Buzz and Balance - GEO Business 2018

This year’s GEO Business conference, held on 22-23 May in London’s Islington, was, according to Geomatics World editors Ian Dowman and Richard Groom, the biggest and best yet. The following is a summary of their report on the event which hosted 203 exhibitors from 25 countries, 100 exhibitor workshops, as well as many high profile speakers and seminars. It should provide a taste of the type of topics which were discussed during this excellent annual event. Digital Transformation Mark Enzer, Chief Technical Officer of Mott MacDonald, presented on the topic of digital transformation in economic infrastructure, with a particular focus... (read more)
2018-08-20 11:44:13

Topcon Announces Advanced Bentley Integration for Aerial Photogrammetry Processing

Topcon Positioning Group has introduced the new cloud-based photogrammetry processing powered by Bentley ContextCapture to its MAGNET Collage Web web-based service for the publication, sharing and analysis of reality capture data. The integration allows MAGNET Collage Web users who share and collaborate with scanning and mesh datasets to now process and add unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') photos directly to the MAGNET Collage 3D environment. The built-in Bentley ContextCapture Cloud Processing Service enables operators to upload UAV imagery direct-to-web without the need for high-end hardware requirements or IT constraints. Sharing UAV imagery projects “Operators with photos taken by any UAV will easily use the... (read more)
2019-05-27 08:40:53

Geospatial in the Video Game World - Interview with James Coote

Just how much crossover is there between the worlds of geospatial and video games? GIS Professional turned to Andy and James Coote, father and son working in different parts of the computer industry. Andy has been involved in geospatial for many years and will be familiar to many readers, whilst James is the director of an independent video game studio, Crystalline Green Ltd. Andy asked James to give us his take on where the worlds of geospatial and video games intersect. Andy Coote: The geospatial industry can now provide 3D data at a very detailed level for any part of... (read more)
2017-04-06 05:05:51

Bentley Announces Availability of OpenSite Designer

Bentley Systems, Inc., a leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin services for advancing the design, construction and operation of infrastructure, has announced the availability of OpenSite Designer. This is an integrated application for civil site and land development workflows across conceptual, preliminary and detailed design phases. OpenSite Designer advances building information modelling (BIM) through comprehensive 3D site design. It spans reality modelling of site conditions from drone imagery and scans, geotechnical analysis, terrain modelling, site layout and grading optimization, stormwater drainage modelling and analysis, underground utilities modelling, detailed drawing production and enlivened visualizations. OpenSite Designer enables rapid... (read more)
2019-05-14 10:04:03

NavVis Raises US$35.5m for Expansion in Digital Twin Technology

NavVis, a leading global provider of indoor spatial intelligence solutions for enterprises, has announced it has closed a new funding round raising US$35.5 million. The Series C funding round was led by Digital+ Partners, with additional participation from new investor Kozo Keikaku Engineering (KKE) and existing investors MIG, Target Partners and BayBG. The new funds will be used to accelerate NavVis’ growth in the global enterprise market, where demand for indoor spatial intelligence solutions is being driven by the rapid adoption of digital twin technology. Digital twin technology is being used by an increasing number of enterprises to monitor and... (read more)
2018-12-19 10:12:26

Ursa and HawkEye 360 to Develop Geospatial Information Solutions

Ursa, a provider of geospatial intelligence solutions, has announced a strategic partnership with HawkEye 360, the first commercial company to use formation flying satellites to create a new class of radio frequency (RF) data analytics. The companies will work together to develop geospatial information solutions that combine synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data with radio frequency (RF) identification and geolocation to monitor activity across air, land and sea. "Partnering with HawkEye 360 is a natural complement to Ursa's technology and aligns with our mission to help customers make more informed decisions based on geospatial data," said Ursa co-founder and CEO, Adam Maher. "We... (read more)
2019-06-13 11:03:45

Creative Traps in Maps

Maps undoubtedly play an important role in society. From use in daily life to professional applications, maps help us navigate, plan activities and gain insight into our surrounding environment. Although we know that all maps have a certain accuracy, we rarely question the existence of streets and places we find on a map. Throughout time, however, various cartographers have used our good faith in maps to protect their work from being stolen. Their creative ways to trap copyright violators has led to a variety of map ‘mistakes’, some of which have survived for years before being discovered. This article presents... (read more)
2017-06-02 02:44:50

Leica Geosystems Upgrades Pegasus Mobile Mapping Platform

Leica Geosystems has released the new Leica Pegasus:Two Ultimate, an upgrade to its current mobile mapping platform bringing higher-quality digital reality capture to the market. With the new mobile mapping platform also comes new mobile mapping software. The Leica Pegasus Webviewer is an online platform that visualises all captured data – stored completely in the cloud – from any browser. Users can service new market segments, including Smart City applications by digitising road and rail infrastructures while expanding into new markets in support of autonomous vehicles, with seamless 360 and higher resolution imagery, and increased expansion ports for additional sensors.... (read more)
2018-02-08 10:48:14

Pointfuse Unlocks As-Built Data for BIM with Autodesk Integration

Pointfuse, a software provider that converts laser scan data - known as point clouds - into 3D models, has announced its integration with Autodesk’s BIM 360 project delivery platform, the first single project platform connecting design through construction. Pointfuse has pioneered new techniques to rapidly process vast point cloud datasets into intelligent and easy to handle mesh models. This innovation will allow important ‘as-built’ models to be easily incorporated into Building Information Modelling (BIM) workflows managed with Autodesk BIM 360. “Digital Construction is about supplementing existing work flow practices in an online collaborative environment,” said Jon Boyce, CEO of Pointfuse.... (read more)
2018-06-07 10:22:05

NavVis Launches Autodesk Revit Add-in

NavVis, a global leader in mobile indoor mapping, visualisation, and navigation, has announced a new add-in for Autodesk Revit. The add-in lets Revit users connect their BIM models to 360 degree immersive imagery and point clouds captured by the NavVis mobile mapping system. This add-in simplifies the process of creating and updating outdated BIM models to reflect the current state of the building. NavVis technology is an all-in-one reality capture solution that has made it possible to quickly scan the current state of large industrial and commercial properties and stream the data on any device. The data is captured by... (read more)
2018-04-27 10:54:07
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