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Professional Surveyor Magazine - January 2004
Leica Introduces TCR400power Series
Leica Geosystems has introduced the TCR400power series surveying total stations with extended reflectorless measurement range. In addition, the TCR400 and other TPS400-series total stations have been upgraded with Version 2 software, offering new options and features for increased efficiency and productivity. The TCR400power series provides reliable, accurate reflectorless measuring at distances to 170m (560 ft.) using a visible red laser beam. Under good light conditions, extended range to 200m (660 ft.) is possible. The narrow bandwidth of the laser beam permits very precise pointing to the target, and is especially useful when measuring to corners or curved surfaces. The Version 2 software incorporates Leica's innovative "Construction" software application, which combines all tasks that are typically executed in construction and building applications into one integrated workflow. Other major new features include an improved method of entering alphanumeric data for faster operation, the capability to use up to five points for orientation computation for higher redundancy and other enhancements.
Lufkin Pro Series Tapes
Lufkin, a Cooper Hand Tools brand, has introduced its Pro Series fiberglass long tapes line with longer-lasting heavy-duty blades and a super fast retrieval ratio. The product line features 100', 200', and 300' heavy-duty fiberglass Pro Series long tapes. All tapes are double-sided with engineer scale decimal markings on one side and inches/feet on the other side for use by surveyors and real estate professionals. Features and benefits include a crank handle gear ratio of 3 to 1 for faster retrieve. The heavy duty fiberglass blade is double coated to repel moisture and preserve blade graphics and the flexible tape has a tensile strength of more than 400 pounds for twice the stretch resistance of ordinary long tapes. The end hook is protected by a bumper and molded guides reduce blade twist and extend blade life.
Leica Releases ERDAS IMAGINE V8.7
Leica Geosystems is pleased to announce that ERDAS IMAGINE V8.7 is now shipping worldwide. The latest version of ERDAS IMAGINE features JPEG2000 support (including GeoJP2), improvements to its mosaic tool and a faster, smoother multi-threaded IMAGINE Geospatial Light Table (GLT) viewer. ERDAS IMAGINE 8.7 is fully compatible with Leica Geosystems' new process-driven photogrammetric software suite, the Leica Photogrammetry Suite, also available worldwide. ERDAS IMAGINE 8.7 supports the JPEG2000 and GeoJP2 data format developed by Mapping Science, Inc. It adds the capacities to display and create JPEG2000 images in the JPEG2000 format. This improves upon the ability to quickly and easily read geospatially-registered image data in the JPEG2000 format previously offered in ERDAS IMAGINE 8.6. ERDAS IMAGINE 8.7 also features an improved mosaic tool. These improvements include the ability to import/export cut lines, the ability to conduct image smoothing along cut lines, color balance imagery using dodging and support for rotated output sheets. The new features added to the IMAGINE GLT interface expand the efficiency of image exploitation. The expanded use of DirectX 8.1 or higher allows users to roam smoothly through extremely large sets of imagery. The IMAGINE GLT uses multithreaded processors, one for rendering and one for reading data from a disk. This improvement also visually improves zooming and rotation of data.
Leica Debuts Total Stations
Leica Geosystems has announced the introduction of a new family of surveying total stations optimized for construction and building applications. The TPS110C has a handy keypad with just six function keys. The high-end TPS410C features a high-resolution LCD with graphical user interface and onboard memory that eliminates the need for additional data loggers. Other features include standard camcorder batteries for full-day operation, endless drives and laser plummet. The TPS110C and TPS410C total stations incorporate electronic distance measuring technology, with standard infrared measuring to prisms and optional reflectorless measuring to 80m with a visible red laser. The narrow bandwidth of the laser beam permits precise pointing to the target. New also is the concept of open performance specification. The TCR110C reflectorless total station and all TPS410C models have a serial data interface for communicating with a PC or other devices.
Haestad Releases GISConnect
Haestad Methods announced the release of GISConnect for AutoCAD, an enterprise-wide software solution that seamlessly integrates independent CAD and GIS software systems with ease of use. This software will benefit mapping professionals in every organization by expanding and expediting the sharing of data while improving productivity for everyone from an individual desktop to a global network of people. With this release, Haestad Methods combines the power of ArcGIS's advanced database and geospatial analysis capabilities with the extensive functionality of AutoCAD's drawing tools. GISConnect is an add-on to AutoCAD and ESRI's ArcGIS products and ties both environments together to provide the key benefits of each program in one application.
