Innovation at INTERGEO
With the repeat theme of “Knowledge and Action for Planet Earth,” INTERGEO 2011 drew 16,000 visitors from 80 countries interested in discovering the latest innovations and trends. More than 500 exhibitors highlighted a range of new products and product improvements, with a focus on geodata infrastructure, sensors and 3D mapping. Which technologies will have the biggest impact on the surveying and mapping professions? You decide! Read through these product summaries, then go to www.pobonline.com to vote for your favorites.
Altus APS-U GNSS ReceiverThe APS-U provides multi-frequency capability with GNSS heading, L-Band positioning and wireless communications, within a hardened housing. Features include a wide range of interfaces and 9-30V power input options, with an additional processor for on-board configuration and custom applications separate from the GNSS engine. It has an extensive suite of interfaces for data output, timing, event marks and a second antenna port for GNSS heading. The 136-channel receiver is designed to use all GPS, GLONASS, and GALILEO frequencies. The APS-U design is scalable from a single stand-alone GNSS receiver to full options with heading, wireless links and RTK capability. www.altus-ps.com
Amberg Geotechnics SoftwareAmberg Geotechnics, a new software application from Amberg Technologies, permits quick and cost-effective identification of high-risk areas in underground construction projects. The software generates flows of survey data that save time, from import to reporting. It eliminates the need for manual post-processing and quickly generates reliable reports. Data import doesn’t depend on the type of sensor technology used, and short-notice changes in project data or survey instrumentation are easy to input and compute. Amberg Geotechnics also allows for transparent and structured management of the status of a wide variety of construction stages. The automatic point allocation system does not require the input of point IDs, and 3D views of the tunnel area can also be generated. www.amberg.ch
New Features on FARO's Focus3D Laser ScannerFARO Technologies Focus3D has new features that enhance registration and remote functionality. The new multi-sensor hardware feature incorporates a compass and height sensor to the existing dual axis compensator. The new sensors define height and orientation against a set point for each scan, improving the automatic registration process and reducing post-processing work. Users can now perform and download scans remotely with the new WLAN remote control included in each new Focus3D. The device may also be equipped with one of three application-specific adaptors that allow the Focus3D to be mounted to any fixed post or utilized in mobile or super-fast tunnel scanning applications. www.faro.com/focus/us.
FODIS Measure 3D Panoramic CameraThe FODIS Measure 3D, introduced earlier in the year, is a fast, high resolution 360-degree panoramic camera with integrated software. The software has been improved by adding visual tools for direct measurement on images and simplifying the downstream processing and presentation of 3D data. The Measure 3D now allows direct export of 3D points in data exchange format to build models in CAD. The images are undistorted, and 3D measurements can be embedded in the images and exported into a virtual tour. The company claims that the FODIS Measure 3D system can be a viable and accurate alternative to total stations in applications where the object to be measured needs to be viewed from different perspectives. www.fodis.com
Hemisphere GPS S320 GNSS Survey ReceiverThe S320 GNSS survey receiver combines advanced GNSS receiver performance, precise geodetic antenna, wireless communication and batteries all in a portable, rugged unit with a matching data collector and integrated software. The S320’s UHF 400 MHz or Spread Spectrum 900 MHz internal radio eliminates the need for cables on both base and rover installations. An internal GSM/GPRS modem allows the system to be used for network RTK, eliminating the hassle of external modems and cables. www.S320Surveyor.com
Optech ALTM Orion Airborne Laser Terrain MapperOptech’s new airborne laser terrain mapper, the ALTM Orion, is available in two models, the MC300 and the C300, which are designed for mid-altitude engineering and low-altitude corridor applications, respectively. Both models are equipped with multipulse technology and an effective ground sampling rate of 300 kHz at all scan fields of view, increasing collection efficiency and point density. Other enhancements include an expanded operating envelope via an all-new variable laser power option (M300); new user-selectable scan patterns for increased point-pattern flexibility; higher scan frequencies for improved point distribution; and next-generation POS technology with a 220-channel GPS receiver. www.optech.ca
RIEGL VZ-4000 Laser ScannerThe new compact, high-speed, high-resolution 3D RIEGL VZ-4000 Laser Scanner offers a wide field of view and an extremely long range of up to 4,000 m (13,123 ft), making it suitable for use in mining and topography. The scanner is characterized by high accuracy (15 mm), a laser pulse repetition rate of up to 200 kHz, echo digitization and online waveform processing for multiple target capability and an optional waveform data output. Other features include a robust and compact design, built-in camera, on-board inclination sensors, integrated L1 GPS receiver with antenna, and built-in SSD data storage media. www.rieglusa.com
RIEGL VMX-450 Mobile Laser Scanning SystemThe fully integrated RIEGL VMX-450 Mobile Laser Scanning System features a new design for improved aerodynamics and protection of cabling. Two RIEGL VQ-450 “Full Circle” Laser Scanners, providing a scanning rate of up to 400 lines/sec and a laser pulse repetition rate of up to 1.1 MHz, are combined with an IMU/GNSS unit and provide fast acquisition of survey-grade 3D data. The system operates at eye-safe laser class 1 and is capable of multiple targets, guaranteeing a high penetration rate of obstructions. In combination with an optional modular camera system, scan data and precisely time-stamped calibrated images can be acquired simultaneously for seamless storage and processing in the same project structure. The unit is lightweight and compact and can be mounted and installed on a variety of mobile platforms. www.rieglusa.com
RIEGL VQ-580 Airborne Laser ScannerThe RIEGL VQ-580 Airborne Laser Scanner is especially designed for measuring on snow and ice. It offers a laser pulse repetition rate of up to 380 kHz and a range of up to 2,350 m (7,710 ft). The combination of echo digitization and waveform processing allows for multiple target capability. A field of view of 60o and a scanning rate of up to 150 lines/sec generate an evenly distributed, high-resolution point grid. www.rieglusa.com
