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Now available: Leica CS25 GNSS Tablet Computer with Integrated GNSS for Any Asset Collection & Management Task

December 14, 2012 in Associate Membership, Business, Geomatics, GNSS, GPS, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Leica, Members, News

Leica CS25 GNSS

Leica CS25 GNSS

Now available: Leica CS25 GNSS Tablet Computer with Integrated GNSS for Any Asset Collection & Management Task

(Heerbrugg/Switzerland, 10 December 2012) – The Leica CS25 GNSS Tablet Computer packs full GNSS functionality into an ergonomic and portable device with a large screen, making it the industry’s most powerful GNSS/GIS handheld. The CS25 GNSS doesn’t require a backpack or a pole mount, or any additional batteries. A compact L1/L2 antenna is attached on the CS25 GNSS. For high accuracy data collection, it can connect with an external GNSS Antenna mounted on a pole.

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National Geodetic Survey Updates “Bluebooking” Process for GPS Projects

November 30, 2012 in Associate Membership, Business, Geomatics, GNSS, GPS, Land Surveying, Members, News, NGS, NOAA, Surveying Software

NGS

National Geodetic Survey (NGS)

NGS updates “Bluebooking” process for GPS projects.

Breaking news from the NOAA National Geodetic Survey (NGS) about GPS projects “Bluebooking” process:

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NOAA Releases NGS Data Explorer Map Application

October 25, 2012 in Associate Membership, Business, Geomatics, GNSS, GPS, Land Surveying, Members, News, NGS, NOAA, Surveying Software

National Geodetic Survey Data Explorer

National Geodetic Survey Data Explorer

NOAA Releases NGS Data Explorer Map Application

This week, NOAA released a new web application to allow users to view National Geodetic Survey (NGS) geodetic control across the United States and its territories using Google Maps.

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Trimble Introduces Next Generation GNSS Surveying Solution

October 14, 2012 in Associate Membership, Business, Geomatics, GNSS, GPS, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Members, News, Trimble

Professional Land Surveyor News

Professional Land Surveyor News

Trimble Introduces Next Generation GNSS Surveying Solution

Trimble’s Powerful GNSS Receiver Provides Land Surveyors with Increased Productivity

HANNOVER, Germany, Oct. 9, 2012—Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) introduced today its next generation GNSS surveying solution—the Trimble® R10.  As the smallest and lightest receiver in its class, the Trimble R10 combines powerful features and groundbreaking technologies including Trimble HD-GNSS, Trimble SurePoint™, Trimble 360, and Trimble xFill™ to provide surveyors increased productivity. User-friendly features such as a quick-release adaptor and the ability to configure the receiver from a smart phone make it easy to deploy and use as a base station or rover.

With the introduction of the Trimble R10, Trimble also released new versions of its field and office software — Trimble Access 2012.20 and Trimble Business Center 2.80 to extend Trimble’s Connected Site® survey solution. This powerful solution enables surveyors to collect and process reliable data more efficiently.

The announcement was made today at INTERGEO 2012, the world’s largest conference on geodesy, geoinformatics and land management.

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Topcon IP-S2 Compact+ 3D Mobile Mapping System for a Wide Range of Applications

October 12, 2012 in Associate Membership, Business, Geomatics, GNSS, GPS, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Laser Scanning, Members, News, Remote Sensing, Surveying Software, Topcon, Topcon

IP-S2 Compact+Topcon

IP-S2 Compact+Topcon

Topcon IP-S2 Compact+ 3D mobile mapping system for a wide range of applications

LIVERMORE, Calif. – October 11, 2012 – Topcon Positioning System (TPS) introduces the new IP-S2 Compact+, an innovative mobile mapping system to accurately measure objects even in adverse weather conditions and enclosed job sites such as tunnels and mines.

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Topcon Launches Three-Year ‘Bulletproof’ Warranty For GR-5

August 31, 2012 in Associate Membership, Business, Geomatics, GNSS, GPS, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Members, News, Topcon

Topcon GR-5

Topcon GR-5 With Three-Year ‘Bulletproof’ Warranty

Topcon launches three-year ‘bulletproof’ warranty for GR-5

LIVERMORE, Calif. – Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) is offering a three-year, guaranteed ‘bulletproof’ warranty for its industry-leading GR-5 high-precision GNSS receiver.

