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Spatial energy continues global expansion with announcement of European subsidiary

Spatial Energy has announced the opening of a European subsidiary at the 2011 EAGE (European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers) Conference & Exhibition in Vienna, Austria. With increased interest in oil and gas exploration and production, including activity in Africa, as well as in shale gas plays in Eastern and Western Europe, Spatial Energy made the strategic decision to focus on building and strengthening relationships with key EAME energy companies. By establishing an office in Vienna with one of its key principal executives, the company is able to provide dedicated sales and support for customers and partners in key markets throughout the Western and Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East (EAME). Headquartered in the United States, in 2009, it extended its global reach by establishing an office in Beijing China and forming Spatial Energy Beijing Technology to serve the Asian market.

Leica Geosystems Germany has launched GNSS network RTK service ‘SmartNet Germany’

Leica Geosystems Germany started its own GNSS Network RTK service on April 1st. SmartNet Germany is based on a close partnership between SAPOS, the service of Surveying Authorities of the Federal Republic of Germany and Leica Geosystems GmbH Vertrieb. The new GNSS Network service uses high quality data and coordinates provided by SAPOS® reference stations itself. Leica Geosystems delivers accurate correction data throughout the nation, allowing to directly generate highly accurate and traceable coordinates, for a wide variety of positioning tasks. SmartNet Germany is offering a nationwide generation of coordinates from one provider, for all Leica Geosystems GNSS products, including the Leica GPS500, GPS1200, and the new Viva GNSS series. It is also useful for a wide variety of positioning applications, such as Surveying, Engineering, Construction, Agriculture, Machine Control, Utility Surveys, Archaeology, Monitoring, Police Accident Investigation and much more.

Leica SmartWorx Viva 3.5 Supports Leica Active Assist and Sketching Templates is available now

Version 3.50 of the easy-to-use Leica SmartWorx Viva onboard software is now available. This new version supports both Leica Viva GNSS and Viva TPS instruments and also controls the newly released Leica Viva TS12 Total Station. Among many new features the software now supports Leica Active Assist and Sketching Templates. The new features in SmartWorx Viva v3.50 includes Leica Active Assist, Sketching templates, DTM import, new unlevelled Setup app support, etc. This software was designed with simplicity in mind by using clear graphics, logical menu structures, non technical terminology and simplified workflows.

New sketching templates allow sketching to be made on lined or grid paper

Leica Viva is a new generation surveying system that combines the latest state-of-the-art technologies into an unrivalled portfolio of total stations, GNSS receivers, controllers and onboard software to meet the daily challenges for all positioning tasks. Encompassing innovative, feature rich functionality with a new, modern and ergonomic design, Leica Viva is an easy and intuitive to use surveying system providing speed and precision.

Loc8 Codes for the Long Stay with ParkSmart…, the smart off-airport parking service, has announced the installation of Loc8 Codes for all its airport parking services across Ireland. Loc8 Codes, which are smart GPS and technology aware address codes, ensure that ParkSmart’s growing number of customers can easily find their 15 off-airport long and short stay parking facilities across the whole island. It offers stress free, cheaper, bookable and shuttle bus serviced alternative parking that is now precisely mapped by a Loc8 Code. The Loc8 Code for the Airside ParkSmart site near Swords serving Dublin Airport is: NN9-27-KP7. Loc8 Codes are widely used across the whole island of Ireland, providing smart directions to private houses, businesses and all kinds of publicly accessible features and events. Loc8 Codes are supported on all popular Garmin SatNavs, on an Iphone App called point8 for Google Navigation and also for Navigon and TomTom Apps and through the web at any time.

Leica Active Assist: On-line Support in the Field

Leica Geosystems has announced the release of Leica Active Assist for Leica Viva GNSS and Leica Viva Total Stations. With Leica Active Assist support engineers can now directly connect to a customer’s field system and see exactly what the customer sees. For difficult support cases, the support engineer guides the customer quickly back to full productivity. With its help, a quick solution to any problem is certain, as an experienced professional can connect directly to field systems for assistance. After quickly solving the problem, customers can quickly get back to work and finish tasks with full productivity. Leica Active Assist builds on the already first-class support offered by Leica Geosystems and its dense Active Customer Care support network. With Leica Active Assist, Customer Care Packages (CCPs) are taken to the next level with best-in-class customer support.

Bluesky Maps Social Housing Solar Power Potential

Bluesky is helping a number of Housing Associations across the UK make the most of their housing stock’s solar energy potential. Using high resolution aerial photography combined with detailed 3D models Bluesky are able to measure the potential for solar energy generation for individual properties based on a number of contributing factors such as roof size and aspect. These measurements are helping the Housing Associations produce income from Feed-in Tariffs, reduce energy bills for householders and decrease carbon emissions. Bluesky calculate the energy potential using high resolution aerial photography combined with 3D models of the earth’s surface to determine the size, aspect and gradient of each roof in the study area. Potential obstructions such as nearby buildings or trees can also be identified and mapped. This data is combined with a given panel size to determine the number of potential panels and an estimate of solar irradiation.

