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Trimble to acquire OmniSTAR for land applications

Trimble has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets related to the OmniSTAR Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signal corrections business from Fugro N.V. The acquisition is expected to expand Trimble’s worldwide ability to provide correction services for land-based agriculture, construction, mapping and GIS and survey applications. Trimble and Fugro also entered into a multi-year service agreement which includes Fugro’s ongoing operation of its correction network and satellite service broadcast systems that power the OmniSTAR service. Fugro’s offshore marine business is unaffected.

Trimble strengthens presence in Nordic markets

Trimble acquired a suite of software solutions from Mesta Entreprenør AS, a subsidiary of Mesta Konsern AS. Mesta Konsern AS is one of Norway’s largest contracting groups for road and highway construction as well as related operations and maintenance. The software suite includes office, field data collection and on-machine solutions specifically designed for the Nordic construction market.

New Trimble TSC3 Controller makes construction operations easier

Trimble® TSC3 handheld controller for construction is a powerful and rugged addition to its portfolio of controllers for heavy and highway contractors. With built-in GPS, 3G, Wi-Fi and a 5 megapixel digital camera, construction professionals can stay connected and be equipped with accurate positioning, digital design information and the ability to locate, measure and record information anywhere on the construction site with just one device.

Vexcel Imaging receives ISO 9001:2008 Certificate

Vexcel Imaging GmBH, a Microsoft company, received an ISO 9001:2008 Certificate from the certification body SystemCERT. The Certificate certifies that Vexcel Imaging has implemented and maintained a quality management system which fulfils the requirements of the international standard ISO 9001:2008 and has demonstrated a commitment to continuous improvement of its processes.

Ashtech aid for GIS field researchers in Greece

Terrain, an Athens-based cartographic company, is publishing the first highly detailed, large-scale maps (1:10,000 to 1:100,000) of Greece using GIS data exclusively acquired by mobile teams of cartographers. By foot, bike, auto and boat, Terrain surveyor teams, travelling with Ashtech MobileMapper 100 handheld smart GNSS receivers loaded with ArcPad, are mapping Greece in unprecedented rich detail, even its remotest regions.

East View Cartographic performs rapid geoname translation for Japanese-produced topographic maps in tsunami-affected areas

Immediately following the earthquake and tsunami off the coast of northern Japan, East View Cartographic (EVC) was approached by the Japan Map Center in Tokyo to make English versions of eighteen 1:25,000 scale topographic maps over the affected area in and around Sendai, Japan.
Relief workers from around the world needed print mapping in English. The 1:25,000 series is the largest scale series with full country coverage in Japan. EVC performed this task in four business days utilizing automated geoname conversion processes and human editing. East View maintains a staff with fluency in twelve languages, including Japanese. Additionally, EVC created a mosaic of the map sheets and built a web-mapping service (WMS) to host the data for viewing around the world.

NovAtel Inc. announces OEMStar™ Firmware Version 1.101

NovAtel has announced the release of Version 1.101 firmware for its OEMStar GNSS receiver products. The OEMStar is NovAtel’s lowest cost, high performance L1 GNSS receiver. The 14-channel OEMStar provides accurate positioning using L1 GPS, GLONASS and SBAS signals. NovAtel’s advanced GL1DE® technology, which provides smooth pass-to-pass accuracy often sought in agricultural applications, is also available on the OEMStar receiver with a model upgrade. This latest release now supports GPS-only, GPS plus GLONASS, and GLONASS-only positioning, velocity and timing.

NovAtel Announces FlexPak6™ Enclosure Featuring Next-Generation GNSS Performance

NovAtel has announced the launch of the high-performance FlexPak6 GNSS enclosure, the first product to house the company’s new OEM628™ multi-constellation receiver. The FlexPak6 is designed for easy integration and is capable of tracking all current and upcoming GNSS satellite signals plus L-band, ensuring peak positioning performance now and into the future.
Compact and lightweight, the FlexPak6 builds on the popular FlexPak-G2™ series of products by adding powerful OEM6™ features such as RAIM (Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring) for improved GNSS system integrity, NTRIP client and server capabilities for seamless integration into network reference applications, and 100 Hz measurements for high dynamic applications.

NovAtel and Raven Industries announce new supplier agreement

NovAtel Inc and Raven Industries (Raven) have announced a new strategic partnership that will see NovAtel’s industry leading Global Navigation Satellite System positioning technology integrated into Raven’s comprehensive line of precision agriculture products. The convergence of these two industry innovators is expected to drive new growth opportunities for both companies, and benefit customers by achieving further efficiencies in their agricultural operations.

Leica Geosystems enhances SP Technology:

Total Precision in any Environment
Leica Geosystems releases the next generation of its unique Leica SP Technology further enhancing flexibility and productivity when grading with a dozer. SP Technology now also supports machine control with total stations, providing high precision and increased grading speed in environments where GPS is not useable. This additional functionality allows users to choose the positioning sensor for their machine control system and to achieve excellent results in any environment.


