Technology

DARPA seeks tools to capture underground worlds in 3D

March 25, 2019By
DARPA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to augment its understanding of state-of-the-art technologies for 3D mapping and surveying. (Photo: DARPA)

Request for Information pursues state-of-the-art technologies for collecting and characterizing 3D mapping and surveying data. DARPA is seeking information on state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies for advanced mapping and surveying in support of the agency’s Subterranean (SubT) Challenge. Georeferenced data — geographic coordinates tied to a map or image — could significantly improve the speed and accuracy of warfighters in time-sensitive... read more

Golden Software enhances 3D data visualization in Surfer 16

February 27, 2019By
Topographic surface with well sample data and water level. (Image: Golden Software)

Golden Software, a developer of scientific graphics software, has enhanced the visualization capabilities in version 16 of its Surfer gridding, contouring and 3D surface mapping package. Geologists, environmental consultants and geospatial professionals can use Surfer 16 to interpret complex scientific data. “We have improved every aspect of core functionality in Surfer 16 so it’s faster and easier to make meaningful... read more

TCarta to map seafloor around remote Pacific island nation

February 27, 2019By
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TCarta Marine, a global provider of geospatial products and services, has been contracted by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) to provide a baseline dataset of water depths and seafloor classification around the Republic of Kiribati. Located in the Pacific Ocean, the island nation is threatened by rising sea levels. “Most of Kiribati’s islands average less than two meters above... read more

LandViewer offers long-term observations, enhanced vegetation analysis

February 26, 2019By
Sentinel-2-derived SAVI analysis of an arid agricultural region in Saudi Arabia. (Screenshot: EOS)

LandViewer, a cloud service developed by EOS Data Analytics, provides access to satellite data and fast-paced analytics. In recent months, it has undergone numerous updates, which have expanded the existing catalogue of satellite imagery, introduced more tools for analysis and added other new features. By the end of 2018, free space and airborne data available for browsing, analysis and download... read more

Hexagon acquires Thermopylae for 5D visualization

February 25, 2019By
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Hexagon AB has signed an agreement to acquire Thermopylae Sciences and Technology, a software provider primarily focused on the U.S. government and defense market that specializes in geospatial applications, mobile frameworks and cloud computing for enhanced location intelligence. Thermopylae has developed advanced visualization solutions to support tactical edge mapping in support of mission critical operations. Built upon the Google technology... read more

Airbus launches OneAtlas service for GIS imagery, data

February 22, 2019By
The Ocean Finder provides a satellite-based maritime ship detection service. (Photo: One Atlas)

Airbus Defence and Space has launched The OneAtlas Platform, a collaborative environment to access premium imagery, perform large-scale image processing, extract insights and benefit from Airbus assets for solution development. OneAtlas is offering a 30-day free trial, giving customers streaming access to imagery, sample change detection reports, and global imagery and data layers, including the basemap and the WorldDEM. Besides... read more

Oregon transportation expands use of GNSS tablets

February 20, 2019By
Oregon Department of Transportation workers use DT Research’s GNSS rugged tablets. (Photo: DT Research).

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has expanded its use of DT Research GNSS rugged tablets to all 15 of its construction management offices across the state, and also use the tablets for biology, geology, roadway and wetland projects. DT Research worked closely with ODOT to design purpose-built rugged tablets that empower state workers to easily collect and transmit geospatial... read more

Topcon upgrades MAGNET Collage for UAV and GIS data

February 14, 2019By
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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