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DatuGram™3D Introduction and Overview Video

May 5, 2014 in Business, Datumate, Datumate, Datumate, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Land Surveying Videos, Photogrammetry, Product Reviews, Remote Sensing, Surveying Software, Technology Videos, Videos

datugram3d_box_smallThis an introductory video demonstration of DatuGram™3D to give you an overview of this revolutionary Field-to-Plan surveying and mapping process using regular, consumer grade cameras to get 1-2cm accuracy. DatuGram™3D lets you make 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.

Please contact me for a short webcast to see how you can use DatuGram™3D in your business or to set up a free trial evaluation.

 

SAM Opens Full Service Office in St. Louis, Missouri

July 7, 2014 in Business, Geomatics, Land Surveying, News

 


SAM Opens Full Sevice Office in St. Louis, Missouri

SAM is one of the largest geospatial firms in North America and St. Louis is the sixth full service office for the company. The firm has experienced exceptional growth recently, being ranked second on The Zweig Letter 2013 Hot Firms list, as well as ranking 97 among the Engineering News Record 2014 Top 500 Design Firms.

Jack Butler, PLS, LS

Jack Butler, PLS, LS, is our Office Manager for the new St. Louis office. He has 41 years of experience in surveying and mapping for a wide range of clients such as the Port of Portland, Oregon Department of Transportation, Western Federal Lands Highway Division, the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and several other public agencies and private sector clients.

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Carlson SurvCE 4.0 Released

June 28, 2014 in Carlson, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Surveying Software

Carlson SurvCE 4.0 Released

 

Featuring hundreds of additions and improvements, Carlson SurvCE 4.0 supports the widest range of popular and new release RTK GPS and conventional/robotic total stations of any other data collection software on the market. Newest instrument drivers added for Total Stations and GPS receivers include: the Spectra Precision Focus 30, Stonex R1 Plus, and Stonex R2+W Onboard total stations, and more than 15 new models of GNSS from CHC, Topcon, TechGEO, Stonex, Spectra Precision, South, Kolida, Horizon Kronos, and ComNav.

“We work hard to have SurvCE continue to meet our customers’ needs as it sets the standard in data collection,” says Carlson. “This newest version of SurvCE is again emphasizing precision occupation for total stations, and expanded reporting of GPS localization and measurement data.”

SurvCE 4.0 is available in more than two dozen languages. These include: English, Spanish, French, French (Canadian), Portuguese, Czech, Dutch, simplified Chinese, Korean, Greek, Italian, Polish, Hungarian, Swedish, Latvian and more.

Carlson SurvCE 4.0 gives users the option to import text in drawings in addition to blocks; allows GPS base records from the raw file to be processed into the CRD file; and offers a new 2D sketch polyline and snap option. This is in addition to its popular Cloud-based messaging, file transfer, NGS monument recall, simplified stakeout methods and powerful GPS measurement averaging and blunder detection in the field (with accuracies in-between RTK and post-processing) introduced last year in SurvCE 3.0.

“The main and universal advantages of SurvCE are retained—a simple interface, quick learning curve, now even stronger graphics, and a rich set of features to complete any work from building and highway stakeout, to property surveying, TOPO, control, and GIS data collection,” adds Carlson.

Other top new features include:

• Ability to freehand sketch in the map screen;
• Support for full output reporting in GNSS analysis;
• Enhanced ability to stake roads by complete LandXML Road Model—load and go;
Cogo-Point Protection that allows a point range and makes a .txt file for station, offset, and elevation and other user-defined fields from the reference;
• Full compatibility with Stewart Weir Software; and
• Enhanced performance on new capacitive screen data collectors.

The Carlson SurvCE 4.0 upgrade is free for those who upgraded their SurvCE software to 3.0. For those moving from any SurvCE 2.0 versions, the cost is $300. The price for 4.0 for those upgrading from an initial purchase of SurvCE 3.0 over this past year is $150. The price to purchase SurvCE remains the same as it has since 2007.

As it has since its founding in 1983, Carlson provides excellent, free, and prompt technical support, which adds to the many reasons to upgrade to SurvCE 4.0. The Carlson Surveyor, Surveyor+, and MINI2 data collectors and the CR2 or CR5 total stations have been developed to work smoothly and efficiently with Carlson SurvCE. All can be found at dealers near you.

About Carlson Software

Founded in 1983, Carlson Software produces technically advanced software solutions for the civil engineering, land surveying, machine control/positioning, solid waste landfill, mining, and law enforcement investigative industries. For more information, call Carlson at 606-564-5028, 800-989-5028, or, in Europe, +31 36 750 1781, or visit www.carlsonsw.com.

MicroSurvey Releases STAR*NET 8 for Improved Least Squares Adjustment

June 4, 2014 in Land Surveying

MicroSurvey Releases STAR*NET 8

MicroSurvey Releases STAR*NET 8 for Improved Least Squares Adjustment

The latest version of the world’s most popular least squares adjustment software for land surveyors improves productivity and increases confidence in the results from an expanded range of locations worldwide.

MicroSurvey is pleased to announce the release of version 8 of STAR*NET, the world’s most popular least squares adjustment software. With a substantially expanded coordinate system engine and direct support for the latest geoid models, MicroSurvey STAR*NET 8 makes it even easier for land surveyors in any location to seamlessly introduce the least squares network adjustments and corrections necessary to ensure accurate and reliable data.

