Newsletter July 2013


From the Desk of Ryan Hacker:

Hi all,

I am excited to announce that TruePoint is soon going to launch its first quarterly newsletter that we will send out to our clients, prospects, and even friends and family. We would like to start small with a pre-launch of our newsletter to a select group of our most trusted friends – and you are one of them! Our goal is to keep our clients and friends current on 3D laser scanning technology, current events and the types of projects and issues that laser scanning can be used to help solve. We welcome your thoughts, feedback, and comments – good and bad. As a trusted friend of ours, we look to you to help us shape the future of our newsletter.

Thank you,


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Featured Case Study: 3D Laser Scan of an Aquarium

Task: To accurately capture the "as-is" conditions of an existing space so that the client could design a new space and be assured that the MEP components would not clash with existing features.

Challenge: During the demolition process our client discovered that the existing drawings of the space were inaccurate. The client needed to create accurate drawings quickly so that the demolition could continue uninterrupted.

Read the complete case study >

Just for Laughs:

Normal people believe that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Engineers believe that if it ain't broke,

it doesn't have enough features yet.

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LIDAR vs. Phase-Based Scanning?:

LIDAR stands for Laser Imaging, Detection, and Ranging (commonly called Light Detection and Ranging). LIDAR is based on a principle referred to as time-of-flight, which uses a pulsed laser that emits the beam, a mirror that deflects the beam towards the scan area, and an optical receiver which detects the laser pulse and reflects it back to the scanner from the object. Time-of-flight refers to using the known speed of light with the amount of time it takes the laser pulse to be emitted, bounce off of an object, and return to the scanner to determine the distance the object is from the scanner (Distance = (Speed of Light x Time of Flight) / 2). LIDAR collects data at a slower rate than phase-based scanners but is able to be used at greater distances than phase-based scanners.