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

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

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 to understand if you're not a software engineer. Good news: There are a few criteria you can use to judge SLAM algorithms. These criteria will help you understand what sets... (read more)
2019-12-24 09:48:10

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

3D Modelling for Construction

When it comes to 3D modelling for construction, what are the advantages and disadvantages of photogrammetry versus Lidar in terms of accuracy, complexity and cost? Breaking away from laser measurement in construction is a taboo subject, perhaps hampering the use of photogrammetry. In construction, aerial survey has enormous time-saving benefits for measuring groundwork areas. Data can be used for asset classification, construction validation as well as health and safety. In particular, regular scans provide a time series of work in progress to detect new issues, managing risk rather than responding to it. This article looks at the state of the... (read more)
2019-10-15 03:28:52

Teledyne Optech to Preview New Compact Airborne and Mobile Lidar Solutions

Teledyne Optech is poised to make an impact at Intergeo during its 45th Anniversary this year with new technologies in airborne, mobile and compact Lidar solutions. The company invites guests to visit its exhibit to learn about new solutions designed to take survey and mapping operations to the next level of precision, accuracy and efficiency. On display at in hall 3 (booth B3.042) Teledyne Optech will feature its CL-360, a new addition to its Compact Lidar suite of products enabling OEM hardware manufacturers and integrators to develop the next-generation of best-in-class UAV, mobile, and terrestrial scanning solutions for a wide variety of applications. Also on... (read more)
2019-09-12 01:06:29

Blockchain – An Emerging Opportunity for Surveyors?

Every so often, a revolutionary digital breakthrough emerges. The most recent is a technology allowing a decentralized, reliable and verifiable record of transactions, which is maintained across multiple computers using peer-to-peer networking and cryptography: blockchain. Blockchain technology can be used to store information about construction project management, building management, property management, utilities management and even data drawn from the ever-growing network of sensors that are part of the Internet of Things (IoT). The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) recently issued a relevant insight paper on this topic. Blockchain came to public prominence as the digital architecture underpinning Bitcoin and other... (read more)
2020-02-17 08:33:29
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