Cyclone suite of software.

UPDATE: GSA Nationwide Laser Scanning Services Contract Awards

GSAlogo UPDATE: GSA Nationwide Laser Scanning Services Contract Awards

The General Services Administration (GSA), Public Buildings Services (PBS), has officially awarded six individual $30 million Nationwide Laser Scanning IDIQ Contracts to the following firms (source: https://www.fbo.gov/spg/GSA/PBS/PHA/GS-00P-09-CYD-0137/listing.html):

Some firms were awarded contracts in their specific region(s) and others were awarded a contract covering all of the GSA regions.

Congratulations to all! These firms include some of the most talented individuals in 3D laser scanning. It will be interesting to see how much work actually comes out of this contract and how it will impact the laser scanning industry. Be sure to follow us on Twitter to get the latest updates on this monumental contract award.

Quantapoint Awarded GSA Laser Scanning IDIQ Contract

PITTSBURGH, PA -- 10/07/09 --   Quantapoint (http://www.quantapoint.com) -- provider of laser scanning technology and services that provides precise facility as-built information for engineering analysis and a..PITTSBURGH, PA — 10/07/09 — Quantapoint (http://www.quantapoint.com) — provider of laser scanning technology and services that provides precise facility as-built information for engineering analysis and asset management — announced that it was awarded a General Services Administration (GSA) Laser Scanning Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract. The IDIQ contract is for Quantapoint and its partners to provide laser scanning and related services for all GSA regions of the United States in support of Building Information Modeling (BIM), building modifications and performance upgrades such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The contract has a maximum value of $30 million over five years.

Quantapoint’s unique combination of significant experiencebroad expertise and coverage of all GSA regions were major factors in the award. Quantapoint is one of the world’s most experienced laser scanning companies, having executed more than 1,400 laser scanning projects over 18 years in facilities ranging from historic structures and multi-story office buildings to refineries, nuclear power plants and offshore platforms. Quantapoint also has a broad range of laser scanning expertise, having created multiple generations of laser scanner hardware and viewing and analysis softwarethat have been used for projects around the world.

GSA Awards ARC $30 Million IDIQ Contract for Nationwide Laser Scanning Services

ARC LOGO bigger GSA Awards ARC $30 Million IDIQ Contract for Nationwide Laser Scanning ServicesWritten by Architectural Resource Consultants

Irvine, California (September 27, 2009) – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Public Building Service (PBS) has awarded Architectural Resource Consultants a five year Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract worth up to $30 million for Nationwide Laser Scanning Services.

“This is a great example of how Architectural Resource Consultants’ expertise in providing 3D laser as-built surveys and Building Information Modeling (BIM) provides the best solutions for our customers,” said John Russo, AIA, President and CEO of ARC.  “In this case our expertise in managing High Definition Survey (HDS) services made us the right choice for GSA to advance its initiative for using 3D laser scanning to help manage its building assets.”

The contract calls for ARC and its team of sub-consultants to provide HDS laser scanning services to document existing conditions of GSA’s building assets and create 3-dimensional building models which will assist GSA in managing its buildings throughout all four phases of the facility life cycle.

SAM, Inc. adds Optech LYNX Mobile Mapping System

optech logo SAM, Inc. adds Optech LYNX Mobile Mapping SystemAustin, Texas-based SAM, Inc. announced that it has added an Optech LYNX Mobile Mapping solution to its inventory. The company will feature this new technology in the Optech booth at the AREMA 2009 Conference to be held September 20-23 in Chicago. The Optech system was evaluated along with offerings from several other manufacturers. The decision on Optech was due to the engineering of the system and the amount of data it is able to collect, says SAM Senior Project Manager Gordon K. Perry, RPLS, PLS. To date, the system has been used on a multitude of internal projects around Austin and will be utilized on rail projects–a key industry for SAM–in the future. Perry says the company has teamed with nationally acknowledged consulting teams on rail projects and is short-listed for a major project in the Northeast. Perry says SAM’s mobile services will be offered nationwide.

