ArcGIS Field Maps Beta Supports EOS Arrow GNSS Receivers

The beta version of ArcGIS Field Maps, which is available now, combines the functionalities of five existing Esri mobile apps: ArcGIS Collector, ArcGIS Explorer, ArcGIS Tracker, ArcGIS Workforce and ArcGIS Navigator. In the first beta version, users can perform markups, work with read-only maps and work with MMPKs in a single app, including the use of high-accuracy GPS locations and metadata from Arrow GNSS receivers from EOS Positioning. Customers who have been wanting to take advantage of high-accuracy GNSS data in apps such as Explorer and Tracker will now be able to do so thanks to this beta release. Furthermore,... (read more)
2020-07-01 11:04:21

OGI Selects iXblue FOG INS for New Mobile Mapping Lidar Solution

OGI has selected iXblue’s Atlans FOG-based inertial navigation system for its new mobile mapping Lidar solution dedicated to road assessment surveys. OGI, Oceanographic & Geophysical Instruments has selected iXblue’s Atlans INS to provide robust and uninterrupted data georeferencing to its newly unveiled mobile mapping Lidar solution dedicated to road assessment surveys. A fully integrated mobile mapping solution, this new vehicle-based system integrates the most advanced systems on the market to provide highly detailed georeferenced survey data to US Departments of Transportation (DOTs). “Highly accurate and reliable georeferencing of the collected data being crucial for road assessment operations, we were seeking... (read more)
2020-06-12 11:32:18

A Commercial Drone Mapping Solution Using the Phantom 4 PPK

Previously, people had to invest more than 30,000 dollars to purchase professional mapping drones and place a large number of control points on the ground to get accurate, survey-grade maps. This situation continued until DJI released the Phantom 4 series of commercial drones with integrated GNSS antenna and high-definition gimbal cameras. This paper proposes a commercial drone mapping solution using the Phantom PPK to significantly reduce control points, and explains the workflow, testing methods and how the results support this level of drone mapping accuracy. (This article is brought to you by Hi-Target and was written by Richard Pan and... (read more)
2020-06-04 12:26:27

Harxon Debuts Ruggedized Antenna HX-CVX600A for I-construction Machining Applications

The Harxon HX-CVX600A offers full support for reliable and consistent tracking of satellite signals including GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou, QZSS, IRNSS, SBAS as well as L-band correction services. It has a very stable phase centre that is based on multipoint feeding technology, exceptional low-elevation satellite tracking with symmetric radiation patterns, high gain with ultralow signal loss, as well as outstanding wide-angle circular polarization (WACP). The Harxon HX-CVX600A delivers remarkable positioning accuracy and provides end users with full control of the job site, enabling them to perform tasks more productively, meet tighter positioning specifications and avoid rework caused by inaccurate positioning.... (read more)
2020-05-11 02:41:40

The Evolution of the Smart Surveyor

5 Trends Affecting Surveying, Bringing about the Next-generation Surveyor
Surveyors are a versatile and flexible bunch. As the current COVID-19 situation has proven, this group, like others, has had to find new ways of operating. As illustrated by this article itself, which was originally planned as a presentation called 'Sensor Fusion for the Smart Surveyor' at the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) Working Week 2020, adapting to a new platform for information sharing is becoming the new normal. In FIG Commission 5 – Positioning and Measurement and FIG Commission 6 – Engineering Surveys, the focus is an ever-evolving adoption of new technologies and integrating methods with various instruments and... (read more)
2020-05-08 02:17:02

The Evolution of FLEPOS 3.0

Next-generation Real-time Network for Flanders
A continuously operating reference station (CORS) provides GNSS data to support very accurate 3D positioning and additional geophysical applications. Flemish Positioning Services (FLEPOS) is the real-time global navigation satellite system (GNSS) CORS network for the Flanders region in northern Belgium. This article outlines the evolution of the next generation of the real-time network, FLEPOS 3.0. FLEPOS is part of Informatie Vlaanderen, a Flanders public administration organization. The first version of FLEPOS was established in 2002. Between 2002 and 2018, FLEPOS evolved through version 2.0 into the current FLEPOS 3.0 RTK real-time network (RTN) thanks to support from the Trimble Network... (read more)
2020-05-07 10:19:49

FIG Young Surveyors Network: Geospatial Agents of Change

Reclaiming the Future by Mapping the New World
With geospatial information being more important now than ever, location-based data is the key to solving the societal challenges of our time. Young geospatial and surveying professionals especially sit in the driving seat towards the goal of meeting the most urgent global and local challenges with location-based information and analysis. But we cannot do it alone. Resilience, collaboration and global networks are the key to unlocking our sustainable common future. The FIG Young Surveyors Network provides a platform for young geospatial professionals from all over the globe to share, learn, network and take action. The FIG Young Surveyors Network (YSN)... (read more)
2020-05-01 04:40:58

Ask the Specialist: GPS Signal Tracking

We received the following question from one of our readers: “While researching GNSS receiver specifications for various survey-grade products, I’ve observed that some of them list the following GPS signal-tracking capabilities: ‘L1P, L2E’. I have not been able to find a reference to these specific signal frequencies. Are they brand-new frequencies that may not be listed in the various signal specifications available online and/or could they be just ‘window dressing’ that really has no bearing on the signal tracking and performance of the product?”. We passed this question on to Huibert-Jan Lekkerkerk, contributing editor at 'GIM International' and an expert on GNSS... (read more)
2020-04-30 10:10:10

The Role of Spatial Data and Technologies towards Building Smart Nations

Leveraging and Scaling the Smart Cities Paradigm
In the last couple of decades, many cities around the world have adopted new innovative technologies to help them address some of the most fundamental challenges of the 21st century. More and more cities are becoming what is often referred to as 'smarter', by utilizing a wide range of emerging technologies that collect, analyse, monitor and communicate information to enable the efficient delivery of essential services, improve people’s quality of life, and allow a more effective city governance. Recognizing the potential of integrated technologies to improve governance efficiency, social and human capital and people's well-being, nations are now also aiming... (read more)
2020-04-09 01:01:41

Colombian Mayors Learn about Fit-for-purpose Land Administration

At a meeting for new mayors and governors in Colombia, the Kadaster International team presented the Land in Peace project and introduced the fit-for-purpose approach. Up to 60% of the rural population in Colombia does not have legal proof of ownership over their land. At the current pace, it will take centuries to realize tender security for all. The Land in Peace project is aimed at speeding up the process by applying the fit-for-purpose method: the farmers themselves walk along the borders of their land with a GPS to demarcate their plot. At the end of 2019, elections took place... (read more)
2020-04-08 10:42:22
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