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Topcon Launches TopNET Live Website

August 26, 2012 in Associate Membership, Business, Geomatics, GNSS, GPS, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Members, News, Surveying Software, Topcon, Topcon

TopNET Live Topcon

TopNET Live Topcon

Topcon launches TopNET live website

LIVERMORE, Calif.  – Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) announces the launch of the new TopNET live website.

TopNET live is the new name for the restructuring of Topcon’s GNSS network business, and global GNSS services. The service offers subscription-based, real-time GNSS network RTK and DGPS subscriptions, with high quality GPS and GLONASS correction data for many different applications. These include surveying, construction, GIS mapping, machine control, and precision agriculture.

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GEOID12 Error Analysis Complete and GEOID12A Model Developed

August 18, 2012 in Associate Membership, Business, Geomatics, GNSS, GPS, Land Surveying, Members, News, NGS, NOAA, OPUS, Surveying Software

GEOID12 Error Map

GEOID12 Error Map

Here’s an important notice from The National Geodetic Survey (NGS) concerning the new GEOID12 model:

The National Geodetic Survey has determined that the GEOID12 model was developed using erroneous input control points, primarily in the Gulf Coast region. NGS immediately corrected these errors and developed a replacement model: GEOID12A. GEOID12A is now available for public analysis and comment on the NGS Beta website for GEOID12A and will soon be released for production.

Localized errors were found in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Canada. Errors in Enid, Oklahoma, and Canada were identified shortly after the August 8, 2012 error notice was posted. After receiving critical input from surveyors, the control data used to develop GEOID12 were immediately re-evaluated, and problematic control stations were identified. Once the problem control stations were corrected, a new model, GEOID12A, was developed. The differences between GEOID12A and GEOID12 are displayed in the map, below. (Click on the map to open a full-size PDF version.) The map shows all areas where GEOID12A differs from GEOID12; in all other areas, the two models are identical (except for the localized errors in Canada).

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Leica Viva GS08plus – Lightest Cable-Free High-Accuracy GNSS System

August 10, 2012 in Associate Membership, Business, Geomatics, GNSS, GPS, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Leica, Members, News

Leica Viva GS08plus

With a weight of 2.6 kg the Leica Viva GS08plus is the lightest cable-free high-accuracy GNSS system.

Leica Viva GS08plus – Lightest cable-free high-accuracy GNSS system

(Heerbrugg/Switzerland, 31 July 2012) – Leica Geosystems is pleased to announce a new GNSS solution to its successful Viva GNSS family. The Leica Viva GS08plus is the smallest and lightest cable-free high-accuracy GNSS system. Being light weight and ideally balanced, the Leica Viva GS08plus delivers ergonomic use for a wide range of surveying tasks.

Offering flexible setup options and equipped with the easy-to-use Leica SmartWorx Viva LT onboard software, the Leica Viva GS08plus allows professionals from many industries affordable entry into dual-frequency RTK surveying from a premium manufacturer.

Smallest and lightest, cable-free high-accuracy GNSS solution

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Professional Land Surveyor Weekly Roundup July 29, 2012

July 29, 2012 in Associate Membership, Business, Geomatics, GNSS, GPS, Land Surveying, Links, Members, News

Old Plat Map

Old Plat Map

Professional Land Surveyor Weekly Roundup:

Professional Land Surveyor Archive – Last 3 weeks:

Updates Around The Interwebs:

The National Geodetic Survey Improves the National Spatial Reference System with Simultaneous Major Product Releases

July 20, 2012 in Associate Membership, Business, Geomatics, GNSS, GPS, Land Surveying, Members, News, NGS, NOAA, OPUS, Surveying Software

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NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS)

The National Geodetic Survey Improves the National Spatial Reference System with Simultaneous Major Product Releases

In the first week of July, NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) released the results of three major improvements to the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS). The NSRS is the consistent coordinate system that defines latitude, longitude, height, scale, gravity, and orientation throughout the United States and its territories. NGS maintains and provides access to the NSRS, which is the foundation for the nation’s transportation, mapping, and charting infrastructure and serves a multitude of scientific and engineering applications.