Updated Coda GeoSurvey
CodaOctopus has announced additions and new pricing for its GeoSurvey product range. Designed to provide maximum flexibility and functionality for sidescan sonar and sub-bottom profiler data processing, the Coda GeoSurvey Productivity Suite integrates the tasks of analyzing, tagging, and mosaicking complex data sets, ensuring faster and more precise results. Boasting sophisticated levels of functionality, the Coda acquisition systems range from the entry level DA50, for either seismic or sidescan acquisition, to the DA300 multi-channel three trigger system. All are capable of operating with the latest digital towfish from Klein, Edgetech, and Benthos following the recent introduction of the all-new Windows network acquisition solution. And with Coda Replay 200 included free of charge with any purchase from the Coda DA series, data can be viewed and processed on Windows XP or Windows 2000 as standard.
New Book From ESRI Press
Web services offer GIS functionality through a worldwide connection on the Internet. An increasing number of industries rely on these services to use GIS content and capabilities in applications without having to host the data or develop the necessary tools themselves. Connecting Our World: GIS Web Services, a new book from ESRI Press, provides an introduction to GIS Web services and a broad sampling of the applications that have been developed using them. GIS Web services incorporate data from the world's leading commercial data publishers. Since the data is offered over the Web, it is always up-to-date, allowing a wide range of users to manage, access, and analyze accurate spatial information. The innovation of Web services has led to several technological developments, including improved spatial data servers that store data in a more flexible environment that can serve large numbers of concurrent users, and other important improvements in data sharing services.
Guardian Launches Tracking Systems
Guardian Mobility Corporation introduced its Guardian Sentinel and Guardian Sentinel GPS, two satellite-based remote asset tracking systems. These compact and battery-operated devices are part of a customizable platform that allows virtually any industry to track and locate people and assets cost-effectively and in near real-time. Guardian Sentinel and Guardian Sentinel GPS are low-cost, integrated, one-way satellite communication data devices that can provide location information and telemetry data on people and equipment situated in remote areas. Compact, rugged and transportable, Guardian Sentinel and Guardian Sentinel GPS are simple to use, and can be installed in just minutes on a backpack, vehicle, or structure. Self-contained and maintenance-free, the data devices consume minimal power with conventional off-the-shelf batteries to automatically transmit low volumes of data in near-real time. The units can be user-configured so that transmissions are triggered at regularly scheduled intervals, by time or by specific events such as pressing a panic button. Further, the Guardian Sentinel GPS uses GPS technology that provides position locating to within six meters.
GSSI Launches StructureScan
Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc. introduces StructureScan Optical, the newest member of the StructureScan family of products for the non-destructive evaluation of concrete structures. The StructureScan Optical system automatically records line positions and constructs a 3D file for direct viewing on the built-in display, enabling the user to quickly evaluate the three-dimensional data from depth slice and cross-section perspectives. This integrated system, GSSI's most advanced GPR technology yet, allows users to quickly image areas ranging in sizes from 1'x 1' to 4'x 4' using the automatic data capture (ADC) technology.
ArcIMS Route Server Data
ESRI announced that ArcIMS users wanting to add routing capabilities to their ArcIMS software-powered websites can now use the ArcIMS Route Server extension with updated Geographic Data Technology (GDT) and Tele Atlas data packs. The GDT data pack for ArcIMS Route Server is now based on the Dynamap/Transportation 4.3 data set and is available through GDT. The Tele Atlas data pack is now based on the Tele Atlas MultiNet 2002.2 release and is available from Tele Atlas. Route Server data pack updates will be available on a semiannual basis from both GDT and Tele Atlas. The next data pack releases will be based on GDT Transportation 5.2 and TeleAtlas MultiNet 2003.2 databases and are expected to be available later this year.
Positioning Resources Adds MobileMapper
Positioning Resources Ltd announces the introduction of the Thales MobileMapper to their extensive range of data capture products. The MobileMapper is a mobile mapping system combining full GIS data collection and navigation software in a handheld, feature-packed GPS receiver, which enables location, and description of features being mapped and then their easy and quick upload to a GIS. Not only is MobileMapper affordable, it is also rugged and easy to use. The new system is designed to handle a wide range of mobile GIS and mapping applications for fieldwork for local authorities, utilities, natural resources, street maintenance, bus routing, etc.
