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

High-Performance 3D Mobile Mapping Solution

CHC Navigation provides geospatial professionals with a high-performance, vehicle-independent mobile mapping solution for capturing mass data in constantly evolving global environments. Projects are completed faster and more accurately to increase return on investment. The Alpha3D combines an advanced long-range, high-speed, precise laser scanner, a high-resolution HDR panoramic camera in combination with cutting-edge GNSS receiver and high-precision IMU. All in one compact and lightweight, yet robust instrument. All these features make Alpha3D one of the most innovative systems on the market today. (This story is brought to you by CHC Navigation) High-performance laser scanner Long range scanning up to 420m. Extremely... (read more)
2020-05-06 08:55:05

How Geospatial Surveying Is Driving Land Administration

Latest Innovations and Developments
Five years ago, 'GIM International' published an article titled ‘A New Era in Land Administration Emerges’. It outlined how innovative thinking coupled with quickly maturing, scalable technical approaches could transform land administration globally. To reach fruition, support from policymakers, world-leading private companies, modern geospatial technologies and a new professional mindset would be crucial. So what has happened since? Here, in close cooperation with the geospatial industry, 'GIM International' provides a major update, paying special attention to standardization, technical approaches and land data acquisition in the context of global policies. Policy Guidance and UN-GGIM The national cadastral and topographic mapping agencies... (read more)
2020-04-29 02:39:00

Interoperable Data Exchange – A Key Factor for BIM

Interoperability is key in the building information modelling (BIM) context. Data diversity and interfaces, as well as possibilities for combining different data in BIM projects, are outlined in this article. Hardly any other topic dominates the digitalization of the construction industry with such intensity as building information modelling (BIM). The pressure to reduce costs and to plan and build more complex buildings faster and more safely is increasing due to international competition. Interoperable data exchange between systems and players is a key factor for BIM. Previously used data formats have to be brought together with newer formats that are constantly... (read more)
2020-04-23 01:45:16

Trimble Dimensions Cancelled, Esri User Conference Goes Virtual

Trimble has announced the cancellation of the 2020 edition of its annual Trimble Dimensions event. Due to the uncertainty regarding the coronavirus, the geospatial powerhouse has made the decision not to hold the event this year. Dimensions is the signature event for Trimble’s global user community spanning agriculture, construction, geospatial, transportation, utilities and more. “Unfortunately, the overwhelming concerns and ongoing impact of COVID-19 inhibit our ability to deliver a conference that meets the high standards of safety and excellence our attendees expect and deserve,” the company declares in a statement. Virtual Esri User Conference Esri, the world’s largest mapping and... (read more)
2020-04-23 09:55:48

5 Questions to... Håkan Engman, Bentley Systems

What makes the digital city so relevant for geospatial surveyors, and what lies ahead for 3D city modelling? We asked these and a couple of other questions to Håkan Engman, the director of business development in the digital cities business unit at Bentley Systems. In that role, he is leading business management activities for OpenCities products. He is also responsible for the integration of the Swedish company Agency9 following Bentley’s acquisition of it in September 2018.  The ‘digital city’ or ‘smart city’ is a hot topic. What makes it so relevant for geospatial surveying professionals? In most cases, smart initiatives... (read more)
2020-04-16 03:29:19

New Android Tablet for High-accuracy GIS Applications with Professional GIS Software

Elnav has launched its E-Tab series: industrial-level Android tablets with high-accuracy GNSS inside. The E-Tab series is designed for GIS professionals in the field and has advanced features for handheld, easy-to-use, cost-effective centimetre-level-accurate GIS data collection. Hakan Karagöz, international sales director of Elnav, comments: “This system provides a complete solution for GIS professionals who want an easy-to-use, state-of-the-art system with high-accuracy data collection in the field. We can now provide centimetre-level accuracy with industrial handheld tablets for GIS data collection professionals.” Centimetre-level accuracy in the field There are two accuracy options available in the E-Tab series. The E-Tab 5R is... (read more)
2020-04-16 10:34:02

Ghermay Araya

Ghermay Araya founded New Light Technologies in 2001, building the company into the GIS and IT powerhouse it is today with a mix of business development strategy and information technology expertise. He graduated from the University of Maryland College Park Geography Department with a focus on Geographic Information Systems in the mid-1990s and is currently back at his alma mater working his way through a Master’s degree in GIS.   (read more)
2020-04-09 01:08:48

State of the Art in 3D City Modelling

Six Challenges Facing 3D Data as a Platform
Semantically enriched 3D city models have the potential to be powerful hubs of integrated information for computer-based urban spatial analysis. This article presents the state of the art in 3D city modelling in the context of broader developments such as smart cities and digital twins, and outlines six challenges that must be overcome before 3D data as a platform becomes a reality. (This article is a co-production of seven authors, all of whom are mentioned at the end of the text.) 3D city models, as digital representations of urban areas, can be used to facilitate many applications, such as urban... (read more)
2020-04-09 10:46:22
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