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Sounds Good - Using powerful simulation algorithms, this young and award-winning acoustics software startup from Iceland...
11/22/2022

Sounds Good -
Using powerful simulation algorithms, this young and award-winning acoustics software startup from Iceland is making sound visible. No wonder it’s already creating a buzz in the BIM community and there are major benefits to linking BIM tools with an acoustic simulation product.

https://www.xyht.com/bim/sounds-good/

#3dmodels #acoustics #AEC #BIM #finland #innovation #Technology #trebletechnologies
Treble Technologies Danmarks Tekniske Universitet - DTU

Meet Swifty, the Near-space Drone Democratizing Aerial Imagery  “Swifty” is Near Space Labs’ autonomous, zero-emission, ...
11/21/2022

Meet Swifty, the Near-space Drone Democratizing Aerial Imagery

“Swifty” is Near Space Labs’ autonomous, zero-emission, high-altitude robot that makes frequent flights into the stratosphere flying between 60,000 and 85,000 feet in the air using a sophisticated weather balloon.

The unit can capture a massive 400 to 1,000 square kilometer of imagery per flight, approximately the size of all of New York City’s five boroughs, at 10 centimeter per pixel resolution. The mission of Near Space Labs is to democratize high-quality geospatial data to allow communities, businesses, municipalities, and researchers to tackle humanity’s biggest challenges—like urbanization and climate change.

Weather balloons allow inexpensive access to near space but lack control as they are subject to the prevailing winds. Swifty provides propulsion, navigation, and the requisite sensor package to capture high-altitude aerial data sans airplanes, drones (limited to 400 feet), and satellites.

https://tinyurl.com/xyht112208

#weatherballoon #stratosphere #geospatial #swifty #aerialdata

Farming From Space: Airbus and Sentinel Fertigation use satellite imagery to improve sustainable crop productionWith hel...
11/20/2022

Farming From Space:
Airbus and Sentinel Fertigation use satellite imagery to improve sustainable crop production

With help from Airbus’ detailed high-resolution 30cm satellite imagery provided by Pléiades Neo, a Midwest crop management software platform is offering a streamlined process for farmers fertilizing crops via irrigation (known as fertigation). Using multispectral imagery of field conditions, Lincoln, Nebraska-based Sentinel Fertigation is helping farmers to sustainably monitor crops and fields through remote viewing.

https://www.xyht.com/enviroag/farming-from-space/

#agriculture #Airbus #drone #EPA #imagery #satellite #uav
Sentinel Fertigation Airbus

Sky High: UAVs deliver practical and highly technical mobile mappingThe most rapid development taking place in the UAV i...
11/19/2022

Sky High: UAVs deliver practical and highly technical mobile mapping

The most rapid development taking place in the UAV industry today is the dramatic improvements witnessed in new and improved GNSS/inertial for direct georeferencing (DG) and imaging sensors, purpose-built for mapping and surveying from UAVs.

Continue reading here:
https://www.xyht.com/aerialuas/sky-high/

#digitalimagery #drone #Georeferencing #gnss #imaging #sensors #lidar #mapping #orthophoto #uav
Applanix Corporation RIEGL Phase One Microdrones YellowScan

Your weekly geospatial news recap is here and includes companies such as Leica Geosystems, NSPS - The National Society o...
11/18/2022

Your weekly geospatial news recap is here and includes companies such as Leica Geosystems, NSPS - The National Society of Professional Surveyors, RIEGL and others. Click the link below to read more.

https://www.xyht.com/pressreleases/xyht-weekly-news-links-11-18-2022/

#earthquake #geospatial #GIS #hexagon #Leica #lidar #news #NSPS #Optech #RIEGL #satellite #teledyne

Esri Press: GIS for Emergency ManagementAgencies around the world rely on geographic information systems (GIS) every day...
11/17/2022

Esri Press: GIS for Emergency Management

Agencies around the world rely on geographic information systems (GIS) every day to plan for and mitigate complicated threats and hazards and coordinate emergency response and recovery efforts. Location intelligence provides the kind of deep, real-time data insights needed for managers, directors, and other decision-makers to analyze risk, gain situational awareness, and manage tomorrow’s emergencies.

Dealing with Disasters: GIS for Emergency Management ($23.99, available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound booksellers) explores a collection of real-life case studies about emergency management agencies successfully using GIS for real and potential hazards. Chapters are laid out to explore three primary areas of disaster management: Preparedness, response, and recovery. Each of the three themed parts also includes a “how to get started” section that provides ideas, strategies, tools, and actions to help jump-start your own use of GIS for emergency management, and an index organized by disaster type allows you to quickly learn or refresh yourself on GIS implementation.

https://tinyurl.com/xyht1106

#esri #GIS #emergencymanagement #geospatial #weather

Field Notes: It's a WonderSurveying is a fascinating and wonderful profession ¬ just think about the great things that w...
11/16/2022

