New version of Trimble® Business Center released
Trimble has introduced a new version of its powerful office software suite used by surveyors and geospatial professionals for processing and analyzing geospatial data—Trimble® Business Center. Version 3.21 introduces new coordinate reference systems and a specialized Advanced Drafting module, which enables faster project turnaround and better decision making.
The optional Advanced Drafting module adds highly customizable templates and simplified selection tools, which are designed to reduce the time required to generate high-quality deliverables, such as geospatial maps and corridor cross-sections. www.trimble.com
Racelogic have released new firmware to allow LabSat 3 to be controlled remotely via Ethernet, giving LabSat users an efficient method of end of line testing. Remote operation through a LAN connection is now possible via simple Telnet text commands, or using a Microsoft .NET API which will allow you to develop your own control software.
In addition, the new firmware features the ability to start a scenario from any point within the recording. www.racelogic.co.uk
Inertial Navigation System with Embedded GPS/GNSS by KVH
KVH Industries, Inc has recently introduced TACNAV(R) 3D, a highly accurate inertial navigation system designed for battlefield vehicles. It is the latest product in KVH’s TACNAV line of tactical navigation systems. The fiber optic gyro-based INS provides full 3D navigation and an embedded GNSS. Its modular tactical design and flexible architecture allow it to function as either a standalone inertial navigation solution or as the core of an expandable, multi-functional battlefield management system. It is designed to provide navigation for light armored vehicles, both wheeled and tracked, medium and heavy combat vehicles, and main battle tanks. www.kvh.com
Second-Generation GNSS RTK Rover by Altus
Altus Positioning Systems has introduced its new APS-NR2 RTK surveying receiver. It is Altus’ second-generation RTK rover, building on the highly successful APS- 3 product series. It features an easily accessible on-board Web interface and integrated Wi-fifor easy remote configuration and status monitoring, as well as Bluetooth for real-time data streaming, providing true cable-free operation. In parallel to RTK positioning, data can be recorded on a removable 2 GB SD memory card for post-processing. www.altus-ps.com
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract from the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) to provide space inertial reference systems for the GEOKOMPSAT- 2 space satellite program. It will provide its Scalable Space Inertial Reference Units (Scalable SIRU) for the GEO-KOMPSAT-2A and -2B satellites. The Scalable SIRU(TM) supplies rotation rate data that enable the stabilisation, pointing and attitude control of satellites and space vehicles. The contract includes an option for one additional unit to be exercised by July 2015 for the KOMPSAT-6 program.
Tallysman has announced the addition of the TW3740/TW3742 Multi-Constellation GNSS Timing Antennas to its catalogue of high performance antennas. Both are wideband GNSS antennas that provide accurate reception for all upper L- band GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and Galileo signals (L1, G1, B1, B1 BOC, B1-2, E1) and associated augmentation signals (WAAS, EGNOS and MSAS). Both antenna models provide greatly enhanced multi-path signal rejection through Tallysman’s advanced Accutenna™ technology which provides low axial ratio and improved phase centre accuracy thereby providing superior precision.
Fugro has signed an agreement with TRL, a world-leader in transport research and consultancy, to merge data collection and asset management expertise for highways clients worldwide. They will be well placed to deliver an enhanced range of specialist services, efficiently integrated to maximise value for the asset management programmes of government departments and highways authorities. Clients will have access to world class asset management proficiency and surveying capabilities tailored for medium to large projects anywhere in the world, regardless of project complexity and logistical challenges. www.fugro.com
Novatel & Raco Wireless to offer Telematics Solution
Novatel Wireless, Inc. a leading provider of intelligent wireless, a global provider of wireless data and location-based solutions, today announced the incorporation of Novatel Wireless’ integrated product line with RacoWireless’ Position Logic platform, providing a full, endto- end aftermarket telematics solution for LATAM markets. www.nvtl.com
With Pegasus:Two, Leica Geosystems introduces its next generation vehicle independent mobile mapping platform. By calibrating imagery and LiDAR point cloud data, the Pegasus:Two delivers highly accurate and economical geospatial data in a 360° spherical view while providing two methods for extracting data – either through LiDAR or via photogrammetry.
Leica Viva GNSS Unlimited Series
With the launch of the Leica Viva GNSS Unlimited Series, customers can make a safe investment with future-proof GNSS receivers and smart antennas. Offering a flexible design, the Viva GNSS sensors can be easily upgraded for maximum performance whenever needed. Its range now fully supports the Chinese BeiDou navigation system. It can even provide BeiDou-only and Glonassonly high-precision positioning. The unlimited series additionally includes a future upgrade to a GNSS board with more than 500 channels and will serve users’ needs beyond 2020.
Leica GeoMoS Now is a new webbased application that is part of the Leica Geosystems monitoring solution and enables on-the-go visualisation and analysis of structural and ground movement monitoring data. It enables users to view and analyse monitoring data anytime and anywhere from any smart device, such as a computer, tablet or mobile phone. www.leica-geosystems.com
FIG Congress celebrated its silver jubilee
The 25th FIG Congress celebrated its silver jubilee with the convergence of global members in Kuala Lumpur for the 37th General Assembly in a week-long programme from 17 June – 21 June 2014, comprising of a trade exhibition, technical sessions and social activities. The congress – organised by Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and the Association of Authorised Land Surveyors Malaysia (PEJUTA) – was themed “Engaging the Challenges – Enhancing the Relevance” and was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Tun Razak. The organisers claimed that over 3,000 global FIG members were in attendance, comprising surveyors and land professionals, approximately 1,800 were international delegates.
The FIG Congress is held every four years where thousands of surveying and land professionals from across the globe meet to debate and get inspired, particularly on current developments and contributions that will allow the profession to be continually armed with knowledge and best practices to respond to social, economic, technological and environmental change for a sustainable future. FIG