Higher Education? Save Your Money!!

by Ken Smerz, as seen in LiDAR Magazine, published July/August 2016

As the largest laser scanning service provider and 3d modeling staff in America, we're brought into universities throughout the nation to work with engineering, architectural, and construction management students. We provide several different courses in VDC/BIM, 3d modeling, and scanning. We're typically asked to provide a basic education and real world examples about the ever emerging technology of using LiDAR for measurement to create digital documentation. 

Many of these universities are exceptionally well known not only within the national landscape, but for the specific areas of emphasis in education they're providing. Unfortunately, almost universally, they're falling short on their mission to provide state-of-the-industry education in our market. Why? How is it that you can get your architectural degree, spend $40k per year for four years and not get the best training possible? Simple:

So, how do we improve?

What I find frustrating is that we're utilizing technology today, that will become the foundation for augmented reality tomorrow, and virtual reality will rule our world. Let's not bitch about it, let's figure out how to improve the education. 

(If there's any institution reading this that would be interested in learning more about the programs we offer please contact me directly at

I've been blogging for the last 5 years and would encourage your thoughts, comments, and hopefully ideas for the next article. 

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