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SP80 GNSS receivers increase water pipeline survey efficiency

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On the Greek island of Euboea, surveys for two legs of a new water pipeline were recently completed with remarkably different efficiencies. The difference, according to the lead survey engineer, Epameinondas Valtinos, was directly attributable to Spectra Precision’s highly efficient SP80 GNSS receiver.

The 155km first leg used three conventional GNSS receivers and a total station, was completed in 25 days for productivity of 6 km per day. The second 75km leg was completed in seven days using just two Spectra Precision SP80 GNSS receivers and a total station for productivity of almost 11km per day. Both legs traversed rugged, heavily forested and mountainous terrain.

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Bluesky geospatial aerial photos update Irish tourist maps

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EastWest Mapping has purchased detailed aerial photography and height data from Bluesky Geospatial to update and enhance its recreational maps. The data, of Counties Wicklow and Dublin, will also be used to update EastWest Mapping’s current 1:30,000 and 1:25,000 scale topographic maps, providing more up to date ground cover information and more detailed height measurements. EastWest Mapping provides a wide variety of small scale mapping solutions for the local authority, tourism and publishing sectors, as well as a range of regional map sheets.

“The currency and detail of the Bluesky data will allow us to update and enhance our current topographic mapping of County Wicklow and County Dublin, as well as adding some new map sheets to the range,” commented Barry Dalby, owner of EastWest Mapping. “As the Bluesky aerial images depict the landscape as it appears now, this also gives us an advanced starting point for new recreational map products. Likewise, the height data, being more accurate, will allow us to generate more detailed contour information, which is of particular interest to walkers and cyclists.”

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1Spatial underpins web-based mapping & asset management solution at Network Rail

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1Spatial is the global spatial software firm which manages the world’s largest spatial data. The company was chosen by Network Rail to provide its geospatial technology, which underpins an innovative web-based mapping and asset management solution.

One of the UK’s largest infrastructure owners, Network Rail is currently undertaking a five-year £330million transformation programme to improve its approaches to acquisition, storage and usage of asset information.

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UK leading the way to a 5G future

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Ordnance Survey (OS) has been chosen by the Department of Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) to develop a groundbreaking planning and mapping tool that will be instrumental for the national rollout of 5G technology - the next generation of wireless communications needed to bring Internet-connected devices into everyday life.

OS will lead a consortium that includes the 5G Innovation Centre and the Met Office, and together they will be building a ‘digital twin’ of the real world, which will be used to determine the prime locations to place the radio antennae (access points) necessary to enable a 5G network. The planning and mapping tool will be trialled first in Bournemouth, and if successful the tool has the potential to be scaled up to cover the rest of the UK, and shared with other countries as they develop their own 5G networks.

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Christian Geomatics purchase first Trimble SX10 scanning total station in the UK

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Chris Jackson, Managing Director of Christian Geomatics, has placed the first order in the UK for Trimble’s ground breaking SX10 scanning total station.

Chris placed his order during this year’s Trimble Dimensions event in Las Vegas where, as a guest of KOREC, he got to see the instrument in action and talk to the Trimble team behind its development.

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Why location matters in data analytics

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The Association for Geographic Information (AGI) is holding its Annual Conference on 23rd November 2016 called #GeoCom16 “Why location matters in data analytics” and it will take place at the Royal Geographical Society’s headquarters at 1 Kensington Gore in London. Taking on a new, streamlined one-day format, it will feature key guest presenters, and lightning sessions by members.

Rollo Home, Chairman of the AGI’s Action Working Group organising the event, said’ “ The AGI is proud to bring our new-look Annual Conference #GeoCom16 to the RGS, considered to be the heart of geography and home to many professional geographers and explorers, past and present.

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Councils across the country mark Location Day

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69 local authorities across England and Wales are taking part in ‘Gazetteers@GIS Day’, an initiative that highlights the importance of location and how location information is created by councils.

Through a range of activities such as manning stands, running quizzes and competitions, holding presentations and even giving out sweets, pens and balloons, council Address and Street Custodians will demonstrate the importance of the information that they maintain on behalf of their council.

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Bluesky 3D laser maps AONB for archaeological studies

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Aerial mapping company Bluesky has used aircraft mounted lasers to create 3D maps of potentially important archaeological sites in Devon. Funded by Historic England (formerly English Heritage), the LiDAR surveys were commissioned by Devon County Council’s Historic Environment team with support from the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and The East Devon AONB.

Using a range of visualisation techniques, the Bluesky LiDAR data will be modelled to provide accurate representations of earthwork remains, providing new information for known monuments and revealing previously unknown sites. The data has already been used to provide valuable information in advance of a public consultation on road improvement works on the A30 trunk road.

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senseFly to host free drone surveying 101 webinar

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senseFly host a free educational webinar on the applications of drones for professional surveying and mapping. Two experienced commercial operators will discuss how they deployed drones in the mapping phases of major infrastructure development projects.

The one-hour webinar, “Drone Surveying 101 – Experienced Operators Discuss Cost, Achievable Accuracy, Workflows and More,” will be held on Wednesday 16th November at 10am EST / 16:00 CET. There is no charge to attend, but attendees must register in advance here.

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Topcon announces distribution of the new Intel Falcon 8+ System

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Topcon Positioning Group announces the new Intel Falcon 8+ System, a patented V-shaped eight-rotor unmanned aerial system (UAS) for the United States and Canada markets that will be distributed by Topcon.

Building on the success of the initial Topcon Falcon 8 System, the new generation Intel Falcon 8+ System is an advanced UAV featuring the triple redundant AscTec Trinity autopilot and has full electronic system redundancy. It also includes the Intel Cockpit ground control and the Intel Powerpack smart battery system.

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