Measuring in Order to Manage at #HxGN Live
Juergen Dold, president of Hexagon Geosystems addressed the HxGN Live audience in Las Vegas today. He kicked off his talk about the Leica Geosystems brand of products with a focus on water, and the need to measure it in order to manage it. The measurement business is what the company focuses.
The architects that designs and the plumbers that install and maintain pipes, need smart tools to measure and model. Now that our designs are going into 3D, with more complex models, there’s a need for more precise measurements. Leica Geosystems is now taking their handheld Disto laser measurement tool to the third dimension, to measure anything from anywhere. With the laser measuring, users can collect such things as the dimensions of a roof from the ground, increasing efficiency and safety at the same time.
Leica laser scanners are advancing with both an easy entry model and a long-range high-precision scanner, and with new software to stream and visualize point cloud information on any device, including your phone.
One of the more interesting new devices is a wearable backpack scanner to scanning anywhere, without the need for GPS. This allows for easy capture of interiors to match the capture of exteriors. Building on that capability, Autodesk and Leica Geosystems have just announced an alignment with a strategic partnership on reality capture, for bringing in point clouds to the design process.
Another very interesting product is an Android-enabled GIS data capture handheld with survey-grade measurements. The new handheld combines nicely with the laser measurement handheld for accurate measurement from afar.
The company has also released Leica Captivate, a software for measurement and 3-D viewing for the ability to visualize detailed models. The software was designed for ease of use and designed to be something that users are excited to engage with.
Building on a theme of simplicity, the Leica Viva and Leica Nova total stations are now able to track you automatically. This comes into play in harsh weather conditions and where reflectors can get fooled by such things as reflective clothing and other distractions. This advancement in tracking is also being applied to the company’s Aibotix UAV with sub-millimeter accuracy for such applications as bridge inspections or indoor facility inspections. The added precision that comes with coupling the UAV to a total station opens up all new infrastructure applications, such as automated inspections of dams and wind turbines.
The Hexagon Imagery Program, with efforts to fly the world with their customers flying Leica airborne digital sensors, now provide a data set with information in the cloud. This includes an industry collaboration with Esri for access to this information via ArcGIS Online.
Leica Geosystems airborne LiDAR scanners are also being used for coastal zone mapping and flood mapping. A new capability is to fuse the bathymetric LiDAR and topographic LiDAR with full-color imagery for a fused three-element view above ground and through the water. This information will help users deal with the estimated 2 meter loss of coast every year.
The company also illustrated the use of ground penetrating radar on railroad tracks to understand the amount of water under railroad tracks. The company is building their capability around railway use cases, combining LiDAR captures with overhead wire mapping and curves to create speed maps for safer and more efficient rail operations.
The company’s mine program is also dealing with water — where too much is an issue as is too little (with issues of dust). Trucks are equipped with GPS and sensors to understand moisture levels, saving water by applying water only where it is needed.
Shifting to another form of water — the company is involved in precision snow management with machines that efficiently groom the slopes.
The company has an impressive array of sensors and measurement solutions as well as software. The company is innovating on the cloud, on handhelds, on 3D data capture and on fusion.