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I hope this newsletter finds you all well. A couple of highlights this week include a summary of key  takeaways from CONEXPO 2020 from Executive Editor Jeremiah Karpowicz, who attended a few weeks ago. The write up includes a first person recording of what it is like to use Bentley Systems SYNCHRO with a Hololens, which is great if you haven't had an opportunity to put on on your head somewhere just yet.


Also be sure to check out the call to action from a group of medical professionals that are organizing a "moonshot" challenge for 3D engineers to redesign the ventilator in an effort to compensate for a global shortage.


Lastly, I'd like to put in a plug for an upcoming webinar hosted by Geo Week that discusses " The Future of Lidar" from a geospatial perspective that some of you might find interesting. We are working on lining up SPAR/AEC webinars for the next few months, so stay tuned for even more opportunities to learn something new.


Note: For information regarding SPAR 3D and COVID-19 please see the regular updates here.


Carla Lauter, SPAR 3D Editor

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By Jeremiah Karpowicz

CONEXPO-CON/AGG only takes place every three years and as such is always a unique experience. With trucks, excavators and other huge pieces of gigantic construction machinery taking over Las Vegas, it’s an event that’s impossible to miss in more ways than one. The 2020 event was especially unique in ways organizers, exhibitors and attendees couldn’t have ever imagined, but that uniqueness ended up being about far more than concerns about COVID-19.

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By Carla Lauter

While there have been several news stories in recent weeks about innovative 3D printed valves or splitters, not every solution that has been rapidly developed necessarily meets the specific medical requirements of a ventilator or similar device. After watching these stories unfold with concern, and with a genuine desire to get involved to help the health crisis that COVID-19 has brought to the community, a group of anesthesiologists and anesthesia residents came up with an idea for a challenge guided by the medical community: The CoVent-19 Challenge.



By João Antunes

Blickfeld’s technology delivers high-resolution, three-dimensional environmental data and high-performance, even in adverse environmental conditions. While the company’s focus is on the automotive market, its lidar products are also ready for other applications, such as collision avoidance, obstacle detection, and autonomous navigation with drones; allowing robots to track objects and people; integrating, automating, and managing the logistical flow of information and material goods in warehousing and logistics; as well as volume measurement and level sensing.



By Eric Van Rees

Gexcel provides innovative software and instruments dedicated to the 3D geospatial and surveying/mapping market. Recently, Gexcel released V4.2 of Reconstructor, its full-processing software for lidar data coming from terrestrial, handheld, and mobile laser scanners and integrates point clouds coming from UAV and 3D imaging surveys. 




The Las Vegas Fremont Street Experience unveiled its newly upgraded Viva Vision canopy featuring 49.3 million LEDs on January 1, 2020. Architectural Resource Consultants (ARC) provided the extremely accurate measurements that made the $30 million renovation possible.


Swinerton is a commercial contracting company that does most of its work in the Southwest. To learn more about how the company uses technology to communicate with clients and its jobsites, Construction Dive spoke with Paul Nielsen, operations manager for Swinerton in Atlanta, to find out what innovations Swinerton employs.

by João Antunes

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division new scanner is all about productivity and the reduction of time-consuming applications. The RS-SQUARED allows professionals to perform high-speed scans of simple shapes and surfaces, as well as to measure parts faster than conventional laser scanners and even other structured light scanners.



Press Release

Video submissions continue to be accepted for the 2nd Annual Younger Geospatial Professional of the Year Award competition sponsored by Bentley Systems, and presented by Lidar News and SPAR 3D. This is a unique opportunity to have your achievements in the 3D geospatial technology field recognized at this prestigious event. Geospatial professionals, 35 years old and younger are encouraged to submit.



April 8, 2020 - 12:00pm EST - 1:00pm EST

This panel discussion hosted by Geo Week features industry executives from the leading geospatial firms in the US, who will share their thoughts and the future of the lidar industry, broadening applications, areas of opportunity for growth, emerging technology trends, and more. Join industry leaders as they share their insights in a moderated discussion about the evolution - and future - of lidar. 

Postponed - New date to be announced

June 3-5, 2020  |  Chicago, IL

SPAR 3D Expo & Conference
June 3-5, 2020  |  Chicago, IL

Commercial UAV Expo Americas
September 15-17, 2020 | Las Vegas, NV

Amsterdam Drone Week
December 1-3, 2020 | Amsterdam, Netherlands



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