Leica Geosystems announces PaveSmart 3D (LMGS-S) v7.0

Leica Geosystems has announced v7.0 of its class-leading PaveSmart 3D (LMGS-S) machine control system for concrete paving applications. With v7.0, LMGS-S now additionally supports Guntert & Zimmerman (G&Z) S600, S850 and S1500 mainline concrete pavers. 3D machine control solutions are also available for G&Z’s PS1200 placer spreader.

Leica Geosystems announces a major update to Cyclone II

Leica Geosystems has announced a major update to Cyclone II TOPO, version 2.0 at SPAR 2011 International conference from 21 to 24 March. The new version automates the previously time-consuming process of creating accurate ground surfaces (TINs or meshes) from rich High-Definition Survey™ (HDS™) point clouds. Now, users can create these surfaces in minutes instead of hours or even days.

Leica Geosystems announces new HDS7000 Ultra High-Speed, Phase Scanner

Leica Geosystems has announced the HDS7000, a new phase-based laser scanner that lets users take advantage of ultra-high speed scanning for more as-built survey applications on more sites. The HDS7000 features key enhancements over its predecessor thanks to its rugged design, excellent environmental specs, and low-noise data.

Maptek engages PT Globecon Indonesia as local Vulcan representative

Maptek has announced an agreement with PT Globecon Indonesia (PTGI) to promote Maptek™ Vulcan™ geological modelling and mine planning software in Indonesia. PTGI will sell Vulcan to the Indonesian mining market, as well as offer technical support, training and consulting for Vulcan users through its offices in Jakarta and Balikpapan.

Bentley launches New iWare Apps Site

Bentley Systems has announced the launch of its iWare Apps site at The new site provides fast and easy access to Bentley’s no-cost iWare Apps for enhanced interoperability, along with links to free training in their use and in-depth reference documentation. It also provides iWare Links to additional no-cost apps developed by other organizations that also facilitate interoperability.

Bentley Advances Sustainable Licensing Through Portfolio Balancing

Bentley Systems has introduced, during its first Annual Corporate Update conference call, an innovative new “sustainable licensing” business model based on annual Portfolio Balancing. With this industry milestone, users no longer need to settle for software investments that depreciate in value due to changing technology, project mix, or operations needs. Through Portfolio Balancing, new purchasers of Bentley product licenses, along with existing Bentley SELECT subscribers, can annually exchange underutilized Bentley software for software of equal value (based on current list price) that meets existing or upcoming needs.

Bentley acquires SACS

Bentley Systems has announced that it has acquired the SACS business from Engineering Dynamics, Inc. SACS is an integrated finite element structural analysis suite of programs that uniquely provides for the design, fabrication, installation, operations, and maintenance of offshore structures, including oil platforms and wind farms.

Geneq Introduces Ultra-Small SXBlue GPS L1/L2 RTK Receiver

Geneq has announced an ultra-small SXBlue GPS L1/L2 dual frequency GPS RTK receiver for high accuracy positioning. One of the smallest dual frequency RTK GPS receivers in the world, weighing only 268g (~1/2 lb) and having dimensions of 11.26cm x 8.54cm x 3.53cm (4.43” x 3.36” x 1.39”), the SXBlue L1/L2 GPS is designed to be mounted on vehicles and use the vehicle power for machine control applications such as agriculture, mining, construction and other high-precision applications.
With a long-range Class 1 Bluetooth implementation capable of distances of up to 100 meters (300 feet) and RS-232 interface port, the SXBlue L1/L2 GPS is ideally suited for vehicle mounting in a variety of configurations and being controlled from a PDA, tablet, or notebook computer.

Timing for 4G networks

The TimeProvider 1500 is optimized to enable rapid deployment of 4G/LTE networks. It is a packet-based primary reference source (PRS), providing ubiquitous and continuous access to PRS quality reference sources for operators. The TP1500 is a packet-based synchronization system that delivers a PRS-quality clock without requiring a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) antenna installation.

Until now, the only way to achieve traceable stratum-1 PRS network synchronization was to install costly GPS antennas or Cesium clocks, Symmetricom said. TimeProvider 1500 provides a stratum -1 alternative by combining the power of Symmetricom’s Rubidium oscillators and its advanced IEEE1588 soft clock algorithms to deliver stratum-1 synchronization without requiring GPS antennas or Cesium clocks.

JAVAD GNSS TRIUMPH-VS Tracks Galileo E5 altBOC Signal

Truimph-VS receiver has the option to track E5A, E5B and E5altBOC signals now.These 3 signals may be tracked independently, but as expected, E5 altBOC combination shows great multipath reduction compared with separate E5A or E5B signals. Javad’s superior multipath reduction (MPR) technique makes it almost perfect.

Six plots in this graph show three signals, each with and without JAVAD’s multipath reduction feature.

This plot zooms in the area of 30 degree elevation mask, where huge multipath existed due to a nearby metal roof.


