Trimble Tracking Technology Helps Recover 30+ Stolen Survey Instruments

An investigation carried out by Forest Gate Police in East London has recovered over 30 stolen survey instruments and accessories from a lock up. The success of this recovery operation was assisted by one of the stolen instruments, a KOREC supplied Trimble S-Series total station with Trimble L2P (Locate to Protect) tracking technology built-in. The tracked instrument is owned by Sumo Services and was in use on an East London site during the summer when it was stolen. Following its theft, Paul Williams, Director of Sumo Services, was able to log into the L2P portal and monitor the instrument’s journey.... (read more)
2017-10-23 02:35:42

GeoCue Brings Survey Grade Mapping to DJI Drones

GeoCue is set to offer survey-grade mapping with their GNSS positioning system for DJI Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire drones that promises to be low cost, and with “minimum ground control.” The Loki kit is self-contained and fully integrated, meaning it includes everything you need to equip your drone with a global positioning system. You will however still need your own base station, but that’s all it takes to achieve centimetre-level positioning. Loki costs $4,995 and includes Septentrio’s AsteRx-m2 multi-frequency, multi-constellation GNSS engine, which offers a whopping 448 hardware channels for locking into satellites for positioning. It also boasts GeoCue’s... (read more)
2017-08-15 10:51:19

Bluesky Aerial Laser Survey Reveals Hidden Bronze-age Archaeology

Lidar is being employed to reveal the hidden archaeology of a Bronze-age hill settlement in Lancashire, England. Visually, the archaeological features are very difficult to see, but the Bluesky laser survey, commissioned by the Morecambe Bay Partnership, is expected to reveal previously undiscovered details of the settlement at Warton Crag. Identified as an important ‘Heritage at Risk’ site, the site has already been subject to low-level archaeological investigations, which have identified remains from a small, well-defended hill fort. “It is imperative that we get a better definition of the archaeological remains that are currently ‘hidden’ by the dense vegetation cover,”... (read more)
2017-01-11 12:12:33

Bluesky Captures Ultra-high-resolution Aerial Survey of Dublin

Aerial mapping company Bluesky Ireland has captured the first-ever 12.5cm-resolution aerial photography coverage of the whole of the Greater Dublin area. Covering a total of 1,850 square kilometres, the imagery is so detailed that road markings, street furniture and property boundaries are all easily visible and is accurate for use in GIS and desktop mapping software. In another first for the Republic of Ireland, the data is also being made available through a dedicated web mapping service (WMS), allowing users to stream the imagery directly into their GIS or other compatible software. “This is a first for Ireland and is a... (read more)
2018-08-15 10:38:34

SP80 GNSS Receivers Increase Water Pipeline Survey Efficiency

On the Greek island of Euboea, surveys for two legs of a new water pipeline were recently completed with remarkably different efficiencies. The difference, according to the lead survey engineer, Epameinondas Valtinos, was directly attributable to Spectra Precision’s highly efficient SP80 GNSS receiver. The 155km first leg used three conventional GNSS receivers and a total station was completed in 25 days for productivity of 6km per day. The second 75km leg was completed in seven days using just two Spectra Precision SP80 GNSS receivers and a total station for the productivity of almost 11km per day. Both legs traversed rugged,... (read more)
2017-01-14 04:41:53

UAS Conducts Survey at 4,300m above Sea Level

Edáfica, a Chilean environmental consulting company which owns an sUAS Stardust II, was hired by Collahuasi mining company to conduct a survey of biophysics and ecotypes. The aim of the survey was to explain the conservation status of the species Frankenia triandra growing in Salar de Coposa under governmental protection. In order to obtain detailed information of this plant community, a flight mission was carried out in a salt pan environment at the highlands of Chile. There were no images before the flight mission due to the plant's small size (pads 30 to 50cm on average), making the plants invisible... (read more)
2013-02-13 08:30:00

Topcon Helps DEC! Develop Math Skills Training for Survey Sites

Topcon GB & Ireland has supported the launch of a new teaching guide for Class Of Your Own’s (COYO) Design Engineer Construct! (DEC!) learning programme. The guide has been designed to help show students the importance of math outside of the classroom. The ‘DEC! Maths Explained’ guide was created by qualified DEC! teachers from Drummond High School in Edinburgh, Michael Steele and Mark Holden. It provides ideas and suggested lesson plans helping to put math into the context of design, engineering, surveying and construction tasks. In doing so, the aim is to give real purpose to students, and to demonstrate... (read more)
2017-11-03 05:50:48

Topcon Continues Support of The Survey School TSA Course

As members and supporters of The Survey Association (TSA), Topcon GB & Ireland has been working with The Survey School, the UK’s only commercial survey training centre, to ensure students are trained on the latest cutting-edge geo-positioning technology. Home to the TSA Surveying course, The Survey School provides practical training to new entrants and those with experience but no formal training within the land survey industry. As part of its ongoing commitment to supporting the development of skills across the construction industries, Topcon has been working with the school’s tutors to help bring the latest surveying equipment that’s used within... (read more)
2018-04-06 11:50:33

Airborne Lidar being used to Survey Electricity Network

Powerlink have commissioned the use aerial survey technology to undertake an engineering assessment of their Northern and Central transmission network in Queensland. Working with NM Group, the project will use helicopter laser (Lidar) scanning to identify maintenance issues and update records on over 3,000km of powerline. Provided by NM Group, the updated drawings will enable Powerlink to plan improvement work, manage vegetation risk and help plan future powerlines. In addition, NM Group will also assist with engineering designs. Aerial Lidar technology will be used to take thousands of accurate measurements providing the high level of detail needed to model the electricity... (read more)
2018-06-29 10:12:51

National Trust Deploys Laser Survey Aircraft from Bluesky

The National Trust has turned to aerial laser mapping to create accurate 3D models of the Dudmaston Hall estate in Shropshire, England. Working with aerial mapping company Bluesky, the Trust plans to improve access to the historically and culturally important estate. Measurements captured using aircraft mounted lasers have been used to create the 3D visualisations of the 17th century country mansion estate and woodland areas. The Bluesky laser data, known as LiDAR, is now being used to underpin and inform other survey activities, and allow for improved access to the estate through the design and creation of additional walking and... (read more)
2017-04-13 02:10:05
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