Submeter Mapping Technology
Geneq Inc. introduces the SXBlue, the first submeter, Bluetooth wireless GPS mapping receiver that allows you to use off-the-shelf Bluetooth-enabled PDA/notebook computers to collect map data. It also incorporates a patented technology which allows the SXBlue to achieve superior DGPS performance under tree canopy. The SXBlue is a rugged, battery-powered, carry-on unit that is stowed on the users waist pack while mapping in the field. The power of the wireless Bluetooth link is that all you carry in your hand is the PDA running a GIS data collection software package. The SXBlue continuously sends GPS positions wirelessly to the PDA so mapping is a breeze whether you're mapping points, lines or polygons. In addition to providing submeter accuracy, the SXBlue uses the patented Coast technology to achieve superior DGPS performance under tree canopy and near obstructions where the WAAS correction signal cannot be reliably received. With the Coast technology, the SXBlue can operate accurately without WAAS correction data for up to 45 minutes without seriously affecting the quality of the positioning. No other GPS mapping product offers this feature. The SXBlue is targeted at GPS/GIS mapping professionals in industries such as forestry, utility, agriculture and other natural resource industries in addition to municipal, state and federal government users.
TDS Announces Enhancements for Nikon NPL-302 Series
Tripod Data Systems (TDS) announced performance enhancements to the Nikon NPL-302 Series pulse laser stations. The NPL-302 Series now offers a more stable initial measurement speed, and continuous measurements are up to 36 percent faster in reflectorless mode. The NPL-302 Series is available in two models. The NPL-352 has two LCD displays and offers dual axis compensation; the NPL-332 has a single display and single axis compensation. Both total stations have an angular accuracy of 5" and use a Class 1 laser to measure points to±(5+2 ppm x D) mm in precise mode. The NPL-302 Series can be used with reflector sheets or a standard prism. With a single prism, it can measure up to 16,400 ft (5 km), ideal for large-scale survey applications. Two independent measurement keys allow surveyors to take measurements using both prism and reflectorless modes on the same job. Battery life ranges from 6.5 to 27 hours depending on the frequency of measurements.
Blue Marble Releases Geographic Transformer 5.0
Blue Marble Geographics is pleased to announce that a new version of Geographic Transformer is now available. The Geographic Transformer 5.0 is a major version upgrade that adds the features necessary to be one of the most recognized image reprojection software products in today's GIS industry. Version 5.0 improves on the batch transformation capabilities of 4.6, automating steps in the process for a true batch transformation. This allows users to load an entire directory for direct reprojection to a common output coordinate system. Geographic Transformer 5.0 also now gives the user the ability to choose between bilinear and cubic convolution resampling methods in addition to the nearest neighbor method used in previous versions. New image file format support includes First Generation JPG2000 read/write support, ECW read/write support, as well as enhanced (internally georeferenced) MrSID display. Other important updates include improved image navigation, separate image file viewers, with click and drag transformation extents, and a complete redesign of the user interface embraces the latest Windows XP look and feel.
Safe Software Releases FME 2004
Safe Software Inc. announces the immediate availability of FME Suite 2004. FME Suite 2004 is the latest version of its Spatial ETL (Extract, Transform, and Load) tool that makes it easy to share and transform data between more than 100 Geographic Information System (GIS), Computer-Aided Design (CAD), and database systems. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of Safe Software Inc. Powerful new additions to FME 2004 include FME Application Extenders for ESRI ArcGIS 8.3 and Autodesk Envision. FME Application Extenders enable users to directly read FME-supported formats from within their preferred GIS application. FME 2004 also introduces customized formats. Users can author customized formats in FME Workbench by packaging existing input formats with FME transformations and saving them as a new format. The result can then be used in exactly the same way as any of the over 100 input formats that are natively supported within FME.
TopoZone and USGS Create the National Map Partnership
Maps a la carte, Inc., creators of TopoZone, announced it has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the USGS to support the USGS' The National Map project. Under the agreement, Maps a la carte will develop, enhance, and document a suite of Open Source software for serving geospatial data over the Internet. Working with partners, the USGS is building The National Map as a framework for geographic knowledge that will provide current, accurate, and nationally consistent digital data and topographic maps derived from those data to the Nation. The availability of software tools for hosting and serving geospatial data in a flexible, low cost way, without being tied to specific or proprietary formats or vendors, will encourage more state, local and private holders of geospatial data to serve it through The National Map.
