Integrating UAS and Multibeam Echosounder Data

Creating a 3D Landscape Model of a Gravel Quarry in Germany
Knowing the volume of material present in a gravel quarry can make the difference between profit and loss. A gravel quarry in Hartheim am Rhein, southwest Germany, is partially covered by artificial lakes. To determine the volumes of the above-water gravel dumping grounds and to map the bottoms of the lakes, high-precision data captured by an unmanned aerial system (UAS) was combined with multibeam echosounder data obtained by boat. Read the full article for a description of acquisition of the two types of data, how they were integrated and the benefits for the mining company. A gravel quarry is associated with diggers, rough... (read more)
2016-04-25 10:08:32

New order for Fugro in USA

Fugro has successfully negotiated a contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA-NOS), a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce, to provide hydrographic surveying and related support services. The Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract is for five years, and not-to-exceed USD 250 million.     An initial task order, valued at USD 3.5 million, is for side scan sonar and multibeam echo sonar mapping operations in support of post hurricane debris mapping for previously affected areas of the Louisiana coastline. Future operations can include multibeam echo sounder, side scan sonar and hydrographic LIDAR anywhere in US waters, including... (read more)
2008-05-07 09:50:19

Seafloor Systems Expands Sales Support Services in Latin America

Seafloor Systems has announced the appointment of Mauro Romani as sales support engineer for the Latin American market. Mr Romani, who previously served as a geotechnical equipment specialist for Golder Associates based in Lima, Peru, brings his customer service, sales engineering and technical support experience into this new position, reporting to Josh Grava, vice president of sales. He will directly support dealers and customers in Latin America with sales and training as well as product demonstrations for the Seafloor Systems range of echosounders and remote and autonomous survey vehicles. Mr Romani will be based in Lima and can be contacted via telephone (+51... (read more)
2016-09-15 01:19:37

Geo-matching.com Adds Rental Companies and Dealers

Geo-matching.com has recently added rental companies and dealers to its overview of products and solutions. Besides detailed information about the manufacturers of products and brands, Geo-matching.com users can now also find an overview of the companies that rent and/or deal in them and can request information from the relevant suppliers directly. Check out the Geo-Swath Plus Compact 500 kHz multibeam echosounder to see rental and dealer opportunities. Rental products and dealers are already listed for several brands, including FARO, AML Oceanographic, Valeport, RIEGL, Kongsberg Maritime and various others. Moreover, it is now possible to search Geo-matching.com based on operating region,... (read more)
2016-02-26 11:48:19

CARIS Bathymetric Data Management System for Geoscience Australia

Geoscience Australia in Canberra has selected CARIS Bathy DataBASE software for management of large bathymetric data sets, interoperability and distribution. Geoscience Australia is Australia's national agency for geoscience knowledge and geospatial information. Its knowledge and information contributes to enhanced economic, social and environmental benefits to the community - by providing input for decisions that impact upon resource use, management of the environment, and the safety and well-being of Australians. Like other national geospatial agencies, Geoscience Australia is facing expanding volumes of raw multibeam survey data, large numbers of archived historical data sources, increased demand for and distribution of products and... (read more)
2008-10-27 10:58:05

Combining Hydrography and UAV Photogrammetry for Lake Volume Calculation

Creating a 3D Model for Volume Calculation with Boat and UAV
What is the best way to generate a high-precision 3D model to estimate the storage capacity of a lake that is surrounded by mountains? Rapid weather changes, low clouds and steep mountainsides demand a sensible approach with the right equipment. This article provides insights into the surveying process of a lake mapping project including the methods used to create a 3D model for the generation of a precise map with elevation lines. (By Benjamin Federmann, Benjamin Busse and Kim Schlüter, Germany) Situated at 848 metres above sea level in the Swiss Alps, created by an ancient rockslide and flanked by... (read more)
2017-03-29 09:05:41

POSPac MMS 8 Featuring Post-processed Trimble CenterPoint RTX Service

Applanix has introduced POSPac MMS 8 GNSS-aided inertial post-processing software for georeferencing data collected from cameras, Lidars, multibeam sonar and other sensors on mobile platforms. The announcement was made on 11 October 2016 at Intergeo 2016, the world's largest conference on geodesy, geoinformatics and land management. Using the Trimble CenterPoint RTX subscription service with RTX technology, POSPac MMS 8 delivers significant new benefits for mobile mapping from land, air, marine and UAV platforms: Achieve centimetre-level accuracy within one hour after data collection with just an internet connection – no need to wait for delivery of public-domain ephemeris data, providing productivity... (read more)
2016-10-12 10:07:55

Using 3D Printer Technology to Represent Survey Information

The Art of Bathymetry
Great advancements have been made in three dimensional printing over the last few years and have made an impressionable impact across a variety of industries. 3D printing's versatility can be incorporated into any industry that has some form of three dimensional design. An exciting application is to model point clouds from survey techniques to create three dimensional scaled models for visualisation and communication. This article explores a new medium using 3D printed technology.  (By Andrew Ternes, Port of Melbourne and Dr Daniel Ierodiaconou, Deakin University, Australia) Over the last few years great advancements have been made to all forms of... (read more)
2016-12-15 11:14:53

Point Clouds (1)

The Functionalities of Processing Software
Whether based on Lidar, photogrammetry, radar, sonar or other remote sensors, systems for geodata acquisition create millions or even billions of 3D points. To be useful, the data needs to be organised, combined, georeferenced, measured and analysed, and that in turn requires software. This article first defines what point clouds are and identifies their sources. It then goes on to examine software functionalities such as visualisation and editing. The July 2014 edition of GIM International will be a themed issue covering collection and processing of point clouds and hence will include a selection of the many software packages currently available.... (read more)
2014-06-06 03:29:52

Immersive Geoscience to Be Key Topic at Virtual Geoscience Conference 2018

The Virtual Geoscience Conference (VGC) series is coming to Kingston, Canada, from 23-24 August 2018. The focus of the conference series is on innovative research and development in close-range remote sensing and computer visualisation applied to the geosciences. The series is all about innovative research and applications of geomatics, computer vision, graphics, gaming and virtual and augmented reality to a wide range of geoscience subfields, including geological mapping, geomorphology, geohazards, glaciology, volcanology, tunnelling and mining. This year’s meeting focus is on the theme of immersive geoscience and novel developments in virtual and augmented reality. The broad focus of the conference series allows geoscientists... (read more)
2018-02-22 09:55:39
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