Technology

Topcon upgrades MAGNET Collage for UAV and GIS data

February 14, 2019By
Photo: Topcon

Upgrade to MAGNET Collage Web includes with new deliverable options. Topcon Positioning Group has upgraded its MAGNET Collage Web, a web-based service enabling the sharing and collaboration of UAV and scanning data sets. MAGNET Collage Web version 1.3 allow operators to work with more types of data with greater flexibility, including the ability to import BIM models, as well as CAD... read more

Canada awards Arctic surveillance contract to Space Flight Laboratory

February 13, 2019By
Robert E. Zee, SFL Director (Photo: SFL)

The Canadian Department of National Defence has awarded a $11.44 million contract to Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) for the development of multipurpose microsatellites to support Arctic surveillance. Upon successful completion and testing of the prototype, two additional microsatellites will be built to create a small formation. The UTIAS SFL microsatellites,... read more

NavVis now uses SLAM to remove point cloud artifacts

February 12, 2019By
This image shows what an object looks like where the laser beam has hit an edge, before and after the algorithm has been applied. (Image: NavVis)

The latest software release for the SLAM-based NavVis M6 Indoor Mobile Mapping System (IMMS) automatically detects and removes point cloud artifacts, including moving objects in static scenes, the company said. NavVis is a global provider of indoor spatial intelligence solutions. The latest IMMS release removes artifacts from point clouds during the post-processing of scan data. Fringe points and dynamic objects are two... read more

Airbus and Hisdesat process first TerraSAR-X/PAZ radar interferogram

February 12, 2019By
Flattened TerraSAR-X/PAZ cross-interferogram (geocoded) over Burgan Oilfield, Kuwait. (Image: Airbus)

Airbus Defence and Space and Hisdesat Servicios Estratégicos S.A. have generated the first joint TerraSAR-X/PAZ radar interferogram. This milestone demonstrates the missions’ capacity for cross-sensor interferometry, whose processing is among the most challenging. Interferograms are typically used to derive the topographic elevation and deformation of the Earth’s surface, and are created using at least two different images acquired at different... read more

Peering behind the mapping curtain

February 11, 2019By
Augmented Reality view from the Mapbox Vision SDK. (Image: Mapbox)

Location intelligence powers applications with data and “live maps” updated continuously. According to Forbes, 70 percent of telecommunications companies consider location intelligence critical to their success. The intelligence data is provided by specialists such as Google, Esri, Here and PlaceIQ. In January, Sprint and location intelligence startup Mapbox launched precision mapping technology with the Curiosity IoT network. The 5G network’s... read more

Planet’s breadloaf-sized satellites capture Earth surface

February 7, 2019By
Paris, capable of going to 3–5m resolution. (Image: Planet Labs Inc.)

Planet (formerly Planet Labs) has put about 300 satellites into space, in charge of photographing the entire land mass of the Earth every day. The satellites weigh 5 kg (12 pounds) and measure 20 x 20 x 44 centimeters, about the size of a loaf of bread. They are packed with commercial-off-the-shelf electronics and are built in downtown San Francisco.... read more

Durham public works uses Nearmap to manage massive city growth

February 6, 2019By
Nearmap high-resolution aerial image of Durham, North Carolina, photographed Jan. 15. (Photo: Nearmap)

Location content provider Nearmap has partnered with the city of Durham, North Carolina, to help it manage infrastructure projects. The city’s Public Works Department uses Nearmap’s high-resolution imagery to aid in managing all infrastructure data for the city, including the city’s $16 million a year Stormwater Utility Fund. “Having access to imagery back to 2014, we’re able to go back... read more

Drones survey for geothermal energy in British Columbia

February 6, 2019By

Global UAV Technologies Ltd. has completed a drone-based geothermal energy exploration survey for Borealis GeoPower Inc. The survey used UAV-mounted geophysical and thermal imaging sensors over an area in northern British Columbia, Canada. Global UAV subsidiary Pioneer Aerial Surveys collaborated with Hummingbird Drones to collect and analyze high-resolution magnetometer and thermal data over the 2,200-hectare survey area. The survey was... read more

Global GNSS launches survey application

February 6, 2019By
Image: Global GNSS

Global GNSS, a subsidiary of Polosoft Technologies, has launched a new mobile application named GNSS Surveyor, which is designed for the geospatial industry. The application GNSS Surveyor provides location information and quality position data in real-time with sub-meter to centimeter accuracy. It needs to be connected to any external GNSS receiver via Bluetooth. Features of the application include: A one-touch... read more

Hexagon presents GEOINT solutions at defense conference

January 30, 2019By
Hexagon Geospatial offers the M.App Portfolio. (Image: Hexagon)

Hexagon’s Geospatial division, which offers high-performance geospatial solutions, showcased its defense solutions at DGI 2019, which took place Jan. 28-30 in London. DGI is Europe’s largest annual gathering dedicated to high-level discussions addressing the major challenges of the defense and government geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) community. The theme for this year’s conference is “Source, Analyze, Automate, Share,” and will provide senior... read more