The three improvements to the NSRS are:

  • A new realization of the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83);
  • New gravimetric and hybrid geoid models; and
  • The determination of updated elevations in the Gulf Coast Height Modernization Project.

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NGS Releases New Geoid Model to Serve Surveying, Engineering, and Scientific Communities

July 16, 2012 in Associate Membership, Business, Geomatics, GNSS, GPS, Land Surveying, Members, News, NGS, NOAA, OPUS, Surveying Software

GEOID12 CONUS

GEOID12 CONUS

NGS Releases New Geoid Model to Serve Surveying, Engineering, and Scientific Communities

In the last week, the National Geodetic Survey has released a new height transformation model for surveyors, engineers, and the scientific community involved in water flow and the determination of heights with respect to mean sea level.

The new “GEOID12” model, implemented in Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)-manufacturer software, provides transformations of centimeter-level accuracy from GNSS-derived heights to North American Vertical Datum of 1988 () orthometric elevations.

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Drone GPS Spoofing Experiment

July 1, 2012 in Associate Membership, Business, Geomatics, GNSS, GPS, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Land Surveying Videos, Light Unmanned Aircraft, Members, Remote Sensing, Technology Videos, Videos

University of Texas at Austin GPS Spoofing Experiment

University of Texas at Austin GPS Spoofing Experiment

University of Texas at Austin GPS Spoofing experiment

“GPS Spoofing experiment performed at the University of Texas at Austin by Dr Humphries. Actual GPS is changed to “confuse” the drone.”

Source: Youtube

Watch the Video

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Leica Geosystems Announces Leica RCD30 Multi-Head Camera Concept

June 9, 2012 in Associate Membership, Business, Geomatics, GNSS, GPS, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Laser Scanning, Leica, Leica, Members, News, Orthophotos, Remote Sensing, Surveying Software

Leica RCD30 Multi-Head Camera Concept

Leica RCD30 Multi-Head Camera Concept

Leica Geosystems announces Leica RCD30 multi-head camera concept

(Heerbrugg, 6 June 2012) – Leica Geosystems, the world’s leading manufacturer of airborne mapping solutions, announced today that it is expanding the very popular Leica RCD30 series of medium format cameras by adding dual-head and penta-head solutions to the portfolio.

The Leica RCD30 combines unique design features such as bi-directional motion compensation and beamsplitter technology. The Leica RCD30 is the only medium-format camera to generate highly accurate, co-registered multispectral imagery from one camera head for photogrammetric and remote sensing mapping applications.

“We are very pleased with the market acceptance of this revolutionary imaging technology. Our rapidly growing customer base worldwide indicates that this innovative technology exceeds their expectations in image quality, accuracy and productivity,” says Ruedi Wagner, Vice President Imaging at Hexagon Geosystems’ Geospatial Solutions Division. “Once again we have listened to the market and will now expand on the success of the Leica RCD30 design with dual-head and penta-head configurations. We are confident that the industry-first design of a camera head capable of acquiring multispectral data in RGB and NIR combined with four camera heads acquiring RGB data will be of particular interest to such high-growth markets as 3D city and urban mapping.”

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Esri GPS Base Station Joins National Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) Network

May 9, 2012 in Associate Membership, Business, ESRI, Geomatics, GNSS, GPS, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Members, News, Surveying Software, Trimble

Real-Time, Precise Data Will Serve Professionals in the Redlands Community

Esri GPS Base Station GISA

The Esri GPS base station, GISA, is mounted to a building in Redlands, California.

Redlands, California—Esri recently installed a GPS base station to assist its GIS developers and to support surveyors, engineers, scientists, and those in public works and public safety in the community surrounding the Esri campus in Redlands, California. The base station, named GISA, has been accepted by the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) and incorporated into the national Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) network.

“GPS, originally designed as a US Department of Defense system, has become part of everyday life, with the technology in all types of devices from smartphones to shipping containers,” said Brent Jones, Esri surveying and engineering industry manager. “The Esri GPS base station is a great benefit to the community, as professionals can use it in surveying and positioning to achieve accurate locations in real time.”

