All Eyes on Galileo

September 3, 2014By

The year 2014 is most certainly the Year of Galileo. After rising up from near elimination in 2008 due to much confusion about how to fund it, the European Union, that same year, decided to allocate 3.4 billion euros to fund the ground infrastructure and the initial satellites. Unlike the U.S. GPS and Russian GLONASS systems, Galileo is civilian-funded as opposed to being funded primarily from defense budgets, which makes it politically much more difficult to gain funding. But, they did it. That was six years ago. read more

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Dual-Frequency Pinwheel Antenna Designed for Optimal Positioning 

September 3, 2014By
The NovAtel GPS-702-GG-HV high-performance pinwheel antenna comes in three colors.

NovAtel, Inc., has introduced the GPS-702-GG-HV to its line of high-performance Pinwheel antennas. Tracking L1/L2 GPS and L1/L2 GLONASS frequencies, customers can use the same antenna for GPS-only or dual constellation applications, reducing equipment costs and need for future redesign, the company said. With the same form-factor and choke ring performance as the company’s other pinwheel antennas, the GPS-702-GG-HV has been enhanced... read more

CartoPac 5.0 Optimized for Windows 8 to Manage Data in the Field

September 2, 2014By

CartoPac International Inc. has announced a major new release of the CartoPac Mobile Platform. CartoPac 5.0 extends the mobile platform with support for Windows 8 and introduces the CartoPac Workflow Manager, which provides a structured process to manage the use of geospatial data across the enterprise. CartoPac will demonstrate the applications and technologies of Version 5.0 in the free CartoPac Mobility... read more

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IGS Launches New Website

August 28, 2014By

The International GNSS Service (IGS) has launched a new website. Knowledge-base sections have been created for IGS Working Groups to maintain content for public access. The site administrators ask Working Group chairs to provide updated content to their sections. Other sections include IGS Real-Time Service, IGS Presents (videos), IGS Multi-GNSS Experiment, news and events. Because content has been extensively reorganized with this... read more

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Topcon Releases New UAS for Aerial Mapping

August 28, 2014By

Topcon Positioning Group has released two unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for mapping — the Sirius Pro and Sirius Basic. Both systems are designed to produce the most accurate solutions for the automated mapping of a wide range of sites — regardless of terrain — including construction sites, mines and quarries, and for use in land surveying, power line and pipeline inspection... read more

GPS Network Shows Drought in the U.S. West

August 27, 2014By

A network of GPS stations in the western United States is revealing the severity of the drought in that region. Compared to the nine years before the drought, the GPS data show that the western United States has lost 240 gigatons of water, which is enough to flood the entire region in 10 centimeters of water. Investigating ground positioning data from... read more

Trimble Offers GNSS Reference Receiver, Seismic Recorder

August 25, 2014By
The Trimble SG160-09 SeismoGeodetic system.

Trimble has introduced an integrated GNSS reference receiver, broadband seismic recorder and a force-balance triaxial accelerometer for infrastructure and precise scientific applications. The Trimble SG160-09 SeismoGeodetic system provides real-time GNSS positioning and seismic data for earthquake early warning and volcano monitoring as well as infrastructure monitoring for buildings, bridges, dams, as well as other natural and manmade structures. The announcement was made at... read more

Topcon Offers 3D Indicate Grade System

August 25, 2014By

Topcon Positioning Group has announced a multi-platform 3D indicate grade system, the i-33. The new system features GNSS technology and a graphical display designed to provide a powerful indicate system at an economical price. The i-33 allows for quick installation and easy operation on many types of grading and earth-moving machinery, according to Topcon. It is designed for use on a dozer, scraper or... read more