Jun 06 2011

A Few Good Reads (6/6/11)

This week: temporary levees in Bismarck and Minot, North Dakota, flooding everywhere, last launch of shuttle Endeavor, West Sacramento levees, and moving from a 2D to a 3D world.

Temporary emergency levees constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District, hold back water that is flooding areas along the Souris River Basin near here, June 2, 2011. The Corps of Engineers is currently reinforcing levees within the City of Minot and other communities along the river to protect citizens from this year’s historic flooding. The Corps continues monitoring levees and is prepared to respond as needed. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Patrick Moes)

Corps Inspects DIkes (Bismarck, KFYR-TV)

The Corps says their top priority right now is public safety. Officials say now is not a time for people to be out by the river and much less on the river. Colonel Ruch said the worst case scenario would be loss of life.

West Sacramento Pitches in to Help Beef up Levees Protecting City (Sacramento Bee)

West Sacramento is about to dive headlong into an extraordinary levee-improvement effort that could cost a half-billion dollars by the time it’s done.

The flood-protection push is partly funded with local sales and property taxes in an unusual arrangement, perhaps the first of its kind in the nation, officials say.

Is Technology Holding Back LiDAR, or Is It People? (by Rob Mellus at LiDAR News)

We need to move out of our comfortable 2D world into a design environment of 3D. This will require extensive training in both the processing and usage of scanned data in a 3D CADD environment as it is very easy to get lost in a three dimensional model. This is particularly true in a point cloud where you have so many points of the same color and size.

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  1. 2011: Year of the Flood, 2012: Year of the Drought? » Hydraulically Inclined

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