ESA Leads Drive into 5G Positioning Future

A pair of testbed vehicles went out on the road in Germany to simulate the way we are all likely to be using 5G positioning services in the future. The field test focused on assessing the performance of highly precise ‘hybrid’ satellite/terrestrial positioning for autonomous vehicles, drones, smart cities and the Internet of Things. The two vehicles were driven for a week around Munich and the surrounding area in a variety of environments, from the open-sky terrain surrounding the German Aerospace Center DLR’s site in Oberpfaffenhofen to the deep urban canyons of the city’s dense Maxverstadt district. As they drove... (read more)
2019-10-03 09:30:38

Esri Launches New Field Data Collection Application

Esri has released ArcGIS QuickCapture, a mobile app designed for rapid and at-speed field data collection workflows. Data can be collected from a moving vehicle with the touch of a button and sent back to the office for real-time analysis, leading to faster and more effective decision-making. The new app is developed for road inspections, aerial surveys, monitoring vegetation encroachment and more. ArcGIS QuickCapture allows users to configure a customized interface that suits their specific project requirements, eliminating unnecessary features and options. This personalization helps users take advantage of the single-tap, big-button system to capture details and photos as they... (read more)
2019-10-03 09:03:58

Juniper Systems Announces New Geode GNS2 Sub-metre GPS Receiver

Juniper Systems has launched the Geode GNS2 sub-metre GPS receiver. This new release of the Geode now features connectivity with a range of iPhone and iPad devices providing users with a more versatile and powerful tool. This is made possible by the Geode’s new 'Made For iPhone/iPad' (MFi) certification. The Geode GNS2 retains all the features and connectivity of the original Geode while adding this support for iPhone and iPad. The Geode is an all-in-one sub-metre receiver that provides users with real-time, precision GNSS data at an affordable price. Designed with versatility in mind, the Geode features one-button simplicity and... (read more)
2019-09-26 10:42:28

Updating the Cadastre in Ecuador

Using Photogrammetry and Lidar Data
The integration of photogrammetry and Lidar can generate synergies and economic savings. The two techniques were used together to detect irrigation and drainage canals for a project aiming to improve irrigation methods and create the related land registry in the province of El Oro in Ecuador. For over 60 years, the decentralised provincial government in El Oro, Ecuador, has been committed to the agro-productive development of the province. As part of this, it has promoted the construction, management and maintenance of a network of irrigation and drainage canals, thus supporting investments in the agro-productive sectors. To improve the efficiency of... (read more)
2019-09-12 09:32:35

How Can Establishing a UAV Fleet Help Your Business Take off?

Best Practices in Drone Mapping
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or 'drones') are increasingly becoming the solution of choice and have indeed proven to be a disruptive force across a multitude of industries in the past decade, including for the geospatial surveying profession. But will drones really provide all the answers to your mapping challenges? We interviewed five pioneers in the field to take us beyond the hype, explaining the lessons they have learned from the frontline and sharing their insights on the best ways to introduce UAVs into your business model. What type of work can UAVs be used for? UAVs can serve mapping and... (read more)
2019-09-05 09:59:05

3D is the New Normal in Switzerland

Mapless Topographic Products Are the Future
Switzerland is unique in that it is still the only country to have switched entirely to 3D for its national object-oriented topographic database. As users increasingly discover the advantages in terms of new workflows and services, nobody regrets leaving the 2D era behind. According to Swisstopo, the extra dimension creates no extra costs – only extra benefits. It took the Swiss Federal Office of Topography (Swisstopo) ten years to build an object-oriented topographic database in 3D, with the last objects having been completed in 2019. “Nothing is excluded now; everything you can think of is available in 3D. Even the... (read more)
2019-08-29 09:42:38

UAV Maps New Zealand Beach to Create Detailed 3D Model

A landslide on Clifton Beach, New Zealand, earlier this year injured two Korean tourists when they were washed out to sea. Following this event, the beach was closed while Hastings District Council undertook a risk assessment. The Surveying Company was contracted to provide data collected by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') to assist the council in making public safety decisions regarding access to the Cape. To map the cliff faces they used a combination of RTK GPS and a PPK GPS unit mounted to their UAV. Initially the surveyors concentrated on assessing the main rockfall where the tourists... (read more)
2019-08-06 11:30:42

Anti-theft Technology Helps Recover Stolen Total Station in the UK

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, is informing surveying professionals about a recent event in Manchester, UK, in which LOC8, an asset-tracking platform, was instrumental in the recovery of a stolen Leica TS16 total station. A site engineer with PLP Construction reported to Greater Manchester Police that his total station hired from M&P Survey Equipment had been stolen from his vehicle. The total station was equipped with the LOC8 technology and was therefore tracked continuously throughout the incident. Once notified, the hire desk was able to locate the total station at a residential address in Lancashire. The local authorities were on... (read more)
2019-08-05 09:39:17

With or Without You? – Analysis of a Galileo Outage

“On Tuesday, 18 July 2019, technical weather is forecast as I get into my car on my way to an important GNSS verification test. Yesterday I received a short e-mail from the local reseller, informing me that Galileo is off air. Should the verification go ahead or not?” In this new column for ‘GIM International’, Huibert-Jan Lekkerkerk reflects on the two main lessons he learned during the recent Galileo outage. Part of the purpose of the verification test was to validate the manufacturer’s claims about the receiver by using the associated PPP correction service from a different supplier. Because most... (read more)
2019-07-31 12:09:26

Galileo Satellites Down Since Friday 12 July

The European navigation system Galileo is suffering a major outage. The satellite network has been largely down since Friday 12 July due to a technical incident related to its ground infrastructure, as the EU agency GSA reports. The incident has led to temporary interruption of the Galileo initial navigation and timing services, with the exception of the Galileo Search and Rescue (SAR) service. The SAR service - used for locating and helping people in distress situations (e.g. at sea or in the mountains) - is unaffected and remains operational. Due to the problems, all receivers are not able to pick... (read more)
2019-07-15 08:59:06
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