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MicroSurvey inCAD 2020 released

MicroSurvey announces the release of inCAD 2020. It adds the MicroSurvey feature set to the latest Autodesk® software – including AutoCAD® 2020, AutoCAD Map 3D™ 2020, and AutoCAD Civil 3D™ 2020 – providing users with complete survey drafting and calculation workflows, including COGO, point tools for gridline-based projects, traverse input and adjustment, misclosure reporting, common data collector support, 3D surface representation and computation, corridor design, and much more.

These utilities are perpetually licensed and are designed to complement the professional land surveyor and their desire for maximum efficiency. With two product tiers, inCAD allows the avid professional to choose precisely the features and price point they need to produce the quality deliverables they want.

Zenith16 – The new GeoMax GNSS receiver

GeoMax is pleased to announce the release of the Zenith16 – the new GNSS receiver. Equipped with NovAtel`s latest cuttingedge technology and multi-constellation measurement engine this antenna provides highest reliability and a seamless integration into the GeoMax workflow meeting the toughest MIL standards.

GMV’s avionics system greenlighted for microlauncher use

After a long field-testing campaign the GMV-developed avionics system for PLD Spaces’ MIURA 1 launch vehicle has successfully passed its Qualification Acceptance Review (QAR), clearing it for fitting in this suborbital launch vehicle, one of the essential prelaunch conditions.

Since 2017 GMV has been working on the design, development and qualification of a complete avionics system for the space probe MIURA 1. This system takes in all vital avionics items for a classic launcher, such as the power subsystem; data management subsystem; guidance, navigation and control (GNC) system; onboard software; payload management; telemetry plus the autonomous tracking technology and the termination system.

Key features of the avionics system designed and developed by GMV in collaboration with PLD are its modularity and scalability. Other fundamental aspects are its use of COTS parts and the availability of advanced technology that guarantees the required performance at an affordable cost.

Septentrio and Analog Devices collaboration

Septentrio recently announced a collaboration with Analog Devices, Inc. The two companies are combining Analog Devices’ high-quality IMUs with Septentrio’s multi-frequency, multi-constellation GNSS receivers. The resulting high-performance GNSS/ INS systems deliver centimeter-accurate positioning together with 3D orientation (heading, pitch and roll), ideal for applications such as automotive ADAS and industrial automation.

Trimble extends the reach of GNSS with LTI Laser Rangefinders

Trimble has announced its Trimble® TerraFlex™ field software now supports remote feature capture with Laser Technology, Inc. (LTI) TruPulse® 200 series and 360° series laser rangefinders. The solution enables easy, accurate and safe capture of Geographic Information System (GIS) features in locations that are physically inaccessible, hazardous and in challenging Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) environments.

Fugro to provide hydrographic surveying services to NOAA

Fugro has been awarded a five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide hydrographic surveying services in the U.S. The contract was issued by NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Office of Coast Survey, to support the creation and maintenance of nautical charts.

New GeoSLAM solution for stockpile volume analysis

GeoSLAM Volumes is an end-to-end way to calculate stockpile mass, instantly turning stockpile point cloud data into actionable 3D information for quick decision making. This is achieved using the company’s handheld Zeb Horizon SLAM (simultaneous localisation and mapping) scanner, which can be utilised on foot or with an UAV.

The solution can capture and calculate complex data, such as the weight and bulk of stockpiles, up to ten times faster than traditional tools. It enables volume calculations to be calculated as frequently as required at all stages of the supply chain without disruption to site activity or compromising employee safety.

Designed for use in mines and quarries, but also suitable for use in a range of sectors such as agriculture, recycling centres or ports, its fully-mobile technology is adaptable for untrained staff to use in any environment. In addition, the technology does not require GPS, opening up hazardous or hard to reach areas that are ordinarily off-limits using traditional surveying methods.

gisAMPS for real-time project mapping

gisAMPS is a comprehensive tool for an end to end tracking of all the land and infrastructure data. It is one of the many software solutions created by the couple owned company geoAMPS.

It enables a quick view of the status tracts within a project. Its color-coded maps and graphs help analyze project features easily by overlaying multiple layers. Another amazing feature is that the Geospatial visualization feature can also be integrated with it. With gisAMPS mapping, organizations receive a visual overview of the project data to aid in route planning, cost analysis, environmental assessments, and overall project management.

Esri enters into licensing agreement with EC

Esri has entered into a four-year general master agreement (GMA) with the European Commission. The agreement will enable the EC and selected Executive Agencies to use Esri software and deploy the full suite of its ArcGIS products in an open, scalable, and standards-based GIS architecture.

Implemented and deployed by Esri’s European distributors, the GMA also provides terms and conditions which several other EU institutions, agencies, and bodies can leverage to have access to Esri products.

SimActive introduces new LiDAR workflow

SimActive Inc. has announced a new LiDAR workflow integrated in its Correlator3D™ product. The capability allows to import a point cloud in the software and to perform registration with an image dataset. Using LiDAR as control eliminates the need for traditional ground control points (GCPs) when processing the photos. The registration occurs during aerial triangulation, leading to a precise alignment of imagery with the LiDAR data.

RoboSense launches lidar solution for Robo Taxis outside of China

RoboSense has developed a complete lidar perception solution for Robo Taxi (RS-Fusion-P5) in markets outside China, launched last month.

The company is positioning the RSFusion- P5 as an alternative to Waymo’s LiDAR solution. RoboSense RSFusion- P5 uses an RS Ruby on top of the vehicle to ensure a sensing range with a radius of more than 200 meters. However, even if the vertical field of view (FOV) of RS-Ruby reaches the perfect angles from -25° to +15°, there is still a small blind zone around the vehicle body. Therefore, to cover the small blind zone, 4 RS-BPearl are embedded sideways around the vehicle to form a hemisphere FOV scanning area relative to the vehicle’s perspective, to guarantee a complete 360° surrounding view.

The RS-Fusion-P5 solution fuses point clouds from RS-Ruby and RS-BPearl in real-time, and generates laser points of more than 4,600,000 pts per second. RS-Ruby achieves the anti-interference of multiple lidar using special laser encryption technology to filter interference signals. Meanwhile, it is not affected by the strongest direct-sunlight.

The embedded four RS-BPearl form a hemispherical FOV coverage of 90 ° * 360 °, which not only can precisely identify objects around the vehicle body such as pets, children, roadbeds as well as other details of the near-field ground area, but also detect the actual height information under particular scenarios such as bridge tunnels and culverts, further supporting autonomous vehicles for driving decision making and greatly improving car safety.

SkyDrive launches test flights of first-ever cargo drone

SkyDrive Inc. has successfully launched test flights of a cargo drone which could revolutionize the way heavy goods are transported and speed up the movement of equipment in remote locations. The first operational testing took place earlier this month (December) in Toyota City, Japan. It was carried out to test the technology by moving heavy equipment in remote locations. Additional testing will be carried out later in the month.

Terra Drone India partners with Geo-Plus

Terra Drone India, has announced that it is joining forces with Canada-based geomatics pioneer Geo-Plus. This partnership makes Terra Drone India an official reseller of Geo-Plus’ innovative land surveying and civil engineering software and mapping solutions in the India market.

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