Surveying earthquake damage to restore tourism

There has been extensive seismic activity in New Zealand over the last few years. In November there was another significant earthquake in the South Bay Marina, on the South Island.

The South Bay Marina and surrounding area in Kaikoura is a popular area for tourism and commercial fishing. However the earthquake has disrupted this activity with seabed uplift.

Areas that were previously channels for fishing or tourism boats to make their way into open water are now reduced to narrow passages, only usable at high tide.

Eliot Sinclair were approached to survey the damage after the earthquake and to re-establish chart datum.

Liam Jagvik from Eliot Sinclair talks with Derek Shanks from Trimble Christchurch in this 30 minute webinar.

 

Rising Expectation

There’s a transformation underway — and it’s giving people a new approach to look at their world. The various ways we use spatial data are quickly moving from flat, static maps to interactive representations in three and even four dimensions. The exciting new approaches are driving a sharp increase in demand for spatial information.

From basic drafting solutions to the augmented reality of Pokémon Go, today’s professional users and consumers alike expect more spatial information; they also require high levels of accuracy and resolution. Much of this demand places a strong emphasis on 3D information. The demand is expected to continue to grow as new tools and devices for visualisation and interaction find their way into the hands of more — and increasingly diverse — users.

Read the full article on the GeoDataPoint blog.

Upgrade to TBC – version 3.90 now available

Trimble have announced that Trimble Business Centre 3.90 is now available for download.

This version contains enhancements, as well as resolutions to known issues and is available for download now on the Trimble website.

Improvements in this version include

  • Extract a single point cloud region from multiple features
  • CAD creation commands in the Cutting Plane View
  • Line editing commands in the Cutting Plane View
  • Custom reporting enhancements
  • Point Comparison Report

This version is available to users whose current warranty expiration date is 1 May 2017 or later. In the TBC ribbon, select Support > License Manager to verify your warranty expiration date. If your warranty expires prior to this date and you proceed with the installation, licensed features will not be available. Contact your local AllTerra office to purchase a warranty extension.

Trimble Business Center version 3.82

Trimble have announced the release of Trimble Business Center (TBC) version 3.82.

This release includes two new features: Cutting Plane View and Plane Definition Manager. Working together these two features allow you to efficiently extract CAD data using user defined planes. They are especially useful in creating section views from non-horizontal objects like building facades and surfaces.

Find out more, and watch the video, on the Trimble Community or download TBC v3.82 from the Trimble website.

Trimble Access Aerial Imaging Version 2.2.6 Issues


It has been reported that the Trimble Access Aerial imaging v2.2.6. is causing problems with the Trimble Yuma 2 device where the GNSS positioning is not reported correctly or very slow to update its current position. As this can be a safety issue, we request all customers to not install Trimble Access Aerial Imaging v.2.2.6 on any device until this has been corrected. For customers that have installed Trimble Access Aerial Imaging v.2.2.6, a full roll-back to version 2.2.5 has to be conducted.

For more information please download the product bulletin.

We apologise for this situation and will keep you updated as soon as Trimble Access Aerial Imaging can be updated.

Opportunities and challenges for Surveyors

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is one of the most intriguing opportunities for surveyors to come along in years. This model-based approach combines technologies and processes to support the efficient creation and use of information for building construction and operations. Because of its strong ties to spatial information, BIM offers a familiar landscape and rich possibilities for surveyors and other geospatial professionals, according to Ron Bisio, vice president of Trimble Geospatial.

Read more in this GIM news article.

If you would like to learn more about BIM, or how it could help grow your business get in touch.

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  Does GIS + BIM = more business for you?

Enabling High Productivity for Indoor Mapping

The Trimble Indoor Mobile Mapping Solution (TIMMS) is the optimal fusion of technologies for capturing spatial data of indoor and other GNSS denied areas of all sizes and locations.

It provides both LiDAR and spherical imagery of a facility, enabling the creation of accurate, real-life representations (maps, models) of interior spaces and all of its contents, every object in the interior space all at speeds not possible with traditional laser scanning techniques.

TIMMS truly revolutionises indoor 3D mapping, enabling high-end productivity to give your business the winning edge in indoor mapping.

Where’s the money going to be?

Whether your business is booming, or if you are not experiencing growth, you need to know where your future growth is going to be. In 2016 Ron Bisio, Vice President, Surveying & Geospatial at Trimble, spoke to the Geospatial World Forum His talk covers two where the Geospatial professionals will need to move to stay profitable and successful.

Diversifying
Surveying and Mapping professionals are diversifying their offering to include scanning, mobile mapping and airborne data capture.

Domain-specific activities
Surveying and Mapping professionals are increasingly involved in domain-specific activities that require specific workflows and solutions.

Watch the 16 minute video below to find out more.

In-depth look into Trimble Business Center (TBC)

Surveyors have always used cutting-edge technology. Now that field notes have been replaced by controllers and most of the work is being done in software packages it only makes sense they this software is also cutting edge.

Trimble Business Center (TBC) provides you with the capability to efficiently edit, process, and adjust geospatial data and create deliverables with confidence and is still evolving.

Geospatial Applications Engineer, Chris Power, gives us an in-depth look into TBC in the video below.