Augmented Reality Wins European Navigation Competition 2010

For its navigation system Wikitude Drive, which uses augmented reality to superimpose driving directions over live street video on smartphones, the Salzburg (Austria) start-up Mobilizy took home the EUR20,000 grand prize in the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2010. Wikitude Drive also won the prize for the best application leveraging EGNOS, the European augmentation system that aims to add even more speed, precision, and reliability to GPS. In addition 21 regional winners and six special topic prizes have been awarded by partners from industry and research for the best applications making use of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). For the first... (read more)
2010-11-03 10:02:45

Augmented Reality System for Mining Industry

Maptek, the Australia-based provider of innovative software, hardware and services for the global mining industry, has introduced its PerfectDig software. The solution brings together 3D modelling, laser scanning and handheld communication devices, allowing operations to effectively monitor excavation progress by comparing actual surfaces against designs. PerfectDig automatically combines mine plans and design information from Maptek Vulcan with laser scans of working areas. Detailed 3D visual and spatial analysis information is provided in near real time, directly to production managers and mine crews. This streamlines communication between surveyors, mining engineers, supervisors and equipment operators. Pit or shift supervisors can access PerfectDig... (read more)
2013-06-25 09:17:57

Arvizio Launches Augmented Reality Hybrid Rendering

Arvizio has introduced new capabilities to its enterprise XR platform with GPU-accelerated hybrid rendering to stream massive 3D models and Lidar scans to multiple participants on mobile AR devices. The latest Arvizio XR release includes fully automated 3D model optimization and hybrid rendering for large and complex BIM and CAD 3D models, Lidar scans and photogrammetry models with multi-model alignment to allow multiple objects to be placed in a scene. For example, buildings and machinery may be positioned within a point cloud and visualized as a combined experience. Customers using Arvizio’s XR platform can import more than 30 spatial data... (read more)
2020-08-25 08:37:24

Augmented Reality Adds Extra Dimension to Intergeo

With Pokémon Go turning the hunt for virtual monsters into a global craze, one could be forgiven for thinking that augmented reality (AR) had only just been invented. However, AR is neither a new nor an unknown technology. At Intergeo 2016, a large number of exhibitors will be showcasing their AR applications for urban planning, utility companies and much more besides. Augmented reality creates huge added value for numerous scenarios by adding text/image-based information levels that are invisible to the human eye. At Intergeo 2016, for example, the Berlin-based Game Science Center (GSC) will be presenting its augmented reality sandbox. Transported back to... (read more)
2016-08-05 09:07:16

3D City Model and Augmented Reality in Munich

Munich as Innovation Leader in Visualizing the Future
The city of Munich launched an innovation competition and provided developmental support to the winner, Holo-Light. This ultimately resulted in the development of an award-winning augmented reality-based 3D city model of the Bavarian capital in conjunction with GeodatenService München (Geodata Service Munich). This underlines the pioneering work of this German city in using state-of-the-art technology to visualize the future. The city of Munich launched an innovation competition in March 2018 and the winners were announced in July of that year. Participants in the innovation competition were tasked with visualizing and virtually modelling the future development in Munich’s new district of... (read more)
2020-01-23 10:55:07

Augmented Reality Mode Helps People to See beyond the Map

Have you ever wondered what the name of that hill is in the distance? Or how far away a town is from the spot you are standing in? With the new augmented reality (AR) feature of Britain’s mapping agency Ordnance Survey (OS), all you need is a smartphone or tablet. The OS Maps application, GetOutside, now includes an AR feature which can call on over 200,000 locations throughout the UK. Using the phone or tablet’s camera view; hills, mountains, coastal features, lakes, settlements, transport hubs and woodland in the vicinity are identified and labelled. If a label is pressed and... (read more)
2017-10-04 09:01:11

Everyday Reality Demonstrated

Yesterday (16 July) was the last day of the exhibition on the second floor. Many businesses showed their products and services, allowing the congress visitors to touch the products and offer suggestions for improvements. Newly developed technologies ranging from data capture, photogrammetry, scanning from cars (Here and Hexagon/Leica Geosystems) were on display. As one of the exhibitors explained: “We are here to support the community and demonstrate the current state of technology. It’s important to get in touch with the users.” The companies welcomed the attention of the delegates, especially during the breaks between the sessions. Useful contacts have been... (read more)
2016-07-16 07:08:09

Reality Modelling Goes Mainstream

At Bentley System’s annual conference for infrastructure thought leaders, CEO Greg Bentley presented a keynote speech. He stated that since Bentley Systems’ acquisition and assimilation of ContextCapture software in 2015, the proliferation of reality modelling across users’ projects – and across Bentley’s software portfolio – guarantees that it will become a mainstream contributor to infrastructure project delivery and asset performance. Reality modelling describes the potentially continuous capture of infrastructure assets’ as-operated conditions for processing into engineering-ready reality meshes, and their 'enlivening' for immersive interaction. To date, reality modeling has processed digital photos acquired from ground-level and/or aerial photography, and in particular from... (read more)
2016-11-02 10:16:39

Disrupting the Visualisation of Reality

Interview with Neil Tocher, CTO, NCTech
The way we capture the reality is changing rapidly. One of the pioneers leading this change is NCTech, a Scotland-based company specialised in 360-degree reality imaging systems. The company works with renowned names such as Apple, Paramount and Pixar, and also with geospatial powerhouses like Leica, Topcon and Trimble. 'GIM International' talked with co-founder Neil Tocher about the strong ambition to enable everyone to capture reality and to democratise and disrupt the industry by making virtual reality the new standard for visualising our environment. A range of new applications is looming for the geospatial sector. Are we on the brink... (read more)
2017-05-02 02:10:11
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