Spectra Precision Introduces MobileMapper 20

April 19, 2014 in Business, Geomatics, GIS, GNSS, GPS, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, News, Spectra Precision, Surveying Software

MobileMapper 20

Powerful and complete, MobileMapper 20 is the ideal enabling tool for a huge range of positioning applications.

WESTMINSTER, Colo., April 17, 2014 – Spectra Precision introduced today the MobileMapper® 20 GIS handheld. In the same form factor as the current MobileMapper 10 handheld, MobileMapper 20 offers enhanced capabilities: a new bright VGA color touch screen display, a 5 MP camera for higher resolution images, doubled memory capacity and 3.5G cellular performance. The MobileMapper 20 also comes with a standard 2-year warranty.

Unique to products in its class, the Spectra Precision MobileMapper 20 provides real-time GPS accuracy of better than 2 meters and post-processed accuracy of a half meter using MobileMapper Office software. Mapping professionals can also take advantage of Spectra Precision’s optional MobileMapper Field software for data collection, maintenance and inspection.

MobileMapper 20 incorporates a variety of communication technologies, including Bluetooth, WiFi and a 3.5 G cellular modem, to keep mobile workers connected and more efficient while in the field. With a compact lightweight design, large display and long battery life (typically more than 20 hours), the easy-to-use handheld is ideal for intensive data collection. The MobileMapper 20 runs Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 and offers the flexibility to support a broad range of third-party software applications. Read the rest of this entry →

USGS Webinar: Using The National Map Services to Enable your Web and Mobile Mapping Efforts

April 18, 2014 in Business, Continuing Education, Geomatics, GIS, Land Surveying, News, Surveying Software, USGS

Mobile mapping service integrating USGS topographic data

Screen shot of a mobile mapping service integrating USGS topographic data; hiking and biking trails south of Golden, Colo.

Are you a developer, firm, or organization using mobile or web applications to enable your users?  The USGS has publicly available geospatial services and data to help you!

The USGS’ National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) will be hosting a 30 minute Webinar on “Using The National Map services to enable your web and mobile mapping efforts” on the 30th of April at 9am Mountain Time.

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Busting Myth #2 About The FAA and Unmanned Aircraft

April 15, 2014 in Business, Business Practices, Continuing Education, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Orthophotos, Photogrammetry, Professional Land Surveyor Practice, Remote Sensing

DJI Phantom 2 Vision

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a list Busting Myths about the FAA and Unmanned Aircraft to discuss misconceptions and misinformation about Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) regulations.

As UAS, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or drones, if you will, become ever more popular for recreational and eventual commercial use, I thought it would be helpful to share these FAA myth busting topics for your evaluation.
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Busting Myth #1 About The FAA and Unmanned Aircraft

April 8, 2014 in Business, Business Practices, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Light Unmanned Aircraft, Photogrammetry, Professional Land Surveyor Practice, Remote Sensing

DJI Phantom 2 Vision

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a list Busting Myths about the FAA and Unmanned Aircraft to discuss misconceptions and misinformation about Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) regulations.

As UAS, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or drones, if you will, become ever more popular for recreational and eventual commercial use, I thought it would be helpful to share these FAA myth busting topics for your evaluation.
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Focus on Blurred Lines

April 1, 2014 in Business, Geomatics, Land Surveying, News, Professional Land Surveyor Practice

Surveyors and Various Geo-Groups are part of Something Bigger – Time to Look Around…

Guest Post By: Gavin Schrock, PLS – Associate Editor Professional Surveyor Magazine

Blurred Lines

The notion that the lines are blurred between the many fields and disciplines driving the geospatial world was particularly evident at the March 2014 CONEXPO, drawing over 125,000 visitors to Las Vegas. Held every third year in rotation with the INTERMAT and Bauma construction trade fairs held overseas (both dwarf CONEXPO), these are expositions that are both mind-blowing and humbling. It isn’t just sheer scale (bigger than every domestic survey conference combined) that amazes, but the boundless opportunity these events seem to scream out loud.

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FARO Launches New X Series Laser Scanner: The Focus3D X 130

March 29, 2014 in Business, Faro, Geomatics, Land Surveying Equipment, Laser Scanning, News, Remote Sensing

FARO New X Series Laser Scanner: The Focus3D X 130

FARO New X Series Laser Scanner: The Focus3D X 130

Lake Mary, FL  – FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement, imaging and realization technology, announced the release of the new FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D X 130.

The Focus3D X 130, the newest member of Focus3D X Series range of laser scanners, delivers tremendous power, compact design, and the flexibility to perform laser scanning in both indoor and outdoor environments. With a scanning range of 130 meters, this laser scanner is ideal for mid-range scanning applications such as architecture, construction, civil engineering, facility management, forensics, historical preservation, industrial manufacturing, and shipbuilding applications.

