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Message from the President: June 2018

Author: Lewis Graham, June 25, 2018

Welcome to the June 2018 issue of GeoCue Group News

I hope you are as shocked as I am to find myself already in June!

We have been doing a lot of experimentation with drone-based LIDAR. As promised last month, this issue of our newsletter contains the first half of a two-part series on drone LIDAR. I have decided to invent the terms “Low Precision LIDAR” (LPL) and “High Precision LIDAR” (HPL) to differentiate systems. This differentiation is explained in the article. This first segment deals with LPL systems. We have just received our HPL system, (a Riegl mini-VUX) so I will be reporting on that in a few months.

We are also excited to launch our new website (still geocue.com). The site has been rewritten from top to bottom with a focus on solutions. Of course the point is to sell you on our products, but I think you will find the workflows that back applications to be informative even if you are not using our technology. As time goes on, we will be adding to the site using this same solutions-oriented paradigm.

I recently revised a 5-part series on applying model constraints (e.g. breaklines) in LP360.  In the process of revising the series, I tested all of the areas covered in the article. The difference between the original article and this revision was that I had moved from LP360 for ArcGIS® to LP360 x64 (the 64-bit standalone version for Microsoft Windows®).  Wow, what a difference!  The new (well, relatively new) Feature Edit tools that we added to LP360 are a vast improvement to our implementation in ArcGIS®. I won’t go in to all of the details here but adding/editing breaklines in LP360 (again, the standalone version) is elegant, intuitive, fast and flexible. I strongly recommend you try it for yourself. I think LP360 has the best model constraint editing environment in the industry, hands down.

We are in the process of adding capabilities to Reckon (our Amazon Web Services hosted data management system) aimed at the drone inspection market.  Here, the idea is to view video and still images more from the perspective (pun intended) of qualitative analysis rather than the quantitative view of nadir mapping imagery.  If you have thoughts on things you would like to see in this environment, drop me a line in email.

Though we are already past the front edge of summer, I hope you have a good one!

Type: Articles
Categories: Resources
Topics: Drone Mapping, LIDAR, LP360, Reckon

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