Because of the success of the INTERGEO conference and trade fair exhibition, the organizer HINTE GmbH exported its successful concept into the prosperous markets of southeast Europe in the spring of 2004. The first INTERGEO EAST took place in Belgrade, Serbia, at the beginning of March 2004 and was a huge success. Planning for the INTERGEO EAST 2005 in Zagreb, Croatia, has already begun-another example of how this event is a "must-see" for anyone in the geo-information market.
For more information on INTERGEO, visit www.intergeo.de; for more information on the German Society of Geodesy, Geo-information and Land Management, visit www.dvw.de.
Joseph V.R. Paiva, PhD, PS, PE, contributed to this report.
Sidebar: Product SpotlightReflecting on the increasing international significance of this show, Topcon used this venue to launch its GPT7000i video camera-equipped total station. The implementation of imaging technology with the total station allows the image seen through the telescope to be viewed on the display screen of the instrument. This makes it easy to point the telescope to the required object for measurement, and instead of only the traditional map view of the surveyed points on the screen, users can now see the measured points and lines appear on the real view of the area being measured. Users can also "capture reality" by storing the digital image along with the measurement data.
This technology allows surveyors to: easily identify measurement points with prism or non-prism measurement; remove the strain of looking through the telescope to identify every point; see the view through the telescope easily on steeply inclined shots normally requiring an additional eyepiece attachment; and easily view the points already measured and those that may have been missed.
Users can also: see stakeout points superimposed on the real view of the site before setting out; easily verify that stakeout has been completed by the indication on the real view screen; verify site conditions and features to improve survey documentation; visualize control points captured at the time measurements are recorded to aid relocation; collect visual records of site features to aid office processing of survey data; reduce the need for site sketches by having true digital images showing the measured points recorded at the time of the survey; and select wide-angle view or measurement point view, and record either or both images at the time of measurement. The GPT-7000i is based on the standard Topcon GPT-7000 series reflectorless total stations with the addition of the digital imaging technology and includes TopSURV-On Board software; the image capabilities are enhanced in a special software module. The GPT-7000i is available in four models with angle accuracy 1" (0.3 mgon), 2" (0.6 mgon), 3" (1.0 mgon) and 5" (1.5 mgon).