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Putting BIM to Good Use

 The right tools and a solid strategy are essential to making laser scanning for building information modeling (BIM) a successful part of your business 


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'The Display' Helps Manage Water Infrastructure

One of the favorite tropes in thrillers and war movies is “The Display.” Political leaders, nuclear power plant operators, spies or law enforcement personnel gather around a screen, tabletop display or hologram, and all the information they could possibly desire—troop movements, rainfall patterns, power station locations, roadblocks—is perfectly displayed in a way that is immediately apprehensible by even the meanest intelligence. 


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Potential and Pitfalls for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The AUVSI Unmanned Systems conference in August shows potential of UAS in surveying, but many questions, from privacy to policy, remain.


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Scanning Firm Fast-Tracks Hospital 3D BIM Creation

 Elkhart General Hospital in northern Indiana completed construction of a new wing less than 10 years ago, but already another addition is in the works. Opened in 2005, the three-story west wing of the 100-year-old structure gave the hospital a much-needed centralization of its oncology services and an expansion of its birthing center.  


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How Can Drones Transform Surveying?

The next quantum leap in surveying technology is coming. Are you ready?
During the past 50 years, surveying and engineering measurement technology has made five quantum leaps: the electronic distance meter, total station, GPS, robotic total station and laser scanner. Unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) or drones (also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs) will be the sixth quantum leap in technology.
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Immersed in Versailles

Laser scanning and 3D modeling with SketchUp brings the Palace of Versailles to life in video and imagery
Few monuments enjoy the international recognition of Versailles, the French royal chateau located 12 miles southwest of Paris.


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GIS Unmanned

Emerging technologies are making data capture for GIS more timely and affordable for projects of all sizes.
GIS users and decision-makers require both spatial accuracy and timeliness of data for projects of all types, including emergency management, utilities, energy, agriculture and environmental analysis.


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Underwater survey from the shore

Accurate underwater topography leads to improved decision-making in fields such as mining, environmental management and oil production.
A remote-control surveying technology makes it easier and safer to gather critical data.<


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Optech Announces Optech LMS Professional Edition

Optech announce the release of Optech LMS Professional Edition for users of the Optech Lynx Mobile Mapper.
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Topcon Announces MR-1 Heading Solution

Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) announced the MR-1 Heading System, an OEM GNSS solution for high-performance positioning and heading solutions.

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HxGN Live

More than 3,500 attendees from more than 70 countries attended HxGN Live, the annual Hexagon AB user conference, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 3-6. About 450 keynotes and panel discussions were held, and several companies from around the world exhibited their geospatial products. Here are a few snapshots from the event.

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2014 October

In this October 2014 issue of POB, we explore cities across Europe pursuing new sustainable energy policies. Also, read how 3D laser scanning produces a winning topographic survey for a high school football field and running track.

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