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

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

GeoMax Ramps up Training and Support for Dealers and End Users in the UK & Ireland

GeoMax, a leading provider of quality construction and surveying instruments and software, has appointed Phil Jarratt to take the lead for training & support in the UK and Ireland. Phil joins GeoMax from Leica Geosystems where he was global training, support & product manager for detection products. “We are very happy that Phil, with his vast industry and customer support experience, has joined our team at GeoMax,” commented David Price, strategic partner for GeoMax in the UK and Ireland. “As our customer base continues to grow, we need to ensure we offer the best training and support possible to keep... (read more)
2019-09-03 03:30:53

Delta Solutions

Topcon’s Delta Solutions is a suite of deformation monitoring technology that make geosensor networks simple and easy to manage. With scalable and robust hardware, reporting, visualization and alarm features, Delta Solutions are flexible for any project’s monitoring data recording and processing needs. Topcon Delta Link Delta Link provides hardware support for autonomous operation in the field. Connected via Ethernet or Wi-Fi and with external battery back ups for the standard power supply, Delta Link is always connected, even during power outages. Topcon Delta Log Accessed via a secure web portal, Delta Log is an intuitive interface for managing device observation... (read more)
2019-07-22 02:45:49

Trimble Launches TSC7 Controller

Trimble has released the Trimble TSC7 controller, a new field solution for land and civil construction surveyors. The TSC7 brings powerful enhancements to the field and was designed based on customer feedback. It provides a tablet experience with a physical keyboard and a sunlight readable 7 inch touchscreen. Users can interact with the TSC7 intuitively, easily zooming, panning and selecting items on the large touchscreen. Front- and rear-facing cameras allow users to video conference their office from the field for on-the-job support, and capture high definition videos and images that provide valuable context to their data and clients. The TSC7 also... (read more)
2018-05-24 12:17:49

Trimble Introduces Next Generation Mechanical Total Stations

Trimble has announced the release of the C5 and C3, the next generation of mechanical total stations to support land survey professionals with their cadastral survey, topographic survey and stakeout needs. The C-Series enhance the Trimble portfolio with new productivity boosting features that make everyday field work easier and faster. The announcement was made at INTERGEO 2017. The Trimble C5 and C3 total stations come standard with autofocus technology. With premium-quality Nikon optics, the new C-Series reduces time in the field with improved measuring speed and the longest electronic distance measuring (EDM) range of any Trimble conventional instrument. Users can... (read more)
2017-10-02 05:37:00
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