Interview with Optech Founder: 40 Years of Technology

GeoDataPoint sits down with Optech founder Dr. Allan Carswell to discuss technological advances over the past 40 years as well as what to expect in the future at Optech's headquarters in Ontario. Optech celebrated the company's 40th anniversary this year with an Open House and UAV Day in July at their headquarters.

Benita Mehta 14 August 2014

GeoLearn Explains UAS Legislation, Section 333

In an exclusive video, Joe Paiva of GeoLearn talks about where the FAA stands on UAS legislation and helps viewers understand its current status.

Joseph V.R. Paiva, PhD, PS, PE 12 June 2014

Watch UAVs Fly at Garden of the Gods; See Images in Autodesk ReCap

Autodesk partnered with 3D Robotics to fly UAVs at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colo. in April during SPAR International 2014. Images captured by the UAVs were processed using Autodesk ReCap 360. Watch the video and check out the resulting images.

Benita Mehta 05 June 2014

Watch Parrot Drones Put on a Show at AUVSI 2014

Parrot drones put on a show for the audience in the exhibit hall at AUVSI on May 13, 2014, in Orlando.

Benita Mehta 15 May 2014

Matterport Discusses 3D Camera, Cloud-Based System

GeoDataPoint talks to Mike Beebe, COO of Matterport, about Matterport's new 3D camera at SPAR 2014 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Benita Mehta 08 May 2014

Future Tech to Watch: Extracting 3D Models from 2D Photos

Graduate research at an Israeli university may soon simplify model making with 3-Sweep, a new software project under development that is making it easy to create 3D models from a single 2D photograph.

Debbie Sniderman 19 December 2013

Spicer Group Discusses Mobile Mapping Service

Spicer Group of Saginaw, Mich., talks to GeoDataPoint about the company's new mobile mapping service and plans to expand.

Benita Mehta 26 November 2013

Watch a FARO Scanner in Action With UAV

At the FARO 3D Documentation Conference in Orlando last month, one keynote address demonstrated the use of a FARO scanner mounted on a UAV for airborne applications. Check out a video of the technology.

Benita Mehta 14 November 2013

Unmanned Aerial Mapping with Trimble’s UX5 (Video)

Trimble Navigation introduced its next generation unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the Trimble UX5 aerial imaging rover with the Trimble Access aerial imaging application. Watch the video to learn more.

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ImaginIT Seeks to Help Optimize Civil 3D Processes (Video)

This video explores the three telltale signs that your Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D process is not as efficient as it could be.

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Mobile Mapping with RIEGL’s VMX-450

What are the advantages of the RIEGL VMX-450 mobile laser scanning system and RiPRECISION software? What can it mean for you and your business? 

Alexis Brumm 20 May 2013

What the Mining Industry Needs in a Laser Scanner (Video)

What are today's mines looking for in a laser scanner? Clayton Fritz, technical sales engineer for Maptek, explains why the company's latest technology is going underground.

Christine Grahl 08 May 2013

Laser Scanning, UAS and Trimble RealWorks 8.0 (Video)

Tim Lemmon, marketing director for Trimble’s Oil, Gas and Chemical Division, shares new details about Trimble RealWorks 8.0 and talks about some of Trimble’s most popular data capture technologies.

Christine Grahl 08 May 2013

Mobile Mapping, Reality Capture and Topcon’s Laser Scanning Technology (Video)

At SPAR International 2013, Topcon Positioning Systems highlighted its IP-S2 Compact+ 3D mobile mapping system as well as stationary laser scanners for mining and other applications. What's the company's current technology emphasis? Topcon's Barbara McInerney shares her perspective.

Christine Grahl 02 May 2013

Laser Scanning, BIM and Leica’s Next Big Innovation

What are users saying about the new Leica ScanStation P20? What's the hottest software in the BIM space, and what big innovation is Leica planning to unveil at HxGN LIVE 2013?  We asked Mike Harvey, product manager for Leica HDS NAFTA.

