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Autodesk + Leica Geosystems

Two tech giants embark on a collaboration and education outreach. At June 2015’s HxGN LIVE (the annual user conference for Leica Geosystems and other divisions of Hexagon), we spied something rather surprising: an Autodesk booth. What’s more, someone at the booth was using Autodesk software for construction layout on a consumer tablet, driving a Leica...

URC Ventures CEO David Boardman demonstrates a stockpile geometry capture. The ~3,000-cubic-yard pile was imaged in ~three minutes, using only his iPhone and two safety cones placed 25 feet apart to establish scale.

Stockpile Reports

How to do enterprise inventory management from image-based 3D reconstruction, in the cloud and in your pocket. “No one wakes up in the morning thinking that they need to buy a point cloud,” says URC Ventures CEO David Boardman. “Most people would be thinking that they need to solve some business problem.” What URC Ventures...

xyHt’s 40 Geospatial Leaders under 40

Join xyHt in Celebrating Young Leadership in Geospatial Professions, Industries, and Sciences!  Who are the current young geo-leaders internationally? And where are they making a difference? There is a maxim:  “We teach children their future, and not our past.” With the exception (in the geospatial realm) of archaeology, forensics, monitoring, and boundary survey (where historical...

The Clock(s) at the Center of the Universe

To provide precise global time, critical to our digital world, the United States Naval Observatory serves as the major node in a worldwide array of synchronized atomic clocks. For all but a relatively few astronomers and scientists, the universe of humans centers around our earthbound activities and our heuristic sense of time – day, night, seasons,...

EagleView

The practical side of on-demand aerial image analytics, with an interview of CEO and president Chris Barrow. A contractor showed up at my house to give an estimate for a long overdue roof replacement. He hadn’t pulled out a ladder, so I asked if he needed mine. His response was, “Since we started using EagleView,...

Feature: Hydrographic Research and Development

From Science and Engineering to Your Hydrographic Toolkit “The complexities of and incubation times for advancing instrumentation are often not fully appreciate ”—T. Curtin, E. Belcher, Innovation in Oceanographic Instrumentation (2008) Extraordinary—yet mostly unseen—innovations continue to shape the tools surveyors use on water and land: innovations in science and engineering for hydrography, oceanography, robotics, and global navigation...