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Topcon Unveils New Features for MAGNET Enterprise

March 22, 2014 in Land Surveying

Topcon Unveils New Features for MAGNET Enterprise

Topcon Unveils New Features for MAGNET Enterprise

 

iOS mobile application and new project manager extensions introduced

Topcon Positioning Group announces two new updates for MAGNET® Enterprise – the cloud-based solution for managing field and office data in a web browser environment.  New to the system is the introduction of MAGNET Enterprise Mobile, an application for mobile devices, as well as new project management functions.

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DatuGram™3D Field-to-Plan Live Tour Friday, March 28, 2014 from 8am – 4pm

March 18, 2014 in Business, Continuing Education, Datumate, Datumate, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, News, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Surveying Software

 

DatuGram™3D Field-to-Plan Live Tour NJ

DatuGram™3D Field-to-Plan Live Tour Friday, March 28, 2014 from 8am – 4pm

Learn how to survey using a regular camera in the field and then map features right on the images using DatuGram™3D

Limited Seating Includes Free Admission, Complimentary Lunch and Special In-Show Pricing*

DatuGram™3D Field-to-Plan

DatuGram™3D Field-to-Plan

Eventbrite - Free Seminar: DatuGram™3D Field-to-Plan Live Tour NJ
Learn How To Survey Easier, Faster, Safer at High AccuracyDatuGram™3D allows making surveying measurements and technical CAD drawings directly from images using regular cameras, at sub-cm accuracy. Using DatuGram™3D, both field and office work of topographic and as-made surveys is made easier, faster, safer and at higher accuracy.

In this seminar you will learn to understand the theory of Ground Photogrammetry and how to make it all work using a conventional digital camera and DatuGram™3D software. You’ll also learn about best practices and case studies to see how other land surveyors are using DatuGram™3D to work faster and safer than ever before.

We’ll also go out in the field (weather permitting) to make field measurements and image captures. You’ll then see how to work with DatuGram™3D, from image upload to a CAD plan in .dxf format.

*Seminar attendees qualify to save an additional $400 off the already low introductory price!

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Commercial Drones Legal (For Now)

March 7, 2014 in Business, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Light Unmanned Aircraft, News, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing

This news is republished from the Professional Land Surveyor Newsletter, which you can read and subscribe to here »»http://eepurl.com/PUWDP

Judge Rules Commercial Drone Use Legal

Yesterday, National Transportation Safety Board administrative judge Patrick Geraghty ruled that it is legal to use UAS, or drones. This has not been the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) position for several years. This ruling dismissed an FAA imposed $10,000 fine against Swiss drone operator Raphael Pirker. Pirker operated a Zephyr II craft to film the University of Virginia campus and then sold the photos and videos to the university.

Judge Geraghty ruled that: Read the rest of this entry →

Atkins’ Transportation Experts Win Four Contracts Across Three US States

February 26, 2014 in Business, Geomatics, Land Surveying, News

TxTag tolling system in Texas

TxTag tolling system in Texas

24 February 2014

Atkins has won four major transportation contracts across the south-central and south eastern US, which will help accommodate growth, increase traffic efficiency, and improve convenience for millions of road travellers every month.

L. Joe Boyer, Atkins’ CEO, North America, said: “These high-quality transportation contract wins are due not only to the design, engineering, and project management skills of our staff, but to the outstanding relationships we’ve formed with transportation agencies in so many states across the country. Our clients know they can count on Atkins to achieve their project goals – and help make America’s roadways safer and more efficient.”

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has reselected Atkins as its state wide prime consultant for toll-plaza planning, development, and implementation. Under the terms of the five-year, $10 million contract, Atkins will provide planning, development, infrastructure design and coordination, system installation, integration, and testing services for TxDOT’s toll and managed-lane facilities, which serve more than 100 miles of toll roads.

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Create AutoCAD Civil 3D Parcels Curve Table Video

February 22, 2014 in Land Surveying

This AutoCAD Civil 3D for Land Surveyors Video shows you how to Create a AutoCAD Civil 3D Parcels Curve Table. This video is in response to a viewer comment on my Create AutoCAD Civil 3D Parcels From Objects video.

Related Video »»Create AutoCAD Civil 3D Parcels From Objects

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DatuGram™3D Field-to-Plan Tour Tuesday, February 11, in Fishkill, NY

February 4, 2014 in Business, Continuing Education, Datumate, Geomatics, Land Surveying, News, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Surveying Software

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DatuGram™3D Field-to-Plan Live Tour Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from 8am – 5pm

Free Admission, Complimentary Lunch, and Chance to Win a Samsung NX 1000 Digital Camera*

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ABC’s Construction Economic Update-Nonresidential Construction Spending Falls in December

February 4, 2014 in Business, Geomatics, Land Surveying, News

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Falls in December

December represented the end of a three-month winning streak for nonresidential spending growth. According to a Feb. 3 release by the U.S. Census Bureau, nonresidential construction spending fell 1.3 percent on a monthly basis and 1.1 percent on a yearly basis in December. Spending for the month totaled $573.07 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis.

