Virtual Surveyor Now Processes Larger Drone Survey Projects

Virtual Surveyor drone surveying and mapping software has added functionality that enables users to process larger projects without buying more powerful computers or expensive cloud services. The enhancement is among several included in Virtual Surveyor 6.2 released in response to requests from an international client base. “Our objective with Version 6.2 is to make our users more productive while saving them money by eliminating the need to invest in new hardware or processing services,” said Tom Op ‘t Eyndt, CEO of Virtual Surveyor nv in Belgium. “We have addressed the fact that drones are capturing more data at higher resolution,... (read more)
2019-01-25 10:21:34

Virtual Surveyor Unveils Terrain Lenses in Drone Mapping Software

Virtual Surveyor has unveiled Terrain Lenses in Version 6.3 of its drone surveying and mapping software. Overlaid on a Lidar point cloud or orthophoto, the six lenses enhance different aspects of the terrain in 3D to give users a better understanding of the topography in the area they mapped with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The Virtual Surveyor package enables professional surveyors to generate accurate topographic end products from drone data five times faster than traditional fieldwork, bridging the gap between UAV photogrammetric processing software and engineering design packages. “Whether a drone surveyor is generating map products from orthorectified imagery... (read more)
2019-06-10 10:09:49

Dense Image Matching for Easy 3D Modelling

New Threat and Opportunity for Professional Surveyors
Normally when something is too good to be true, it is not true. But in the case of dense image matching (DIM), professional surveyors should look twice – because their clients, and certainly those in the construction, infrastructure and 3D city mapping markets, certainly will. 'GIM International' asked John Taylor, who is responsible at Bentley Systems for reality modelling in Asia Pacific and in the global defence market, for his insights into DIM. Dense image matching (DIM) did not arrive like a bolt from the blue. It has been around in the photogrammetric world for the past two decades but, through further... (read more)
2017-06-28 08:42:21

Trimble Tunnel Solutions Streamlines Workflows

Trimble has announced a suite of solutions that enhances productivity and efficiency for surveyors and professionals working on underground tunnelling projects. The solutions include new hardware and software for capturing highly accurate data in tunnels where dirt, dust, water and machinery provide a challenging work environment. The new line of products reduce the time to generate deliverables by enabling engineers to easily compare tunnel designs with field captured data. Remote operation of instruments and scanners allow surveyors to stand in safe locations and capture data efficiently in the often inaccessible, confined spaces of tunnels. Tunnel Control Tunnelling for miles underground... (read more)
2018-06-27 11:11:48

Trimble Siteworks Adds GNSS Tilt Compensation and Android Support

Trimble has introduced its Siteworks Software version 1.1, featuring full GNSS tilt compensation functionality in standing, walking and vehicle modes, and support for the Android operating system. Construction surveyors can now capture accurate points without levelling the pole, making surveying in areas such as building corners accurate, fast and easy. In addition, Siteworks version 1.1 now supports the Android operating system, giving contractors the flexibility to choose the field device that best fits their needs and budget. "GNSS tilt compensation makes site positioning more accessible and easier to learn for beginners, while experienced surveyors can see significant time savings," said Scott... (read more)
2019-04-12 10:17:22

SuperSurv 10.1 Supports Raster Formats and Online Maps

Supergeo’s SuperSurv 10 sets OpenStreetMap as its default online map. Due to the feedback, in SuperSurv 10.1, Google Maps will also be supported as base map, helping field surveyors complete their tasks more rapidly. SuperSurv 10.1 will be released at the end of November. In this version Google Maps and the image file format TIFF will be supported. Because TIFF is a widely-used format to store satellite images and digital elevation models, many field surveyors need to import TIFF images. There are more new features in SuperSurv 10.1. Snapping is one of the key functions newly added to this Android... (read more)
2017-09-20 02:59:14

Thorbjørn Nielsen

Thorbjørn Nielsen, academic specialist, is a chartered surveyor with ten years of experience in product development in the fields of photogrammetry, LiDAR, 3D city modelling and GIS. Since 2013 he has been employed at Danish Geodata Agency (GST) on methods for the quality control of point clouds and derived products. (read more)
2018-07-06 03:10:14

Landmark Launches Free Interactive Viewable Data Layers on Promap

Landmark Information has announced the launch of a host of features that enable architects, surveyors, developers, and other land and property professionals, to instantly view interactive data layers for free in Promap v2. As part of a significant investment in its digital mapping and data platform, the free viewable data layers provide Promap v2 users with the ability to instantly view flood risk data, commercial ownership information and land use designation data on top of a mapped view. This provides users with clear insight and intelligence when researching future or current projects, without any upfront cost. Flooding Risk Data Users... (read more)
2019-04-18 03:05:18

Ordnance Survey Ireland Shows New Perspectives for Workflows

The Republic of Ireland is leading the way in the international mapping arena, reports Frédérique Coumans. In September 2016, Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) became the first national mapping agency in the world with the capability to produce 1:1,000,000 cartographic products and services from its 1:1,000 topographic database in a fully automated flowline. OSi has populated a standards-based, object-oriented data model and implemented orchestrated, rule-based production workflows to achieve this result. One of the primary roles of a national mapping agency is to provide the authoritative view of the real world through the publication of mapping products and services. In OSi’s... (read more)
2018-11-29 12:08:05

Optimising Pipeline Surveying Technology

Specialist engineering input, combined with customised software development, has resulted in a pipeline surveying solution that emphasises why partnerships can be so effective. The starting point for this application-specific solution from Capita’s property and infrastructure business was a Bluetooth link between an RD8000 cable and pipe locator and KOREC’s data collection software. Capita’s property and infrastructure business is one of the UK's leading multidisciplinary consultancies providing a range of design, project delivery, infrastructure, real-estate and business transformation services. Its utilities and industrial division specialises in engineering, design and project management services for a wide range of clients including major UK... (read more)
2017-05-31 02:44:08
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