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Message from the President: September 2018

Author: Lewis Graham, September 25, 2018

Our fall conference schedule is upon us so we are back on the road again. Please drop by and see us if you are attending one of these events.

As you know, we became the North American sales and support center for YellowScan drone LIDAR systems earlier this year. We did a bit of testing on both the Surveyor and VX systems. The Surveyor uses a Velodyne Puck laser scanner whereas the VX uses the Riegl mini-VUX (we own a VX system for demonstrations and testing purposes). We have a special sales incentive from YellowScan for the Surveyor system this fall. You can receive 24-month interest-free financing for the YellowScan component of a system (this does not include the drone or training should you elect to acquire these with the system). This financing can generally be characterized as a lease or a purchase, depending on your needs. This provides an excellent incentive for you to take the plunge should you be considering entering the drone LIDAR mapping market.

I attended a joint USDA-USGS meeting on the state of the national LIDAR elevation program this past month. The effort toward funding and executing on this program (the USGS component being the 3D Elevation Program, 3DEP) is really ramping up both in terms of the funding and the amount of acquisition being completed. These programs are, of course, critically important to a large number of stakeholders. We are still early in the game in terms of decisions such as how these data will be hosted and what will be the quick access portal for a diverse set of users. These are truly exciting times to be involved in large area, airborne LIDAR.

We are wrapping up the last bits (pun intended) of our next release of LP360 (release 2018.2). LP360 is widely used in the industry as a high-performance LIDAR point cloud tool box. LP360 is the real go-to tool when you need to generate digital elevation models from point cloud data with breakline enforcement (“model constraints”). During the past few months, we have been collaborating with Dr. Al Karlin of Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) to improve the speed with which we can export DEMs from LP360. I am pleased to report that we have added high-performance multithreading to the Export Wizard so you will benefit from this work when you upgrade to 2018.2.  We have also rewritten our underlying sampling algorithms to more appropriately sample point cloud data when the data density exceeds the sample spacing of the output DEM.

The International Space Station imaging project we are working on with Teledyne has reached a major project milestone. The DLR Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer (DESIS) was launched on a Space-X vehicle in late June and has now been installed in the Teledyne Multi-User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES) gimbal platform. GeoCue is under contract to the program, developing all the image processing, data management and platform trajectory computational software. In September, the first trajectories were processed in our Amazon Web Services hosted architecture, and DESIS-30 has transmitted the first test images.  It is rather interesting to note that we are processing images from as close as a drone to as far away as the Space Station!

Our sincere thanks if you are one of our many customers and a cordial invitation to investigate us for your LIDAR and/or Drone needs if you are not!

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