Trimble 4D Control Software Provides Greater Geotechnical Sensor Support

Trimble has updated its core real-time monitoring software – Trimble 4D Control. Building on the recently released version 5.0, this update delivers support for Senceive’s wireless monitoring systems, streamlining the configuration process for users and delivering real-time data from geotechnical sensors to one common platform. By receiving data through Senceive’s wireless gateways into Trimble 4D Control software, project stakeholders can quickly and easily monitor critical infrastructure such as buildings surrounding construction sites, rail and tunnel projects as well as mines, dams and bridges. The announcement was made at Intergeo 2019, the world’s largest conference on geodesy, geoinformatics and land management.... (read more)
2019-09-23 10:22:35

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

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

What's the Difference Between SLAM Algorithms for Handheld Lidar?

To get the full story when researching handheld Lidar scanners, you also need to compare the SLAM algorithms. These three criteria will help you: processing speed, sensor integration and colorization. While researching handheld Lidar scanners, you will probably scour spec sheets, cross-reference features, and read about software workflows. But that will get you only part of the way to understanding the market – you will also need to compare the simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) algorithms that power these devices and enable them to create a point cloud as you walk. The problem is that SLAM algorithms can be difficult... (read more)
2019-12-24 09:48:10

The Evolution of the Smart Surveyor

5 Trends Affecting Surveying, Bringing about the Next-generation 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. Even this article is an adjustment. Originally planned as a presentation, Sensor Fusion for the Smart Surveyor,  for 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 focus is an ever-evolving adoption of new technologies and integrating methods with various instruments and sensors to help... (read more)
2020-05-08 02:17:02

Hexagon Introduces Visualization Platform for Accurate Digital Representation of Real World

Hexagon has announced the introduction of HxDR, a new cloud-based, digital-reality visualization platform. HxDR creates accurate digital representations of the real world through the seamless combination of reality capture data from airborne, ground and mobile sensors. Users can then leverage the complete, accurate and precise replicas to visualize and share their 3D design projects and models within a real-world context. For the first time, airborne imagery and laser scans, indoor and outdoor terrestrial scan data and mobile mapping data can be seamlessly combined using HxDR. Users simply drag and drop their reality capture files into HxDR and the automated meshing... (read more)
2020-01-08 08:20:53

New Integration Partnership Between Teledyne Optech and LiDARUSA

Teledyne Optech has announced that its newest compact Lidar sensor, Teledyne Optech’s CL-360, is available for purchase through its second integration partnership with LiDARUSA. Optimized for UAV and mobile applications through industry-leading scan speed, vegetation penetration and small-object detection, the CL-360 has enabled LiDARUSA to design a product that offers premium performance, data quality and collection efficiency for UAV and mobile projects. LiDARUSA has successfully integrated the CL-360 within its Snoopy System, delivering scans with fully usable data as far as 60 degrees off nadir. The scan speed of up to 250 lines per second enables the CL-360 to generate... (read more)
2020-03-31 12:05:45

Dutch Partnership Designs "World's First" 3D Printed FPR Bridge

Royal HaskoningDHV, CEAD and DSM have announced that they have designed the first lightweight 3D printed FRP pedestrian bridge prototype using a composite material. It consists of a glass filled thermoplastic PET (Arnite®) and is combined with continuous glass fibres which are added in the 3D printing process. This unique combination offers high strength with extreme versatility and sustainability. Together, the three companies are leading a revolution in bridge construction and design. To build a 3D printed bridge Royal HaskoningDHV, an international engineering and project management consultancy, wanted and partnered with DSM, a global science-based company in nutrition, health and... (read more)
2019-09-11 09:03:25

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

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
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