Bluesky 3D Models Improve 5G and Smart City Network Planning

3D digital models derived from high-resolution aerial photography are helping network operators plan the rollout of services including WISP (Fixed Wireless Access), 5G and Smart City applications. The work by Leeds based Wireless Coverage uses Digital Terrain and Surface (DTM / DSM) models. Derived from Bluesky’s aerial photography, the models are used within Wireless Coverage’s WISDM software which uses GPU Acceleration technology to create dynamic coverage maps. These maps are already being used to help operators plan network infrastructure, undertake property level look-ups and conduct marketing campaigns. “Recent jumps in wireless technology allow huge uplifts in speed of data access... (read more)
2019-03-08 10:17:14

Eye-bot Aerial Solutions Creates Highly Accurate 3D Vertical Monopole Models

ContextCapture Safely Collects More Data Faster to Build Precise Reality Meshes
In 2017, Eye-bot Aerial Solutions, a drone service company, completed a 3D reality model of cell tower antennas in Springdale, Pennsylvania. The project team at Eye-bot initiated the Springdale Monopole project to improve model fidelity, positional accuracy, and photo-realism by comprehensively modelling vertical monopole structures that feature transparent, complex cross-bracing. In the long term, Eye-bot strives to use the enhanced models to help create standardized 3D modelling workflows. The organization specializes in using unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) photogrammetry to generate 3D models of cell towers. Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Eye-bot has worked within several industries, including industrial manufacturing, oil and... (read more)
2019-03-06 12:58:16

FARO Introduces FARO RevEng for Design Professionals

FARO, a 3D measurement and imaging company for 3D design, has announced the immediate availability of FARO RevEng. This software platform provides FARO Design ScanArm and FARO 8-Axis FaroArm system users with a tool that enables a comprehensive digital design experience ( RevEng addresses a variety of reverse engineering and design challenges across a range of industries including Automotive Aftermarket, Research & Development, Heritage Preservation, Industrial Machinery, Engineering Services and Computer Graphics. Best in Class Scan to Design Capability Features include: Seamlessly scan, capture and display point clouds in colour Generate point clouds geometrically and visually accurate relative to the scanned object Convert the point cloud... (read more)
2019-02-22 10:28:04

Trimble MAPS Launched to Advance Map-centric Technology

Trimble has announced the launch of a new division, Trimble MAPS (Maps and Applications for Professional Solutions), positioning the organization as an authoritative source and global provider of routing, scheduling, visualization and navigation solutions designed specifically for commercial use. "Map intelligence for positioning and movement of vehicles, workforces and assets has been fundamental in Trimble's solutions in agriculture, construction, forestry and other markets throughout the company's 40-year history. For that reason, it was a logical direction to create a division dedicated to driving the next generation of commercial map-centric technologies," said Bryn Fosburgh, Trimble senior vice president. "Traditional consumer mapping applications... (read more)
2019-02-18 11:44:13

NavVis Deploys SLAM to Automatically Remove Point Cloud Artifacts

NavVis, the Germany-based global provider of indoor spatial intelligence solutions for enterprises, has released new software for the NavVis M6 indoor mobile mapping system (IMMS) that automatically detects and removes dynamic objects and object fringe points from point clouds during the post-processing of scan data. Fringe points and dynamic objects are two common types of point cloud artifacts that affect all 3D laser scanning devices. Fringe points arise when a laser beam hits the edge of an object as well as its background. This scattered beam ultimately appears as a so-called fringe around the edge of the object in the... (read more)
2019-02-14 10:28:24

Esri Partners with Fracta to Bring Innovation to the Water Industry

Fracta, who applying Machine Learning to assessing aging water infrastructure, has announced a partnership with Esri. They will provide municipal and investor-owned water utilities a solution that visualizes and assesses the Likelihood of Failure, Consequence of Failure, and Business Risk Exposure associated with aging water distribution water mains. The integrated software will enable these utilities to make fast, accurate and capital-efficient risk mitigation decisions about buried water main infrastructure. It will also provide an architectural framework to readily integrate with other important software applications used by water utilities for Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS), and Hydraulic Modelling.... (read more)
2019-02-07 10:34:12

Multivista Partners with DroneDeploy to Advance UAV Mapping

Multivista, part of Hexagon, has announced a partnership with DroneDeploy, a cloud software platform for commercial drones, to expand project management capabilities for the construction industry. Thanks to sophisticated platform integration, Multivista users now have access to an array of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) resources. “This is the most robust and dynamic integration Multivista has developed to date,” said Graham Twigg, chief technology officer at Multivista. “We’ve created a platform that serves up our captured aerial data in the most appropriate form for each project stakeholder – those who need to inspect can view, those who need to quantify can... (read more)
2019-01-23 10:15:45

OGC Request for Information: 'Mixed Reality to the Edge' Concept Development Study

As part of its 'Mixed Reality to the Edge' Concept Development Study (CDS), the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is requesting information about needs and solutions involved in the automation of workflows that curate, discover, process, integrate and publish (disseminate) 3D/4D geospatial content to users at ‘the edge’. In this sense, ‘the edge’ represents field-deployed users with mobile devices that may have only limited or no internet connectivity (also known as denied, disconnected, intermittent and limited bandwidth (DDIL) environments). Users at ‘the edge’ include first responders, field-deployed utility workers, war-fighters and others. The volume and variety of spatial and temporal data... (read more)
2019-01-09 11:36:09

The Expanding Field of 3D City Model Applications

The application space of 3D city models has expanded hand in hand with technical advancements. In addition to the ‘traditional’ use cases in urban planning and zoning, 3D city models are expected to facilitate energy analysis, detailed architectural visualisation, interactive and immersive applications development, and participatory GIS. All this places challenging requirements on 3D city model platforms. The discussion about 3D city models is further complicated by the amount of different platforms used for 3D city model applications. In addition to the professional GIS/CAD tools, 3D city models are used on game engines and various web-based 3D viewers, such as... (read more)
2018-12-13 11:38:36

Queensland Mandates BIM on Large Government Projects

Queensland has announced a new policy requiring Building Information Modelling (BIM) to be used on all new government construction projects with estimated capital costs over AU$50 million. “BIM is a ‘win-win’ for designers, builders, asset managers, and all stakeholders helping us deliver the government infrastructure we all need and use,” said Cameron Dick, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning. “It’s a collaborative and productive way of working that will help us to better design, construct, manage and operate the assets that we build. This will ultimately de-risk projects by improving their on-time and on-budget delivery, as well as... (read more)
2018-12-13 10:17:56
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