Solution for Highly Accurate Building Floor Plans

3D Laser Mapping has launched a solution developed to change the production of highly accurate building floor plans. Combining the ZEB1 handheld laser mapping system with point cloud processing software, the end-to-end solution will allow users to scan and produce detailed floor plans in a matter of minutes. The announcement follows an agreement between UK-based 3D Laser Mapping, worldwide distributors of the ZEB1 handheld mapper, and PointCab, a German software company specialising in the processing of laser-scanned data. The combination of ZEB1 and PointCab creates a powerful solution for building surveyors, said Charlie Whyman, global sales and marketing manager, 3D... (read more)
2014-12-12 09:17:48

New Mobile Indoor Mapping System Launched

The Zebedee hand-held mapping device is designed to be used both indoors and outdoors for applications where GPS cannot be used, such as forestry. 3D Laser Mapping is licensing the technology – which was initially developed by Australia's national science agency, CSIRO – from the UK-based start-up GeoSLAM. Zebedee evolved from CSIRO's need to map a set of caves, explained Elliot Duff, an expert in robotics at the Australian agency. Faced with the inconvenience of having to abseil into the cave system carrying bulky equipment including a motor, battery and computer on a trolley, he and his colleagues developed a... (read more)
2012-12-31 10:52:47

3D Target to Launch Payload Lidar at Intergeo

3D Target, an Italian manufacturer of measurement instruments, is launching a new Scanfly product. Scanfly is a turnkey solution for 3D Lidar mapping, specifically designed for unmanned aerial systems (UASs). Besides on UASs, the Scanfly can also be installed on any other type of vehicle (aerial, terrestrial and marine). The optional panoramic camera allows the photographic documentation of the surroundings. The Scanfly backpack option will be available in early 2017. The SLAM algorithms aid the integrated IMU (INS+GNSS) to achieve the best accuracy even with satellite outage. The point cloud is available in the most common formats or for smart... (read more)
2016-09-20 11:14:56

International Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Community Gathers in Enschede

The ISPRS Geospatial Week is being held in the Dutch city of Enschede this week (from 10-14 June). The city is home to the internationally respected University of Twente, which is also the venue for this year’s gathering of geospatial professionals from across the globe. Whether to attend a presentation on ‘Façade Reconstruction for Textured LOD2 CityGML Models Based on Deep Learning and Mixed Integer Linear Programming’ or to meet up with fellow Lidar specialists from Down Under and elsewhere around the world, numerous delegates have travelled to the ISPRS Geospatial Week for a thorough update on what is going... (read more)
2019-06-13 01:02:50

Autonomous 3D Modelling of Indoor Spaces

A Comparison of Mobile Indoor Scanning Methods
Mobile scanning can be an equally accurate yet more cost-effective solution than traditional terrestrial laser scanning done with tripods. To succeed, however, mobile scanners not only require a suitable combination of sensors, but also reliable and continuous knowledge about where the scanners are located and the direction in which they are pointing during scanning. There are multiple ways to achieve this, which has led to the development of various scientific and commercial solutions. This article compares several mobile scanning solutions for 3D modelling of indoor spaces and highlights their strengths and weaknesses. In modern society, people tend to spend more... (read more)
2017-10-24 04:26:03

Towards Optimal 3D Point Clouds

Automation in 3D Mobile Laser Scanning
Motivated by the increasing need of rapid characterisation of environments in 3D, the authors have designed a robot system that automates the work of an operator of terrestrial laser scanners. The built system makes it possible to work without markers or targets, saving surveyors more than 75% of the time spent in the field. Another impulse for developing the platform was the demand for a remote inspection tool. The robot is capable of surveying remote sites or danger areas, such as plants, underground mines, tunnels, caves or channels. The availability of the robotic platform further enables the study of mobile... (read more)
2013-10-28 11:30:47

Point Clouds and Smart Cities

The Need for 3D Geodata and Geomatics Specialists
The ‘smart city’ concept entirely relies on a permanent stream of massive amounts of data acquired by a great variety of sensors distributed throughout the city. Smart use of all this data requires integration with 3D city maps for which point clouds, acquired by laser scanning or photogrammetry, are the main sources. The author of this article identifies the abilities of point clouds to support the smart city concept. The benefits of point clouds for monitoring urban processes were recognised quite early on. Back in the early 1990s, airborne Lidar could accurately provide the height component which is so important... (read more)
2018-10-25 08:48:08

Hardware-Software Partnership Introduces Real-time 3D Mobile Mapping and Construction Verification

At the recent SPAR 3D & AEC NEXT conferences in Anaheim, California, USA, ClearEdge3D, maker of EdgeWise, Verity and Rithm for Navisworks software, announced a collaboration with Gexcel, maker of HERON wearable scanners. The two companies have joined forces to make it quicker and easier for AEC professionals to conveniently gather as-built data with Gexcel’s HERON wearable laser scanners, and to compare that data against design/fabrication models using ClearEdge3D’s Verity software. This allows 100% verification of installed work in real time. "The partnership between ClearEdge3D and Gexcel brings together two globally recognized AEC tech leaders in the 3D world that... (read more)
2019-06-03 11:21:15

Recent Developments in Close-range Photogrammetry

A Measurement Technology in Transition
Dramatic advances in automatic digital image analysis have opened up new applications and made photogrammetry applicable for a broader field of users that lack specific knowledge of photogrammetry. Megatrends such as Industry 4.0, building information modelling (BIM) and the digital transformation are driving the advancement of 3D measurement technologies, both in terms of high-end systems and low-cost sensors. New technical challenges such as autonomous driving or unmanned aerial vehicles are demanding innovative sensor systems, but also extended maps and models of the environment. Modern approaches such as structure from motion (SfM), simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) or visual odometry are... (read more)
2019-02-14 11:41:55

Tracking Celebrities for Sport Relief

Masternaut Three X is to be the official tracking supplier for UK Sport Relief's Million Pound Bike Ride. The company's GPS tracking system is being used to track seven celebrities during their gruelling charity cycling challenge which began 1st March and will see them go from John O'Groats in Scotland to Lands End in England.   Little Britain star David Walliams, Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton, Big Brother host Davina McCall and comedians Jimmy Carr, Miranda Hart, Russell Howard and Patrick Kielty are cycling 1,000 miles in four days to raise GBP1 million for Sport Relief. This incredible team will... (read more)
2010-03-02 09:45:52
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