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ClearEdge3D Wins Prestigious National Science Foundation Grant for Automated Feature Extraction Research

September 24, 2011 in Associate Membership, Business, ClearEdge3D, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Laser Scanning, News, Remote Sensing

Funding will greatly improve the company’s feature extraction technology; goal is to virtually eliminate manual modeling of facilities, buildings and entire cities

Herndon, Virginia — September 21, 2011 — ClearEdge3D today announced that it has won a research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to further develop its technology in the rapidly evolving field of automated feature extraction from 3D laser scan data. The grant, one of the most prestigious research awards in the United States, will be used by ClearEdge to enhance its industry-leading automated feature extraction algorithms with the goal of modeling entire facilities and whole city blocks in minutes.

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XYGO Maps Chile’s Major Cities with Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) IP-S2 LiDAR

June 12, 2011 in Associate Membership, Business, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Laser Scanning, News, Remote Sensing, Topcon

XYGO, based in Santiago, Chile, is using Topcon Positioning Systems’ (TPS) IP-S2 to map all of central Chile’s main cities with LiDAR.

The IP-S2 is a vehicle-mounted system with three laser scanners and a multi-lens digital camera.  Data collection can be performed at normal roadway travel speeds as the system collects millions of LiDAR points and 360° spherical images. Read the rest of this entry →

Professional Land Surveyor News: Census Bureau Launches Online Mapping Tool Showing 2000 Census Participation Rates

March 1, 2010 in Associate Membership, Business, GIS, Land Surveying, News, Surveying Software

Professional Land Surveyor News

Professional Land Surveyor News

Census Bureau Launches Online Mapping Tool Showing 2000 Census Participation Rates to Help Communities Prepare for 2010 Census

With mail-out of the 2010 Census forms less than one month away, the Census Bureau today unveiled a new online mapping tool that allows communities nationwide to prepare for the 2010 Census by seeing how well they did mailing back their 2000 Census forms.

Visitors to the new Google-based map will be able to find the 2000 Census mail participation rates for states, counties and cities, as well as smaller areas called “census tracts.” After the 2010 Census forms are mailed out in mid-March, the online map will be updated to include a tracking tool with daily updates of the 2010 Census mail participation rates for local areas across the nation. Users will be able to compare their 2010 Census progress using their 2000 Census rates as a benchmark.

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Professional Land Surveyor News: Bentley Delivers New 3D City GIS Information Modeling Software to Enhance Design and Operation of Intelligent Cities

February 22, 2010 in Associate Membership, Bentley, Business, Land Surveying, News, Surveying Software

Professional Land Surveyor News

Professional Land Surveyor News

18 February 2010

Leveraging Its Leadership in Information Modeling, Bentley Advances GIS for 3D Cities by Releasing V8i (SELECTseries 1) Versions of Bentley Map, Bentley Descartes, Bentley Geospatial Server, and Bentley Geo Web Publisher

EXTON, Pa. – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure that sustains our world, today announced breakthroughs in 3D geospatial information systems (GIS) software to support the design and operation of intelligent cities. Intelligent cities, and the intelligent infrastructure they incorporate, take full advantage of information modeling best practices. As a result, they are able to provide better performance with respect to safety, energy, lifecycle costing, and operational efficiency. Bentley’s intra-operable portfolio of software features lifecycle support across all classes of intelligent infrastructure, including land management, power generation and energy delivery, water and wastewater networks, roads, bridges, rail, communications networks, and buildings. The just-released V8i(SELECTseries 1) versions of Bentley Map, Bentley Descartes, Bentley Geospatial Server, and Bentley Geo Web Publisher further extend this portfolio to include new 3D City GIS capabilities.

Commenting on Bentley’s new software, Richard Zambuni, Bentley global marketing director, said, “All around the world, city governments are looking for ways to improve the sustainability of their intelligent city infrastructure to deliver a better quality of life to their citizens. Bentley’s newly released 3D City GIS products enable them to adopt information modeling best practices that enhance their ability to perform urban planning, noise simulation, shadow analysis, natural disaster mitigation, public relationship management, and 3D analysis and design.

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What’s Wrong With Our Cities? This Two-Minute Video Explains

May 20, 2009 in Associate Membership, General, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Videos, Videos

The Congress for New Urbanism philosophy is as follows:

Making Connections a Priority

Through grids of streets, transportation choices, and the siting of buildings along sidewalks, New Urbanism brings destinations within reach and allows for frequent encounters between citizens, in sharp contrast to sprawl (right). A key measure of connectivity is how accessible communities are to people with a range of physical abilities and financial resources.

Professional Land Surveyor Source: Congress for New Urbanism

I don’t want to give it away, but I bet you’ve either designed or laid-out one of these before. Watch the video and comment on what you think about it.

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