Surveying and Positioning Systems

North Group
The world of surveying and positioning is experiencing an amazing transformation that began just recently, and goes hand in hand with the superior push in technology democratisation due to the popularity of consumer and professional hand devices. Almost any phone is now more powerful than our first desktop computers and satellite positioning seems to be permeating into everything from locating friends to autopilot planes and cars. North Group has experienced this change in technology since its first totally automated truck fleet management system was put to work in 2000 in Europe, USA and Mexico. The hardware and communications involved in... (read more)
2013-02-25 01:50:58

Mailbox - Surveying the Bahamas

GIM Statement In order to address the personnel shortage in geomatics, a company involved in the field has a corporate responsibility to promote careers in geomatics and help schools and universities attract more students. Pushpa Gamage, Sri Lanka: "It is a wise decision, since the Geomatics field is still limited to higher education only." Anim Vincent, Ghana: "Geomatics should be introduced into our secondary schools, especially in Ghana." Garfield Young, UK: "Marketing and very active promotion of the exciting discipline of Geomatics is critical for its growth. Early intervention is important, such as the introduction of spatial-science courses in pre-tertiary... (read more)
2009-01-12 03:24:02

Revolution in Highway Surveying

Using StreetMapper 360 in the Netherlands
It's a familiar sight: roads are closed due to road works and surveyors doing road measurements. Besides causing traffic delays, these surveys are costly - traffic has to be managed and employees brought in to work night shifts. Add to this the pressure to deliver new designs as quickly as possible, and the impact this has on accuracy down the line. Now, Dutch surveying specialist Geomaat has completed pre-construction surveys without the need for road closures by using the StreetMapper 360 system from 3D Laser Mapping. The measurements were taken with sub-centimetre accuracy while travelling at normal traffic speeds.  ... (read more)
2009-09-29 02:52:46

Scanner Goes Gyrocopter Surveying

A South African company is pioneering the latest laser scanning technology with plans to mount high-speed scanners on a variety of mobile platforms including a gyrocopter, 4x4s and even a golf cart. Supplied by 3D Laser Mapping, the RIEGL VZ-400 will be used by Land and Marine Surveys, a survey company based in Umhlanga in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, for traditional terrestrial scanning, mobile data capture and the production of design-quality graphics.     "Our R&D on mobile scanning goes back to 2008, where we had previously tried other devices on our survey vessel, the back of our utility van as... (read more)
2011-09-29 12:00:00

Surveying the High Ground

The active ICA Commission on Mountain Cartography last reported its work in these pages in April 2005. Since then there have been regular business meetings and biannual workshops. The 6th Mountain Cartography Workshop was held in the attractive village of Lenk im Simmental, Switzerland, in 2008. With sixty participants from fifteen countries, the workshop focused on mountain-related topographic and thematic aspects and their depiction in maps and map-related representations. ?In the Physical Geographysessions researchers from universities in Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland presented scientific mapping and cartographic projects from all over the world. Other issues covered included terrain evaluation, monitoring... (read more)
2008-12-10 12:00:00

Floor Plan Surveying Solution

OrthoGraph
Floor plan surveying software is a tool for creating onsite floor plans using a handheld device. Developed by OrthoGraph from its base in Graphisoft Park in Budapest, Hungary, the software was first released in 2007 and now reaches the global marketplace through official partners in many countries. The company’s main focus is on development of floor plan survey, inventory register, facility management, and building inventory management software. Responding to Demand Founded in 2004 by private investors, OrthoGraph has focused primarily on developing handheld surveying software for personal digital assistant (PDA) or Windows mobile touchscreen device. Three separate versions have been... (read more)
2011-01-04 03:12:55

Future Bright for Surveying

GIM International interviews Chris Gibson, Trimble Survey Division
The clouds of economic recession are parting to reveal a bright future for the surveying profession. Both in the United States and in economically booming regions of the world, adding value to products is broadening the role of the surveyor. GIM International talked to Chris Gibson, vice-president of Trimble's Survey Division, about strategy and the future. He told us, ‘The future role of the surveyor will be adding value to make the customer more successful.' The future for surveying, together with the role of the surveyor, is not shrinking. On the contrary, Chris Gibson is convinced we need to think... (read more)
2010-05-07 03:16:16

Surveying with Android OS

SuperGeo Technologies, Taiwan, has unveiled its mobile survey application for Android OS, SuperSurv 3.0 (beta). Surveyors can install the free trial to Android devices for convenient data collection and measuring tasks. The software integrates GIS and GPS technologies to support global coordinate systems. Field users can collect, display, measure and manipulate GIS data using the Android OS interface.   SuperGeo focuses on creating user-centred design to meet different demands. SuperSurv 3 is designed with five powerful features to help users capture data efficiently and effectively: 1. Utilise GPS signal and freehand drawing tool for data survey 2. Apply time interval... (read more)
2011-12-28 12:15:05
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