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

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

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’s 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

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

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

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

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
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