People, Products, Places


Topcon, Sokkia Combine

Two leading manufacturers of precision surveying instruments—Topcon Corporation and Sokkia Co., Ltd., both with corporate headquarters in Japan—combined officially. With the recent approval of the Japanese Fair Trade Commission, Topcon purchased more than 32 million shares of Sokkia stock for about $194 million; the shares Topcon purchased represent about 94 percent of outstanding stock.

Combining the two companies creates the world's leading supplier of surveying instruments. Both companies provide turnkey positioning solutions for surveyors worldwide. Subsequent to this combination, Sokkia will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Topcon Corporation after all steps are completed. Topcon and Sokkia have offices throughout the world, including the U.S., Canada, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, China, Korea and Malaysia. For more information visit and


Trimble's GNSS Mapping and GIS Solution

Trimble introduced a flexible Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver for GIS data collection and mapping— the GPS Pathfinder ProXRT receiver. It combines a high-performance GPS receiver with Trimble H-Star technology, OmniSTAR correction capability, and optional GLONASS capability to provide various levels of positioning accuracies—from submeter to decimeter (10 centimeter).

The ProXRT receiver is ideal for high-accuracy mapping, data collection, and asset management applications in industries such as water/wastewater, utilities, telecommunications, transportation as well as many others. For more information visit

COLUMBUS Network Adjustment Software Version 3.7.2.x

Best-Fit Computing, Inc. has released COLUMBUS Network Adjustment Software Version 3.7.2.x, featuring new data management grids. With its spreadsheet-style input design, easily enter and edit data for all your datums, stations, and observations. Cell-level validation (data type and range requirements) and common spreadsheet controls for columns/rows enable easy data management. Additional features include comprehensive statistical analysis; ALTA/ACSM Positional Testing; third-party conversion and coordinate transformation tools; and OPUS and Coordinate File Import Tools.

Download a free demo kit from Reseller discounts available; free to educational institutions.

Topcon's FC-2200

The new, full-featured, alphanumeric, value-priced field controller, the Topcon FC-2200 was unveiled recently by Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS). With a full keyboard, color, sunlight readable, touchscreen, built-in wireless connectivity for cable-free operation (Bluetooth and WiFi), 5 megapixel camera, and special bar code scanner, the FC-2200 is the most powerful alphanumeric controller on the market today. Main features include Windows CE-based architecture and an optional communication pack for robotic radio control or cellular communication. For more information visit

New Leica Image Manager

Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging released Leica Image Manager, a solution for efficiently storing and quickly sharing imagery throughout the enterprise. It addresses problems universal to many geospatial data providers and those in the public sector and civil engineering, oil, gas and land management industries who often work with geospatial data too large to be centrally stored, or rapidly shared. For more information visit

Optech ILRIS-3D Now Compatible with Maptek I-Site Studio

Optech Incorporated, a manufacturer of advanced lidar survey instruments, announced that Maptek has enabled direct file import functionality of ILRIS-3D open format IXF point cloud data into their I-Site Studio product. ILRIS-3D is a fully portable, laser-based ranging and imaging system for the commercial survey, engineering, mining and industrial markets. For more information visit and

WhiteStar's PolyBuilder Service

The new WhiteStar PolyBuilder service is a web-based application that allows a user to easily calculate the geographic points representing a land polygon. By entering the legal land description of a region or property within the U.S. Public Land Survey System, the PolyBuilder user receives a list of geographic points in either latitude/longitude or state plane coordinates that define the boundaries of the land area. PolyBuilder users can specify multiple regions for the same description, and the web-based application will calculate and return the combined results with as few distinct polygons as possible, for optimal simplicity. Any application with internet access and proper entitlement can use the service. Learn more at

Vexcel's Virtual Earth Appliance

Vexcel Corp., a Microsoft company, announced the availability of the Virtual Earth Appliance, designed to bring all the rich data and functionality of the Microsoft Virtual Earth internet service to the offline customer. The Microsoft Virtual Earth platform is an integrated set of online mapping and search services that delivers imagery, 2D and 3D geospatial data, and analysis through a Web browser. These same browser-based capabilities are now available behind a customer's firewall, on private or classified networks, and on portable platforms. To learn more, visit

FARO Photon Laser Scanner

FARO Technologies, Inc. announced the launch of its new family of 3D laser scanners called Photon 80 and Photon 20. The new Photons, which replace the company's LS 880, 840 and 420, offer greater clarity, accuracy, and portability.