Christine Grahl 29 April 2013

Hot Technologies at SPAR International 2013 (Video)

If you’re looking for the latest in 3D imaging technology, SPAR International is a good place to start. Here's a glimpse of some of the most popular technologies at the 2013 conference.

Christine Grahl 18 April 2013

A Handheld 3D Imaging System for Under $5,000 (Video)

A new 3D capture tool that debuted at SPAR International 2013 drew attention for its simple design and low cost.

Christine Grahl 17 April 2013

Why Geospatial Web Portals Are the Future of Infrastructure Projects (Video)

When the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) embarked on a project two years ago to rebuild the tracks along the 40-year-old south Red Line, project engineers and project managers already had cutting-edge technology at their disposal through their service provider. What the CTA didn’t realize is how innovative data management tools would benefit their project downstream.

Christine Grahl 04 April 2013

When Is Satellite Stereo Imagery the Best Option for 3D Modeling?

High accuracy digital elevation models (DEMs) can be obtained with LiDAR point clouds, photogrammetric analysis of aerial photos, and satellite and aerial stereo imagery. The geographic location, size of the area and type of terrain all contribute to the selection of a preferred approach. 

Linda Duffy 26 January 2013

How 3D Trends Inspired a Surveying Firm to Change Its Name

With the evolution of surveying into the capture and management of 3D data, is “surveying” still an appropriate term to define a service provider’s capabilities? A firm based in Tucson, Ariz., decided it was time to consider a different approach.

Christine Grahl 27 December 2012

What is GeoDataPoint?

Find out why GeoDataPoint is quickly becoming a primary information resource for geospatial professionals.

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The Trimble R10: Going Beyond GNSS

 In an interview at Trimble Dimensions 2012, Anders Rhodin, general manager of Trimble's survey division, highlights the key features of the new Trimble R10 GNSS Solution and explains how these features take GNSS to the next level.

Christine Grahl 21 November 2012

Debunking Misconceptions in Mobile Mapping

In an interview with Associate Editor Alexis Brumm, Michael Frecks, president and CEO of Terrametrix, addresses common misconceptions about terrestrial mobile LiDAR systems.

Alexis Brumm 25 October 2012

Where Automation Will Take 3D Data Capture (Video)

With all the progress that’s being made in automated LiDAR data collection and processing, will there be any room left for human involvement? Find out what Dr. Aaron Morris,founder and president of Allpoint Systems, has to say about where technology is headed and what these developments might mean for geospatial professionals.

Christine Grahl 20 September 2012

Why Hydrographic Scanning Systems Are in High Demand (Video)

Marketing Manager Susan Licari of Riegl USA gave details about some of their recent products and successes to GeoDataPoint's Alexis Brumm at the Esri International User Conference.

Alexis Brumm 06 September 2012

Secrets of Successful Aerial Mapping Systems (Video)

What is Optech working on now? GeoDataPoint’s Alexis Brumm spoke with Jim Green, regional development manager of Optech at the Esri International User Conference in San Diego.

Alexis Brumm 23 August 2012

How Survey Data Can Open New Markets (Video)

Automation found in newer generations of survey tools does more than make life easier; it also opens new opportunities. One of these opportunities is working with other professionals who have dedicated their lives to creating and manipulating 3D data for the purpose of entertainment.

Andrew Gaiennie 15 August 2012

Faster, Easier Access to High-Res Imagery (Video)

Jon Skiffington, director of product management at LizardTech, spoke with GeoDataPoint’s Alexis Brumm about the company's 20th anniversary of the MrSID technology and recent product announcements at the Esri International User Conference in San Diego.

Alexis Brumm 13 August 2012

An Explosion of Information (Video)

Michael Shillenn, vice president of Photo Science, tells GeoDataPoint’s Alexis Brumm the details of the company's recent business endeavors at the Esri International User Conference.

Alexis Brumm 13 August 2012

Improving the Spatial Data Platform (Video)

Safe Software’s Co-Founder Dale Lutz talked about recent improvements to their FME spatial data platform with GeoDataPoint’s Alexis Brumm at the Esri International User Conference in San Diego.