GlobeXplorer Data Added to ArcWeb USA
ESRI is pleased to announce the inclusion of GlobeXplorer's United States Geological Survey (USGS) digital orthophoto quarter quadrangle (DOQQ) data with ArcWeb USA. GlobeXplorer's DOQQ aerial photographs, covering the entire continental United States, consist of detailed mosaics of grayscale and color aerial photography that can be used as a basemap for any planning, analysis, or presentation application. GlobeXplorer LLC, a geographic data integration and publishing company providing online access to the world's largest commercial library of georeferenced digital aerial imagery, has recently been adopted as a corporate alliance by ESRI. ArcWeb USA is a new service package that ArcGIS users can access through a specialized ArcWeb toolbar. In addition, GlobeXplorer's DOQQ and Citipix data are available through many of ESRI's ArcWeb Services. ArcWeb Services are a simple way to include current, reliable GIS content and GIS Web-based services in applications. Since users do not have to host the data or develop the necessary tools, they are able to save time, expense, and computer resources.
Vexcel Releases Updated EarthFinder
Vexcel Corporation recently announced added support for the Vexcel UltraCam-D large format digital aerial camera through an updated version of its EarthFinder data management system. Scheduled for release in February 2004, the product will facilitate the task of cataloging and archiving large quantities of aerial images captured by the UltraCam-D. The EarthFinder system is a turnkey data management solution that features Vexcel software hosted on a Windows XP server with a robotic tape subsystem for data archival, and optional storage devices (DVD, CD or tape) for data export purposes. The system allows users to download aerial data directly from the UltraCam Storage and Computing Unit (SCU) or the Vexcel Mobile Storage Unit (MSU)-a lightweight portable storage device for transferring UltraCam data files-via Firewire connections. Once ingested, meta-data is automatically extracted from image headers and quicklook images are generated for each aerial image. This meta information is then cataloged in hierarchical fashion and the actual image data is archived to the robotic storage device. Using the Web-based EarthFinder graphical user interface, users can search the catalog for archived images by geographic location as well as attributes including the project or client name, photogrammetric block, flight line, image scale, flight date, and others.
3D Scanning Hits Movies and Video Games
Optech Incorporated announces its involvement in the realms of film and video gaming with its ILRIS-3D Intelligent Laser Ranging and Imaging System. The movie industry has adopted three-dimensional scanning in a big way. There have been a number of movies that have utilized data from three-dimensional imaging devices to create backdrops or cool scenery. Some of these scenes are as unusual as the scanning electron microscope images used for planetary landscapes while flying shuttlecraft through them in one of the Star Trek movies. Another, more simple but widely utilized technique, has been showing CAD drawings being rotated, depicting wire frame renderings of three-dimensional structures. Scanning technology is now being adopted for far more practical uses. Optech and its service provider customers have been involved in supplying their ILRIS-3D laser scanners and specialized software for tasks ranging from creating photo-realistic backdrops in real color, to providing continuity shots for scenes which require long shooting times and multiple setups.
ESRI Press Book Honored with Award
The ESRI Press book, Mapping Our World: GIS Lessons for Educators was recently presented with the 2003 Geography Excellence in Media (GEM) Award from the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) at its annual meeting. The award recognizes forms of media that exhibit outstanding geographic content or teaching methods. Mapping Our World stood out in a group of nominees that covered World Wide Web sites, compact discs, videos, software, television documentaries, films, slide sets, books, and articles. Every year NCGE honors the best media productions for the past year. Those distinguished by NCGE complement the council's mission to enhance the status and quality of geography teaching and learning. Mapping Our World provides an excellent entry point for incorporating geographic information system (GIS) technology and thinking processes in the classroom. It was created for both new and experienced GIS users in Grades 5 through 12.