“The dip in nonresidential construction spending is partially attributable to a colder-than-normal December,” said Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “December generally tends to represent a seasonal trough in construction spending and this release does not change the relatively upbeat nonresidential construction spending estimates for 2014.

“The recent acceleration in economic activity sets the stage for a much better 2014 for both the broader economy and the nonresidential construction industry,” said Basu. “Stakeholders should expect nonresidential construction spending to expand neatly during the first half of 2014 and beyond.”

Four of the 16 nonresidential construction subsectors posted increases in spending in December: Read the rest of this entry →

Sokkia Announces New DX-200 Expands Robotic Working Range, Features Hybrid Versatility

February 3, 2014 in Business, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, News, Sokkia

Sokkia DX-200

Sokkia DX-200

New DX-200 Expands Robotic Working Range, Features Hybrid Versatility

OLATHE, Kan. – January 31, 2014 – Sokkia Corporation announces enhanced abilities and versatility to its DX series of total stations with the introduction of the DX-200 in the North American market.

Trimble Introduces Trimble Field Points Software for Building Construction Projects

January 24, 2014 in Business, Geomatics, News, Surveying Software, Trimble

Trimble Field Points

Trimble Field Points

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 22, 2014—Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced today the new Trimble® Field Points software for construction field layout. The application enables contractors to create layout points in their computer-aided design (CAD) models. Trimble Field Points helps field crews to increase productivity by quickly and accurately matching the digital design on the physical construction site. This in turn can minimize errors compared with manual process and result in more accurate installation of systems and equipment in field layout work.

The announcement was made today at International Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigerating (AHR) Expo in New York and at World of Concrete in Las Vegas.

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Visit Datumate at Booth 007 NYSAPLS Convention January 22-24, Rochester, NY

January 17, 2014 in Business, Continuing Education, Datumate, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, News, Surveying Software

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Datumate

Come Visit Eric Colburn and Datumate at Booth 007 NYSAPLS Convention January 22-24, Rochester, NY

Stop by and visit Eric Colburn and Datumate at Booth 007 at the New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors (NYSAPLS) Convention to learn about using DatuGram™3D software for 3D geodetic mapping and technical drawing. DatuGram™3D allows the creation of geodetic measurements and technical drawings directly from images of regular cameras, at sub-cm accuracy.

Here are a few great reasons to visit Datumate at Booth 007: Read the rest of this entry →

Loctronix Makes Developing Software Defined Radio Solutions Easier with the New ASR Workbench

January 16, 2014 in Business, Geomatics, GNSS, GPS, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, News

20140116-074605.jpg- User-friendly tools accelerate waveform experimentation and development for high- performance positioning, navigation, timing and communications -

WOODINVILLE, WA – January 15, 2014 – Loctronix® Corporation, a provider of unified positioning solutions for GNSS-challenged environments, announced the availability of the ASR Workbench, a development toolset for the company’s recently released ASR-2300 software-defined radio (SDR) module. The ASR-2300 is a function-rich SDR for high-performance positioning, navigation and timing (PNT), and communication applications.

“The ASR-2300 delivers advanced SDR capabilities in a small, mobile form-factor enabling developers to readily create and field complex SDR-based solutions. The new ASR Workbench tool makes it easy for developers to take full advantage of the ASR-2300’s capabilities,” stated Michael Mathews, Loctronix’ CEO and founder.

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Hemisphere GNSS Announces Management Changes

January 15, 2014 in Business, Geomatics, GNSS, GPS, Hemisphere GPS, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, News

20140115-190049.jpgHemisphere GNSS Announces Management Changes – Charles Joseph Named President and Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – JANUARY 3rd, 2014 – HEMISPHERE GNSS, Inc. today announced that Chuck Joseph has been named President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Joseph has also been appointed to the Hemisphere GNSS Board of Directors.

Mr. Joseph has over 30 years of executive leadership across multiple industries, serving in corporate officer and Board of Director capacities. He has extensive proven experience in GNSS OEM and direct sales market segments including survey and mapping, GIS, machine control, marine, avionics, personal (mobile) navigation, and tracking systems.

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USGS Landsat Update – Special Issue 1 January 2014

January 13, 2014 in Business, Geomatics, Land Surveying, News

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Landsat 8 Reprocessing Notice

Beginning February 3, 2014, all Landsat 8 data held in the USGS archives will be reprocessed. All Landsat 8 scenes will be removed from the online cache at this time and the data will then be reprocessed starting with the most recent acquisitions and proceeding back to the beginning of the mission. Data will then become available for download. Scenes waiting to be reprocessed will

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Topcon Names Wilson New Agricultural Test Engineer for North America Product Testing

January 9, 2014 in Business, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, News, Topcon

Topcon Names Wilson New Agricultural Test Engineer for North America Product Testing

Topcon Names Wilson New Agricultural Test Engineer for North America Product Testing

OLATHE, Kan. – Monday, January 6, 2014

Topcon Precision Agriculture (TPA) has named Jared Wilson as ag test engineer for the North America market. Wilson will report to Kurtis Kenne, TPA manager of global field testing.

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