Virtual High-Level Forum Events on United Nations Global Geospatial

The upcoming weeks, the UN Statistics Division, as Secretariat for the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), and Ordnance Survey of Great Britain will jointly organize a series of three virtual high-level forum events on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management. Although it was unable to proceed with the UN-GGIM Sixth High-Level Forum due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the UN now launches the Implementation Guide of the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework and the Future Trends in Geospatial Information Management: Five to Ten-year Vision third edition, both of which are presently undergoing broad global consultation and... (read more)
2020-05-25 09:48:28

UAV Lidar to Monitor Landslides Safely

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Lidar offers unparalleled capability where accurate mapping is essential but difficult to achieve. In particular, hard to reach, hazardous environments where access is dangerous. Areas where there is dense vegetation and sites with inaccessible steep slopes. Landslide locations characteristically pose multiple problems. The landslide survey project at Ystalyfera in Wales presented all of these challenges at the one site. Undertaking a survey from the air using a drone ensured the survey team were not put in danger on the unsafe ground. It meant the team could survey the inaccessible steep areas safely. The vegetation penetration abilities... (read more)
2020-05-19 01:40:09

New Wearable System Paves Way for Mobile Mapping for Mainstream Use in Surveying

NavVis, a pioneer of indoor spatial intelligence technology and enterprise solutions, has announced the launch of NavVis VLX, a wearable mapping system that captures high-quality data in even the most complex built environments such as construction sites, stairwells and small technical rooms. The all-in-one reality-capture capabilities of NavVis VLX include both survey-grade point clouds and high-resolution panoramas. The combination of high-quality data capture and a compact, economical design will transform the way AEC projects are captured with fast, efficient scanning for BIM and CAD applications, while also extending the scope of projects to new deliverables such as web-based digital twins.... (read more)
2020-05-13 03:24:38

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

Munir Ismet Appointed as New MD at Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey has appointed a new MD to drive its commercial strategy in both the UK and international markets. Munir Ismet takes up the post of OS’s Managing Director of Geospatial Solutions. He leads a team tasked with serving direct customers, delivering geospatial services to nations across the globe and bringing new propositions to customers. Ismet has a track record delivering digital transformation to help governments and large private sector organisations, as well as experience in leading smart cities, cloud solutions and digitisation projects. Ordnance Survey’s Chief Executive Steve Blair said: “Munir joins OS at a pivotal moment and will... (read more)
2020-05-13 09:08:33

4 Earth Intelligence Publishes Heat Hazard Data as Vulnerable Populations Remain in Lockdown

Earth observation company 4 Earth Intelligence has used satellites to create the UK’s first street level map of ‘at risk’ areas to help plan for and manage the effects of extreme weather conditions. With support from the Ordnance Survey through its COVID-19 Response licensing, the Heat Hazard Postcode data is being made available free at the point of use to national organizations and multi-agency partnerships, such as Local Resilience Forums, that are currently battling the coronavirus pandemic.    Derived from satellite imagery and created using automated algorithms, the data identifies hot spots within urban areas where temperatures are generally higher,... (read more)
2020-05-13 08:55:46

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

Coast-to-Coast US Coverage for Trimble’s CenterPoint RTX Fast Correction Service

Trimble has announced the completion of the breakthrough expansion of its CenterPoint RTX Fast correction service, with coverage now spanning the contiguous US and southern Canada. This expansion is central to Trimble’s vision to transform how and where users can leverage precision and accuracy. Ideal for autonomous applications in both on-road and off-road markets, the coverage and performance of the service enables industry professionals to re-think what is possible when using augmented positioning for improving safety, performance, productivity and operational efficiency. The CenterPoint RTX Fast subscription service delivers horizontal positioning accuracy of one inch (two centimetres) or less in under... (read more)
2020-05-06 09:49:47

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

How SLAM Technology Can Support New-build Projects

Keeping up with Demand in a Rapid, Cost-Effective and Transparent Way
When it comes to new-build projects, there are numerous significant pressures on delivery, whether it’s keeping to a strict budget, completing on time or even keeping all stakeholders in the loop throughout the build itself. Here, David Fowkes, sales director from 3D mobile mapping specialists GeoSLAM, explores how simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) technology can contribute to streamlining the entire new-build process. As populations across the world continue to grow, demand for new-build housing is consequently on the rise. Our communities require affordable, fit-for-purpose and considerately designed homes that will stand the test of time, whether that’s for an ageing... (read more)
2020-04-30 10:41:49
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