2004 ESRI Federal User Conference
The 4th Annual ESRI Federal User Conference (FedUC) will be held January 20-22, 2004, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The new venue will feature expanded exhibit space and larger meeting rooms. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to share knowledge and information with others in their industry and learn about the direction ESRI technology is headed as well as new software solutions. More than 1,000 attendees are expected at the conference for hands-on sessions, user presentations, ESRI technical sessions, and other demonstrations that offer a wealth of information from ESRI staff, exhibitors, and business partners. Attendees can also register for preconference seminars that begin on January 20. The seminars offer a variety of half-day and full-day sessions on specific technical topics and areas of interest. User paper sessions at the conference will focus on GIS for data sharing, e-government implementations, homeland security efforts, and other pertinent topics. The GIS Solutions EXPO and Map Gallery Reception will display integrated GIS services, ESRI software-based applications for the federal community, software application tools, consulting services, and data in ESRI software-compatible formats. The conference will also feature a separate Defense Plenary Session that will feature speakers from a variety of defense, intelligence, and homeland defense organizations. Speakers from several government arenas will discuss current federal topics about technology and different GIS projects.
GeoBase Portal Uses FME
Safe Software Inc. announces that the recently unveiled Canadian GeoBase Portal uses the Feature Manipulation Engine (FME) to distribute data in GML and Shape formats. FME is Safe Software's flagship Spatial Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) tool. The GeoBase Portal, operated by Natural Resources Canada, is a federal, provincial and territorial government initiative that is overseen by the Canadian Council on Geomatics (CCOG). It will ensure the provision of, and access to, a common, up-to-date and maintained base of quality geospatial data for all of Canada. Through the GeoBase portal, users with an interest in the field of geomatics have access to quality geospatial information at no cost and with unrestricted use.
Bentley and Adobe Team
Bentley Systems, Inc. and Adobe Systems Inc. has announced the two companies will collaborate on optimizing the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) to better address the complexities of Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) information and document workflows. Adobe PDF is widely accepted as the de facto standard for electronic document exchange, including in AEC. As leaders in software for the world's infrastructure and for helping people and businesses communicate better, respectively, Bentley and Adobe will leverage the strengths of PDF and Adobe Acrobat software to deliver enhanced document solutions for the AEC project lifecycle.
The Professional Surveyors Education Foundation, Inc. has elected Andy Sikes, P.E. RPLS, as its new president. Sikes, a former chairman of the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying, is founder and president of Andrew Lonnie Sikes, Inc., a Houston-based surveying, mapping, and engineering firm. Lance Liccketto was elected vice president and Paul Kwan, RPLS, secretary/treasurer. Other directors are Nelson Smith, RPLS; Marion Clark, PRLS, Gene Baker, RPLS, and Walter Sass, RPLS. The foundation was formed in 2000 by a group of concerned surveyors as vehicle to provide a broad range of education and support of the industry. To accomplish the objectives, the foundation created The Center for Surveying Excellence. The initial program of the Center will be to organize and teach entry-level job training to a group of students. Funding for this initial program will come from surveying companies who would pay a fee and commit to providing part-time employment for one or more students. The students would be enrolled in formal college courses providing 3 to 6 hours of credit per semester. In addition to the formal course work, the students would be part-time employees of the funding employers.
Trimble Appoints Bill Martin
Trimble announced that Bill Martin will assume the role of president at Tripod Data Systems (TDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Trimble. Martin will succeed Dave Scribner, who is retiring after serving as president for 12 years. Martin, who joined TDS in 2001 as director of sales and marketing, will begin his new role as president on January 1, 2004. During Scribner's tenure at the company, TDS has played a major role in the surveying market and has added a successful line of hardware devices including the rugged Ranger and Recon handheld computers, designed for all-day operation in extreme environments. He was also key during negotiations for the purchase of TDS by Trimble in 2000. Martin came to TDS from Ashtech, where he was marketing manager for survey products.
Second Term for Association's First Woman President
BL Companies Director of Land Surveying, Jennifer Marks, has been elected for a second term as President of the Connecticut Association of Land Surveyors (CALS). Marks is the first woman to hold the office since the organization's inception in 1967. CALS members represent more than half of the licensed surveyors in Connecticut, as well as, pre-licensees as associate members. Jennifer Marks, LS is principal-in-charge of surveying services at BL Companies in Meriden, Connecticut. Marks has more than 19 years of professional experience in land surveying and mapping and is a licensed surveyor in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont and Maine.
For a complete calendar of events, visit www.profsurv.com.
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