Portfolio of Optical Survey Solutions

Spectra Precision has introduced new additions to its Spectra Precision Focus line of optical survey solutions. With the new additions, survey and construction professionals have more positioning instrument choices to meet their job requirements. The announcement was made at the Spectra Precision - Nikon Worldwide Distribution Conference held in Frankfurt (Germany). The Spectra Precision Focus line is to be showcased in Karlsruhe (Germany), at Intergeo 2009.   The Spectra Precision Focus  30 is a robotic total station providing high speed, accuracy and precision in measurement. The robotic instrument moves the power of the observer from the instrument to the range... (read more)
2002-09-22 12:00:00

LizardTech GeoExpress v5.0

LizardTech (WA, USA) has released GeoExpress version 5.0, with MrSID image processing software. The new version includes image re-projection from one to another coordinate reference system. ‘Area of interest’ encoding is also available, allowing specification of different compression ratios within one image or mosaic. GeoExpress JPEG 2000 encoding offers pre-defined image profiles (NPJE, EPJE) that ensure compliance with US Department of Defense image standards. Enhanced mosaic features enable any combination of supported input images into one seamless mosaic. The product is available in three versions: Unlimited Standalone, Bundled, and Lite. (read more)
2005-03-08 12:00:00

Pentax R-300X Total Stations

The new Pentax R-300X series has been released, offering improved performance and a higher specification. Improvements over current models include increased on-board memory, to 20,000 points, 40% reduction in initial measurement time using Quick Mode and prism or reflector sheet, EDM accuracy ± (2+2ppm) on all models except R-326EX ± (3+2ppm), incorporation of date clock in all non-prism models in addition to 2" and 3" prism models and reflectorless measurement capability of 200m with visible dot laser pointer (R-322NX/R-323NX/R-325NX/R-315NX). The series comprises eleven models giving a choice of 2", 3", 5" or 6" angular accuracy, five non-prism models and six... (read more)
2005-03-08 12:00:00

Racurs PHOTOMOD v3.7

Racurs (Russia) has made available version 3.7 of PHOTOMOD. Features introduced in this version include on-the-fly epipolar transformation, QuickBird and Ikonos mono blocks processing, and Spot 5 imagery processing (HRG and HRS sensors). Users of versions 3.5 and 3.6 can download updates at the company’s website. (read more)
2005-03-08 12:00:00

Stora Enso Releases EnsoMOSAIC v5.1

Stora Enso (Finland) has released version 5.1 of its EnsoMOSAIC software for small- and medium-format aerial image ortho-rectification. The software also automatically ties image sets together that can contain thousands of frames. Block adjustment now runs 10–20 times faster than before. New tie-point operations enable points to be added and edited more accurately by managing the points according to quality type and precision. Simultaneously, the company upgraded its NavCam aircraft navigation and camera control software to fully support Windows XP Com port management. A newly available option is available for recording colour-infrared photographs with true-colour cameras. (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

IDB Approves US$ 3.5M Loan to the Bahamas

The IDB, the Inter-American Development Bank (DC, USA) has announced the approval of a US$ 3.5 million loan to the Bahamas. The project aims at strengthening the technical capacity of the government for the collection, analysis and dissemination of land information. Policy options and guidelines will be prepared for national land issues that will include responses from stakeholders. The project will include the modernisation and expansion of government land administration services, and the registration and taxation of real property. Geographic information will be provided for land use planning and monitoring development. The project reflects the IDB strategy for the Bahamas... (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

BAE Systems Releases SOCET SET v5.2

BAE Systems (CA, USA) has released version 5.2 of its SOCET SET digital photogrammetric software application. The new version comprises a module for 3D-feature collection in ESRI’s ArcMap environment. In addition, the new VCT (Visual Coverage Tool) batch module enables automated image import, triangulation, DTM extraction, orthorectification and mosaicing. Other enhancements include new matching algorithms within the Automated Point Measurement tool. A sensor model for Leica ADS40 imagery is included in the integrated aerial triangulation module BINGO for bundle adjustment with self-calibration and blunder elimination. (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

ECW in Visual Nature Studio

3D Nature’s (CO, USA) Visual Nature Studio 2.5 (VNS2) now includes ER Mapper’s Image Web Server and it’s streaming imagery protocol (ECWP). The images can be served from within a local area network or the internet. VNS2 allows for quick access of image files by only loading the pieces of the image it needs. This process enables access to even the largest imagery data sets. The free ECW plug-in is available for applications that do not have native ECW support. Current VNS2 owners can get the latest VNS 2.5 update with ECWP support. (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

NASA Study Finds Glacier Doubling Its Speed

A NASA-funded study found that Greenland's largest outlet glacier, Jakobshavn Isbrae, has doubled its speed of ice flow between 1997 and 2003. The study used data from satellites and airborne lasers to derive ice movements. Synthetic aperture radar data from the Canadian RADARSAT and ESA’s ERS satellites were used to measure the glacier's velocity. Researchers tracked distinct features in NASA Landsat satellite image pairs to determine velocities. The study provides newly discovered relationships between ice sheets, sea level rise and climate warming. Jakobshavn Isbrae drains 6.5% of Greenland's ice sheet area. The increased ice flow into the ocean is important... (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

RADARSAT-2 To Be Launched in 2005

Features and Applications of Canada’s Second SAR Satellite
RADARSAT-2, Canada’s second Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Earth observation satellite will offer users imaging flexibility and increased data information content, ensuring continuity of all existing RADARSAT-1 beam modes along with powerful new capabilities, from 3m resolution to flexibility in selection of polarisation. The satellite is due to be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in 2005. RADARSAT-2 is Canada’s next-generation commercial Earth observation Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite, the follow-on to RADARSAT-1, launched in 1995. The new satellite has been designed with significant and powerful technical advancements and provides the fulcrum of a programme representing a unique partnership... (read more)
2005-03-16 12:00:00
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