LP360 Testing, Metric Mapping Kits and a New LIDAR Server

I spent the week of the Fourth of July at my beautiful retreat on the lovely Tennessee River, ostensibly on holiday. In reality, I was sitting with my laptop at the kitchen table writing magazine articles. I am not complaining though – the view is fabulous!

I was also very busy delaying our experimental release of LP360. I did a complete run-through of our new Live View display filter, sending multiple suggestions for tweaks to the development crew and testing out their new builds. On some days we cycled three builds! This is a real advantage of working from Casa Rio. If I were at the office, they would probably knock me in the head! The effort will be worthwhile – this has turned out to be a very nice tool for quickly modifying the display of point cloud data.

I am pleased to report that sales of our Metric Mapping Kit are beginning to take off (pun intended). The AV-900 MMK is a bundle of all of the hardware and software needed to do local area metric mapping and volumetric analysis. We have now collected test data over a wide variety of sites with much effort expended on analyzing metric accuracy as a function of variable parameters such as control, RTK, stockpile toe definition and so forth. The results are truly stunning. sUAS technology will be a paradigm shift for this type of analysis.

I am also pleased to announce (there will be a press release in the next week or so) an option for filing FAA 333 exemptions for the MMK. If you purchase an AV-900 MMK, we (well, actually our attorney) will file your complete FAA 333 petition for a flat rate of US $1,295.

Speaking of stockpiles, the EXP release of LP360 (I promise we will release this by 15 July!) has a new point cloud task (PCT) for automatically digitizing the “toe” of a “clean” stockpile. Simply click a point on a pile and – voilà – a 3D stockpile toe! This tool is showing great potential and will be refined as we work on the final 2015.1 release. Our goal is to make stockpile collection as simple and repeatable as is possible. This function will be available in the Windows (“standalone”) release of the Standard/sUAS level of LP360 at EXP but will be in the ArcGIS extension by the time we deliver the final 2015.1 release.

Have a look at the latest iteration of LIDAR Server. You can view demonstration data sets by visiting www.lidarserver.com. We have replaced the legacy Silverlight client interface with an all new JavaScript browser. LIDAR Server is a great technology for hosting county-wide LIDAR data deliveries, making them available to constituents for viewing and ad hoc deliveries. For example, if a county engineer needs LIDAR data in the vicinity of a road intersection, she can just digitize an area of interest in the LIDAR Server client and download the dynamically created LIDAR data set to her workstation. We are doing a lot of work on LIDAR Server so there will be more to come!

Speaking of servers, our Reckon volumetric results management system has reached what might be called “version 1.0” ready for use. Reckon is a hosted service, running in Amazon Web Services (AWS). It is aimed at both owner-operators of surface mines as well as service providers. Right now you can experiment with Reckon by contacting us for an account. By the end of this month, we will have a new Reckon web site up with a live, on-line demo; stay tuned!

Keep enjoying your summer – see you in August!

Lewis Graham, CTO GeoCue Group

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