Surveying Profession in Transition

Report on FIG Congress 2018
The beautiful city of Istanbul in Turkey played host to the XXVI International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) Congress from 6-11 May 2018. With the theme of ‘Embracing Our Smart World Where the Continents Connect: Enhancing the Geospatial Maturity of Societies’, the congress brought together more than 2,300 professionals, academics and specialists from over 90 countries to discuss the current and future challenges of surveying. More than 400 papers were presented in a hundred sessions, including joint sessions with partners such as UN-GGIM, UN-Habitat, FAO and World Bank. This article looks back on some of the key highlights of the event. The welcome... (read more)
2018-06-13 10:44:46

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

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

Surveying for Belvedere Waste Project

Maidenhead-based civil engineers, Costain, have purchased a combination of Trimble R8 GNSS receivers and Trimble S6 robotic total stations for use on the Riverside Resource Recovery Facility currently under construction at Belvedere in South-East London. These instruments will help Costain to deliver the main buildings, jetties, roads and offices for the GBP350 million project which is being developed by Cory Environmental and built by Swiss plant construction company Von Roll Inova.   The Trimble solution means streamlined data handling and less time in the office. Key to this is the ability to switch between optical and GPS instruments with a... (read more)
2009-09-14 10:53:27

Minicad 5.1 Surveying CAD Software

MiniCAD 5.1 is available for download from the Mapsoft website. The new version has been improved compared to the earlier edition. MiniCAD 5.1 is capable ofFull unit internationalisation of product for use around the worldGeo-reference images such as aerial photos and digital survey plansFreehand sketch over these images to capture irregular features such as river banks or regular features such as buildingsTrim / Extend lines and arcsCreate multiple surface models (TINs) in a jobProduce cut / fill volume reports between the surface modelsAreas are calculated by simply clicking inside the lotPolylines can be created for lots and road centrelinesPolylines can... (read more)
2010-02-09 09:44:16

GNSS Surveying Solution R10

Trimble (USA) has during Intergeo 2012 in Hanover, Germany, introduced its next-generation GNSS surveying solution: the Trimble R10. As the smallest and lightest receiver in its class, the Trimble R10 combines powerful features and technologies including Trimble HD-GNSS to provide surveyors increased productivity. A quick-release adaptor and the ability to configure the receiver from a smartphone make it easy to deploy and use as a base station or rover. With the introduction of the Trimble R10, new versions of Trimble’s its field and office software have been released: Trimble Access 2012.20 and Trimble Business Center 2.80 to extend Trimble's Connected... (read more)
2012-10-10 11:45:12

Trimble Introduces New Surveying Products

Trimble (CA, USA) has introduced five surveying products as part of its new Connected Survey Site model—the Trimble GX 3D Laser Scanner; the Trimble R8 system with Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) capabilities; the Trimble M3 Total Station; the Trimble R3 GPS System; and the Trimble S6 Total Station with GPS Search. Trimble’s Connected Survey Site model creates powerful working relationships among all Trimble products, technologies and services including support, infrastructure and partnerships. The new Trimble GX scanner features flexible power supply options, station setup and a surveying data collector. The Trimble GX scanner suits both surveying and typical scanning... (read more)
2005-10-07 12:00:00

Data Integration for Coastal Surveying

Combining Laser Scanner and Bathymetric Sensor
When surveying the coastline, the integration of bathymetric (below sea level) and laser scanning (above sea level) data causes problems due to the different imaging properties. However, by ensuring that the different data sets have been accurately georeferenced and oriented, a complete and accurate model of the terrain above and below sea level can be obtained. This technique was employed to survey the area of Portovenere in Italy, including the San Pietro church located on a steeply sloping rocky promontory, with positional accuracies in the order of 5cm. View Larger Map   One of the biggest issues in coastline survey... (read more)
2009-03-03 12:00:00
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