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Lidar data fused for understanding of tropical forests

November 15, 2018By
Virtual 3D forests created from lidar data collected in the field. (Image: Kim Calders via TERN)

A University of Queensland, Australia, environmental project fused data from terrestrial and UAV lidar collections to estimate forest biomass. Forest ecosystems contain more biomass than any other ecosystem. Estimating biomass — a critical endeavor to detect the health of ecosystems — can be difficult. Traditional methods can be destructive, such as harvesting trees to measure the weight of the different components.... read more

Geospatial Data Act will bring huge changes to America, and the world

November 14, 2018By
Photo: iStock.com/Jirantanin Chanachaiviriyakul

The just-passed Geospatial Data Act (GDA) is a unifying federal geospatial policy decades in the making, and is set to change the country, and the world. read more

Virtual Surveyor eliminates need for third-party apps for data processing

November 13, 2018By
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Drone surveying software Virtual Surveyor now eliminates the need for clients to use third-party applications to prepare data for processing. Released this week, Virtual Surveyor 6.1 now handles on-the-fly projections that previously required a separate software package to set the data in the proper coordinate system. “We have developed a completely new project experience for users of UAV data,” said Tom Op... read more

Bentley Systems to acquire AIworx for machine learning, IoT

November 13, 2018By
AIworx machine learning and IoT technologies leverage digital twins’ analytics visibility for infrastructure asset performance. (Image: iStock.com/metamorworks via Bentley Systems)

Bentley Systems has entered an agreement to acquire Quebec City-based AIworx, provider of machine learning and internet of things (IoT) technologies and services. Bentley Systems is a global provider of software solutions to engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors and owner-operators for the design, construction and operations of infrastructure. The addition of AIworx brings advancements in data collection and analysis to leverage... read more

NASA program for UAVs in cities turns to NextNav

November 13, 2018By
Image: iStock.com/PhonlamaiPhoto (via NextNav)

NextNav’s Metropolitan Beacon System (MBS) service has been accepted for use by NASA. NASA will use NextNav’s MBS network as part of its CERTAIN (City Environment for Range Testing of Autonomous Integrated Navigation) facilities at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. CERTAIN supports, among other programs, Urban Air Mobility (UAM), an air transportation system with myriad applications from small package... read more

DigitalGlobe provides satellite imagery of Paradise fire

November 12, 2018By
Satellite image: ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company

  Update: The Camp Fire is now the deadliest fire in California history, claiming more than 50 lives. DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 satellite collected new imagery of the deadly Camp Fire near Paradise, California. The Camp Fire, which broke out Nov. 8, destroyed 90 percent of the town of Paradise. At least 29 people have died, making it the deadliest wildfire in... read more

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Trimble announces new geospatial products at Dimensions conference

November 8, 2018By
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Trimble introduced several new geospatial products at its annual Trimble Dimensions user conference, which took place Nov. 5-7 in Las Vegas. Forensics GNSS Solution. The Trimble Forensics GNSS solution combines the Trimble T10 tablet or TDC100 handheld with the Trimble Forensics Capture software and the Trimble R4sLE GNSS receiver. The solution enhances forensics fieldwork by improving efficiency and broadening the range of... read more

Datumate offers updated imagery software

November 5, 2018By
Datumate's DatuSurvey 5.5 software offers 2D vectorized measurements and 3D point clouds models. (Screenshot: Datumate)

Datumate, a photogrammetry solution and 3D mapping software developer, has released its updated DatuSurvey 5.5 software, which offers 2D vectorized measurements and 3D point cloud models. According to the company, with the updated software, users can now process thousands of images locally in an accelerated mode while maintaining survey-grade accuracy and professional engineering results. Organizations can also deploy Datumate’s solutions... read more

SimActive’s Correlator3D used to assess Hurricane Michael damage

November 5, 2018By
SimActive partnered with Midwest Aerial to perform damage assessment of Hurricane Michael. (Photo: SimActive)

SimActive Inc., developer of photogrammetry software Correlator3D, has partnered with Midwest Aerial to perform damage assessments of Hurricane Michael. Correlator3D was used to process large format imagery collected by Midwest over Mexico Beach, Florida. The joint effort resulted in highly precise geospatial data, including a digital surface model (DSM), an orthomosaic and a 3D model, the company said. “This is... read more

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Caliper releases country package for Maptitude mapping software

November 2, 2018By
The 2018 DACH Country Package for Maptitude includes 4th quarter 2017 map content for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. (Photo: Caliper)

Caliper has lunched a 2018 DACH Country Package for its Maptitude mapping software. According to the company, Maptitude country packages bring the power and flexibility of its Maptitude product suite to a global audience and enable its customers to make geolocation-based decisions internationally. The 2018 DACH Country Package includes fourth quarter 2017 map content for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.... read more