Blue Marble Releases Geographic Calculator 2020 with New Remote Desktop Licensing

Blue Marble Geographics has announced the release of the 2020 version of Geographic Calculator – a geodetic toolkit for accurate coordinate conversion and datum transformation. Geographic Calculator is a powerful geodetic software solution with particular strength in survey, seismic and energy exploration. In addition to a single point, point database, and file conversion tools, this highly accurate transformation software includes many specialized tools such as Canadian DLS (Dominion Land Survey) Land Grid tools, Seismic Survey Conversion tools, Area of Use tools for guiding users to the most appropriate transformation settings for a specific location, Horizontal Time-Dependent Positioning (HTDP), Geoid Creation... (read more)
2020-05-20 08:50:21

Dominik Laupheimer

Dominik Laupheimer holds an MSc in Geodesy and Geoinformatics from the University of Stuttgart. Currently, he is a PhD candidate at the university’s Institute for Photogrammetry. His main research interest is the semantic interpretation of 3D urban scenes as acquired by photogrammetric and Lidar sensors. His work is focused on the semantic segmentation of meshes leveraging machine learning techniques. (read more)
2020-05-19 03:07:25

Integrating UAV-based Lidar and Photogrammetry

Dense 3D Point Cloud Generation with Ultra-high Precision
Recent unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or ‘drone’) platforms jointly collect imagery and Lidar data. Their combined evaluation potentially generates 3D point clouds at accuracies and resolutions of some millimetres, so far limited to terrestrial data capture. This article outlines a project that integrates photogrammetric bundle block adjustment with direct georeferencing of Lidar point clouds to improve the respective accuracy by an order of magnitude. Further benefits of combined processing result from adding Lidar range measurement to multi-view-stereo (MVS) image matching during the generation of high-precision dense 3D point clouds. The project was aimed at the area-covering monitoring of potential subsidence... (read more)
2020-05-19 02:33:35

Software with Strip Adjustment Streamlines Point Cloud Acquisition for 3D Mapping

A newly enhanced software program from YellowScan, an international geomatics company based in France, is streamlining the acquisition of point-cloud data for Lidar. In March, the company announced the release of its new strip adjustment module, a point cloud-enhancing toolbox for its proprietary Lidar software, CloudStation. Even with high-end Lidar systems, some data refinement is required to improve precision and accuracy; the catch is that strip adjustment software is often complex. Here, the adjustment of strips or flight lines and the production of LAS files are done in a few clicks. The Robust method is typically suitable for area-like (or... (read more)
2020-05-18 03:23:02

Teledyne Optech Partners with Aerial Surveys International to Provide Extremely Realistic Mapping Solution

Teledyne Optech, a Teledyne Technologies company and global leader in advanced Lidar sensors, has signed an agreement with Aerial Surveys International (ASI) to sell a Galaxy T2000, upgrade its existing Galaxy Prime to a Galaxy T2000 and install both sensors in the productivity-doubling G2 Sensor System.This purchase will enhance ASI’s capabilities through the effective two million points per second PRF of each Galaxy T2000.  Moreover, by combining both sensors on the G2 Sensor System, ASI will bolster its capacity to a true, effective four million points per second that provides extreme point density with one of the highest available efficiencies.... (read more)
2020-05-13 04:23:11

UAS Mapping – Where Is It Heading?

The use of an unmanned aerial system (UAS) – cameras and Lidar sensors mounted on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or ‘drone’) – to acquire geodata for mapping purposes has evolved beyond infancy and is now rapidly maturing. How will UAS mapping evolve in the foreseeable future? To envisage where exactly UAS technology is heading, it is appropriate to start with the big picture before examining the details. So what is the current big picture for unmanned aerial systems? How are they embedded in today’s society? First of all, our planet is confronted with climate change. The most threatening effects... (read more)
2020-05-13 04:05:36

New Wearable System Paves Way for Mobile Mapping for Mainstream Use in Surveying

NavVis, a pioneer of indoor spatial intelligence technology and enterprise solutions, has announced the launch of NavVis VLX, a wearable mapping system that captures high-quality data in even the most complex built environments such as construction sites, stairwells and small technical rooms. The all-in-one reality-capture capabilities of NavVis VLX include both survey-grade point clouds and high-resolution panoramas. The combination of high-quality data capture and a compact, economical design will transform the way AEC projects are captured with fast, efficient scanning for BIM and CAD applications, while also extending the scope of projects to new deliverables such as web-based digital twins.... (read more)
2020-05-13 03:24:38

Contribution of Hydrography towards Sustainable Water Management

FIG Commission 4: Hydrography
The 2019-2020 year has been a busy one with the Working Groups of Commission 4 focussing on representing FIG at a number of events and forum to gain insight to develops generally and also to deliver and present on the work of FIG. Through all its Working Group, Commission 4 has been actively involved in implementing its policy by working in close cooperation with relevant organisations and institutions. Altogether there are four (4) Working Groups for Commission 4 as listed below: WG 4.1 – Standards and Guidelines for Hydrography WG 4.2 – Blue Growth & UN Sustainable Development Goal 14... (read more)
2020-05-11 10:41:18

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

What Cloud Computing Means for Lidar in Construction

The construction sector is undergoing radical change. The industry is facing many challenges such as rising costs, tight project delivery and building sustainability. Above all, it must address the quality of construction and the need to constantly improve its processes. For a long time, the public clouds did not have what Lidar point cloud applications needed: high-bandwidth networking. But this has been changing rapidly over the past couple of years. Digitalization will be crucial to making progress on these fronts, with 3D surveying and point cloud technology leading the charge. 2020 will mark a turning point in terms of innovation... (read more)
2020-05-07 10:06:58
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