Velodyne Lidar Sensors Power Kaarta Mobile Mapping Solutions

Velodyne Lidar recently announced that Kaarta has included Velodyne’s smart, powerful Lidar technology in Kaarta’s new Stencil 2-32 ground surface mapping solution. Equipped with Velodyne Lidar, Stencil 2-32 accurately scans ground-level surfaces, mapping items such as kerbs, manholes, signs, poles and other features at a fraction of the cost of traditional mobile mapping systems. The Stencil platform helps enable city planning for infrastructure improvements as well as parking and traffic management. The 3D data generated by Stencil 2-32 can be utilized for a range of applications including BIM modelling, geospatial data analytics, and cataloging tools. For example, Allvision uses Stencil... (read more)
2019-07-29 11:37:27

Verity-HERON Integration Introduces Real-time 3D Mobile Mapping

ClearEdge3D, makers of the Verity software, has announced a collaboration with Gexcel, makers of the HERON wearable scanners. The two companies have joined forces to make it even quicker and easier for AEC professionals to conveniently gather as-built data with Gexcel's HERON wearable laser scanners – and to compare that data against design/fabrication models using ClearEdge3D's Verity software, allowing 100% verification of installed work in real-time. "The partnership between ClearEdge3D and Gexcel brings together two globally recognized AEC tech leaders in the 3D world that are committed to making scan-to-BIM workflows more efficient with truly cutting-edge technologies," said Matteo Sgrenzaroli, R&D... (read more)
2019-06-05 10:16:32

Bluesky Appoints Jamieson to Drive Innovation in Aerial Mapping Production

Aerial mapping company Bluesky has appointed Allan Jamieson to the newly created position of operations manager. A well-respected geomatics professional, Jamieson brings more than twenty-five years’ experience to the role. He is also a member of the Geomatics Professional Group Board at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) promoting geomatics within the land sector around the world. Reporting directly to the board, Jamieson will be responsible for the successful delivery of a range of geographic data projects including 3D modelling, aerial photography and the newly launched MetroVista city mapping service. “We are delighted to welcome Allan to the senior... (read more)
2019-09-30 10:42:09

thinkWhere Releases New Version of groundMapper Web Mapping Tool

Scottish GIS company thinkWhere has released a new version of its easy-to-use web mapping GIS solution groundMapper. The latest version includes the ability to add, update and manage custom geographic datasets, incorporates what3words geocoding and has the capacity to add non-spatial data and look-up tables. The system also now offers online data editing, advanced document management and additional data services. “Since launching groundMapper to market in 2015, we have worked closely with both existing and prospective users to devise and deliver a product roadmap that meets a range of customer requirements,” commented Alan Moore, CEO of thinkWhere. “This version does... (read more)
2019-10-15 09:10:06

GeoSLAM Launches New Innovation for Rapid Urban Mapping

Recently, GeoSLAM announced its latest innovation for rapid urban mapping – the ZEB Discovery. Officially unveiled at Intergeo 2019 in Stuttgart, the ZEB Discovery signifies a new era in data capture and integration of a point cloud with high-resolution imagery. The mapping solution is capable of rapidly capturing intricate data with the use of the company's industry-leading simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) technology and NCTech’s iSTAR Pulsar panoramic camera for ultra-high-definition image capture. The end-to-end solution automatically synchronizes the point cloud with imagery for a unique walk-through of the area of data captured. Combining the two data sources into one... (read more)
2019-10-01 11:33:14

ESA Employs CORS Networks for Global Error Mapping

As of today, there are more than five billion satnav devices on Earth. Along with smartphones and mobile receivers, this figure includes networks of fixed receiver stations, used to improve accuracy. An ESA-led project will harness these networks to provide an ongoing overview of satnav performance from the global to national and regional scale. “The general assumption is that global navigation satellite system (GNSS) services can always be relied on, which is true 99% of the time,” comments Michael Pattinson of Nottingham Scientific in the UK, which is developing this new project for the European Space Agency (ESA). "That’s fine... (read more)
2019-11-04 10:27:12

Bluesky Launches MetroVista 3D City Mapping Service in US

Aerial mapping company Bluesky International has launched a new 3D data capture programme in the US. The MetroVista product suite sees high resolution imagery, both vertical and oblique, captured simultaneously with high accuracy, wide scale 3D data using an advanced Leica camera. Described as the world’s first hybrid sensor, Bluesky has been operating the Leica CityMapper camera commercially for two flying seasons in Europe. Bluesky was the first aerial survey operator in Europe to deploy the new camera and has already captured MetroVista data for cities across the UK including London, Manchester, Newcastle and Bristol. The CityMapper sensor will be... (read more)
2019-12-04 08:41:08

Fugro Supports 2 Ocean Mapping Initiatives with Crowdsourced Bathymetry Contribution

Fugro recently contributed more than 110,000 square kilometres of high-resolution bathymetry data in the North Atlantic Ocean to help improve the quality and coverage of seabed mapping in the region. The dataset, which covers an area the size of Iceland, was delivered to two complementary programmes: the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA) and The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project (Seabed 2030). Crowdsourced Bathymetry “As is common across the world’s oceans, much of the Atlantic lacks the modern bathymetry data needed to properly understand the seafloor, its resources, and its processes,” said David Millar, Fugro’s government accounts director in the Americas.... (read more)
2019-05-21 09:41:06

SLAM Technology Speeds Up Mapping of Art Deco Skyscraper

A Brazil-based architecture firm benefited from using innovations in GeoSLAM’s handheld scanners, enabling site teams to complete a survey four times faster than by using traditional methods. To produce as-built architectural 3D drawings of a 32-floor, 130m art deco skyscraper located in Belo Horizonte, PARAGRAM Architecture and Consulting enlisted the help of GeoSLAM’s ZEB-REVO, a lightweight mobile mapping device powered by SLAM (Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping) technology that anyone can operate by simply walking around holding it. Almost every complex building or renovation project in Brazil is governed by strict time constraints, and a major upgrade to the Acaiaca Building,... (read more)
2019-05-29 01:13:08

senseFly Corridor Solution Boosts Efficiency of Linear Mapping Projects

senseFly, the world’s leading producer of mapping drones, has announced senseFly Corridor, a new platform enhancement that vastly simplifies the drone (UAS) mapping of linear infrastructure and sites. senseFly Corridor will debut on 8 May at AUVSI Xponential in Dallas, Texas (booth 641). Corridor mapping is a common task for many geospatial professionals and crucial for the effective planning, design and analysis of linear infrastructure, as well as the monitoring of rivers and coastlines. However, using drones to carry out corridor projects—as an alternative to hiring expensive manned aircraft—has, until now, been a relatively complex job that contained some frustrating inefficiencies. “senseFly Corridor overcomes these... (read more)
2017-05-09 10:57:18
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