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Topcon Joins Forces with Ascending Technologies for UAS Distribution

Topcon Positioning Group has announced a worldwide distribution partnership with UAS provider Ascending Technologies. The agreement gives Topcon exclusivity for the global distribution of the AscTec Falcon 8 rotary-wing model, the GeoEXPERT and the InspectionPRO sensing and feature packages. Eduardo Falcon, executive vice president and general manager for the Topcon GeoPositioning Solutions Group said by distributing both core target models on a worldwide level, Topcon can offer more end-users the flexibility and advances that these patented rotary-wings systems provide for survey, inspection and monitoring applications. The Topcon-branded UAS includes the latest AscTec Trinity autopilot technology. Based in Germany, Ascending Technologies is a leading developer and manufacturer of micro U... (read more)
31/07/2015
 

Chintergeo 2015 Invites Geospatial Industry to China

From 7 to 9 November Chintergeo will be held in the city of Ningbo, Zhejiang province, China. Chintergeo is the largest and most influential Chinese exposition in the field of surveying and mapping equipment and geographical information software and is attended by many companies. This year an area of 22,000 square metres is being prepared. The purpose of the exposition, organised by the Chintergeo league, is to provide a platform for international manufacturing companies, dealers and agents to improve their business and marketing strategies and expand the marketing channel for surveying and mapping equipment in the areas of roads, bridges, tunnels, electrical engineering, irrigation engineering, forestry and ship manufacturing. The exposition will also serve to improve communications and r... (read more)
31/07/2015

TerraSAR-X Satellite Feeding of Copernicus Data Warehouse Extended

Airbus Defence and Space, owner of the commercial distribution rights for TerraSAR-X data, and ESA have signed a contract securing the continued supply of TerraSAR-X data for the Copernicus Data Warehouse. The agreement is valid until the end of 2020, thus continuing the successful cooperation between Airbus Defence and Space and ESA for the provision of TerraSAR-X data to public institutions across Europe in place since 2008. TerraSAR-X has been a key data source particularly for activities addressing emergency and security related issues, reliable monitoring needs, and land cover change, both in Europe and beyond. Its unique reliability and high accuracy make it an ideal data source within ESA's multi-mission approach. Environment The Copernicus programme is set to make a step change by... (read more)
30/07/2015

A3 Edge Digital Mapping System Upgrades Oblique Capabilities

VisionMap has announced the introduction of upgraded oblique capabilities to its A3 Edge Digital Mapping System. The A3 Edge camera, well-known for its high capture productivity, now utilises a proprietary roll stabilisation technology that increases its efficiency, particularly for oblique projects. The A3 Edge camera collects images by means of two telescopes that sweep from side to side to create an extremely wide 106° field of view. Each sweep captures oblique and vertical images simultaneously. The new roll stabilisation technology shortens the time it takes to complete each sweep, allowing for even faster coverage of the entire area. Productivity is increased for orthophoto, and especially for oblique production. The A3 Edge Digital Mapping Camera and another oblique camera both... (read more)
30/07/2015

Two ASPRS Awards for Pit-free CHM Algorithm

The paper “Generating Pit-free Canopy Height Models from Airborne Lidar” co-authored by rapidlasso and published in the September 2014 issue of PE&RS (the journal of the ASPRS) was awarded twice at the IGTF 2015 – ASPRS Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida last May. The paper took home the John I. Davidson President’s Award for Practical Papers (2nd Place) as well as the Talbert Abrams Award (2nd Honourable Mention). The “pit-free” CHM paper is joint work with Anahita Khosravipour, Andrew K. Skidmore, Tiejun Wang, and Yousif A. Hussin of ITC and University of Twente, The Netherlands. It describes a technique that can create raster Canopy Height Models (CHMs) without the so called “pits” that tend to hamper subsequent extraction of individu... (read more)
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The graduation ceremony marking the achievements of students on the 2015 TSA (The Survey Association, UK) Surveying Course positions the Survey School as the major supplier of the next generation of qualified personnel in the UK. Speaking at the presentation, TSA President Mark Combes paid tribute to manufacturers Leica Geosystems, Topcon and Trimble for donating equipment supporting the School’s ambitions to be the ‘jewel in the crown’ of survey training providers. Since taking over the running of the School in May 2014 TSA has transformed the facilities and updated the IT systems at the Worcester site. Mark Combes urged this year’s graduates to act as Ambassadors for the Survey School and hoped they would be encouraged to go on to gain further professional members... (read more)
Hexagon Geospatial has announced the introduction of the Hexagon Smart M.App, providing a new way to understand and share geospatial experience. These new light-weight applications cohesively combine data, workflows, and analytics. Hexagon Smart M.Apps are creatively designed maps to solve distinct business problems. Our world is more dynamic than it has ever been, said Mladen Stojic, president of Hexagon Geospatial. As such, we need to think about maps differently. It’s clear that the future lies in the ability to build and deploy highly customisable apps that provide true operational and business value. Hexagon Smart M.Apps is a way of providing a better experience. Network Hexagon Geospatial’s business partner network plays a critical role in the development of these applica... (read more)
Attendance at this year’s GEO Business, held on 27 and 28 May in London, UK, was up 25% on last year’s figures, with the 2015 event attracting more than 2,000 people from 47 countries over the course of the two days. It provided geospatial professionals with a comprehensive insight into what is an exciting and progressive industry that is positioning itself at the very forefront of new technology and practice. The conference featured 24 guest speakers who covered topics ranging from the latest GIS technology to aquatics, from data infrastructure to bridges and from boats to lasers. All of the speakers were leaders in their fields. Whether theorists or practitioners, each spoke positively about the industry while also encouraging debate. Attendees were often forced to consider h... (read more)
Late Tuesday morning on 7 July 2015, a U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet and a small single-engine Cessna 150 collided mid-air over South Carolina - forcing the jet pilot to eject and sending the two Cessna pilots to their deaths. The situation was grim. Debris was spread over an 11 km range, the majority of it underwater in swampy, alligator and snake infested waters. Fuel from the crash was either leaked or burning from the fuel tanks, and temperatures outside were sizzling at nearly 39 degrees. Over 150 personnel from at least 20 local, federal and state agencies were called out to locate, document and recover both the debris from the airplanes and the victim’s bodies. Bill Salsbury, Berkeley County Coroner and Incident Commander for the search and recovery, had already dealt with m... (read more)
In 2007, Kevin Wall and former US vice-president Al Gore founded the Live Earth concerts to raise environmental awareness. In January 2015, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, they announced the Live Earth 2015 global festival on 18 June on all continents with the goal of gathering one billion voices to take climate action, urging world leaders to adopt a new climate accord at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in November 2015. The call to action (www.liveearth.org) is supported by many countries. President János Áder of Hungary announced in January 2015 the new Directorate of Sustainable Environment, with Csaba Kőrösi as director. The former Hungarian ambassador to the UN was co-chair with the Kenyan Eskinder Debebe of the Working Group that elaborated the 17... (read more)
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