Field Notes: It's a Wonder

Surveying is a fascinating and wonderful profession ¬ just think about the great things that we have the opportunity to accomplish from day-to-day. We may create a new tract of land through subdivision which allows a young person to have a new home on their own piece of property, or we may settle a property dispute between two parties that will allow for peaceful existence into the future. Not only those types of cadastral surveys, but what about the large aerial mapping projects that require ground control? Those projects often lead to the design of major land improvements, including highways, buildings, parks, etc. The list goes on and on.

https://us1.campaign-archive.com/?u=cdf7e9cc9a1a12b28f21f7ff4&id=f4c71ed5fe

#fieldnotes #geospatial

Jon Robertson with Teledyne chats with the editor of xyHt magazine at the 2022 Trimble Dimensions Conferencehttps://www....
11/16/2022

Jon Robertson with Teledyne chats with the editor of xyHt magazine at the 2022 Trimble Dimensions Conference

https://www.xyht.com/videos/25857/

#teledyne #trimbledimensions #geospatial
Teledyne Marine

New Digital World Needs DataNext-generation surveyors require specialized education and training to fill the role of geo...
11/16/2022

New Digital World Needs Data

Next-generation surveyors require specialized education and training to fill the role of geospatial data specialists.
Many emerging geospatial applications, such as digital twins, 3D modeling, monitoring, virtual reality, and autonomous vehicles, are based on big digital datasets. Building a 3D digital world starts with accurate data that ties to a point on the ground, so everything correctly relates to everything else for designs and measurements.

Demand for trained surveyors to obtain that data offers attractive opportunities that go far beyond boundary surveys. Additional training and expertise with advanced surveying technology is needed.

https://www.xyht.com/surveying/new-digital-world-needs-data/

#3D #3dmodeling #auv #digitaltwins #engineering #geodesy #geospatial #hydrography #laserscanning #NSPS #photogrammetry #pointclouds #remotesensing #surveying #surveyors #Topographic #virtualreality

Penn State Wilkes-Barre Borton-Lawson NSPS - The National Society of Professional Surveyors Leica Geosystems

Finding My Boundaries: A Happy LonelinessHenry David Thoreau made a living as a land surveyor in Concord before settling...
11/15/2022

Finding My Boundaries: A Happy Loneliness

Henry David Thoreau made a living as a land surveyor in Concord before settling into his small cabin on Walden Pond for a couple of years of economic living and escaping “over civilization.”

By most accounts, Thoreau was an excellent surveyor for his mid-19th century time—meticulous, honest, hardworking and always in search of accuracy.

In a book about Thoreau the land surveyor, Patrick Chura writes: “Thoreau prospered for more than a decade as a surveyor in the Concord area because he was considered to be both honest and accurate. He often applied the highest levels of science to many of what were, in reality, run-of-the-mill surveys.”

https://www.xyht.com/humor/a-happy-loneliness/

#landsurveyor #surveying #thoreau #walden

Final Day to Have Your Say!The 2022 xyHt reader poll wraps up on Tuesday (11/15).  If you haven’t lent your opinions yet...
11/14/2022

Final Day to Have Your Say!

The 2022 xyHt reader poll wraps up on Tuesday (11/15). If you haven’t lent your opinions yet, please do. Five participants who complete the questionnaire will win $50 gift cards!

www.surveymonkey.com/r/2022xyHt

#xyht #geospatial #survey #readerpoll

Map by the ESA Reveals All Water on MarsA new map of Mars is changing the way we think about the planet’s watery past an...
11/13/2022

Map by the ESA Reveals All Water on Mars

A new map of Mars is changing the way we think about the planet’s watery past and showing where we should land in the future. The map shows mineral deposits across the planet and has been painstakingly created over the last decade using data from ESA’s Mars Express Observatoire pour la Mineralogie, l’Eau, les Glaces et l’Activité (OMEGA) instrument and NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) instrument.
Specifically, the map shows the locations and abundances of aqueous minerals. These are from rocks that have been chemically altered by the action of water in the past and have typically been transformed into clays and salts.

https://tinyurl.com/xyht112208

#mars #water
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

UAS and ALTA Surveys – Part ThreePrecision, accuracy, and completeness are the end goals of UAS post processing, but how...
11/11/2022

UAS and ALTA Surveys – Part Three

Precision, accuracy, and completeness are the end goals of UAS post processing, but how you get there to meet ALTA standards requires extra care.

In Parts One and Two of this article in the September and October 2022 issues of xyHt we looked at the time/cost/precision proposition of using UAS for elements of ALTA surveys, and best practices for field operations. In this installment we examine best practices for processing and feature extraction.

https://www.xyht.com/aerialuas/uas-and-alta-surveys-part-three/

#ALTA #Applanix #geolocation #lidar #photogrammetry #surveying #uas #uav
Applanix Corporation

Trimble Ventures Invests in Civ Robotics’ Autonomous Surveying Solutions  Trimble Ventures, Trimble’s corporate venture ...
11/10/2022

Trimble Ventures Invests in Civ Robotics’ Autonomous Surveying Solutions

Trimble Ventures, Trimble’s corporate venture capital fund, announced its investment in Civ Robotics, a San Francisco-based construction tech startup focusing on transforming surveying layout for civil engineering and infrastructure projects.

