Surveying and Mapping Without Visiting the Project Site

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, site visits are often out of the question for professionals supporting projects in the field. How can essential surveying and mapping work continue to be done during the coronavirus pandemic? Many project teams have managed to stay connected by adapting to collaborative online tools like Skype and Zoom, but maintaining access to data and information on a distant project site so that essential work can continue presents a different challenge. While some restrictions may be easing soon, others are likely to continue for months and may even necessitate lasting changes to the way we do ‘business... (read more)
2020-11-25 10:45:06

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

University of Colorado to Establish Trimble Technology Lab

The University of Colorado in Denver, USA, has received a significant gift from Trimble to establish a state-of-the-art Technology Lab for the College of Engineering, Design and Computing. The gift will also support the departments or programmes in construction engineering and construction management, geography & environmental sciences, physics, and urban and regional planning. The lab will expand the university’s access and expertise in a customized suite of construction hardware and software products.  Trimble’s broad Connected Construction portfolio enables all professionals along the project lifecycle to accelerate project processes, improving productivity, quality, transparency, safety and sustainability, while reducing waste. Education and the... (read more)
2020-11-12 10:20:51

Pix4D Launches New Ground Image Capture App for 3D Modelling

Pix4D has released a new app for ground imagery acquisition: Pix4Dcatch. The app has been developed to empower users to easily create ground-based 3D models using an iOS mobile device. Users don't need to be experts. They can simply scan the area of interest with Pix4Dcatch. The app records pictures along with GPS positions. Compatible with recent iOS devices, but optimized for the newest iPad Pro and iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max with Lidar sensors, scanning is done with real-time 3D meshing for scene completion feedback. This process of giving live feedback enables a workflow that secures optimal results.... (read more)
2020-11-12 10:05:43

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

Digital Technology as Leitmotif

In his latest column, Wim van Wegen reflects on digital technology as the leitmotif in Germany's role as a powerhouse within the geospatial industry. Traditionally, Germany is the heart of the geospatial industry at this time of the year, with Intergeo taking place in either September or October. The annual trade fair and conference is a major gathering of mapping and surveying professionals from all around the world. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, everything is different this year, and Intergeo was being held digitally from 13-15 October. For me, it felt almost surreal to not be travelling to Germany for... (read more)
2020-10-29 10:19:46

Trimble and Boston Dynamics Partnership to Extend Use of Autonomous Robots in Construction

Trimble and Boston Dynamics are entering a strategic alliance to integrate a variety of construction data collection technologies with Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot platform. The jointly-developed solution will combine the Spot robot’s autonomous mobility with Trimble’s data collection sensors and field control software to enable automation of repetitive tasks such as site scans, surveying and progress monitoring, while taking advantage of the robot’s unique capabilities to navigate dynamic and potentially unsafe environments. The relationship gives Trimble exclusivity to sell and support the Spot robot with integrated scanning, total station and GNSS technologies for the construction market.This turnkey solution will streamline... (read more)
2020-10-21 09:02:34

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
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