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Juniper Systems Brings “Best Data Collection Tools for the Job” to ACE14

June 3, 2014 in Land Surveying

Juniper Systems Brings “Best Data Collection Tools for the Job” to ACE14

Juniper Systems is headed to ACE14, the American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) annual conference and exposition from June 8 – 11. Held in Boston, Massachusetts, ACE14 is a high-traffic attraction for professionals and vendors in the water industry.
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Known Problem With Certain GPS Devices

June 3, 2014 in GPS, Land Surveying

Known Problem With Certain GPS Devices

Advisory Notice from the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center
May 15, 2014

NAVCEN logo Recently, many GPS users have reported intermittent GPS outages in their devices. After investigating, the U.S. government has linked the problem to flawed processing of GPS satellite data within certain GPS receiver chipsets. The GPS satellite service continues to function as designed and is fully operational and available worldwide. Read the rest of this entry →

Busting Myth #4 About The FAA and Unmanned Aircraft

June 2, 2014 in Business, Business Practices, Continuing Education, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Light Unmanned Aircraft, 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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Myth #4: There are too many commercial UAS operations for the FAA to stop.
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Busting Myth #3 About The FAA and Unmanned Aircraft

May 29, 2014 in Business, Business Practices, Continuing Education, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Light Unmanned Aircraft, 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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Myth #3: Commercial UAS operations are a “gray area” in FAA regulations
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Free DatuGram™3D Webinar: Measuring and Drawing Maps Directly on Images of Regular Camera

May 21, 2014 in Business, Continuing Education, Datumate, Datumate, Datumate, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, News, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Surveying Software


Measuring and drawing maps directly on images of regular camera

When:

Thursday June 5

2:00pm – 3:00pm (EDT)

11:00am – 12:00pm (PDT)

Where: Online Webinar (Register Here)

This webinar will introduce DatuGram™3D, Datumate’s new innovative software for making geodetic measurements and drawing maps directly on images taken by regular camera. This cutting-edge technology, used on a daily basis by numerous surveyors worldwide, simplifies the Field-to-Plan process, making it faster, more cost effective, and with superior accuracy. This webinar will demonstrate DatuGram™3D software with real-life examples of 1:250 scale surveys made by regular cameras, including roads and junctions, building topography and facades, large densely populated areas, and much more.

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Applanix Brings Trimble CenterPoint RTX Correction Service to its Airborne Mapping Products and Solutions

May 16, 2014 in Land Surveying, News

Applanix Airborne

Applanix Airborne

Applanix Brings Trimble CenterPoint RTX Correction Service to its Airborne Mapping Products and Solutions

Beijing, CHINA, November 12, 2013Applanix, a world leader in products and solutions for mobile mapping and positioning, today announced that the Trimble® CenterPoint™ RTX™ correction service will be available across its entire airborne mapping portfolio. As a Trimble Company (NASDAQ: TRMB), Applanix is unique in the marketplace in its ability to offer this leading, Trimble correction service.

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Smart Mapping SuperSurv Available on App Store and Google Play Now

May 10, 2014 in Business, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, News, Surveying Software

Smart Mapping SuperSurv

Supergeo Technologies, a leading global provider of GIS software and solutions, launches SuperSurv, the mobile GIS app, on the App Store and Google Play. Containing comprehensive GIS data collection functions, SuperSurv is now more accessible for global users.

Designed for both iOS and Android powered devices, SuperSurv integrates with GIS and GPS technologies to provide rich functions in field survey, like Map Display, Query, Measure, etc. With SuperSurv, the collected data can be saved as feature layer (point, line, polygon) in SHP or GEO format in offline mode. Besides, SuperSurv supports to employ OpenStreetMap as the base map to make field survey more effective.

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Datumate Secures $5M in Financing Round Led by Battery Ventures

April 28, 2014 in Business, Datumate, Datumate, Geomatics, Land Surveying, News, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Surveying Software

Datumate

Datumate Secures $5M in Financing Round Led by Battery Ventures

Nazareth, Israel, March 20th 2014 — Datumate Ltd., a market leader of ‘field-to-plan’ technologies for the civil engineering and architecture industries, has secured $5M in financing round led by Battery Ventures. Existing investor Al-Bawader, an Israel-based investment firm, also participated in the round. The new funding will be used to continue product innovation, fuel the company’s rapid growth into more markets and acquire more customers worldwide.

Datumate (www.datumate.com) transforms the civil engineering and architectural spaces by using image-processing technology to dramatically reduce the amount of time crews spend in the field taking technical measurements for projects while maintaining a high level of accuracy, as well as time spent in the office transforming these measurements into maps and plans. This revolutionizes the laborious and error-prone process of capturing field data and turning it into a GIS map or a CAD plan, which currently involves taking detailed field measurements with dedicated surveying equipment; making sketches by hand in the field; and then turning them into a technical plan. With Datumate’s software platform, surveyors, architects and civil engineers simply photograph the surveyed area or object with a regular camera, either handheld or carried by small remote-controlled quadcopter, and then draw their maps or plans directly on the resulting digital images. This streamlines the process of turning field data into maps and plans, making it faster, cheaper and of a higher quality than the traditional method used today.

Datumate Geoform+ Most Innovative Product Award Winner 2013

Datumate Geoform+ Most Innovative Product Award Winner 2013

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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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Myth #2: Commercial UAS flights are OK if I’m over private property and stay below 400 feet Read the rest of this entry →

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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