The construction industry faces a variety of challenges, including a shortage of skilled workers, safety, and productivity. Civ Robotics addresses these challenges with CivDot, a new autonomous surveying solution that empowers efficiency, productivity, and safety on the job. CivDot is an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) designed for civil engineering and infrastructure projects such as solar farms, roadways, data centers, power plants and more.

Augmenting the surveyors work, CivDot marks thousands of coordinates per day precisely and efficiently while delivering layouts faster than traditional methods.

https://tinyurl.com/xyht112208

#trimble #CivDot #robot #geospatial #surveying #robotics #UGV
Trimble Inc. CivRobotics

Sounds Good - Using powerful simulation algorithms, this young and award-winning acoustics software startup from Iceland...
11/10/2022

Sounds Good -
Using powerful simulation algorithms, this young and award-winning acoustics software startup from Iceland is making sound visible. No wonder it’s already creating a buzz in the BIM community.

For Finnur Pind and Jesper Pedersen, success started inside a dark and windowless basement. Backed by a research grant in 2020 and a free room down in the acoustics lab of the University of Iceland, they started developing an innovative tool that will effectively model how sound moves inside built spaces. Their aim was to produce the highest fidelity possible than what currently available acoustic simulation programs in the AEC sector can achieve.

https://www.xyht.com/bim/sounds-good/
Treble Technologies Danmarks Tekniske Universitet - DTU

#3dmodels #acoustics #AEC #BIM #finland #innovation #Technology #trebletechnologies

New Digital World Needs DataNext-generation surveyors require specialized education and training to fill the role of geo...
11/09/2022

New Digital World Needs Data

Next-generation surveyors require specialized education and training to fill the role of geospatial data specialists.
Many emerging geospatial applications, such as digital twins, 3D modeling, monitoring, virtual reality, and autonomous vehicles, are based on big digital datasets. Building a 3D digital world starts with accurate data that ties to a point on the ground, so everything correctly relates to everything else for designs and measurements.

Demand for trained surveyors to obtain that data offers attractive opportunities that go far beyond boundary surveys. Additional training and expertise with advanced surveying technology is needed.

https://www.xyht.com/surveying/new-digital-world-needs-data/

#3D #3dmodeling #auv #digitaltwins #engineering #geodesy #geospatial #hydrography #laserscanning #NSPS #photogrammetry #pointclouds #remotesensing #surveying #surveyors #Topographic #virtualreality

Penn State Wilkes-Barre Leica Geosystems Borton-Lawson NSPS - The National Society of Professional Surveyors

Trash-loving Drones Clean Up the Great LakesMidwest retailer Meijer is trying a different kind of remediation to the tra...
11/08/2022

Trash-loving Drones Clean Up the Great Lakes

Midwest retailer Meijer is trying a different kind of remediation to the trash problem in and along the Great Lakes. As part of the Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup Program, the firm is driving the largest deployment of robotics technologies in what represents the largest surface freshwater system in the world. Two drones, BeBot, a beach screening robot and PixieDrone, a mobile waste collector, work as a team to keep the beaches clean.

The two drones are from the French coastal waste management firm The Searial Cleaners which is tasking autonomous robots (aka drones or Uncrewed Ground Vehicles) to tackle waste management in coastal areas.

https://tinyurl.com/xyht112208

#drones #greatlakes #trash #autonomous #geospatial

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Turning sadness into global action, learn the backstory of why International Surveyors Week is so important to me - any why it should be important to you as a hashtag #surveyor #landsurveying #surveying
What a wonderful post: I am one of those 88 year old surveyor who talks to the trees and birds. the forests and boundary surveys are my home.
Asa retired California Land Surveyor, I receive the XHHT monthly magazine. I am interested in the laws which pertain to the use of UAVs (drones) and the surveyor's right of entry. I experienced an "invasion of privacy" recently by a surveyor who was using a drone for aerial data collection whereby he flew the drone over my property without advance notification. He was working on a proposed cell site next door but flew past an open bathroom window on my house while my wife was taking a bath on a warm summer day. She was somewhat taken by surprise. Has anyone submitted any articles on this subject? I would like to know more about the legal responsibilities associated with the use of UAV or UAS.
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I am in need of a user manual for a TOPCON GTS-3D. Not a 3, not a 3B, not a 3C. Original, copy, or scan will be OK. Please reply to ingramATcfwDOTcom
Some cool aerial footage of an Antelope running across our job site. It's part of aerial video we recently collected for an engineering construction project in Utah. See our website for more details. arizonasurveying.com https://youtu.be/CVa40vIFAZE
This was an interesting historic survey we did near Winslow, Arizona. Check it out :-)
FYI - Your Archives Page for Professional Surveyor Magazine expired on June 25th, which may have been on purpose, but it means that those of use using problems from the old "Problem Corner" as teaching aids for our future-surveyor kids, can no longer check the results of our work. Just an FYI. Thanks!
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