SuperGeo announce exclusive partnership with KIRRA in Saudi Arabia

SuperGeo Technologies officially granted the exclusive partnership to KIRRA, who will distribute SuperGIS series products in Saudi Arabia. Aside from launching value-added projects for SuperGIS products, offering educational training, developing technical reports concerning SuperGeo Technologies, KIRRA will also hold conferences to promote SuperGIS software and applications. SuperGeo Technologies, KIRRA, along with several important partners of SuperGeo, such as IIES from Kuwait, Evolving GeoSystems Technologies from UAE, Aeromap Technology Systems from Bahrain, will exchange opinions with GIS experts from the Middle East region, and explore the future and challenges adhered to geospatial industry in the expansive Arabic nations.

Rockwell Collins selected to provide guidance and navigation system for Turkish Aerospace Industries’ Anka Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Rockwell Collins has announced its Athena inertial navigation system and global positioning system (INS/GPS) to provide guidance and navigation for the Anka Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV, developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI). Under the contract, Rockwell Collins will provide TAI with its Athena 511 integrated INS/GPS and air data sensor suite system. The Athena 511 is a high precision, miniaturized solution, weighing six pounds and specifically designed for high-performance UAV applications.

China National Offshore Oil Corporation selects Intergraph® SmartPlant® Foundation

China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has selected Intergraph® SmartPlant® Foundation to manage the engineering information of its offshore platforms and oil fields as part of CNOOC’s Engineering Digital Information System (EDIS) project. SmartPlant Foundation will be used to develop EDIS, which will manage the engineering information of 33 offshore platforms for three of CNOOC’s four oil fields, located in Tianjin, Shenzhen and Zhangjiang. SmartPlant Foundation’s data-centric capabilities and single-source-of-information concept will support all of the company’s requirements, including the management and implementation of engineering changes for enhanced safety, improved quality of data and increased productivity and efficiency.

Blue Marble announces GeoTranslate 5.1 Upgrade

Blue Marble Geographics has announces the upgrade of their developer tool GeoTranslate. GeoTranslate is available within GeoCore, Blue Marble’s all in one geospatial developer tool kit. GeoTranslate 5.1 is the latest vector translation and feature manipulation tool from Blue Marble Geographics. Blue Marble’s geospatial data manipulation and conversion solutions are used worldwide by thousands of GIS analysts at software companies, universities, oil and gas companies, civil engineering, surveying, technology, enterprise GIS groups, government and military organizations. Additionally this architecture makes it easy for the developer to write their own file format support out of the box.

Leica Geosystems introduces Leica Viva TS12 Performance Robotic Package

Leica Geosystems has announced the Leica Viva TS12 Performance Robotic Package. The cost-effective system provides everything needed for efficient daily surveying in one powerful package comprising the Leica Viva TS12 Total Station, the Leica Viva CS10 Controller and the easy-to-use Leica SmartWorx Viva Onboard Software. Leica Viva TS12 uses years of experience to optimally find, lock and measure points to prisms with a single key press. With the unique PowerSearch sensor any prism type is found within seconds regardless of the location. The Leica Viva TS12 PinPoint EDM delivers the optimal balance of range, accuracy, reliability, beam visibility, laser dot size and measurement time.

Maptek commences operations in India

Maptek has established an office in New Delhi to service the Indian mining market. Maptek products can help meet the demand by miners for better technical capability. And since we always deliver support and supplier interaction where it’s needed, this is a great opportunity for Maptek to expand into India. Experienced Indian staffs have undertaken intensive training in Australia to become familiar with Maptek products and service delivery standards.

New sketching templates allow sketching to be made on lined or grid paper

Leica Viva is a new generation surveying system that combines the latest state-of-the-art technologies into an unrivalled portfolio of total stations, GNSS receivers, controllers and onboard software to meet the daily challenges for all positioning tasks.
Encompassing innovative, feature rich functionality with a new, modern and ergonomic design, Leica Viva is an easy and intuitive to use surveying system providing speed and precision.

Spectra Precision introduces Ashtech MobileMapper 10

Spectra Precision introduced Ashtech MobileMapper 10, the latest addition to its new line of GIS/GNSS smart data collectors. The MobileMapper 10 is a lightweight, low power and cost-effective mapping solution with real-time meter level accuracy. MobileMapper 10 can improve the quality of their GIS data, improve productivity and reduce operating costs. Its user-friendly efficiency enables virtually any operator to quickly learn and use the new mobile mapping solution. With quick logging operations for productive mapping and meter-level accuracy, the solution can improve the features and attributes for geo-positioning. In addition, its connectivity allows data communication between the field and the office.

