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NCALM Researcher Awarded $200K To Develop Open-Source LiDAR Software
April 24, 2014
Computers and other technologies have vastly increased our ability to collect data on just about anything you can imagine. However, one major drawback to this is our inability to keep up...

Computers and other technologies have vastly increased our ability to collect data on just about anything you can imagine. However, one major drawback to this is our inability to keep up with the amount of data being produced by these technologies. In many cases, the vast amounts of data being collected are going unused – that is, until more sophisticated software or other data-mining tools can be developed to decipher, apply and use this data in meaningful ways.

NCALM Completes LiDAR Survey of New Zealand’s Marlborough Fault System
March 31, 2014
A three-person NCALM field team was deployed to New Zealand between March 6 and March 24, 2014, to perform an airborne LiDAR survey of five fault segments of the Marlborough Fault System (...
New Zealand Partners

A three-person NCALM field team was deployed to New Zealand between March 6 and March 24, 2014, to perform an airborne LiDAR survey of five fault segments of the Marlborough Fault System (Eastern Clarence, Western Clarence, Central Eastern Awatere, West Wairau, and East Hope-Conway), on the northwestern portion of New Zealand’s South Island. The project was funded by the National Science Foundation for principal investigator James Dolan from USC who, in conjunction with collaborators Ed Rhodes, Chris McGuire (both from UCLA), Robert Langridge, and Russ Van Dissen (both from GNS Science, New Zealand), are working to understand how regional fault networks distribute deformation in time and space – thus attempting to explain emergent phenomena such as earthquake clusters and strain transients.

NCALM mapped 250 linear km of the fault system with a 1.2 km nominal swath width, and a shot density of ≥ 12 shots/m². This took six flights, with a total flight time of approximately 30 hr (including mobilization from and back to the airplane base in Hastings, NZ). The total laser-on-time (LOT) for the project was 13.4 hr, during which 5.16 billion laser shots were fired. NCALM staff is currently processing the raw navigation and LiDAR data to produce project deliverables.

During the last day of flying, project PI James Dolan, his collaborator Russ Van Dissen, and two USC graduate students, stopped by the Blenheim Airport to look at the LiDAR equipment mounted on the airplane, and see a preview of the LiDAR data. The photograph above was taken during their visit. From left to right: NZAM pilot Brian Umbers, Jessica Grenader (USC graduate student), Robert Zinke (USC graduate student), James Dolan (USC), and Russ Van Dissen (GNS Science, New Zealand).

Optics & Photonics News Article Discusses LiDAR Use in Archaeology
March 25, 2014
The Optical Society of America's monthly magazine, Optics & Photonics News, featured an article about LiDAR and archeological work, with a focus on studies completed in Belize, Cambodia...
LiDAR Image of Caracol, Belize

The Optical Society of America's monthly magazine, Optics & Photonics News, featured an article about LiDAR and archeological work, with a focus on studies completed in Belize, Cambodia, and Honduras. NCALM was involved in two of these projects. Read the article or download a PDF here.

Researchers Win $700k Grant to Develop Pipeline Safety System
March 18, 2014
Damage to natural gas pipelines is both dangerous and expensive to repair. Much of it is also entirely avoidable. Excavators cause about 30 percent of pipeline damage incidents. In most of...
Cullen College researchers are developing a low-cost system that can send out warnings when an excavator is digging to close to a pipeline.

Damage to natural gas pipelines is both dangerous and expensive to repair. Much of it is also entirely avoidable.

Excavators cause about 30 percent of pipeline damage incidents. In most of these events, the team working the excavator hadn’t bothered to find out if a natural gas pipeline is nearby before digging, even though there’s a national hotline set up to provide this information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Latest J-STARS Cover Features NCALM Images
March 3, 2014
Stunning images from NCALM data were featured on the cover of IEEE J-STARS. This most recent NCALM publication presents results from a new topography/bathymetry system – and demonstrates...
Latest J-STARS Cover Features NCALM Images

Stunning images from NCALM data were featured on the cover of IEEE J-STARS. This most recent NCALM publication presents results from a new topography/bathymetry system – and demonstrates the impressive imagery that NCALM can produce.

Kimberly Blisniuk Receives 2013 Kurt Frankel Award
February 3, 2014
Kimberly Blisniuk, from the Berkeley Geochronology Center and the University of California, Berkeley, was presented with the University of Houston/RIEGL USA Kurt Frankel Award. The award...
Kimberly Blisniuk

Kimberly Blisniuk, from the Berkeley Geochronology Center and the University of California, Berkeley, was presented with the University of Houston/RIEGL USA Kurt Frankel Award. The award was presented to Kimberly by Jim van Rens, representing RIEGL, and Ramesh Shrestha, representing the University of Houston, at the annual meeting of the NCALM steering committee. Read the full announcement, which covers Kimberly's research, here.

Taylor Perron Receives 2013 Kenneth Clinton "Clint" Slatton Award
February 3, 2014
Taylor Perron, the Cecil and Ida Green Assistant Professor of Geology, in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences, MIT, was presented with the University of Houston/...
Taylor Perron

Taylor Perron, the Cecil and Ida Green Assistant Professor of Geology, in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences, MIT, was presented with the University of Houston/Optech Incorporated Kenneth Clinton "Clint" Slatton Award. The award was presented to Taylor by Angie Swarski, representing Optech, and Ramesh Shretha, representing the University of Houston, at the annual meeting of the NCALM steering committee. Read the full announcement here.

Oman Ophiolites Mapped Using LiDAR
January 27, 2014
University of Houston researchers, from the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, recently traveled to Oman to map famous ophiolites. NCALM was heavily involved in the project,...
Oman Ophiolites Mapped Using LiDAR

University of Houston researchers, from the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, recently traveled to Oman to map famous ophiolites. NCALM was heavily involved in the project, which included terrestrial laser scanning and VNIR/SWIR hyperspectral imaging. Read the EAS article here.

Glennie Receives NSF Grant
January 27, 2014
The National Science Foundation has granted Dr. Craig Glennie and collaborators a $300,000 grant to develop a real-time change detection system, using LiDAR data, for disaster response....

The National Science Foundation has granted Dr. Craig Glennie and collaborators a $300,000 grant to develop a real-time change detection system, using LiDAR data, for disaster response. Click here to download the PDF of the Fall 2013 edition of Blueprint, the UH Civil & Environmental Engineering magazine, covering the details of the grant, along with NCALM's recent NSF funding.

NCALM Researcher Featured in The Verge
January 27, 2014
A popular web-publication, The Verge, featured an online article with Dr. William Carter about NCALM's work finding archeological ruins in rainforests. View the article here.

A popular web-publication, The Verge, featured an online article with Dr. William Carter about NCALM's work finding archeological ruins in rainforests. View the article here.

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