FIG Working Week Programme Revealed

The 79th FIG Working Week, hosted by the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), the Finnish Association of Geodetic and Land Surveyors (MIL) and the Finnish Association of Surveyors (MAKLI), will soon kick off, and so, the Working Week programme has been revealed. From 28 May - 2 June, surveyors, land experts, geospatial professional and allies from all over the world will gather in Helsinki, Finland. It will be a time to meet again, to network, to take stock of the key challenges of our time within the surveying profession and to strategize about our future. With already more than 1,000... (read more)
2017-03-28 02:44:47

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

YellowScan Launches Lidar Surveying Solution

YellowScan is pleased to announce the global launch of its new Lidar UAS surveying solution with its highest accuracy and most dense geo-referenced point cloud data: 3cm accuracy – 300 000 shots/s – 1.5kg. R&D development for the YellowScan Surveyor solution started in early 2015 with the same philosophy and technology foundation that has made the YellowScan Mapper. With a robust and fully integrated system designed to meet the needs of most demanding survey professionals and terrain, YellowScan Surveyor is quickly and easily adapted to any drone, generating data when and where you need it. The team has carefully selected... (read more)
2017-01-13 03:37:30

FIG Working Week 2020: Make the World a Better Place

Q&A with Paula Dijkstra, Congress Director
From 10-14 May 2020, surveyors and geospatial experts will meet for the Working Week of FIG, the international federation for surveyors. The conference theme is 'Smart Surveyors for Land and Water Management'. Key question: what does the future require of geospatial professionals and what does it require of the profession? Read on for a conversation with the enthusiastic conference director, Paula Dijkstra. How does land surveying in the Netherlands contribute to good land and water management? “Our country lies in a river delta and is to a great extent below sea level. Furthermore, we are one of the world’s most... (read more)
2020-02-14 08:56:16

Velodyne LiDAR Partners with YellowScan for Integrated UAV LiDAR

Velodyne LiDAR Inc, the world leader in 3D vision systems for autonomous vehicles, has announced a partnership with YellowScan to integrate its VLP-16 Puck and VLP-16 Puck LITE LiDAR sensors into YellowScan’s Surveyor for a turn-key and reliable LiDAR system for demanding UAV applications. By combining YellowScan’s LiveStation app with the real-time 3D data capture capabilities of the VLP-16 sensors – both of which feature a 360° horizontal field-of-view (FoV), 100-metre range, and weigh in at 830 grams and 590 grams, respectively – they can deliver a turn-key Surveyor system that can be mounted to any drone for short-time data... (read more)
2017-11-13 11:19:36

YellowScan Launches Real-time In-flight Lidar Station

YellowScan has announced the launch of the YellowScan LiveStation, developed to enable surveyors to monitor in real time the validity and quality of the data being collected, to ensure that the survey is going smoothly. The solution features live 3D point cloud visualisation (including zooming, translation, rotation), live transect and trajectory visualisation, speed, altitude and IMU & GNSS controls, and mission replay. YellowScan LiveStation will be presented at the International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF 2017) in Denver, Colorado, USA. Real-time point cloud Designed by surveyors for surveyors, for complex and long endurance flight operations, YellowScan LiveStation uses first-rate visualisation design... (read more)
2017-02-06 09:58:59

UK Government Gives Go Ahead for Geospatial Apprenticeships

The UK Secretary of State for Education, Damien Hinds, has given final approval for a Geospatial Technician Apprenticeship by approving the funding band, meaning that this is now ready for delivery. The Institute for Apprenticeships has also recommended a final funding band to the Secretary of State for the Geospatial Mapping and Science Degree Apprenticeship and this will also be ready for delivery very shortly. The Survey Association (TSA) funded the apprenticeship development work, assisted and guided by Apprenticeship Consultant, Christina Hirst. TSA vice president Nick Hampson commented that TSA has always been committed to encouraging more young people into... (read more)
2018-03-20 12:24:43

Recovery from Disaster in Christchurch - FIG Working Week 2016

Veteran land surveyor Gordon Andreassend, provides a half-century overview of FIG in Hong Kong, and his visit to the FIG Working Week in Christchurch New Zealand. The privilege of staging the 2016 working week conference was given to the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors (NZIS) several years ago. At that time Christchurch was still reeling under the impact of a series of earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, with the tragic 6.3 Richter Scale shake of 22 February 2011, resulting in heavy loss of life and extensive damage to the city centre and a number of suburbs. New Zealand’s second largest... (read more)
2016-12-23 04:27:03

The Realities of Drone Surveying

Charlton Bland shares his experiences in operating drones and sets out guidelines for successful piloting of the platform and processing of the data collected. The introduction of drones into mainstream surveying is as significant as the previous introductions of Electronic Distance Measurement (EDM), GPS and terrestrial laser scanning. Drones permit aerial photogrammetry or lidar to take place on sites in which it would not be economical or practical to implement manned aircraft flights. They can enable accurate mapping with accuracy equivalent to terrestrial lidar. However, like any piece of surveying hardware, be it a total station or Global Navigation Satellite... (read more)
2017-11-02 10:55:12

Klau Geomatics Releases DJI Phantom4Pro for Surveying without Ground Control Points

Klau Geomatics, an Australian geospatial innovation company, has announced the KlauPPK enabled ‘DJI Phantom4Pro Surveyor’, a small drone for accurate surveying. This premium solution brings survey grade PPK direct geo-referencing accuracy to the less than 2kg UAV class, offering a capable, accessible entry point for surveyors to embrace UAV technology. Using the drone, surveyors can now achieve highly reliable, repeatable, absolute accuracy in their topographic mapping, surveying and inspection projects, while saving hours in the field and the office. Users typically achieve 3cm XYZ geolocation accuracy on the ground without placing traditional ground control points across the project area. Based... (read more)
2018-07-16 02:15:21
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