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

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

Biodiversity Surveying and Monitoring

Using GIS and GPS in Annapurna Conservation Area of Nepal
GIS and GPS offer enormous potential to improve existing methods of biodiversity surveying and monitoring, supporting sampling design, data collection, visualisation, analysis and data management. The author describes experience gained in the Annapurna Conservation Area of Nepal. Increased human population and industrialisation has caused degradation of wildlife habitat and, with that, biodiversity. The major steps adopted globally for the conservation of biodiversity are the establishment of protected areas, including national parks, wildlife reserves and conservation areas; enforcement of conservation laws and activities aimed at raising awareness. However, the problem still remains critical, especially in the developing countries, where local people... (read more)
2005-07-14 12:00:00

Serving the Surveying World

TI Asahi
Japanese company TI Asahi has been supplying surveying equipment to the industry for more than 80 years. It has an ongoing commitment to developing high-quality PENTAX and Linertec products which improve the efficiency and ease of surveying operations around the world. The head office of TI Asahi is located in Saitama-shi, Saitama-ken, Japan. Its main functions are Research & Development, Production, and Sales & Marketing. The company supplies PENTAX surveying instruments, which are mass produced at its factory TI Precision Shanghai in Shanghai, China, to over 80 countries around the world through a network of experienced sales and service partners.... (read more)
2014-11-03 12:27:24

Thai Surveying Satellite Theos

Thailand's first geography-surveying satellite ''Theos'' is expected to be launched into orbit October 2007. The six-billion-baht satellite, officially called Thailand Earth Observation System (Theos), is being built by France-based Astrium S.A.S. Equipped with two cameras, the satellite is expected to help the government better plan natural disaster management as it will be able to help monitor areas prone to floods and coastal areas at risk of being hit by tsunami waves. ''The most important benefit to us is the development of Thai personnel in the area of space technology,'' Science and Technology Minister Yongyuth Yuthavong said. More than 20 Thai... (read more)
2007-01-29 10:51:10

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

SIRIUS Surveying UASs

MAVinci
MAVinci specialises in the development of unmanned aerial system (UAS) technology, designed specifically for automated mapping of construction sites, pipelines, disaster areas, mines and quarries. Based in St. Leon-Rot, Germany, MAVinci has a leading position on the civil UAS market, driven by innovation and the company‚Äôs dedication to producing high-quality aerial surveying solutions. MAVinci SIRIUS pro in flight. As one of the first civil surveying UAS manufacturers, MAVinci was founded in January 2009 in Darmstadt as a privately held company by the four shareholders Cornelius Claussen, Johanna Claussen, Marco Möller and Michael Niesen. MAVinci's main business is unmanned aerial system... (read more)
2014-12-23 11:12:30
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