Paul van Alphen

Paul van Alphen is a technical specialist at Avineon and the specialist in the 3D Groningen project responsible for processing the data into 3D models. He has worked on numerous projects, including the 3D project at the municipality of Rotterdam.  (read more)
2020-11-24 04:20:22

iPhone Equipped with Lidar: Apple Brings Laser Scanning to the Masses

The new iPhone 12 Pro is equipped with a Lidar sensor, marking an encouraging step towards the democratization of photogrammetry and 3D scanning. Smartphones equipped with a laser scanner have been in the pipeline for some time now. The iPad Pro 2020 was Apple’s first tablet to include a Lidar scanner, and now the iPhone 12 Pro is equipped with a Lidar sensor too. This makes it possible to scan the environment, measure distances and recognize objects – putting Lidar mapping at people’s fingertips. The iPhone 12 Pro has a triple-lens camera system: 12MP ultra-wide-angle, wide-angle and telephoto camera, while... (read more)
2020-11-19 11:41:39

NavVis Launches Processing in the Cloud for Fast Laser Scanning Workflows

NavVis, an innovator in indoor mobile mapping, has introduced the Cloud Processing Add-on for NavVis IndoorViewer, a cloud-based tool designed to enable users to quickly and easily convert laser scans into survey-grade, photo-realistic point clouds from data captured by NavVis M6 and the new wearable device, NavVis VLX. The fully integrated NavVis indoor mapping solution is relied upon by laser scanning service providers, professional surveying firms, and Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) companies. “We wanted to offer our users a processing tool that significantly speeds up and simplifies their workflows, so they can benefit both in the short and long term,” said Lisa... (read more)
2020-11-19 11:05:36

How to Use Mobile Mapping for CAD & BIM As-built Documentation

There is a general acknowledgement in the scanning and mapping industry that, compared to terrestrial laser scanners (TLS), mobile mapping systems significantly increase scanning speed and point cloud coverage. This is especially true for building interiors and equipment. This results in reduced time on site, which in turn lowers the cost of scanning for the service provider. There is a general acknowledgement in the scanning and mapping industry that, compared to terrestrial laser scanners (TLS), mobile mapping systems significantly increase scanning speed and point cloud coverage. This is especially true for building interiors and equipment. This results in reduced time on site, which in turn lowers the cost of scanning for the service provider. So why isn’t every scanning service provider switching from a TLS to a mobile system? The answer is that there is still a lot of hesitation concerning the data quality that mobile mapping systems can achieve, as well as uncertainty about which of... (read more)
2020-11-04 01:34:41

Digitizing Hydrocarbon Storage Tanks

An Efficient and Safe Pre-maintenance Analysis
Carrying out essential maintenance on storage tanks can be complex. This case study outlines how a 3D topographic tank survey enabled identification of which areas of the tanks required maintenance. After capturing an image of the tanks with a laser scanner, the geospatial data was visualized, resulting in the full project as a digital twin. This project is an example of how technologies are changing the traditional approach to surveying techniques. The API Refinery of Ancona SpA is a petrochemical plant located along the Flaminia Route in the seaside resort of Falconara Marittima, Italy. Built on an area of 700,000... (read more)
2020-10-30 02:37:19

SBG Systems Releases Virtual Base Station Feature in Qinertia

SBG Systems is introducing the Virtual Base Station feature in its in-house post-processing software called Qinertia. Geospatial professionals benefit from an optimal centimetric position accuracy in all their projects, even for corridor mapping and in poorly covered RTK areas. Qinertia is SBG Systems’ in-house GNSS and INS post-processing software. It gives access to offline RTK corrections from more than 7,000 base stations located in 164 countries. Trajectory and orientation are then greatly improved by processing inertial data and raw GNSS observables in forward and backward directions. Corridor survey accuracy Qinertia PPK software now includes a brand new Virtual Base Stations... (read more)
2020-10-21 09:19:58

HxGN Content Program Aerial Imagery Available on UP42 Geospatial Marketplace

High-resolution aerial imagery from the HxGN Content Program is now available on the UP42 developer platform for Earth observation data and analytics. UP42 customers may now choose from nearly 11 million square kilometers of 30cm orthorectified imagery for North America and Europe and over 500,000 sq km of 15cm data for major US cities in the Hexagon aerial image library.  UP42 gives users direct access to extensive Earth observation data sets and advanced processing algorithms – along with cloud computing power – to create their own geospatial solutions easily and inexpensively. The platform provides all the tools UP42 customers need... (read more)
2020-10-21 08:50:26

Leica Geosystems Launches TerrainMapper-2 Hybrid Mapping Solution

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, has introduced the Leica TerrainMapper-2, the latest solution in the company’s hybrid sensor road map developed to integrate Lidar and image capture technology in airborne sensors and allow users to collect more data per flight. Built to execute complex and challenging regional mapping projects, the TerrainMapper-2 incorporates new imaging technology and reduces system complexity for higher efficiency. The upgrade of the TerrainMapper-2 to an integrated system controller and storage makes it easy to install in any survey aircraft by eliminating the additional equipment rack. The system also offers a seamless upgrade path to the Leica... (read more)
2020-10-15 11:48:38

Bluesky and University of Leicester Partner in Lidar for Detailed Tree Analysis

Bluesky International is co-funding research into the use of Lidar, machine learning and artificial intelligence to create citywide maps of trees enriched with new levels of information in an advanced postgraduate degree study in partnership with the UK’s University of Leicester. A specialist in aerial mapping, Bluesky use aircraft mounted lasers (Lidar) to capture millions of highly accurate measurements called point clouds that detail the earth’s surface and features. Bluesky has already pioneered nationwide maps detailing the location, height and canopy cover of trees and this R&D project is expected to result in an automated workflow for the extraction of tree... (read more)
2020-10-15 11:17:46

New Topcon Robotic Total Station System Enhances Survey Workflow Performance

Topcon Positioning Group has announced that new flagship GT Series robotic total stations are available for survey, construction and machine control applications. The GT-1200 and GT-600 total stations have been released in multiple accuracy levels.  The new total stations are part of a full workflow solution, including a new field computer, a full-version update to Topcon field and office software, as well as GNSS receivers. The system is designed to work in sync for improved performance and better data handling with built-in, field-to-office connectivity. More survey points in less time The speed, tracking and accuracy of the GT Series, combined... (read more)
2020-10-15 11:00:42
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