RIEGL VQ-820-G Hydrographic Airborne Laser ScannerThe RIEGL VQ-820-G Hydrographic Airborne Laser Scanner is designed for combined land and hydrographic airborne surveying. The high-accuracy ranging is based on echo digitization and online waveform processing with multiple target capability. Laser range measurements for high-resolution surveying of underwater topography (the bottom of shallow waters and riverbeds) are carried out with a narrow, visible green laser beam at 532 nm, emitted from a powerful laser source. Depending on water turbidity, this laser wavelength allows measuring into water. www.rieglusa.com
Spectra Precision ProMark 800The new ProMark 800 receiver uses advanced Z-BLADE multi-constellation GNSS processing technology to track a wide range of available satellite signals. The Z-BLADE technology aggregates and processes satellite signals for faster, more stable RTK positions, particularly in difficult environments such as urban canyons and beneath tree canopies. The ProMark 800 is an all-in-one system that enables NTRIP, direct IP or point-to-point real-time communications via a built-in GSM/GPRS/3.5G modem, and a wide selection of UHF modules. This universal GNSS receiver can be operated as a base, rover or network rover for RTK or static field applications. www.spectraprecision.com
Spectra Precision Survey Pro 5.0Survey Pro version 5.0 field software offers new features to provide surveyors with a complete set of capabilities for a variety of survey and construction projects. It includes data management control, adding flexibility in data collection with the ability to edit survey data and fix entry errors or update coordinates. It offers support for staking activities with DXF files to enable data flow from the design software to field crews. A user-customizable home screen allows users to configure field processes to expedite the workflow. It also features updated feature codes and FXL file support for feature codes and attributes. www.spectraprecision.com
Topcon IS-3 Imaging SystemTopcon’s IS-3 features a non-prism scanning range of 6,500 ft with an increase in distance measurement speed, automatic scanning speed and improved accuracy. It has a new onboard feature that provides quicker scanning definition, faster image collection and an onboard preview of scanned data. Users can switch from a one-person robotic setup to an onboard scanning and long-range reflectorless system to a user-comfortable remote laptop interface. Additional features include two built-in cameras--a wide-angle and a 30x tele-zoom--with image storage; and Topcon’s X-TRAC 8 auto-tracking technology, which provides tracking under the harshest conditions. www.topconpositioning.com
Topcon Magnet Cloud-Based SoftwareTopcon’s new Magnet cloud-based enterprise solution and cloud-enabled family of software applications are designed to allow real-time collaboration between project managers, field crews, office personnel, engineers and consultants. The Magnet family includes four basic products: Field, Tools, Office and Enterprise. With Magnet, all company and project data can be stored, accessed and exchanged safely and securely in the cloud. www.topconpositioning.com
Topcon Tesla Data CollectorThe Topcon Tesla is a large-screen data collector that offers the advantages of a tablet PC and a rugged handheld computer. The unit has a Windows Mobile 6.5.3 operating system and operates with Topcon’s software suite, Pocket 3D, Layout, and soon-to-be-released Magnet. All three Topcon Tesla units – Standard, Geo and Geo G3 – come with WiFi and Bluetooth wireless technology. All units feature a 6-inch, ultra-bright, backlit LCD screen and a battery life of up to 16 hours with hot-swappable battery capabilities. The unit weighs less than 2 pounds. www.topconpositioning.com
Trimble Trident Analyst 4.7 SoftwareA new version of Trimble’s terrestrial mobile mapping office software, Trident Analyst 4.7 is designed to manage and interpret high-resolution digital images and large point clouds. The software takes advantage of the additional random access memory offered by 64-bit operating systems to enable loading and handling of very large terrestrial mobile mapping datasets. The 64-bit processing allows Trident Analyst users to load, display, edit and analyze billions of points and thousands of high-resolution digital images quickly and effectively. It incorporates new quality control tools for efficient review of positional and orientation accuracy, and quick validation of boresight parameters and registration results using passive objects in the mapping environment. www.trimble.com
Trimble eCognition 8.7 SoftwareeCognition 8.7 is a new version of Trimble’s advanced software suite designed to extract information from a range of geospatial data. The new software features selective 3D, an approach to combine 2D raster and vector data with statistical attributes derived from 3D point clouds by pinpointing the portions of a point cloud more relevant to the analysis and including just those portions within the processing. It also has Classification and Regression Tree (CART) and Support Vector Machines (SVM), enabling sophisticated data patterns to be detected with greater autonomy. eCognition 8.7 is a new version of Trimble’s advanced software suite designed to extract information from a range of geospatial data. The new software features selective 3D, an approach to combine 2D raster and vector data with statistical attributes derived from 3D point clouds by pinpointing the portions of a point cloud more relevant to the analysis and including just those portions within the processing. It also has Classification and Regression Tree (CART) and Support Vector Machines (SVM), enabling sophisticated data patterns to be detected with greater autonomy. www.trimble.com
Z+F IMAGER 5010 Laser ScannerThe new Z+F IMAGER 5010 has an eyesafe 1.5 micron laser wavelength and operates at a maximum range of 187.3 m (614.5 ft) with a maximum measurement rate of more than 1 million points per second. Users can select from seven different resolutions and four quality levels to achieve the optimum scan configuration for each application. Other features include a 320 x 360-degree field of view; a lightweight (9.8 kg/21.6 lb), compact (170 x 286 x 395 mm) design; intuitive operation through a touchscreen display; and a one-touch scan button with a fast start (the entire start phase only takes one or two seconds). www.zf-laser.com
Editor’s note: This is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of all new products released at INTERGEO 2011.