FARO Releases Zone 2D

FARO has announced the release of FARO Zone 2D, a completely new diagramming software for law enforcement, fire service, and insurance professionals. FARO Zone 2D is the next generation diagramming software for professionals who wish to quickly create accurate 2D diagrams without the complexity of traditional CAD programs. The software features a new, intuitive command interface using “Work-Flow Ribbons” that allows users to quickly create diagrams for state crash reports, crime scene diagrams, pre-incident plans, and fire-protection plans. Besides providing a user-friendly interface, the software maintains a comprehensive feature set, backwards compatibility with previous 2D diagramming software from CAD Zone and... (read more)
2017-01-19 10:47:01

Robert Mankowski

Robert Mankowski leads Bentley’s digital cities organization, which provides infrastructure engineering digital twin software and services to help cities with going digital, enabling more efficient city and regional operations for more connected and resilient infrastructure. He has over 20 years of experience in software development and is a co-inventor of seven patented technologies. Mankowski joined Bentley Systems in 2004 as part of Bentley’s acquisition of Haestad Methods, a pioneer in object-oriented hydraulic analysis software, where he served as chief technology officer. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Drexel University and is a licensed professional engineer. (read more)
2020-02-17 09:56:43

GeoSLAM and Bentley Systems Join Forces for Indoor Mobile Modelling

GeoSLAM, who specialise in 3D mobile mapping technology, and Bentley Systems, a global provider of software solutions for advancing infrastructure, has announced a partnership to enable the simple and fast production of hybrid reality models in any environment. Mark Reid, VP of Product Management at GeoSLAM, said “The simplicity of the ZEB-REVO handheld mobile mapping system has democratised laser scanning, enabling anybody to document their facility or construction site without being a survey expert. The next stage for us is to further improve how our results can be both interpreted and consumed within typical engineering and GIS workflows – and our partnership with... (read more)
2017-10-13 01:11:37

Topcon Acquires ClearEdge3D

Through its American subsidiary Topcon Corporation, a world leader in positioning instruments for survey and construction, has acquired all the outstanding shares of ClearEdge3D Inc, a recognised technology leader in the engineering and construction software industry. ClearEdge3D’s EdgeWise software speeds as-built modelling workflows by utilising automated feature extraction algorithms and other patented technologies. Its Verity construction verification software compares laser scan point cloud data of recently completed construction work against design or fabrication models, flagging out-of-tolerance or poorly installed elements. Terms for the deal were not announced. “ClearEdge3D has established itself as the frontrunner in applying computer vision, object recognition... (read more)
2018-02-22 10:17:31

FARO Announces ScanPlan Automatic 2D Floor Plan Mapper

FARO has announced the ScanPlan handheld floor mapper. The scanner weighs about three pounds and runs for two hours on a single swappable battery. The package includes the FARO Zone 2D diagramming software, which means users can mount a smartphone on the handheld device to get real-time feedback about the capture in process. ‘This solution, which also includes 2D floor mapping software, is specifically designed to generate quick 2D floor plans for public safety users such as emergency responders, fire and crime scene investigators, and security managers. However, a tool like this should have a number of interested users outside... (read more)
2018-09-18 10:44:55

Are you Ready for GPS Week Number Rollover?

The GPS Week Rollover event will occur on 6 April 2019 at 23:59:42 UTC. This will be the second global event of its kind and will affect all users of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology regardless of brand. The last GPS Rollover Week event was in 1999. The next will occur in another 19.7 years. What is GPS Week Rollover? The GPS satellites send a 10-digit binary communication message toward Earth with a ‘week number’ counted from 0000 to 1023. Once the maximum coded week of 1024 is reached (which takes 19.7 years), the week number value resets to 0000.... (read more)
2019-03-19 03:49:54

Viametris Brings SLAM to Vehicle Mounted Mapping with vMS3D

Viametris’ new vehicle-mounted mobile mapping system, the vMS3D, has come up with a solution for what do you do when mapping urban canyons, or other areas where GPS signals are not available by using a technology more common to indoor mappers: SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping). Originally developed for robotics applications, SLAM uses sensor input to simultaneously map an environment and determine the sensor’s position within that environment. The system includes a GNSS receiver, a PointGrey LD5 30 megapixel camera, and a VLP-16 lidar sensor. According to Viametris president Jerome Ninot, the system uses the lidar sensor for its SLAM algorithms. As... (read more)
2017-05-02 03:03:14

SimActive’s Correlator 3D Enriched with Cloud Sharing and Reflectance Calibration

SimActive, the Canada-based leading developer of photogrammetry software, has announced the release of Correlator3D version 8.5. The new version allows users to share and visualize projects in the cloud. It also features new tools for the calibration and processing of multispectral imagery. Specifically, results can be exported to the cloud directly from the software interface, and shareable links are automatically created for online visualization. Moreover, calibrated reflectance panels and sun sensors can be used to produce reflectance maps, with multispectral bands perfectly registered. “Our software attracts a variety of clients, with a wide range of needs”, said Louis Simard, CTO... (read more)
2020-06-10 09:43:59

Topcon Announces Increased 3D Scanning Integration with Autodesk Solutions

As a result of the strategic business relationship with Autodesk, Topcon Positioning Group has announced improved workflow compatibility for the GLS-2000 3D laser scanner and ScanMaster software with Autodesk solutions via the latest version of Autodesk ReCap. The GLS-2000 pairs with Topcon ScanMaster software to collect, process, edit and deliver 3D point cloud data from a laser scanner for a variety of applications. Autodesk ReCap allows users to perform tasks such as scan conversion, editing and viewing point cloud data, and provides integration with Autodesk’s broader portfolio of design software. Autodesk ReCap and ReCap 360 have the new capability to... (read more)
2015-06-02 09:28:36

New Topcon Technology Offerings for BIM Introduced at Intergeo

Topcon Positioning Group has presented a number of new solutions for vertical construction at Intergeo 2019. Additions to the portfolio include availability of the new scanning robotic total station with an innovative construction verification workflow; a new 3D construction digital layout instrument; heads-up display glasses for total stations; and software and field controller enhancements improving functionality for a range of BIM applications and integrations. “With our ever-expanding cities and increasing population, the need for vertical building construction continues to escalate,” said Ian Stilgoe, vice president GeoPositioning Europe, Topcon Positioning Group. “We must constantly pursue new technologies that accelerate the construction... (read more)
2019-09-24 10:01:03
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