Trimble Geospatial has made every effort to ensure that Trimble receivers will work seamlessly through the added leap second on July 1, 2015. Currently, the receiver firmware supports this change and we are testing with simulators to ensure there are no issues. In the event that a fix is needed, we will release new firmware prior to July 1, 2015.
For more information on this Leap Second Announcement:
First public demonstration of iSTAR and the ColourCloud Arena4D integration
NCTech, creators of the ground-breaking iSTAR® 360º panoramic digital imaging device, will be demonstrating three of their latest innovations at SPAR International. The UK company is back in Houston again with its latest developments, two of which will see their first public demonstration at the event.
Arena4D integration: The power of iSTAR and the ColourCloud processing engine has been integrated into the Arena4D software from Veesus Ltd. This is a major step forward, enabling scanner users easier access to HDR colorization without leaving the point cloud visualization environment. SPAR will be the first public demonstration of this integration, with the release expected over the next few weeks. Further joint developments between Veesus Ltd and NCTech are in the pipeline.
Point Clouds from iSTAR: In response to demand from iSTAR users asking if it is possible to extract measurement data from iSTAR images, NCTech has invested significant bench-time on this and will use SPAR International as the platform to reveal a preview of some of the initial (and very exciting) results.
ColourCloud: NCTech released the first full version of ColourCloud earlier this month and users are already providing very positive feedback.
It provides an incredible rapid, accurate and robust way to colorize laser scans with iSTAR HDR image data. The scan colorization process is fully automatic, only requiring users to point to where their scan and iSTAR data is saved and hit ‘go’. Combining ColourCloud software with iSTAR’s ability to capture HDR images in around 20 seconds means time saved both on the site and at the desk, with a significant improvement in overall quality.
The ColourCloud process provides fully automatic colorization which speeds up workflow rates, requires no stitching, resolves parallax issues and is precision calibrated to sub-pixel accuracy. The end result is full color HDR overlay from any laser scan to within +/-2 pixels.
Discover how Trimble TerraFlex software can provide your utility organization with a seamless and intuitive inspection process that can be easily built and adopted for your complete workflow and business process. Collecting consistent and reliable data when carrying out asset inspections is vital for a utility worker. Let the flexible and configurable cross-platform software be a solution for you!
In this webinar, you will:
- Be introduced to the fundamentals of the TerraFlex data collection and inspection process from setting up a new project from scratch to integrating with your back end systems
- Get an overview of Trimble’s Electric Utilities Asset Inspection Initiative and see a live TerraFlex demonstration of electric utility pole inspections
- Learn how integrating TerraFlex into your workflows can solve obstacles that utility organizations typically face when performing utility inspections
If your Trimble mobile data collection device has been stored away for the winter it is important to reset your GNSS/GPS receiver before data collection. Resetting the internal receiver will delete the existing almanac from the device. The almanac file provides approximate orbit information for all satellites in the constellation. Using an out-of-date almanac can cause issues when connecting to satellites. It will take approximately 20 minutes to fully reset the receiver and download the new almanac. An open, outdoor environment is also required.
Resetting the receiver can be simply performed using one of these programs:
- GPS Controller (free download)
- Trimble Positions
Steps for performing the reset are found in our document – Resetting the GNSS Receiver on a Trimble Device
Space Weather News for March 11, 2015
EARTH DIRECTED X-FLARE: On March 11th at approximately 16:22 UT (09:22 PDT) sunspot AR2297 unleashed a strong X2-class solar flare. Extreme UV radiation from the blast is causing HF radio fade-outs and other propagation effects on the dayside of Earth, primarily over the Americas. Visit http://spaceweather.com for more information and updates.
In case you missed it, Trimble held a webinar – Overcoming Accuracy Limitations of BYOD Smart Devices – on March 4th, 2015. If you were unable to attend, don’t worry. The entire webinar was recorded and is available to watch and share with colleagues.
In this interactive webinar you will learn:
- How consumer-grade smart devices (iPhone, Android, tablets, etc…) obtain location data and the challenges using built-in GPS functionality
- The limitations these consumer-grade devices have when used in professional GIS applications and workflows
- How the Trimble R1 GNSS receiver will provide professional-grade positioning information on your smart device
Watch the recorded webinar to learn how the lightweight, pocket-sized Trimble R1 can help carry out professional data collection, inspection, and asset management tasks – all through a wireless Bluetooth® connection with your mobile device.