Trimble on acquisition spree

Trimble has made two major acquisitions. It acquired seismic survey software provider Dynamic Survey Solutions and a provider of print and digital maps for outdoor enthusiasts MyTopo. Financial terms were not disclosed. The acquisition of Dynamic Survey is expected to expand Trimble’s presence in the seismic survey industry. The business will be reported as part of Trimble’s Engineering and Construction segment. The acquisition will expand Trimble’s ability to offer unique map content and new outdoor-centric products. It will also enhancing its mobile apps—Trimble Outdoors, AllSport GPS, Geocache Navigator, Cabela’s Recon Hunt and Backpacker GPS Trails. MyTopo brings top-notch maps with enhanced quality and rich features to our customers and partners such as Cabela’s and Backpacker magazine.”

CHC introduces GPS mapping solutions

CHC announced the availability of Nava GPS handheld series designed for any meter-level GPS mapping applications such as in forestry, agriculture, utilities, and local government, which are mainly capturing data about assets. Nava GPS are easy-to-use and provide the necessary features for data collection and mapping including point, line and area data capture, import and export to MIF and SHP format. The Nava Series has an embedded 20 channels high sensitivity SIRF III chipset featuring extremely fast satellite acquisition and reliable positioning even in harsh environment. Nava GPS provides 3-5 meters accuracy in GPS mode and up to 1-3 meters when receiving SBAS satellites corrections.

Trimble Navigation makes EUR 337mn bid for Tekla

Trimble Navigation Ltd. announced a public tender offer, to be made by its subsidiary Trimble Finland Oy, for all issued and outstanding shares in Tekla Corporation for EUR 15.00 per share in cash. It represents an aggregate equity purchase price of approximately EUR 337 million (or approximately USD 489 million), and an enterprise value of EUR 311 million (or approximately USD 451 million). The consideration represents a premium of 52 percent to the closing price of Tekla shares on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd on May 6, 2011, the last trading day before this announcement. The Board of Directors of Tekla may, pursuant to the authorisation granted by the annual general meeting held on April 6, 2011, resolve to distribute additional dividends or other funds to its shareholders in the maximum amount of EUR 18 million, or up to EUR 0.80 per share, before the completion of the tender offer.

Leica Geosystems announces updates to its Ag Guidance Solutions

Leica Geosystems has announced several updates for a range of Ag guidance products. Compatibility with the SteerDirect hydraulic kit solution continues to grow with another four series of tractors added. Autospray with Direct Section Control for Amazone Amatron+ Controller using the Leica mojo3D has been added to the ever increasing list of compatible controllers. At the same time a new Antenna Bracket and cables will be introduced on the market.


Agency9 CityPlanner takes 3D visualisation to the cloud

Agency9 has released their cloud service CityPlanner 2.0 internationally. Agency9 CityPlanner is a web service that empowers project managers, planners and architects to visualise and interact with 3D models on the internet. Project ideas can easily be created and edited, allowing for rapid evaluation of alternatives and feed-back from stakeholders and project members. CityPlanner features a multiuser role-based structure for control of access. Organisations can use their own 3D city models and terrain data as scenery data. CityPlanner supports 3D data from all major map data providers, such as Blom and other providers like Computamaps, Digital Globe, Navteq or TomTom. The streaming technology in CityPlanner supports extensive geographical areas and city models.

u-blox to demonstrate GLONASS positioning at Telematics Detroit

u-blox has announced the successful demonstration of an enhanced LEA-6H GPS module which also supports GLONASS navigation. The Russian GLONASS satellite system is an alternative as well as complementary system to the US-based Global Positioning System (GPS). It currently has 22 deployed satellites, with the complete constellation of 24 satellites needed for complete global coverage scheduled for end 2011. GLONASS based navigation systems will soon be required to be used by all vehicles transporting passengers, large volumes, or hazardous materials in Russia, according to the Russian Ministry of Transport. Additionally, next generation navigation systems that implement both GPS and GLONASS receivers will be able to provide a higher level of performance for positioning systems worldwide.

Hemisphere GPS announces New LX-2 L-Band OEM Board for its Crescent and Eclipse GPS Receivers

Hemisphere GPS has introduced the LX-2, a new second generation L-Band differential GPS OEM receiver board. The new LX-2 augments Hemisphere GPS’ Crescent P100 and Eclipse P200 GPS receivers with OmniSTAR differential HP, XP or VBS signal support. This reliable and globally available differential GPS option is one of several differential solutions offered by Hemisphere GPS. By tracking L-Band satellite-based differential signal corrections, LX2 improves standalone GPS positions. It improves the position accuracy of Eclipse receivers to sub-decimeter levels and Crescent receivers to half meter levels. Additionally, LX-2 is supported by Hemisphere GPS’ exclusive COAST technology to ensure accuracy is maintained during temporary loss of the differential signal.