PCI Geomatics to implement a high speed GXL system

PCI Geomatics has been awarded a contract for $520,000 (CAD) through the Canadian Space Agency’s Earth Observation Applications Development Program (EOADP). The contract is based upon its GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL) product having two main objectives. The first is in assisting Parks Canada in meeting its Ecological Integrity initiatives as mandated under the New Parks Act of 2002. The second objective is developing methodologies, systems, and products for Parks Canada and Environment Canada to increase their utilization of RADARSAT-2 data to transition its usage into Government of Canada operations and to support the RADARSAT-2 user community at large.

OSM-3D as Virtual Globe

The interactive 3D web application has grown siginificantly from its original German coverage and covers now most European countries on a virtual globe. The virtual “osm.globe” combines the free geodata from OpenStreetMap (OSM) with DEMs offering a global interactive 3D experience made completely from free or crowdsoured geodata. OSM offers far more than only street data. The database currently stores about 30 million buildings for Europe. The 3D globe (XNavigator) developed mainly by Arne Schilling from the GIScience Resarch Group at the University of Heidelberg features a physical simulated atmosphere, simulation of daytime or additional new functionalities like the possibility to simulate flights following GPS-Tracks (GPX) provided by users.

Blue Marble’s GeoCalc Engine Supports Time Stamped Coordinate Ref Frames

Blue Marble Geographics released GeoCalc 6.4.5 coordinate transformation library and toolkit. One of the major enhancements of this release supports time stamped coordinate reference frames, which are critical for highly accurate mapping in areas of the earth where there is tectonic shifting and movement of the earth’s crust. It can be used alone or it can be part of Blue Marble’s developer tool kit, GeoCore 2.0.

AAM plays lead role in Australian Disaster Planning

Over the past three months, AAM has played a vital role in responding to natural disaster events in Australia. It has worked closely with Governments of Queensland and Victoria, as well as Brisbane City Council in pre and post disaster response for the Brisbane and Victorian floods. More recently, the Queensland State Government have enlisted AAM’s help in creating an online record of the devastation and reconstruction generated by the floods and Cyclone Yasi in their new website for the Queensland Reconstruction Authority: The website will feature aerial imagery of the devastation across Queensland and will be used as a critical tool for the public in future natural disasters.

Esri assists Japan earthquake and tsunami response

In response to the devastating Japan earthquake and tsunami, Esri is providing assistance to a myriad of organizations involved in the disaster response. The company is working closely with both domestic and international agencies to provide on-site personnel, GIS software expertise, and project services. Esri is also providing organizations with software, data, imagery, and technical support.

Topcon introduces new GNSS receiver

Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) introduces its patented Fence Antenna technology and expanded channel support in the new GR-5 GNSS receiver. The GR-5 provides industry-leading tracking sensitivity and multipath rejection in a compact and lightweight package.


SF-3040 STARFIRE™/RTK GNSS pole-mount receiver

NavCom Technology has released of the SF-3040 pole-mount receiver that features StarFire/RTK GNSS capabilities. Steven Wilson, NavCom’s GNSS Products Business Manager highlights the key features of SF-3040 to Coordinates:

Please summarize briefly about key features of SF-3040.

• RTK base or rover with RTK Extend™ enhanced performance

• The SF-3040’s Ultra RTK™ and RTK Extend capability, powered by StarFire™, assure traditional high accuracy RTK positioning over long baseline lengths even during radio outages saving users valuable time and effort. Ultra RTK provides RTK-level accuracy up to 40km away from a base station and RTK Extend allows for continuous RTK positioning during radio outages by allowing StarFire™ to take over when the RTK radio communication signal is blocked or out of range.

• Built-in StarFire receiver

• The first of its kind, this global satellite-based augmentation system (GSBAS) provides the SF-3040 with decimeter positioning accuracy on a worldwide basis without the need for a base station allowing users to roam freely while maintaining the most precise positioning information.

• GNSS Performance

• Powered by the Sapphire™ Integrated StarFire/RTK GNSS Engine, the SF-3040 offers 66 channel “All-in-view” tracking with the required flexibility to track all civilian GNSS (GPS, GLONASS & Galileo) and SBAS signals including StarFire.

What are different applications SF-3040 best suited for?

The SF-3040 is recommended for Surveying & Mapping applications. With its all on the pole morphology that includes dual hot swappable batteries, internal 1 watt UHF radio, removable SD card and highly competitive RTK performance the SF-3040 is an ideal choice to form the core of an advanced land survey system.

Could you please tell us briefly about Sapphire GNSS engine?

NavCom’s next generation integrated StarFire/RTK GNSS engine provides 66 channel tracking, including multi-constellation support for GPS, GLONASS and Galileo. It also provides patented interference rejection and anti-jamming capabilities.
Integrated StarFire decimeter global accuracy makes Sapphire ideal for applications in high accuracy surveying to control and guidance of mobile platforms. The compact form factor offers durability and reliability for your precise positioning system integration.
Offering the “freedom to choose,” Sapphire is software upgradeable, allowing users to transform the engine from a single frequency receiver to multi-frequency and anything in between with software optioning alone saving users the expense of purchasing new hardware. This flexible framework makes Sapphire ideal for any application.

When do you start shipping SF-3040?

NavCom’s SF-3040 is available for order today from NavCom’s dealer network. Units will ship 30 days ARO.

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