FieldTech—Surveying Technology Essentials

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Juniper Systems’ Archer 2
Juniper’s latest offering featires a bright, amazingly crisp 4.3-inch IllumiView™ display, easily readable in direct sunlight. Another standout feature is its custom Overtime Technology™ battery, designed to last up to 20+ hours, and built with shocking resilience against power-zapping temperature fluctuations. Like Juniper Systems’ other rugged handhelds, the Archer 2 is made to take a beating. It has an IP68 rating for dust and water and is tested to MIL-STD-810G.

Trimble V10
The Trimble V10–with Trimble VISIONTM technology– leverages calibrated imaging sensors, allowing digital images to be captured directly from the range pole. Twelve calibrated cameras–seven panoramic and five downward-looking–integrated in the Trimble V10 provide complete site visualization and documentation with a 60 MP panoramic image that can be used to make photogrammetric measurements. The solution works standalone or can be seamlessly integrated with the Trimble R10 GNSS receiver and Trimble S-series total stations.

Spectra Precision MobileMapper
MobileMapper® 120 Decimeter Edition–this new kit, based on the MobileMapper 120 handheld GNSS receiver, includes the Flying RTK, GLONASS tracking and NTRIP correction options. With accuracy of 20cm or better, the Decimeter Edition kit is a competitively priced solution for precise Mobile Mapping applications.

Trimble GeoExplorer Geo 7X
Trimble introduced the next generation of its Trimble® GeoExplorer® data collection solution. The new Geo 7X includes an integrated laser rangefinder module and extended GNSS capabilities. Together with robust field and office software, the new Trimble Geo 7X handheld can enhance productivity. Featuring a new 1 GHz processor and 4 GB of memory running Microsoft® Windows® 6.5 Professional, other standard features include a 4.2 inch sunlight readable LED touch display and a 5 MP camera for geo-tagging assets. For wireless connectivity, the integrated modem allows users to send and receive data via GSM networks as well as Verizon’s CDMA network in the U.S.

Topcon’s Hybrid Positioning
Topcon Positioning Group announces a new technology–Hybrid Positioning™– that increases efficiencies and improves productivity on job sites, regardless of conditions, terrain or location. Hybrid Positioning is enabled through the Topcon MAGNET™ software suite, a Topcon enterprise solution for the geomatics industry. Hybrid Lock allows accurate prism tracking by simply turning the instrument toward the prism location. Hybrid Resection ensures quick job site setup, as well as establishing RTK and geodetic coordinates. Hybrid Switch ensures a quick changeover from GNSS to optical measurement with a single touch. Auto-localization utilizes BingTM Maps background, multi-point localization and works with RTK and NMEA positioning.

Topcon GLS-2000 Scanner
Topcon Positioning Group announces the GLS-2000 laser scanner designed for ease of use in any job situation. With its 350m (1,150ft) eye-safe long-range scanning technology, the GLS-2000 features survey-grade accuracy that reduces the amount of scan setups required on site. The integrated twin cameras help ensure that the images recorded provide the best possible definition photography for all levels of scan detail. Its dual-axis compensators provide tighter registration, overall increased accuracy, and increased field flexibility to help meet the needs of unique site logistics and project situations.

JAVAD GNSS’ latest receiver incorporates 864 channels which can be used to track existing and future satellites as well as monitoring for interference. Also new is a 25-hour battery, even with full screen brightness and UHF/GSM. The battery can be recharged in two hours. The LS, with pole, weighs less than six pounds, making it the lightest comparable unit on the market. The LS software now incorporates several routines that are compatible with the way in which American surveyors work, including buttons on the 800×480 home screen for Collect, Stakeout and COGO. New in the LS is offset surveying with photogrammetry. With the internal camera, offset accuracies of ±10cm are possible, out to 30-40 meters. Using an external camera, accuracies of ±5cm are possible.

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