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Data Visualization

Mar 24 2020
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Data Visualization

Track Names: DATA VISUALIZATION, Tuesday 3:30 - 4:30
Session Date: Mar 24 2020 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Forest Inventory Using Ultra-High Density LiDAR Data in a Virtual Reality Environment.

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM
This project investigates the potential for forestry field operators to undertake tree quality assessments using ultra-high density point cloud data in an immersive Virtual Reality (VR) environment. The “VR Forest” software has been developed to provide commercial forest growers and forest service providers access to a VR-based visualization platform. The project utilizes LiDAR data from the VUX1-UAV and the VUX1-LR mounted on a helicopter. Field assessments are done by importing the point cloud into a virtual reality environment. In traditional forest inventory, crews travel into the forest where terrain, undergrowth and weather conditions can be challenging and hazardous. Removing crews from the forest will improve health and safety outcomes in forest operations. During forest inventory, crews assess tree quality by; estimating stem variability, branch size, stem diameter variation and other features such as damage to the stem. Virtual reality cruising enables actual measurements rather than estimates, thereby improving the level of accuracy of the inventory. It is hoped that eventually the use of ultra-high density LiDAR will replace field inventory.


Susana Gonzalez Aracil

Interpine Group Ltd

Pointcloud Visualization for the creative Industries

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Matt Shaw Co-Founder of ScanLAB Projects will talk about a series of recent projects that use LIDAR and pointcloud visualization to tell award winning stories with collaborators such as the BBC, The Guardian, The New York Times and Cambridge University. The talk with give an introduction to ScanLAB Projects, its creative approach to LIDAR and it's development of a series of cutting edge visualization tools that allow it to produce pioneering work. PROJECTS: We will then explore a series of projects and discuss how creative use of LIDAR and pointcloud visualization has enabled hugely successful work to reach vast and varied audiences. 01: Frozen Relic with Cambridge University Across 2 trips to the Arctic with Greenpeace and Cambridge University ScanLAB collected unprecedented spatial documentation of sea ice. The LIDAR collected transformed the scientific research conducted. The visualization of this research as films, images and scale model frozen replicas cast in sea water allowed both scientists and activists to forward their research to wider audience. 02: Invisible Cities with the BBC We will hear how LIDAR scanning and visualization helped tell the secrets of some of the world most famous cities. From The Great Pyramid in Ancient Egypt and The Pantheon in Rome to the Renaissance in Florence the ingenuity of these great cities is revealed by scanning important spaces from the past and revealing how they are embedded in the bustling cities of the present 03: Limbo with the Guardian A Virtual Reality experience that utilizes LIDAR and live action 3D scanning to tell the story of immigration and asylum in the UK. this award wining journalistic piece was created with The Guardian in 2017. 04: Dreamlife of Driverless Cars A speculative look at the city through the eyes of an autonomous vehicle. A creative look at how cities might be seen, and misperceived by these autonomous cartographers of the future


Matthew Shaw

ScanLAB Projects

Q&A and panel discussions with session presenters

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM
There will be a 15 minute Q&A /panel discussion with the presenters of the Data Visualization session. This session & panel discussion will be moderated by Ben Shinabery, Survey Manager at Qk4, Inc.



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