Category Archives: Lidar/Imaging

Eclipse Background, NASA

Night in the Afternoon: A US Solar Eclipse

This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series August 2017What you need to know about the 2017 solar eclipse The upcoming solar eclipse will leave a 70-mile-wide trail of darkness across the United States on August 21, 2017 (see the map of the eclipse path on pages 44-45). This will be a once-in-a-lifetime...

The GeoDude on the Adoption of Laser Scanning Today

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series July 2017Part 2 Above: Although not yet fully mainstream for topographic surveys, laser scanning is frequently used to topo sites with a lot of detail and hardscape. Credit: Allegheny Surveys. With new and emerging technologies such as laser scanning, many professionals want to know “When...

Behind the Big Eye of the SX10: Trimble, Danderyd, Sweden

This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series July 2017A visit to Trimble’s engineering and production center in Danderyd, Sweden, reveals the story of the SX10’s development. As surveyors, we purchase and use some of the most sophisticated instruments of any field-oriented profession. Such sophistication yields incredible precision, accuracy, reliability, and flexibility, and,...

Joining us on the test survey was Lennart Gimring, Survey and Mapping Manager for ÅF Infrastructure AB who was an early adopter of the SX10. Gimring reports that the rollout with his crews has been quite smooth. Photo by Petter Magnusson - PMAGI AB

The Unthinkable and the Thinkable

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series July 2017The following is the editorial for the July print issue of xyHt magazine: If we completely dismiss a notion as unthinkable, we might find ourselves ill prepared should the notion become an eventuality. This applies to how we might view the status of our...

HxGN 2017

HxGN LIVE 2017 Takeaways

The big buzz among those interested in laser scanning was Leica’s BLK360 laser scanner (pictured above as demonstrated to xyHt editor Gavin Schrock). The small, affordable ($16k) scanner was originally jointly announced by Leica Geosystems and Autodesk at AU 2016 in November. At HxGN LIVE 2017, attendees learned that scanner shipments had begun. The BLK360...

Surveying a Mile Down

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series June 2017Above: The metrology viewed as a combined model. A 3D surveying company provides highly detailed lidar data on subsea drill centers. This article almost didn’t happen. I first met with ADUS DeepOcean in January 2017, when we discussed how they had captured high-resolution laser data...