The Four Biggest Trends at ILMF 2016

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Phoenix Aerial Systems at ILMF

LiDAR USA ScanLook System (With Jeff Fagerman looking on)

1. A Paradigm Shift is Underway

Geiger-mode and single-photon LiDAR were the talk of the conference, again. Though it turns out they’re better for some applications than others (just like every other technology) there is every chance you’ll see one of these technologies collecting scads and scads of data for a statewide mapping project sometime soon.

I also heard a lot of chatter about UAVs, flash LiDAR, and I attended at least two sessions where panelists discussed how cell-phone 3D scanning and satellite imagery are about to break through. As if that weren’t enough, our final wrap-up panelists suggested that someday soon, autonomous cars will constantly scan and rescan the built landscape with their integrated LiDAR sensors.

All signs indicate that we are on the verge of a big change in the ways we capture geospatial data.


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Sean Higgins is the former Managing Editor of and the SPAR 3D weekly newsletter, which continues to highlight relevant news and information for 3D-scanning professionals. Sean continues to work in the industry, and may sometimes be spotted in attendance at SPAR 3D Expo & Conference. Follow @spar_editor to connect with and learn more about the current voice of

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