European Aerial Mappers Challenge Data Streaming Competitors

Members of the European Association of Aerial Surveying Industries (EAASI) came together for a virtual meeting to question two of the industry’s leading sensor manufacturers about their recent acquisitions of large aerial survey companies and the potential impact on the wider industry. In an online webinar, pre-submitted questions about imagery specifications, capture plans and data licensing opportunities and the prospect of competing with their own customers were placed to Alexander Wiechert, managing partner and CEO of Vexcel Imaging, and John Welter, division president at Hexagon Geosystems. The EAASI-hosted event also included answers to questions about future sensor development plans and... (read more)
2020-05-27 08:54:08

Pointfuse and Leica Geosystems Announce New Software and Global Cooperation

Pointfuse Limited and Leica Geosystems, a Hexagon company, have entered into a global cooperation and development agreement that streamlines the use of reality capture in established digital construction, space management and visualization workflows. This strategic cooperation demonstrates the shared focus of Pointfuse and Leica Geosystems to democratize technology and create intuitive and accessible reality capture tools that bring advanced project efficiencies to their users. This streamlined workflow provides the fast, simple solution to capture and convert point clouds into deliverables that drive every stage of building construction, operations, maintenance and lifecycle management. Scan-2-BIM workflow To launch this new cooperation, Pointfuse... (read more)
2020-05-18 11:32:26

How 3D Scanning Rebuilds Crime Scenes for Courtrooms

Capturing Crucial Evidence to Aid Justice
Crime scene investigators with larger US metropolitan police departments and state patrols are increasingly deploying 3D laser scanners to tell detailed, data-based stories that will withstand public and legal scrutiny while bringing justice to victims. 3D laser scanning technology is being used to accurately depict the relational aspect of each piece of evidence so investigators can rebuild and reconstruct crime scenes. This is a powerful investigation tool, especially as legal systems grow more comfortable with high-tech evidence in courtrooms.  In this digital age, the use of 3D laser scanners is expanding the role of geospatial technology in crime scene investigations.... (read more)
2020-05-13 03:35:40

Atkins and Cardiff University Collaborate to Develop an Advanced Digital Twin Programme

Atkins – a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group – and Cardiff University are working in partnership to develop a digital twin programme that will help drive digital transformation across the built environment. The organizations will focus on leveraging Cardiff University’s Computational Urban Sustainability Platform (CUSP) which creates a digital twin of buildings, infrastructure and cities to optimize the design, build, operation and maintenance of assets. The state-of-the-art Internet of Things platform – underpinned by building information modelling (BIM), geographical information systems (GIS) and artificial intelligence (AI) – engages users in real time to allow a more informed, immersive decision-making process,... (read more)
2020-05-13 09:49:18

Estonian Railways Selects Hexagon to Automate and Digitize Operations

Estonian Railways, a state-owned company responsible for Estonia’s railway administration, has selected Hexagon’s Geospatial division to implement a transportation system that will automate and digitize the railway’s infrastructure maintenance, construction and traffic management processes. The combined asset management system and GIS platform will support the company’s more than 700 employees to efficiently manage assets and workflows.  Powered by Hexagon’s GeoTrAMS, a web-based system for tram and light-rail infrastructure, and GeoMedia, a flexible GIS management platform, Estonian Railways will be able to visualize assets on a map while integrating with other companies and external systems. Hexagon’s state-of-the-art registry will serve multiple... (read more)
2020-05-13 09:24:02

MGISS Helps MS Environmental Protect World Heritage Sites

Centimetre accurate 3D computer visualisations are helping architects and townscape planners understand how proposed developments can affect UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The work by MS Environmental, using the latest satellite positioning and data collection technology from Mobile GIS Services (MGISS), has already included projects for UK sites such as the City of Bath, Kew Gardens, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal and Derwent Valley Mills, as well as Valletta in Malta. MS Environmental (MSE) is a specialist in verified photomontages, also known as verified views and AVRs, which are computer-generated images designed to show developments in their real-world context.  MSE approached... (read more)
2020-05-13 09:17:30

The Evolution of FLEPOS 3.0

Next-generation Real-time Network for Flanders
A continuously operating reference station (CORS) provides GNSS data to support very accurate 3D positioning and additional geophysical applications. Flemish Positioning Services (FLEPOS) is the real-time global navigation satellite system (GNSS) CORS network for the Flanders region in northern Belgium. This article outlines the evolution of the next generation of the real-time network, FLEPOS 3.0. FLEPOS is part of Informatie Vlaanderen, a Flanders public administration organization. The first version of FLEPOS was established in 2002. Between 2002 and 2018, FLEPOS evolved through version 2.0 into the current FLEPOS 3.0 RTK real-time network (RTN) thanks to support from the Trimble Network... (read more)
2020-05-07 10:19:49

Carlson Releases FiX1 Fixed Installation Scanner

Carlson Software has released the FiX1 Fixed Installation Scanner for volumetric scanning and stockpile measurement. Designed as a permanent installation, the FiX1 is used to automate the delivery of volumetric data without the need for personnel and additional measurement tools on-site. The Carlson FiX1 provides a simple, automated method for obtaining volumetric data of stockpiles in many different installation scenarios. The instrument can be mounted upside down or right-side up dependent on the stockpile placement. After installation, no knowledge of surveying, data processing or point cloud manipulation is required by users. It can be scheduled to scan, process and deliver... (read more)
2020-05-06 09:58:55

Qinertia PPK Software Now Supports Third-party IMUs

SBG Systems’ popular INS/GNSS PPK software called Qinertia now covers all surveyors’ projects by offering a licence dedicated to GNSS post-processing, according to the France-based company. Open to the world, Qinertia supports all major GNSS receivers and is now open to third-party IMUs. Qinertia has been designed to offer a comprehensive suite of post-processing software to the geospatial world. It accepts all major GNSS manufacturers, and supports proprietary protocols from Novatel, Septentrio, Trimble and Ublox for a straightforward workflow. It is one of the first full-featured post-processing software to offer a native support for Ublox F9 RTK receivers, reducing the... (read more)
2020-05-06 09:40:54

Leica Geosystems and Geomap Support Digitizing Facility Management

Leica Geosystems and Geomap, a cloud and GIS-based integrated workplace management system (IWMS), have announced global cooperation to support customers in the digitalization of their facilities and asset support services. The integration of Geomap's IWMS platform with Leica Geosystems’ reality capture solutions provides customers with the ability to extend the life of mission-critical assets, assess maintenance remotely, provide managers with accurate and reliable information and use geospatial information for indoor navigation and location-based services. Digitizing building portfolios in the Geomap IWMS software solution has significant benefits in terms of asset and maintenance tracking and cost savings. Managing buildings and maintenance... (read more)
2020-04-24 01:38:57
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