Technology Taking Off - Survey Association UAV Conference 2013

Richard Groom reports back from the Survey Association’s recent UAV conference at the Newark showground in June. Sadly the weather limited the flying display but delegates still got a real understanding of the latest technology for mapping. The Civil Aviation Authority prefers the term “unmanned aircraft” (UA) to unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or system (UAS). This may sound pedantic but (thankfully) logic and order are fundamental to air traffic control. And the first speaker, Gerry Corbett, who is in Flight Operations Policy at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), says that the same principles apply to piloting an aircraft, whether they are... (read more)
2017-01-25 02:52:34

Topcon Releases MAGNET Software Suite for Optimised Workflow

Topcon Positioning Group announces the release of the latest edition of its suite of software solutions — MAGNET 5. Packed with new features, the release includes upgrades to the MAGNET Field, Office and Enterprise applications designed for advanced performance, third-party integration, and construction planning and oversight capability. “MAGNET Field operators can now avoid losing time switching between screens thanks to new flexible display options. Users can simply select and stake surfaces, and drive survey sessions directly from the map. The screen also includes a configurable favourites toolbar, and additional customisable data labels. Additionally, operators can view GNSS status when the... (read more)
2018-06-25 10:26:01

Esri Releases Survey123 for ArcGIS with Spike Integration

Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, has announced the software release of Survey123 for ArcGIS mobile application with Spike, a laser measurement solution by ikeGPS. This paired technology accelerates field data capture and asset inspection activities. Spike allows users to measure hard-to-reach objects from a distance simply by taking a photo with their smartphone or tablet. Users can then capture real-time measurements from that image, including areas, elevations, distances between two points, and GPS/GNSS location. Use of the Survey123 integration with Spike will be of particular interest to organisations that routinely utilise mobile workflows for asset and facilities management, field... (read more)
2018-03-14 10:16:56

senseFly and Trimble Optimise Workflow for Geospatial Drone Operators

senseFly, a leading producer of professional drone solutions, has announced a new software integration with Trimble, which optimises the drone mapping workflow for geospatial professionals. The new integration between the companies' software ensures the smoothest possible end-to-end mapping drone (UAS) workflow. senseFly operators can now, within the recently launched eMotion 3.5 drone software, transform a senseFly S.O.D.A. camera’s georeferenced imagery into an automatically collated project (.jxl format). This enables the simple, one-click import of drone imagery into the Trimble Business Center Aerial Photogrammetry module without the need for manual project creation and organisation of images. The senseFly-to-Trimble mapping workflow becomes... (read more)
2018-04-05 10:11:20

Bringing Geomatics and Geospatial Professionals Closer - GEO Business 2017

Event chair, Steven Eglinton, director of GeoEnable and vice-chair of AGI, urges geospatial professionals to come together for two days of conferences, workshops and exhibitions to learn, network, share and collaborate. While GEO Business’ roots are in survey and geomatics, the event has broadened into ‘geospatial’. It covers not only data capture, but data processing, management, use, re-use, maintenance and how to add value to business. It looks at the whole spectrum of what ‘geospatial’ can mean. Organisations represented include: Association for Geographic Information (AGI) Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Royal Institution of... (read more)
2017-04-04 04:14:58

We Have the Skills and Tools

Welcome to the first edition of a new year, with a refreshed layout and a renewed focus on how GIS can help people and organisations make informed decisions. We offer the tools, skills and data sources, but it’s up to others to draw the conclusions to make businesses successful, governments make the right decisions or deliver the right services and for people to gain the information they need to hold governments in check. The use of GPS and GIS to help track restoration work in Florida’s Everglades, one of the world’s important wetlands and centre for wading and migrating birds... (read more)
2017-02-16 10:29:46

The Global Geospatial Industry Outlook

The Indian company Geospatial Media and Communications has produced a thought-provoking report on the Global Geospatial Industry and published it online. Ian Masser reviews this report. This 128 page report is divided into four main sections. These include a short section describing the methodology that was developed for the exercise. This followed by a longer section discussing the main global geospatial industry trends and emerging business processes. The third section of the report presents the findings of the analysis in the form of a geospatial readiness index of fifty nations. The concluding section contains details of the sponsors of the... (read more)
2017-08-07 12:58:20

Trimble Adds to Unity Smart Water Management Software

Trimble has announced the latest version of its smart water management software—Trimble Unity 3.8. Trimble Unity is a cloud-based, GIS-centric Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution that offers a suite of applications and tools for the water, wastewater, storm water and environmental water industry. Trimble Unity enables customers to monitor real-time operations, deploy smart meters, assess the condition of assets, reduce leakage and non-revenue water (NRW), and locate and map critical infrastructure using Trimble high-accuracy GNSS mapping technologies. Version 3.8 extends the platform’s capabilities to include proactive asset performance monitoring with the integration of Trimble Telog wireless Internet of Things (IoT) remote monitoring... (read more)
2017-04-11 02:52:46

How Modern Water Monitoring Systems Improve Flooding and Water Risks

Mitigation Doubles Systems Efficiency
Our climate is changing; in many parts of the world water levels are changing. Storms knock out power and cause more floods than ever, whether or not you live on a coastline or near a river. More effective water level monitoring and flood warning systems will mean less insurance claims and a reduced need for relief funding, saving everyone time and money. New technological developments make water monitoring systems cost a fraction (less than 50%) of what they did just a few years ago. Geospatial data is an important pillar. The ubiquity and proliferation of cost-effective Industrial IoT sensor hardware makes it... (read more)
2018-07-23 10:25:52

GIS Enabling a Smarter World - Esri User Conference 2017

On the 16 May 2017 for the fourth year running, the QEII Conference centre in bustling Westminster, within walking distance to the houses of parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the London Eye in the distance played host to the popular Esri UK Annual Conference. With record-breaking attendance of 3,000 visitors it was clear that the industry was here for the event and not the sightseeing! ‘GIS Enabling a Smarter World’ was the theme of the conference and delegates were welcomed in the Plenary by Pete Wilkinson, Head of Professional Services Group Esri UK, who gave a brief overview of... (read more)
2017-08-07 11:13:08
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