Portfolio of Optical Survey Solutions

Spectra Precision has introduced new additions to its Spectra Precision Focus line of optical survey solutions. With the new additions, survey and construction professionals have more positioning instrument choices to meet their job requirements. The announcement was made at the Spectra Precision - Nikon Worldwide Distribution Conference held in Frankfurt (Germany). The Spectra Precision Focus line is to be showcased in Karlsruhe (Germany), at Intergeo 2009.   The Spectra Precision Focus  30 is a robotic total station providing high speed, accuracy and precision in measurement. The robotic instrument moves the power of the observer from the instrument to the range... (read more)
2002-09-22 12:00:00

Tsunami Disaster Mapping Portal

DM Solutions Group (Canada) and the University of Ottawa (Canada) have released a Tsunami Disaster Mapping Portal (DMapP). This interactive, internet-based infrastructure provides free access to current and historical spatial data for short-term emergency needs, as well as for post-disaster supplies distribution, rehabilitation planning and infrastructure restoration. The targeted data portal was quickly created thanks to the use of Open Source technologies. The Laboratory for Applied Geomatics and GIS Science (LAGGISS) at the University of Ottawa was instrumental in helping obtain and integrate space shuttle and satellite observations. Universities in Thailand and Japan have already contributed high-quality pre and post-tsunami... (read more)
2005-03-07 12:00:00

Monitoring Tsunami Disaster Areas

Space-based imagery is being used to assess disaster areas and direct relief efforts in areas hit by the tsunamis on 26th December 2004. Canada's RADARSAT-1 satellite previously acquired over 70 archived images of the affected regions and these are being used as baseline information to be compared with newly acquired imagery. Day and night, the satellite provides synoptic coverage up to 500km by 500km per image and collects information through clouds over areas currently experiencing monsoon conditions. This data is used to monitor and map flooding, and to locate areas of standing water creating potential breeding ground for mosquitoes carrying... (read more)
2005-03-07 12:00:00

Earthquake and Tsunami Support

ESRI (CA, USA) and its international distributors are supporting response to the recent Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami disaster by working with government agencies and disaster relief organisations to provide GIS resources including software, spatial data warehousing and management, Web hosting, emergency response GIS applications etc. Software, temporary keycodes, technical support and other assistance are available within 24 hours of request. ESRI support includes locating, organising and building spatial datasets and spatial data libraries, creating static maps for download, making available online mapping services from Geography Network, meeting journalistic mapping needs with new content for MapShop and providing emergency software... (read more)
2005-03-07 12:00:00

First Ever Tsunami Satellite Data

Unique, near real-time satellite radar altimeter data on the recent Tsunami in South East Asia was captured and processed by the Faculty Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. The movement of the Earth’s crust associated with the earthquake was measured with GPS; this has never been done before with previous Tsunamis and magnitude-9 Earthquakes. According to Ernst Schrama, a scientist at the university, the data was acquired by pure coincidence; radar-altimeter satellites simply happened to be ‘in the right spot at the right time.’ The satellites orbit Earth approximately fourteen times per day, settling in a... (read more)
2005-03-07 12:00:00

Luxembourg Cadastral GeoPortal

IONIC (Belgium) is to build an intranet/internet geo-portal for the Luxembourg National Department of Cadastral Information (ACT-LUX). This portal will incorporate OGC standards, including a transactional Web Feature Service. Users will be able to consult and download disparate sources of geographic data within one common environment. IONIC will be teaming with the Sword Group (France) to implement a solution based on IONIC’s RedSpider. The content of the Oracle database will be synchronised with ACT-LUX administration production databases. The product will allow multiple profiles of users to execute dynamic searches, data retrievals and downloads from the site. (read more)
2005-03-08 12:00:00

Trimble S6 Total Station

Trimble (CA, USA) has introduced its S6 Total Station, an advanced surveying instrument based on a new design platform. The S6 will be available in three configurations: Servo, Autolock and Robotic. All components of the system can be upgraded. The cable-free system includes MagDrive servos and angle sensors, SurePoint accuracy assurance, and MultiTrack prism tracking. The MagDrive technology silently turns the instrument at more than 100 degrees per second to provide smooth control for precision pointing. SurePoint automatically corrects pointing and measurements in difficult conditions by guarding against sinking, vibration and incorrect handling after set-up. The new MultiTrack technology combines... (read more)
2005-03-08 12:00:00

Trimble Acquires Pacific Crest

Trimble (CA, USA), in a cash transaction, is to acquire the privately held Pacific Crest Corporation (CA, USA). Financial terms have not been disclosed. Pacific Crest Corporation has two core business areas: its products provide in-class solutions for precision RTK GPS applications that include surveying and machine control and Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) wireless applications for weather stations, aquaculture and offshore monitoring. Trimble expects this acquisition to strengthen its wireless data communications capabilities in the engineering and construction business segment. (read more)
2005-03-08 12:00:00

ESRI Agreement with Shell

Building upon a successful multinational enterprise contract signed four years ago, ESRI (CA, USA) and Shell International Exploration and Production (The Netherlands) have agreed to expand their relationship. The two companies have decided to implement a comprehensive agreement under which Shell and all its affiliates worldwide can access all ESRI software products. Dedicated Shell staff and a network of ESRI distributor technical support centres are to cover the multiple time zones of Shell's global business. Shell uses GIS technology to integrate and visualise complex business information from many different sources and to produce cartographic maps of its assets, operations and... (read more)
2005-03-08 12:00:00

Digitising Indian Maps

The Government of India and Microsoft Research India have signed a memorandum of understanding for research collaboration under which the first project will concern a geographic information system to put India’s vast collection of satellite images, remote sensing data and other information about the country's terrain in digital form. This will make it available to the public in an easily understandable form. Microsoft Research India has recently opened a centre in Bangalore that will accommodate scientists to work on technologies for emergent software markets such as India, multilingual systems and other specialities. The new research centre will fund projects in... (read more)
2005-03-08 12:00:00
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