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Professional Land Surveyor Vlog 004-Survey Earth in a Day Interview

May 8, 2012 in Associate Membership, Business, Geomatics, GNSS, GPS, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Videos, Links, Members, News, Videos, Vlog

PLS VLOG

PLS VLOG

PLS Vlog 004-Survey Earth in a Day Interview

In this Professional Land Surveyor Vlog I’m introducing a new format of Professional Land Surveyor Spotlight interviews. I hope you enjoy the interview and I will have more from time to time.

In this inaugural Professional land Surveyor Spotlight, I interview Scott Warner, RLS, and VP Senior Director & Editor of Land Surveyors United, about their upcoming Survey Earth in a Day event.

On the day of the summer solstice June 20 2012, geospatial professionals around the world and members of Land Surveyors United (a global support network for land surveyors) will be simultaneously recording survey grade GPS data from thousands of points around the globe, in order to gain a more accurate understanding of the earth’s surface.”

Professional Land Surveyor Source: SurveyEarth

Watch the Professional Land Surveyor Vlog 004

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Trimble Survey Software Improves Productivity for the Office and Field

April 26, 2012 in Associate Membership, Business, Geomatics, GNSS, GPS, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Members, News, Surveying Software, Trimble, Trimble

Professional Land Surveyor News

Professional Land Surveyor News

Trimble’s Survey Software Improves Productivity for the Office and Field

Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced today new versions of its office and field surveying software—Trimble® Business Center Software version 2.70 and Trimble Access™ software version 2012.10. The software is part of Trimble’s portfolio of Connected Site® survey solutions. The new software enhancements allow surveyors to collect, share and deliver data faster to improve accuracy, efficiency and productivity.

“Trimble is focused on providing Connected Site solutions that minimize rework and improve productivity. Workflow integration and connectivity provide surveyors with the day-to-day flexibility to adapt to a variety of situations in the field and office,” said Anders Rhodin, director of Trimble’s Survey Business. “Trimble’s portfolio of software solutions gives surveyors improved workflows for field data collection and enhance collaboration between the field and the office.”

Trimble Business Center Software Version 2.70

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CHC Releases the LT30 GPS/GIS Handheld Collector

April 9, 2012 in Associate Membership, Business, CHC, Geomatics, GNSS, GPS, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Members, News

CHC LT30 GPS-GIS handheld

CHC LT30 GPS/GIS handheld

CHC Releases the LT30 GPS/GIS Handheld Collector

Shanghai, China – (April 2nd, 2012) – CHC’s new LT30 series enters the GIS data collection market with a cost-effective, rugged and connected GPS/GIS handheld collector for a wide range of applications such as natural resources, forestry, utilities, agriculture, emergency response…

Designed for real outdoor conditions, LT30 combines superb brightness and crisp 3.7″ full VGA sunlight readable display, all day battery life and a high-sensitivity 20-channel GPS receiver to capture data wherever you need.

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Leica Geosystems Introduces The Latest Version 4.2 Of Its Leica Spider Software Suite For GNSS Networks and Reference Stations

April 9, 2012 in Associate Membership, Business, Geomatics, GNSS, GPS, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Leica, Leica, Members, News, Surveying Software

Leica Spider Software Suite

Leica Spider Software Suite is the professional business solutions for GNSS Networks.

Leica Geosystems introduces the latest version 4.2 of its Leica Spider Software Suite for GNSS Networks and Reference Stations

Leica Geosystems is pleased to release the new version 4.2 of its market leading Leica Spider software suite.  The globally used solution for GNSS RTK networks is being continually enhanced and developed following the market needs and technological development to the benefits of its users.

Leica Spider software is an integrated suite of programs for GNSS networks, consisting of Leica GNSS Spider, Leica SpiderWeb and Leica SpiderQC.  With its scalability and modularity it can be tailored to suit various GNSS surveying, machine control, GIS, seismic and structural monitoring applications. Professional service providers worldwide count on the Leica Spider infrastructure software.

Support for new GR25 reference server

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LightSquared Bankruptcy Now A Possible Option For Investor Phil Falcone

April 5, 2012 in Associate Membership, Business, Geomatics, GNSS, GPS, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Members, News

Professional Land Surveyor News

Professional Land Surveyor News

Phil Falcone, who invested around $3 billion in LightSqaured through his hedge fund Harbinger Capital Partners, is now considering placing the troubled broadband wireless company in bankruptcy.

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