The Photon Laser Scanner is a portable, computerized measurement device that scans, digitally recreates and records all of an object or area's dimensions, creating what looks like a "photograph" on the computer screen, but in 3D. The captured data can be used to create a digital model for reverse engineering, quality assurance, inspection, CAD-to-part comparison, factory planning, investigation, and automatic object recognition in modeling. For more information visit

Lo Ink Specialties' New Gas Powered SDS Hammer Drills/Chippers

These hammer drills use two-cycle engines and are small and lightweight (item # LO246N is 34 lbs with a 51.7cc engine while the LO118N is 12 lbs with a 22.6cc engine). They both have true drill, drill/hammer or hammer for drilling through wood, concrete, stone, and even granite but can also chip and drive rebar. The LO246N uses SDS MAX bits while the LO118N uses regular SDS bits. Contact Bob Watson at LO Ink Specialties, PO Box 530 B, Kennebunkport, ME 04046, 1-800-777-6471 or see or

TopSURV 7: Field Solution Software

Topcon Positioning Systems announced their all-new, problem-solving software package using a unique, large graphical and intuitive user interface. TopSURV 7 features map view data collection, graphical stakeout, conveniently stores configurations and is available for Windows PC or CE Mobile systems. Redesigned from the ground up, Top- SURV 7 is not just an upgrade. For more information visit


Fugro Earthdata President Selected to Chair National Geospatial Advisory Committee

Anne Hale Miglarese, president of Fugro EarthData, Inc., was appointed by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne to serve as chairperson of the newly created National Geospatial Advisory Committee. Comprising experts from government, the private sector, and academia, Miglarese, along with other committee members, will provide advice and guidance on the direction of geospatial policy at the national level. For further information, contact Fugro EarthData, Inc., Louis Demargne, Marketing Manager: 301-948-8550, email:

Lochrane Promotes Three Survey Staff

Lochrane Engineering, Inc. announces three employee promotions. In the Orlando Survey Division, John Campbell, PSM, has been promoted to assistant division manager and Chris Leftakis, PSM, has been promoted to project manager for transportation projects. In the Gainesville Survey Division, Bill Dees, PSM, has been promoted to Gainesville survey manager. Lochrane Engineering, Inc. has been offering civil engineering and surveying services to clients throughout Florida for more than 28 years. For more information visit


Vickie Sue Hudson, 59, co-editor of Lines and Points, the periodical for the Professional Land Surveyors of Wyoming, died of a heart attack on February 12, 2008 at her home in Thermopolis, Wyoming. Vickie was born on May 28, 1949 in Belleville, Illinois. In 1988 she married R.L. Hudson, a registered professional land surveyor and one of the founding members of PLSW. Vickie was the office manager for her husband's business, R.L. Hudson Land Surveyor, and was a member of the Hot Springs County School Board.


2008 ESRI Survey & Engineering GIS Summit

This year's event will take place August 2-5, 2008 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. It's theme is "Building New Opportunities." The keynote speaker will be Colonel David W. Madden. For more information visit

2009 Shows!

ACSM '09 will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 18-24, 2009 (keep checking

SPAR '09 will be held in Houston, Texas, March 3-5 2009 (keep checking

ASPRS '09 will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, March 8-13, 2009 (

GITA '09 will be held in Tampa, Florida, April, 19-22, 2009 (

ESRI '09 will be held in San Diego, California, July 13-17, 2009 (

Intergeo '09 will be held in Karlsruhe, Germany, Sept 22-24, 2009 (translate and keep checking

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