Alexis Brumm 06 August 2012

The Need for Accuracy in a GIS (Video)

Leica Geosystems’ Mauricio Jaimes, GIS business development manager, shares details on some of Leica's latest products with GeoDataPoint’s Alexis Brumm at the Esri International User Conference.

Alexis Brumm 06 August 2012

Using UAS for Rapid Terrain Mapping (Video)

Maarten Vandenbroucke, president of Gatewing, shared details with GeoDataPoint’s Alexis Brumm on Gatewing's future at the Esri International User Conference in San Diego.

Alexis Brumm 03 August 2012

Focusing on Faster Imagery (Video)

Deke Young, senior director of product management explains GeoEye's new partnerships, products and services to GeoDataPoint’s Alexis Brumm at the Esri International User Conference.

Alexis Brumm 03 August 2012

The Future of Data Capture (Video)

David Petterson, project manager of Pictometry, talked with GeoDataPoint’s Alexis Brumm about the company's latest projects and products during the 2012 Esri International User Conference.

Alexis Brumm 02 August 2012

How LiDAR and 3D Are Enhancing GIS (Video)

Lawrie Jordan, director of imagery for Esri, talked about 3D, LiDAR and GIS trends of the industry with GeoDataPoint’s Alexis Brumm during the 2012 Esri International User Conference.

Alexis Brumm 02 August 2012

How Data Fusion is Changing Transportation Design (Video)

With so many technologies available for collecting geospatial data, it is increasingly difficult for contracting entities to decide which technology or data source will give them the best possible data for a given project. So why limit yourself to just one?

Brian Bailey 26 July 2012

MAPPS Celebrates 30 Years of Serving Geospatial Firms (Video)

MAPPS is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of the association. This video was shown at keynote address of the 2012 Summer Conference, which is being held this week in Snowmass (Aspen), Colo.

Nick Palatiello 11 July 2012

The Key to Successful Laser Scanning Projects (Video)

What's the best way to integrate laser scanning into a surveying and mapping firm? With the increasing sophistication of technology, is a surveying background still important? Langan's Joseph Romano tackles these and other issues in a recent interview.

Christine Grahl 28 June 2012

The Growing Popularity of Leica Data Sharing Tools (Video)

Although the cloud has actually existed for quite some time, new iterations are making online file sharing easier and more secure—leading to an increasing demand for services such as Leica Exchange and myWorld.

Christine Grahl 13 June 2012

How Hexagon and MicroSurvey Are Creating New Solutions (Video)

During Hexagon 2012 in Las Vegas, June 4-7, Darcy Detlor, president of MicroSurvey, talked about some of the technology developments that have resulted from Hexagon's acqusition of MicroSurvey earlier this year, as well as changes in the company's distribution channels.

Christine Grahl 07 June 2012

How to Predict the Future of Surveying (Video)

Technology is changing so rapidly in the surveying profession that it’s difficult for many firms to keep up, much less envision the possibilities five to ten years down the road. Yet that’s just what Hexagon is asking attendees to do at the Hexagon 2012 conference in Las Vegas this week, where the theme is “Think Forward.”

Christine Grahl 06 June 2012

MAPPS to Testify on Geospatial Legislation During Field Hearing (Video)

The Map It Once, Use It Many Times Act introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn in March 2012 would streamline federal bureaucracy dealing with geospatial activities. Nick Palatiello, assistant executive director for external affairs for MAPPS, talks about this bill and other MAPPS initiatives in a video interview with GeoDataPoint.

Christine Grahl 01 May 2012

Innovations from LFM Make Point Clouds Easier to Manage (Video)

Graham Dalton, vice president of 3D data capture for AVEVA/LFM, and Matthew Craig, business development manager, share details on the latest product developments from LFM, including the release of LFM Server 4.1 and LFM NetView.

Christine Grahl 23 April 2012

Thinking Beyond Boundaries Opens New Doors for Business (Video)

Michael R. Frecks, PLS, president and CEO of Terrametrix LLC, has spent most of his 34-year land surveying career pushing the envelope on surveying technology. He shares his views on technology and teaming in this GeoDataPoint interview.

