Apple Unveils New iPad Pro with Lidar Scanner

Apple has announced its most advanced iPad Pro ever, which even includes a Lidar scanner. Equipped with the A12Z Bionic chip, the new iPad Pro is faster and more powerful than many PC laptops. The breakthrough Lidar scanner delivers depth-sensing capabilities, opening up more specialized workflows and supporting professional photo and video apps in combination with the ultrawide camera and studio-quality microphones. The Lidar scanner – along with pro cameras, motion sensors, pro performance, pro audio, a Liquid Retina display and powerful apps – lends weight to Apple's ambition to offer the world’s best device for augmented reality (AR). The... (read more)
2020-03-23 01:54:42

No Trade Shows and Conferences… So What Are the Alternatives?

Now that most trade shows and conferences are being cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, professionals in the geospatial industry are looking for other ways to keep one another informed. Perhaps you’re launching a new laser scanner or indoor mapping solution, or you want to share knowledge about innovative methods that achieve real efficiency gains… but which platforms can you use instead of physical events? At 'GIM International', we offer several possibilities to fill the gaps in your communication strategy. A webinar is an excellent alternative to presenting details of your research or survey project at an industry... (read more)
2020-03-17 10:37:51

Expanding Horizons: Geospatial Predictions for 2020

From New York to Dubai to Myanmar, smart cities have been increasingly springing up across the globe. As more countries start to digitally transform, the futuristic cities and state-of-the-art gadgets that once belonged only in the realms of science fiction may soon become our reality... and they will be made possible with the advancement of the geospatial industry. The global geospatial analytics market is estimated to be worth USD$134.48 billion by 2025; with the market registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15% from 2019 to 2025[1]. Asia Pacific is also expected to see the highest growth during that... (read more)
2020-02-27 09:45:08

Bluesky to Use Lidar to Capture Wales from the Air

Aerial mapping company Bluesky International has been awarded a contract by Natural Resources Wales, on behalf of the Welsh government, to conduct a high-resolution laser-mapped aerial survey of the whole of Wales. Working alongside Natural Resources Wales and the Welsh government, Bluesky will capture the data at a resolution of 2 points per metre before processing and delivering Lidar data for more than 20,000 square kilometres of the rural and urban landscape. The Bluesky Lidar data will be employed in a range of policy areas including flood modelling, forestry management, coastline monitoring, urban planning and archaeological conservation. In addition to... (read more)
2020-02-27 09:03:29

Topcon Provides Modern Survey Equipment for Heritage Project

The church of St Mary and St Ethelburga is situated in Lyminge, a village rich with Anglo-Saxon history in Kent, England. The building and surrounding churchyard have seen many changes over the years and boast their own intriguing history, but have also been hiding the remains of a 7th-century church for almost 90 years. As part of the ‘Pathways to the Past: Exploring the Legacy of Ethelburga’ project, Lyminge Parish Church Council joined forces with the University of Reading and Topcon Positioning GB to explore the heritage of the site using modern-day technology. Dr Gabor Thomas, associate professor in Early... (read more)
2020-02-26 09:46:58

The Smartphone as a Professional Mapping Tool

To what extent will the smartphone become a professional mapping tool? Modern smartphones already contain many of the important functions to be used as mapping tools. However, whether they are suitable for use as such professionally depends not only on the built-in sensors, but also on the available computing power, RAM and data storage capacity. For data acquisition, a smartphone usually has two to three cameras, a GNSS sensor, an acceleration sensor and a gyroscope for positioning the system in 3D space. In addition, a smartphone has a magnetometer which displays the orientation or north direction by a compass, and... (read more)
2020-02-05 03:54:54

How to Choose Between the Many Geodata Acquisition Systems?

When the need arises for new acquisition equipment, whether because of expansion due to business success or to replace outdated tools, how can geospatial professionals decide beteen the countless alternatives on offer? Read on for some pointers from independent geomatics consultant Mathias Lemmens. How can we choose between the many geodata acquisition systems when our equipment needs replacing or we’re expanding due to business success? This seemingly simple question is surprisingly hard to answer, so I will outline some considerations. Improving workflows focused on a few, well-defined applications entails other concerns than when multiple business fields are covered. If your... (read more)
2020-02-24 01:35:33

SLS-1 Mobile Laser Scanner

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2020-02-19 09:36:24

Leica Geosystems Launches New MultiStation

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, has unveiled the new Leica Nova MS60. According to the company, the MS60 MultiStation brings sensor fusion to the next level by combining upgraded faster 3D laser scanning capabilities, GNSS connectivity and digital imaging with a highest-end total station.  The MS60 features several laser scanning updates, including an incredibly fast scanning speed of up to 30,000 points per second, optimized scan area definitions, adapted scan managements, and an improved scanning path for zenith scans. The MS60 is also equipped with the unique AutoHeight feature, enabling users to save time by automatically measuring the instrument’s height... (read more)
2020-02-19 08:59:05

How Will the Surveyor’s Role Look in 10 Years’ Time?

Over the next ten years, the surveyor’s workflow will become quicker, safer and easier because of new technologies like scanning, mobile mapping and UAS photogrammetry. Virtual layout, aided by the increasing use of augmented reality technologies, will require fewer physical stakes in the ground. Due to the transformation of the physical world into a digital one, digital twins will take centre stage, with surveyors called upon to convey meaningful information from the model back to the physical world. Demand will increase for surveyors’ expertise in time-based analysis of changing site conditions, such as monitoring installations for volume-changing and deformation analysis.... (read more)
2020-02-18 02:00:59
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