Optical Total Station Portfolio

Trimble introduces a wide range of new additions to its innovative portfolio of optical survey systems, giving surveyors a comprehensive selection of solutions for surveying and engineering applications. The Trimble S3 Total Station product line now includes new Autolock and Servo-only models with an on-board control panel for streamlined performance in the field.The Trimble S6 Total Station provides surveyors with scalability and flexibility. It includes the long-range EDM performance of Trimble DR Plus technology, making it capable of direct reflex measurements at more than double the range of previous models. Longer range means fewer instrument set-ups and easier access to... (read more)
2010-02-19 12:00:00

First FIG Young Surveyors Conference

  FIG will organise its first FIG Young Surveyors Conference in conjunction with the FIG Working Week in Rome, Italy, in May of this year. The Young Surveyors Conference will be held on 4th and 5th May 2012 at the Cassa Geometri in central Rome. The aim of the Young Surveyors Conference is to create a platform for young surveying professionals to network and discuss issues of common interest. The conference is aimed at young surveying professionals aged 35 or below, including undergraduate and postgraduate students. The FIG member associations are encouraged to offer their representatives financial support to attend... (read more)
2012-02-27 04:51:24

The Surveyors of Our World

A Journey through History
In today’s data-driven society, in which location-based services have become an omnipresent part of everyday life, there is no doubt that surveying is all around us. But did you also know that surveyors have been indispensable to the development of the world since civilization began? In this brief journey through history, John F. Brock provides a surprising and entertaining look at the importance of surveying through the ages, from ancient times up to the modern day.     It is not difficult to conjure up an image of how people in ancient civilizations may have divided up their lands. They certainly... (read more)
2019-09-13 09:42:32

Simultaneous Survey Across Fifty States

Hundreds of surveyors from all around the United States joined NOAA's National Geodetic Survey on Saturday 19th March at exactly 1PM EDT. It was the first ever 'Surveying USA Day', a kick-off event commemorating Surveyor's Week, coordinated by the National Society of Professional Surveyors. Professional, government and independent surveyors collected global positioning system (GPS) data simultaneously using various methods including handheld GPS devices and more sophisticated surveying equipment.     As a result, NOAA is expecting a large influx of data submitted to its Online Positioning User Service (OPUS), new database tool that allows surveyors, engineers, and other users to... (read more)
2011-03-24 12:00:00

Office Surveying Software Integrates Gatewing X100 UAS

Trimble has introduced version 3.00 of its office surveying software. Trimble Business Center Software version 3.00 is a surveying office software suite designed to manage, analyse and process all field survey data, including optical, GNSS and imaging data. The updated version features photogrammetry enhancements, including the ability to process images from the Gatewing X100 unmanned aerial system (UAS). Trimble Business Center and its integration with UAS data introduces extra capabilities to surveyors. Surveyors, engineers and geospatial data managers can increase their productivity, efficiency and quality of deliverables through the software's aerial data processing capabilities, said Erik Arvesen, vice president of... (read more)
2013-05-17 09:45:39

13th PAQS Conference

Commission 10, Construction Economics and Management, has lately focused its activities on project management, but quantity surveying is still a high-status item on its agenda. To increase co-operation with other quantity and cost-engineering associations, FIG accepted the gracious invitation from the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) to attend its 13th Annual Congress in Kuala Lumpur on 17th and 18th August 2009.   Delegates FIG was represented at this congress by Andrew Morley, chair, FIG Commission 10, and CheeHai Teo, vice-president. Over 450 delegates attended the congress from more than twenty countries; substantial delegations arrived from Brunei, Singapore, PR China... (read more)
2009-12-04 11:47:33

New Trimble Optical Total Stations

Trimble has introduced a wide range of new additions to its innovative portfolio of optical survey systems, giving surveyors a comprehensive selection of solutions for surveying and engineering applications.     Originally introduced in 2007, the Trimble S8 Total Station is Trimble's most advanced Autolock and Robotic total station. New 0.5" accuracy models have been added for demanding engineering projects such as monitoring, precision build, and high-speed railway applications that require the highest levels of accuracy available.   The Trimble S8 Total Station product line has also been extended to include a new model with video-enabled robotic control to improve... (read more)
2010-01-13 05:15:34

The Role of Surveyors in the Evolution of BIM

Building information modelling (BIM) is becoming more commonplace within construction sectors globally, combining technology with improved collaboration to better manage projects and give them the best chance of complying with time and budget constraints. However, the BIM life cycle and efforts to espouse it are almost futile if surveying is taken out of the equation or, more realistically, brought in too late. It can be good to have a structure that is successfully using BIM to be delivered on time and within budget, but if it or any of its components are in the wrong position, the consequences can be... (read more)
2019-10-02 10:25:44

Handheld Land Administration Mapping Methods in Kenya

Institution of Surveyors of Kenya Demonstrates Alternative Approaches
Fit-for-purpose approaches to land administration have been tested in Kenya, with a focus on the provision of land titles with inclusiveness for all in an approach that is affordable, fast and ‘good enough’. Earlier this year a group of Kenyan surveyors performed a field test in Makueni County, collecting land data using handheld devices. This first test was a learning experience; a more comprehensive test must be conducted to prove the scalability of the approach. The fit-for-purpose approach recommends the use of ‘visual boundaries’ to identify the delineation of land rights. There are many naturally visible boundaries in rural areas... (read more)
2017-06-01 08:57:27

Selecting Cameras for UAV Surveys

A Review of Cameras Popular amongst Aerial Surveyors
With the boom in the use of consumer-grade cameras on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for surveying and photogrammetric applications, this article seeks to review a range of different cameras and their critical attributes. Firstly, it establishes the most important considerations when selecting a camera for surveying. Secondly, the authors make a number of recommendations at various price points. While this list is not exhaustive, it is intended to present a line of reasoning that UAV practitioners should consider when selecting a camera for survey purposes. Weight, velocity and flight time Weight is an important consideration for aerial imaging that is often... (read more)
2016-10-06 10:19:18
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