Christine Grahl 23 April 2012

Is MDL’s Dynascan HD100 A ‘Game Changer’ in Mobile Mapping? (Video)

MDL’s new Dynascan HD100 uses an off the shelf FARO Focus3D phase-based scanner to create a mobile laser scanner for under $150,000 (under $120,00 for those who already have a FOCUS3D scanner). Stephen Ball, founder and president of MDL, shares details about the technology in this GeoDataPoint interview.

Christine Grahl 20 April 2012

Indianapolis Mobile Mapping Project Is One to Watch (Video)

Woolpert has been awarded two large mobile mapping contracts by the City of Indianapolis Department of Public Works. Experts say this project signals a major shift in how government agencies handle asset data collection and management. Eric Andelin shares his perspective on the project in an interview with GeoDataPoint.

Christine Grahl 19 April 2012

Joining Forces for Better Building Documentation (Video)

U.S. Institute of Building Documentation officially opened for membership at SPAR International 2012. What can you bring to the table?

Robert Blum 15 April 2012

Trimble Acquires Gatewing

Trimble has acquired privately held Gatewing of Ghent, Belgium, a provider of lightweight unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for photogrammetry and rapid terrain mapping applications. “The combination of UAVs and low-altitude photogrammetry as an image collection platform opens up new opportunities for surveyors to use aerial imagery for the rapid acquisition of high-density geospatial data,” said Anders Rhodin, director of Trimble’s Survey Business.

Christine Grahl 06 April 2012

Where GTMA Wants to Drive the Future (Video)

Ray Mandli believes a significant amount of opportunity can be found by helping clients understand the value of comprehensive, integrated datasets—the kind of data that can be collected with mobile LiDAR. But what's the best way to bring all the stakeholders to the table?

Christine Grahl 02 April 2012

SPAR International 2012 and the Practical Side of 3D

What do paleontology and 3D printing have to do with surveying and mapping? As SPAR Point Group Editor Sam Pfeifle explains in this video call with GeoDataPoint Editor Christine Grahl, SPAR International 2012 offers practical insights on a wide range of 3D trends.

Christine Grahl 22 March 2012

The Makings of an ‘Evolution’

Land surveying has both a rich heritage and an exciting future. A new video from Control Point Associates captures some of the ways surveyors provide enhanced value through "traditional methods, modern approaches."

Christine Grahl 05 March 2012

RIEGL’s Pursuit of Excellence

In the race to achieve better, faster and cheaper 3D laser scan data, RIEGL is in a class of its own. At the RIEGL LiDAR 2012 conference held in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 27-28, the company’s leaders shared insights on RIEGL’s technology and approach.

Christine Grahl 29 February 2012

What’s Next for FARO?

During the FARO 3D Documentation Conference in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 21-22, FARO Technologies CEO Jay Freeland gave the 275 professionals in the audience a peek within the mind of the company.

Christine Grahl 22 February 2012

A Big-Picture Approach to Business Strategy

Sometimes the best ideas for new opportunities come from outside your traditional business model.

Alexis Brumm 01 February 2012

Laser Scanning Aids Lady Liberty

A year-long, $27.25 million renovation of the Statue of Liberty will allow the beloved icon of freedom to safely welcome more visitors. Laser scanning captured crucial data about existing structures within the statue before the renovation work began.

Christine Grahl 23 January 2012

Why Greg Bentley Believes in Future City

In January, thousands of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students will gather in 37 locations around the U.S. for the 2011-2012 National Engineers Week Future City Competition. It’s a competition that Bentley Systems has sponsored for more than a decade, and one that CEO Greg Bentley personally champions.

Christine Grahl 04 January 2012

The Year for Mobile LiDAR

Three years ago, mobile LiDAR was just beginning to emerge as a potential mapping and surveying tool. A few forward-thinking firms took a chance--with a rather hefty technology investment--and began blazing new trails in railway, infrastructure and asset data collection. Today, those investments are paying off through an increasing number of mobile mapping contracts.

Christine Grahl 01 June 2011