SBG Systems Releases Virtual Base Station Feature in Qinertia

SBG Systems is introducing the Virtual Base Station feature in its in-house post-processing software called Qinertia. Geospatial professionals benefit from an optimal centimetric position accuracy in all their projects, even for corridor mapping and in poorly covered RTK areas. Qinertia is SBG Systems’ in-house GNSS and INS post-processing software. It gives access to offline RTK corrections from more than 7,000 base stations located in 164 countries. Trajectory and orientation are then greatly improved by processing inertial data and raw GNSS observables in forward and backward directions. Corridor survey accuracy Qinertia PPK software now includes a brand new Virtual Base Stations... (read more)
2020-10-21 09:19:58

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

Intergeo 2020: Digital, Interactive, International

Direct exchange, lively discussions, lots of information and great entertainment. High acceptance of the digital offer in pandemic times by the geo-community. Prof Dr Hansjörg Kutterer from the organizer DVW is very pleased with the response: “The challenge of a fully digital event received very positive feedback from all our guests, exhibitors and speakers. With Intergeo.digital we have realized a comprehensive and innovative event concept within a very short period of time”. Christoph Hinte, organizer of Intergeo.digital, adds: “We have succeeded in establishing a stable digital platform that has generated a vast volume of interaction. Together with all partners, we... (read more)
2020-10-16 04:21:41

Leica Geosystems Launches TerrainMapper-2 Hybrid Mapping Solution

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, has introduced the Leica TerrainMapper-2, the latest solution in the company’s hybrid sensor road map developed to integrate Lidar and image capture technology in airborne sensors and allow users to collect more data per flight. Built to execute complex and challenging regional mapping projects, the TerrainMapper-2 incorporates new imaging technology and reduces system complexity for higher efficiency. The upgrade of the TerrainMapper-2 to an integrated system controller and storage makes it easy to install in any survey aircraft by eliminating the additional equipment rack. The system also offers a seamless upgrade path to the Leica... (read more)
2020-10-15 11:48:38

New Topcon Robotic Total Station System Enhances Survey Workflow Performance

Topcon Positioning Group has announced that new flagship GT Series robotic total stations are available for survey, construction and machine control applications. The GT-1200 and GT-600 total stations have been released in multiple accuracy levels.  The new total stations are part of a full workflow solution, including a new field computer, a full-version update to Topcon field and office software, as well as GNSS receivers. The system is designed to work in sync for improved performance and better data handling with built-in, field-to-office connectivity. More survey points in less time The speed, tracking and accuracy of the GT Series, combined... (read more)
2020-10-15 11:00:42

RIEGL Presents New Products for 2020 at Intergeo Digital

In line with tradition, RIEGL is once again using Intergeo – albeit digitally this year – to present its latest product innovations. At both the virtual RIEGL booth and in the online forums of Intergeo 2020 Digital, the globally active Austrian laser scanner manufacturer is showing which new developments in the field of Lidar surveying technology can be used to further advance the digitization of the world. Especially in the field of UAV-based laser scanning (ULS), RIEGL is keen to live up to its pioneering reputation. This year, it is presenting the RIEGL VUX-120, a new Lidar sensor that weighs... (read more)
2020-10-15 09:55:57

Videographics Launches Mapping Drone with Integrated KlauPPK

With the new release of the Condor V8-PPK mapping drone, Munich-based Videographics Ingenieurgesellschaft has completed its toolbox for most precise photogrammetric aerial mapping and surveying projects. The German company Videographics is dedicated to supply superior UAV mapping technology and services. “We successfully generated an impressive knowledge base in the field of most precise GNSS-PPK direct georeferencing and have a solid understanding of all aspects, required for highly accurate results and efficient workflows.” says Stefan Warislohner, CEO of Videographics. “Besides KlauPPK modules and software, we have been able to provide our customers with workshops and trainings and all hardware and software... (read more)
2020-10-15 10:39:55

Bathymetry from UAV Imagery and Machine Learning

Improving Results with Refraction Corrections
Accurate bathymetric mapping of shallow areas is essential for a plethora of offshore activities. Through Structure from Motion (SfM) and Multiview Stereo (MVS) techniques, images can provide a low-cost alternative compared to Lidar and sonar systems while also offering important visual information. This article presents a new framework for mapping the seabed in clear and calm shallow waters for small- and large-scale surveys using aerial imagery and machine learning to correct the geometric effects of refraction on the 3D point clouds and the imagery. SfM is a photogrammetric technique for estimating 3D structures from 2D image sequences. It involves acquiring... (read more)
2020-10-13 10:42:39

Dimitrios Bolkas

Dr Dimitrios Bolkas is an assistant professor of Surveying Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, Wilkes-Barre Campus. He holds a PhD in Geological Sciences and Engineering from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. He has a diverse geomatics experience that includes unmanned aerial systems and terrestrial, mobile and airborne laser scanning. Recent research endeavours focus on creating virtual environments from point cloud data and using virtual reality to enhance engineering education. Dr Bolkas is a director in the executive board of the Surveying and Geomatics Educator’s Society (SaGES).  (read more)
2020-10-12 11:32:15

Realistic Virtual Reality Environments from Point Clouds

Immersive and Interactive Surveying Labs
The advent of cost-effective head-mounted displays marked a new era in immersive virtual reality and sparked widespread applications in engineering, science and education. An integral component of any virtual reality application is the virtual environment. While some applications may have a completely imaginary virtual environment, others require the realistic recreation of a site or building. Relevant examples can be found in gaming, heritage site preservation and building information modelling. This article discusses how point cloud technologies were used to create a realistic virtual environment for use as immersive and interactive surveying labs.   Creating a virtual environment that is based... (read more)
2020-10-12 11:17:58
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