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

Trimble Adds New Innovation to Flagship GNSS Solution

Trimble has introduced the Trimble R12i GNSS receiver, the latest addition to its Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) portfolio. The Trimble R12i incorporates Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)-based tilt compensation using Trimble TIP technology, which enables points to be measured or staked out while the survey rod is tilted. This empowers land surveyors to focus on the job at hand and complete work faster and more accurately.  The IMU-based tilt compensation capability of the Trimble R12i builds on Trimble’s highly regarded ProPoint GNSS positioning engine which, according to the company, delivers more than 30% better performance in challenging environments compared to... (read more)
2020-09-02 10:13:02

Innovation and the Extending Reach of Geospatial Intelligence

The need for geospatial intelligence has never been so great. Today’s global challenges are reinforcing a growing requirement for precise location information and situational awareness insight about assets, resources, vehicles and people. This is for economic reasons as well as environmental and societal ones. The importance of the sector is also reflected in the UK’s Geospatial Strategy, “Unlocking the power of location” as recently launched by the Geospatial Commission. Underpinning technological advances The convergence of some core technology developments, including many associated with Industry 4.0, is driving advances in geospatial solutions and the opportunity for further innovation. With the emerging digital era... (read more)
2020-08-25 09:53:19

Kaarta Introduces New Solution for Large 3D Datasets

Kaarta, the innovator of real-time mobile 3D reality capture, has announced Kaarta Cloud, a new solution to process, store and share 3D spaces. It provides a fast, convenient and flexible workflow from field capture to finished data. Kaarta Cloud offloads the heavy lifting of the crucial processing of large 3D datasets. It offers the horsepower of an ultra-high performance parallel-processed network to tackle the load of processing massive reality capture files, far surpassing the computing power available on any local workstation or Kaarta device. SLAM and cloud-based processing Under the hood is Kaarta Engine, Kaarta’s patent-pending advanced 3D mapping and... (read more)
2020-07-20 11:58:20

Kaarta Announces Stencil Pro Mobile Mapping System

Kaarta, a specialist in real-time mobile 3D reality capture, is introducing Stencil Pro, a professional-grade mobile mapping platform with high-quality dimensional and visual fidelity. The multipurpose Stencil Pro mobile mapping system provides accurate results with impressive speed, even in challenging environments such as in underground mines or along utility corridors. An all-in-one system to scan, process and view captured data in real time, Stencil Pro offers panoramic high-definition 4K imagery and colourized point clouds. With robust surround-view perception in a wide range of light conditions, Stencil Pro is optimized for both indoor and outdoor performance. Featuring a 32-line high-density, low-noise Lidar with... (read more)
2020-06-04 10:12:32

UAS Mapping – Where Is It Heading?

The use of a UAS to acquire geodata for mapping purposes has evolved beyond infancy and is now rapidly maturing. How will it evolve in the foreseeable future? The use of an unmanned aerial system (UAS) – cameras and Lidar sensors mounted on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or ‘drone’) – to acquire geodata for mapping purposes has evolved beyond infancy and is now rapidly maturing. How will UAS mapping evolve in the foreseeable future? To envisage where exactly UAS technology is heading, it is appropriate to start with the big picture before examining the details. So what is the... (read more)
2020-05-13 04:05:36

Harxon Debuts Ruggedized Antenna HX-CVX600A for I-construction Machining Applications

The Harxon HX-CVX600A offers full support for reliable and consistent tracking of satellite signals including GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou, QZSS, IRNSS, SBAS as well as L-band correction services. It has a very stable phase centre that is based on multipoint feeding technology, exceptional low-elevation satellite tracking with symmetric radiation patterns, high gain with ultralow signal loss, as well as outstanding wide-angle circular polarization (WACP). The Harxon HX-CVX600A delivers remarkable positioning accuracy and provides end users with full control of the job site, enabling them to perform tasks more productively, meet tighter positioning specifications and avoid rework caused by inaccurate positioning.... (read more)
2020-05-11 02:41:40

The Evolution of the Smart Surveyor

5 Trends Affecting Surveying, Bringing about the Next-generation Surveyor
These five trends currently affecting surveying are set to bring about the next-generation 'smart surveyor'. Surveyors are a versatile and flexible bunch. As the current COVID-19 situation has proven, this group, like others, has had to find new ways of operating. As illustrated by this article itself, which was originally planned as a presentation called 'Sensor Fusion for the Smart Surveyor' at the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) Working Week 2020, adapting to a new platform for information sharing is becoming the new normal. In FIG Commission 5 – Positioning and Measurement and FIG Commission 6 – Engineering Surveys, the... (read more)
2020-05-08 02:17:02

Qinertia PPK Software Now Supports Third-party IMUs

SBG Systems’ popular INS/GNSS PPK software called Qinertia now covers all surveyors’ projects by offering a licence dedicated to GNSS post-processing, according to the France-based company. Open to the world, Qinertia supports all major GNSS receivers and is now open to third-party IMUs. Qinertia has been designed to offer a comprehensive suite of post-processing software to the geospatial world. It accepts all major GNSS manufacturers, and supports proprietary protocols from Novatel, Septentrio, Trimble and Ublox for a straightforward workflow. It is one of the first full-featured post-processing software to offer a native support for Ublox F9 RTK receivers, reducing the... (read more)
2020-05-06 09:40:54

Casablanca’s Medina Buildings Monitored during Tunnel Construction

Vibrations during the construction of a new 1,890m tunnel adjacent to Casablanca’s Old Medina, the 250-year-old section of the famed Moroccan city, challenged the stability of its historically important buildings. It was essential to monitor in real time the effects on the Medina’s aging buildings and to confirm that the construction work meets all engineering standards and guidelines. Therefore ETAFAT, a geospatial information acquisition and processing company, used the Nikon XF total station to perform more than 100 daily inspections. The ETAFAT team relied on optical targets placed on building facades whose coordinates were determined by forced centering to complete... (read more)
2020-02-27 09:33:10
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