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Synergizing smartphones’ onboard GPS capability with KML files

February 29, 2016By
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At Caltrans District 7 in Los Angeles, we use the onboard GPS capability of smartphones to navigate in real time to the locations of proposed aerial targets and National Geodetic Survey (NGS) control stations. read more

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GNSS echo sounder guides medical ship through uncharted waters

February 16, 2016By
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An Australian company that manufacturers GNSS echo sounders aided the aiders — leading a medical ship through uncharted waters in Papua New Guinea. The CEESCOPE echo sounder enabled the ship to reach volunteers who were working to save the life of a newborn. The ship, operated by YWAM Medical Ships Australia (YWAM MSA), visits remote villages in Papua New Guinea, giving... read more

TerraGo and Eos Positioning partner on next-generation GPS/GNSS solutions

February 13, 2016By
Eos Positioning's Arrow 200 Bluetooth receiver supports Hemisphere's Atlas correction service.

TerraGo and Eos Positioning Systems have entered a collaboration to combine the TerraGo Edge mobile GPS data-collection platform with the Eos Arrow line of sub-meter and centimeter accuracy receivers. The combination delivers a modern, cloud-based, real-time data collection capability, according to a TerraGo press release. While the working environments and the projects are very different, customers in for water utilities, energy, survey and... read more

Sokkia’s SHC500 field controller designed for surveying

February 12, 2016By
The Sokkia SHC500 field controller.

Sokkia has introduced its new SHC500 field controller for construction and surveying applications. It is designed to provide operators a compact handheld option with numerous features and benefits, including a 4.3-inch touchscreen display and optional 5 MP camera with built-in LED flash. The SHC500 is designed for the professional operating MAGNET Field, Site and Layout software. The data controller works with... read more

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Water utility deploys TerraGo Edge to improve service

February 11, 2016By

The City of Sebring, Florida, has deployed TerraGo Edge for utility asset inspection and management. According to a TerraGo press release, using its software has enabled the city to cut costs, bring surveys in-house and improve response times for repairs. Like thousands of water utilities across the United States, the City of Sebring Utilities Department is tasked with providing a safe and... read more

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Topcon introduces new data controller for surveying

February 10, 2016By

Topcon Positioning Group has added the FC-5000 to its line of data controllers for construction and surveying professionals. The 7-inch sunlight-readable display field controller is designed to provide operators a larger, more versatile and faster handheld computer for the modern construction site. “At 7-inches, the FC-5000 has the largest handheld data controller screen in our product line,” said Ray Kerwin, director... read more

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Launchpad: Mapping book, anti-drone system

February 9, 2016By
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The i80 GNSS receiver computes a true triple-frequency real-time kinematic (RTK) tilted pole solution using all four worldwide and multiple regional constellations, providing a future-proof sub-centimeter RTK solution to surveyors and contractors. read more

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Excavator system has local positioning capabilities

February 8, 2016By
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Topcon Positioning Group has released a new excavator system with local positioning system (LPS) capabilities. The X-53i LPS is designed to provide a solution for machine-controlled excavation in sky-obstructed areas. “The system is perfect for projects such as tunnel construction or working within existing structures using a total station and prism for precision,” said Kris Mass, director of construction product... read more