Optech Lynx

District Attorney lauds use of Leica Geosystems 3D laser scan data as demonstrative forensic evidence in homicide trial

LGS logo web District Attorney lauds use of Leica Geosystems 3D laser scan data as demonstrative forensic evidence in homicide trial(Norcross, Ga., 03 September 2009)  District Attorney Joe Mulholland of the South Georgia Judicial Circuit added yet another legal case reference to the growing number of U.S. court cases in which Leica Geosystems 3D laser scan data has been admitted into evidence when he successfully proffered and tendered to the jury a visually compelling Leica TruView.

During the murder trial of Antonio Jerome Greenlee in Decatur County Superior Court, witness and crime scene investigator, Andy Forte of the Thomas County Sheriff’s Department, used Leica TruView to virtually place the jury at the crime scene and to show them how the homicide could have occurred.  The case stems from the homicide of 21-year-old Ebony Clarke of Bainbridge, GA, who was shot and killed on August 12th, 2008, during a street altercation between two men.

Leica Announces New ScanStation C10 Laser Scanner

Leica ScanStation C10 pic 180x180 Leica Announces New ScanStation C10 Laser ScannerLeica ScanStation C10

The All-in-One Laser Scanner for Any Application

Today’s most popular class of laser scannerScanStation™ – is now in a compact, all-in-one ScanStation C10 platform. It includes scanner, tilt sensor, battery, controller, data storage, auto-adjusting video camera and laser plummet. ScanStation C10 also features major productivity advances, including a new Smart X-Mirror™ that lets users conduct full-dome scans in literally just minutes using a spinning mirror.

With outstanding performance for site, exterior, and interior applications, ScanStation C10 makes High-Definition Surveying™ (HDS™) profitable for even more as-built, topographic and monitoring surveys. The ScanStation C10 platform represents the most capabilities and best value packed into a single laser scanner instrument. Users can take advantage of surveyor-friendly, onboard total station-like control or use an external laptop for even more powerful, onsite viewing and data processing.

Technology of the Future – Where Microsoft Thinks We Will Be by 2019

microsoft research logo Technology of the Future   Where Microsoft Thinks We Will Be by 2019Technology is a wonderful thing… when it works. I am always fascinated by the rapid speed in which technology is advancing. Augmented reality, intelligent models, holographs, etc. are no longer things of the future, but technology of today. That said, I wanted to share this video showing what technology Microsoft Research expects to exist by the year 2019 – a miniscual ten years from now.

Optech Acquires Exclusive Patent Rights for Underground Cavity Monitoring Technology

optech logo Optech Acquires Exclusive Patent Rights for Underground Cavity Monitoring TechnologyToronto, Canada, August 19, 2009
Source: www.optech.ca

Optech Incorporated has assumed full ownership of certain patents directed to underground laser-based cavity scanning devices.

In the late 1980s, Noranda Incorporated’s Technology Center developed and then patented technologies for the remote, contact-less measurements of stopes, bore holes and other underground mine features. These technologies culminated in Optech’s development of its commercial product, the Cavity Monitoring System (CMS). The CMS was originally called the Mast Volumetric Laser by Noranda. Optech has been manufacturing, marketing and selling the CMS under license from Noranda since 1991. The technology has been a key driver in the long and enduring success of Optech’s rugged and field-proven CMS system, which is now in use in hundreds of mines worldwide on all inhabited continents.

Baker Purchases Optech Lynx Mobile LiDAR Mapping Solution

baker logo Baker Purchases Optech Lynx Mobile LiDAR Mapping Solutionoptech logo Baker Purchases Optech Lynx Mobile LiDAR Mapping SolutionPITTSBURGH – August 12, 2009

Michael Baker Jr., Inc. (Baker), an engineering unit of Michael Baker Corporation (NYSE Amex: BKR), has announced that it has purchased the Optech Lynx Mobile LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) system which expands Baker’s offerings of advanced geospatial technology solutions within its engineering business related to surveying and mapping services.

LiDAR is an optical technology that measures the properties of scattered light to determine range, elevations and other critical mapping data. The system will be used by Baker for engineering and asset management of bridges, transportation surfaces, levees and water control structures, buildings and other infrastructure. Baker’s purchase of the Optech system provides efficient and cost-effective delivery of surveying and mapping data in engineering quality detail. Additionally, Baker will collect survey-grade LiDAR and image data from a vehicle moving at highway speeds using the Optech solution.


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