Bentley Systems Acquires Citilabs and Orbit Geospatial Technologies

Bentley Systems, one of the worldwide leading providers of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, has announced the acquisitions of global mobility simulation (CUBE) and analytics (Streetlytics) software provider Citilabs, and global provider of 3D and mobile mapping software, Orbit Geospatial Technologies (Orbit GT). The newly acquired technologies, in conjunction with Bentley’s existing design integration and digital cities offerings, enable engineering-based mobility digital twins. Road mobility digital twins converge cities’ digital context (including 4D surveying facilitated by Orbit GT for drone-and vehicle-mounted mobile mapping), and digital components (including from Bentley’s OpenRoads engineering applications) with... (read more)
2019-10-21 08:47:20

First North American Customer for New RIEGL Dual Lidar Airborne System

RIEGL has announced that SAM, LLC, a leader in providing geospatial data solutions, will be the first company in North America to acquire and deploy one of the most recent major advances in aerial scanning technology. The innovation in question is the RIEGL VQ-1560 II dual-channel waveform processing airborne Lidar scanning system for high point density mapping and ultra-wide area mapping. The sensor will be installed in SAM’s new fixed-wing aircraft, a 2019 Cessna Grand Caravan EX, to further expand SAM’s national aerial mapping capabilities. “SAM has always been an industry leader when it comes to adopting new technology,” said SAM CEO, Chris... (read more)
2019-10-15 11:45:12

FIG Working Week 2020: Take the Stage in Amsterdam!

Have you always dreamed about taking the stage? Geospatial surveyors now have a perfect opportunity to do so in the Dutch city of Amsterdam! Submit your abstract before 1 November for a chance to share your views, project results and latest research related to 'Smart Surveying for Land & Water Management' during the FIG Working Week 2020. The event will be held at the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam from 10-14 May 2020. Surveyors are playing an increasingly important role in land & water management, especially as our countries need protection from the effects of climate change: sea-level rise, floods, droughts... (read more)
2019-10-14 09:21:26

Airbus and Sobloo Announce Finalists of Multi-Data Challenge within Copernicus Masters 2019

Airbus has unveiled the names of the three finalists for the 'Airbus - Sobloo Multi-Data Challenge' organised as part of the Copernicus Masters 2019. This international competition recognizes pioneering solutions, concepts and ideas for industry and society based on Earth observation data. Annually, different prize categories reward innovative candidates, in the fields of deep learning, big data analytics, smart mobility and industry 4.0. The 'Airbus - Sobloo Multi-Data Challenge' was especially looking for value-added solutions that use both Copernicus and Airbus Earth observation data. These services should also provide insight and have impact on areas like Natural Resources Consumption, Agriculture,... (read more)
2019-10-09 09:47:50

Terra Drone Launches UAV and AI-based Solution for Power Asset Inspection

Terra Drone Corporation, a leading provider of industrial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or' drone') solutions, has unveiled a new UAV and artificial intelligence-based solution set for the maintenance of power transmission and distribution equipment. The solution was developed on the basis of market gaps identified after the inspection of over 90,000km of power lines in BVLOS missions throughout the world. Acquired data is automatically processed and analysed by artificial intelligence algorithms which are trained to detect crossovers at the bottom of transmission lines, buildings and construction machinery. Error detection system The system identifies rust on bolts, loosening and missing tower... (read more)
2019-10-08 10:58:13

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

InSAR Used to Create Ground Stability Maps

Zooming on a Groundbreaking Revolution
Satellite radar interferometry (InSAR) is a technique that can measure millimetre-scale movement of the ground from space. It does this by comparing the return echoes, and thus the signal-path length, from two or more radar images taken over the same place, over time. Modern InSAR is now used by a range of industries concerned with ground or structural stability, from building development and control, to oil and gas production, to mining, to road and rail management. This article explains some key aspects of InSAR technology, including its innovative use to produce ground stability maps. Phase Shifters InSAR is based upon... (read more)
2019-03-07 05:09:42

Leica Geosystems Announces Major Efficiency Improvement to Airborne Urban Mapping Solution

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, has introduced the Leica CityMapper-2. This next-generation hybrid oblique imaging and Lidar sensor provides fast and efficient digitization of cities. As part of Leica Geosystems’ RealCity solution, which combines the CityMapper-2 with the Leica HxMap high-performance processing workflow, the new sensor is designed to provide faster updates while preserving image quality over a wide range of flying conditions. The most significant improvement comes from the newly developed optical system incorporating two nadir (RGB & NIR) and four oblique 150 MP metric cameras using CMOS technology and equipped with Leica Geosystem’s unique mechanical forward-motion-compensation (FMC). The... (read more)
2019-09-23 10:49:00

When Photogrammetry Meets Lidar: Towards the Airborne Hybrid Era

Combining Airborne Camera and Lidar Sensors to Take the Mapping Sector a Step Forwards
The airborne market for area-wide 3D data acquisition is experiencing a noticeable trend towards a hybrid mapping concept. In the near future, most airborne data collection will increasingly be performed by a combination of active and passive sensors. There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, collecting all relevant data while flying is an efficient and cost-effective solution, even when the flying restrictions and regulations are factored in. Secondly, exploiting the advantages of both light detection and ranging (Lidar) and dense image matching (DIM) point clouds will improve the quality of the final geospatial products. This article reports on the... (read more)
2019-09-13 09:56:38

New Offline Post-processing Workflow for Trimble TerraFlex Software

The Trimble TerraFlex field software now supports the transfer of data between the field and office without the use of Trimble cloud services. The new software workflow – called offline data transfer – is possible through the integration of Trimble TerraFlex and the Trimble Positions Desktop add-in for Esri ArcGIS Desktop. TerraFlex is a field solution that enables mobile workers to easily collect, manage and edit their geospatial feature data. The new workflow provides an alternative to using Trimble cloud services for storing and transferring GIS feature data collected with the TerraFlex platform. In addition, TerraFlex field data collected via... (read more)
2019-09-12 10:35:25
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