Maptek to ‘Switch on Innovation’ at technology conference in Johannesburg

Integrated solutions developer Maptek invites African mining professionals to gather at Switch on Innovation to learn ways Maptek technology fulfils their productivity and safety goals.   The conference will be held at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg from August 30 to September 1. The dynamic program includes product showcases, software workshops and practical demonstrations of hardware technology.   Maptek […]

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A Portable Scanning Solution

Background MK Surveys, based in the UK has been using 3D laser scanners since 2002. They offer a wide range of professional measurement services including; topographical surveys, measured building surveys, mobile mapping, 3D laser scanning, BIM, 3D modelling (CAD / Revit), HDR (High Dynamic Range) imagery, utility surveys to PAS128 standard, CCTV drainage condition surveys, adoption surveys, GIS data capture […]

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More Than a Map – Property Management Methods Enhancing Tax Modernization

Introduction The quest for a sustainable and transparent approach to managing property records in Latin America has been challenging. A variety of approaches have been employed yet most yield little results for generating accurate, fair and consistent tax revenue. México is one country that is implementing social reforms to modernize processes in property appraisals, land registration, invoicing alternatives, and tax […]

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Orbit GT to support 3D Laser Mapping “ROBIN” system at GeoBusiness, London

London, UK, May 24th, 2016. Orbit GT, world leader in Mobile Mapping software solutions, fully supports the launch of the mobile mapping system “ROBIN” by 3D Laser Mapping, at London’s GeoBusiness show. “We’re proud to fully support our partner 3D Laser Mapping in their release of the ‘ROBIN’ Mobile Mapping system,“ says Peter Bonne, CEO of Orbit GT. “We especially […]

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10 Times Speed-up: Producing High-Quality 3D Maps from Lidar

DIPPER, a spin-off company from the University of Twente (Enschede, the Netherlands), provides a breakthrough solution on processing massive lidar data in an accurate and efficient way. It offers comprehensive services on lidar data processing and 3D scene modelling. The self-developed software is highly automatic, enabling DIPPER to create high quality 3D maps for 10,000 buildings within only one week, […]

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Top 5 Considerations for Choosing Lidar for Outdoor Robots

Designing a robot for outdoor use – for example, in agricultural or mining robots—comes with a unique set of considerations when selecting navigational hardware. For example, outdoor robots must contend with inclement weather, blinding sunlight, and variable temperatures that can interfere with scanner function and impair reliability.  But choosing the right laser scanner (Lidar) ensures accurate navigation and extends the […]

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ClearEdge3D and INOVX announce new partnership

Monday May 9, 2016 – ClearEdge3D Inc. and INOVX Solutions Inc. are pleased to announce they have signed a collaboration agreement to better leverage both companies and their technologies. The key objective is to increase value in solutions offered by both ClearEdge3D and INOVX through efficiently creating and better utilizing and maintaining intelligent 3D models built from point clouds. The […]

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Automated Feature Extraction Goes Mainstream

Background Civil Maps is an artificial intelligence (AI) start-up based in Silicon Valley.  Over the past couple of years, they have developed industry leading technologies for the autonomous vehicle industry.  Their key technologies include automated registration of LiDAR point clouds without the need for ground control points, automated feature extraction to rapidly produce large area maps, and Scout, their low-cost […]

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NM Group collaborate with Harris Corporation to provide Geiger-mode LiDAR to distribution utilities

In an industry first, Harris Corporation and NM Group now offer Geiger-mode LiDAR for aerially mapping power networks. This emergent technology allows large geographic areas to be acquired in a single economic flight. LiDAR is an established technique for companies operating and maintaining electricity networks. It can improve the safety, reliability and capacity of a network through processes such as […]

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Orbit GT launches AutoCAD MAP plugin for Mobile Mapping

Lokeren, Belgium, May 10th, 2016. Orbit GeoSpatial Technologies is pleased to announce the launch of the Mobile Mapping plugin for AutoCAD MAP. “We’re pleased to announce that from today, every AutoCAD user now has access to the vast volumes of Mobile Mapping data”, says Peter Bonne, CEO of Orbit GT. “By connecting to our Publisher, the AutoCAD MAP user consumers […]

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Tying Data Together

The LiDAR profession continues to evolve and with evolution comes new solutions, innovation and analytics which causes the provider of data to evaluate the best solution for the application. Merrick & Company uses most every remote sensing technology to provide solutions to most mapping applications. One of the more challenging aspects of combining technologies is making all the data fit […]

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Bentley Systems Issues Call for Submissions to 2016 Be Inspired Awards for Excellence in Infrastructure

EXTON, Pa., U.S.A. – May 3, 2016 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced its call for submissions to the 2016 Be Inspired Awards program. The deadline for entries is May 30, 2016. The awards, which are selected by independent juries of industry experts, recognize the extraordinary work of organizations […]

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Delights and Challenges When Scanning in Africa

A hidden Ethiopian treasure history of Yemrehanna Kristos Yemrehanna Kristos is one of Ethiopia’s lesser known and, maybe for that reason, better preserved churches compared to churches of Lalibela. Built by a Zagwe king-priest of the same name, around the 12th century, this church is an outstanding example of a late Axumite design. It was, and still is, an important […]

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Industrial Geomatics

This article in Hydrocarbon Engineering proposes the use of “industrial geomatics” as an emerging part of the 3D intelligent management of plant facilities. It is an interesting combination of terms and I think…Read More at In The Scan

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Indoor Localization Competition

The Microsoft Indoor Localization Competition is a well-known annual benchmark for assessing many approaches to indoor localization. The purpose of the competition was to bring together real-time indoor location technologies and compare their performance in the same space. The competition had nearly 50 competitors in 2D and the more challenging 3D category. Each team…Read More at In The Scan

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Dignity in 3D

Direct Dimensions has had the opportunity to work on many amazing art projects in the last fifteen years ranging from documenting famous sculptures for museums to working with talented local artists. One of our recent projects has been a partnership with Zachary Oxman, a sculptor based in nearby Bethesda, Maryland. Mr. Oxman is known for his bronze art work as […]

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Michigan-based Surveying Firm Expands With Purchase of Second Mobile Mapping System

Standish, Michigan – April, 2016 Surveying Solutions, Inc. (SSI), a leading geospatial service provider, is excited to announce the purchase of their second VMX Mobile LiDAR system. SSI’s acquisition of the new RIEGL VMX-1HA will aid in the expansion of their robust mapping portfolio. SSI is also the first firm in the U.S. to purchase the new VMX-1HA system. With an […]

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The Impact of Software on the Lidar Industry

The Trusty Slide Rule I’m sitting here looking at the Sun Hemmi slide rule that I keep on my desk (I have been using it as a ruler over the past several decades) and I reflect that this wonderful device never required any software updates or battery charges, yet it still delivers very accurate advanced mathematical calculations. One could postulate […]

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GNSS – The Rest of the Picture

Matching the GNSS solution to the project continues to be an issue. In the previous article we looked at projects that were widely varying in requirements. First we reviewed the most general case requiring positioning to only a meter or more. Next we saw how an RTK system may be an appropriate solution for UAVs with the LOS restriction and […]

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ZEB-REVO – A Revolution in Mobile Indoor Mapping

GeoSLAM are delighted to announce the launch of the ZEB-REVO – the next generation in our range of mobile, handheld 3D laser scanners. The ZEB-REVO builds upon the success of its predecessor, the award winning ZEB1, with a faster scanner, even simpler operation and greater versatility. At its core is GeoSLAM’s industry leading Simultaneous Localisation And Mapping (SLAM) algorithm, which […]

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