Manufacturer Calls on U.S. Government to Protect GPS

Javad Ashjaee, president and CEO of JAVAD GNSS, has called upon the U.S. government to protect GPS as a national asset, invoking the many billions of dollars invested in it, and likening the LightSquared initiative for high-powered terrestrial transmitters to “aggression.” The statement came in response to a written communication to Ashjaee, describing recent preliminary tests of some high-precision receivers under LightSquared conditions by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Septentrio Announces Low Power GPS/GLONASS RTK Receiver smaller than Credit Card

Septentrio has announced the AsteRx-m, a very low power GPS/GLONASS dual-frequency RTK receiver which is smaller than a credit card. The new board is aimed specifically at integration in hand-held devices, mobile computing platforms and other solutions requiring high accuracy combined with low power in applications where space is at a premium. The AsteRx-m offers full dual-frequency GPS-only RTK capability while consuming less than 500 mW and GPS/GLONASS RTK at less than 600 mW. It also covers the functionality range from GPS-L1 only to full GPS- GLONASS L1-L2, providing the same performance, robustness and availability as “full-size” state-of-the-art dual-frequency RTK receivers.

NavCom Technology Inc. announces New Dealer in Turkey

NavCom Technology, Inc. has formed a strategic partnership with Anka Geographic Information Technologies Industry Trade Ltd. Co. (Ankageo). As a member of NavCom’s Global Dealer Network, Ankageo will bring NavCom’s GNSS product and positioning solutions, including the recently released SF-3040, StarFire™/RTK GNSS Pole-mount Receiver, to the Turkish market. The new partnership with Ankageo can bring NavCom’s unique mapping and surveying solutions to a key economy in Eurasia.

Septentrio announces Multi-GNSS Reference Station Receiver PolaRx4

Septentrio announces PolaRx4, which it describes as a versatile multi-frequency high-performance GNSS receiver providing network operators and scientific users with high-quality tracking and measurement of all available and upcoming GNSS signals. The PolaRx4 is designed to serve as a future-proof base station, with innovative GNSS signal processing, extensive networking capabilities, robust design and an intuitive user interface. Powered by Septentrio’s next generation multi- frequency receiver engine, PolaRx4 offers 264 hardware channels capable of simultaneously tracking GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and SBAS signals in L1, L2, L5, and E5ab/AltBOC bands. It also supports Beidou and GLONASS-K L3 CDMA signal tracking.

SuperGeo releases Mobile Cadastral GIS 3.0

SuperGeo Technologies has officially released Mobile Cadastral GIS 3.0 to assist efficient cadastral navigation measuring and field survey. Mobile Cadastral GIS is designed for cadastral navigation measuring and field survey on the basis of SuperGIS Mobile Engine. Integrated with GIS and GPS technology resources, Mobile Cadastral GIS enables field surveyors to recognize their current locations and the correct information of cadastral navigation swiftly. Moreover, if applied on compatible mobile devices that equipped with Windows Mobile operating platform, Mobile Cadastral GIS can be utilized as a light, convenient, and powerful system in surveying. Its latest version contains a comprehensive system which performs upgraded functions in interface design, map display and manipulation procedure.

Bentley Showcases first commercially available products to support Two-Way

Bentley Systems has announced its first commercially available products to support two-way interoperability with ISO 15926. It presented a live demonstration of the ease with which component data and information can be shared with systems deployed by iRING user community members Bechtel, Hatch and Emerson Process Management, as well as among Bentley’s ISO 15926-based AXSYS. Process V8i conceptual design application, OpenPlant PowerPID V8i application, and Instrumentation & Wiring V8i design software. All of the read/write information exchanges being demonstrated are seamlessly accomplished using the same interface. Moreover, they require only a one-time, simplified mapping, allowing multiple reuses and repurposing of data by making it unambiguous. In real-world projects, these data exchanges lead to lower administration costs, higher quality data, increased productivity, and reduced project and business risk.

ESRI and DOI introduce Landsat Data for the World

Working in close collaboration with the US Department of the Interior (DOI), Esri has released Landsat image services. These provide access to almost four decades’ worth of Global Land Survey (GLS) Landsat data developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and DOI’s US Geological Survey. Esri provides access to the full multispectral, multitemporal Landsat data for free on ArcGIS Online as dynamic image services. Esri has also published an interactive website that leverages these Landsat image services to provide a starting point for understanding earth changes over time.

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