While Geo Week New Product Gallery and product previews give an idea of the scope and breadth of the solutions that were showcased across the exhibition floor of the event, the Start the press session gave attendees and members an overview of the most unique and innovative new solutions that were showcased at Geo Week during this session.
The winners of the Pitch the Press event have already been announced, with three flagship products for reality capture, collaboration and data visualization chosen from 16 competing products. However, the value that all of these products can activate and represent is worth exploring.
AirWorks PLC is a patented machine learning algorithm capable of autonomously identifying and categorizing points in a dataset, so that our software can generate useful lines for surveying/AEC companies. Traditionally, it took complex computers, special software, and hours of engineering labor to create engineering plans from aerial data. With AirWorks, you don’t need any of that. Thanks to this technology, CAD drawings are delivered in record time thanks to the support of quality control engineers who ensure that each drawing they deliver meets the existing standards and expectations of their customers.
One of the 2022 winners, Avatour is a real-time 360° collaboration platform that connects remote users to the full context of a real site, enabling more efficient virtual inspections, tours, trainings and more. The cloud service uses off-the-shelf hardware to provide real-time communication through a web browser or optional VR headset. Avatour is not only designed to provide better video conferencing, but rather is intended to be a different tool for the very different world we live in with teams located across the planet who need to collaborate as if they were sitting at side to another.
Global Mapper Pro from Blue Marble Geography is the latest addition to the Global Mapper family of programs. Global Mapper Pro integrates all of the powerful point cloud processing tools previously available in the now retired Global Mapper Lidar module and expands functionality to include more terrain analysis and automated tools. With a Script Editor dialog for creating scripts and new Python integration, Python developers can access and use Global Mapper functions through Python scripts and environments. These capabilities have positioned it as a powerful, affordable and flexible GIS software.
Very light and compact all-in-one sensor, the AlphaAir 450 from HCC Navigation can easily achieve absolute accuracy of 5cm (vertical) and 10cm (horizontal) for small survey areas. Featuring an internal IMU, GNSS, 3D scanner and camera, the AlphaAir 450 solution is widely used for power line inspection, topographic mapping, emergency response, surveying agriculture and forestry, etc. Easy to use for rapid deployment in the field, the light weight (1 kg) of the unit allows to extend the operating time of the drone, directly allowing greater productivity.
Another 2022 Pitch the Press winner, NavVis VLX is a mobile mapping system designed for laser scanning and AEC professionals that enables high-quality reality capture of complex buildings and construction sites. Up to 10 times faster than a terrestrial laser scanner, NavVis VLX can tackle everything from complex indoor spaces with challenging lighting conditions to outdoor environments and construction sites. NavVis VLX is powered by precision SLAM technology that is changing expectations in many industries.
Clirio is a mobile application to instantly capture, share, review and resolve observations, issues or updates in the field. It allows users to take control of their dispersed field data with Clirio’s Site Information Management (SIM) system and “walk the site” at any time to review georeferenced and time-series observations with an idea of the time and place. Teams can collaborate as a group in a live, remote virtual holographic meeting around one or more 3D scans from the app. Clirio is designed for agile, fast and easy 3D LiDAR capture and sharing of the field issues that matter in the moment. This can be done by anyone on the team, using only the phone in their pocket or the tablet in their backpack.
ATIS.cloud is a powerful tool that allows users to host, manage, share and visualize their point clouds in a particularly simplified way. The application is designed to meet the needs of all areas of Reality Capture. ATIS.cloud is the only platform that directly facilitates the exploitation and valuation of point clouds working with structured and unstructured data.
A special mention in the Pitch the Press press release, the Earth Archives Initiative is a US-based non-profit organization focused on 3D scanning (airborne LiDAR) of the planet’s surface to create an open-source digital twin. Earth Archive is a scientific effort focused on creating a digital twin of the planet using airborne LiDAR starting with areas that are most at risk. The Earth Archive will serve both as a record of the state of the planet as it currently exists, to help scientists better understand how it evolves, and as a “virtual planet” that can serve as a treasured gift for generations. future.
A previous winner of pitch the pressHovermap by Emesent is an intelligent mobile scanning unit that can be mounted on a drone to provide autonomous mapping in difficult and inaccessible areas. Hovermap is not just for drone use, as its flexible design allows it to be used for foot, vehicle or backpack scans. As effective above ground as it is underground, indoors or outdoors, Hovermap is a complete mobile LiDAR mapping solution. Weighing only 1.8 kg (4 lbs), it is easily portable and compatible with smaller drones such as the DJI M210.
the Mosaic 51 is a rugged 360º 12K resolution, AI-enabled camera specially designed for HD mobile surveying, GIS, railway and infrastructure inspection. With a built-in computer, it’s built for the road, no matter the terrain or climate. Moreover, the Mosaic X offers users a more robust and cost-effective way to collect the data typically only accessible with expensive LiDAR systems.
You can learn more about Mosaic via our interview with CEO Jeffrey Martin that took place during Geo Week.
AI close to the map is a regularly updated vectorized map with real location information, derived from Nearmaps high resolution vertical and oblique images. This location content is 99.9% accurate, reliably updated and processed at scale, instantly available in the cloud via web application or API integration. Every day, the Nearmap AI suite helps thousands of users conduct virtual site visits to gain deep data-driven insights, enabling informed decisions, streamlined operations, and better financial performance. Built on an automated content layer that uses machine learning to turn Nearmaps’ high-resolution images into information and insights, Nearmap AI is designed to be one of the most accurate and richest AI offerings on the market. .
the RECON-XT from Phoenix LiDAR Systems is the entry-level system at the ultimate value. Designed to fly on the DJI M300, it can also be adapted to vehicle and backpack configurations. Perfectly suited for small scanning areas and teams on a budget, the RECON-XT is designed to grow and adapt to business needs. It was formulated with the backing of decades of LiDAR experience and rigorous testing and development.
the PointCab 4AutoCAD plug-in is a fast, efficient and intuitive way to model all point cloud data in AutoCAD. With the plug-in, AutoCAD users do not have to work and navigate the 3D view of the point cloud. Instead, they can work on the intuitive 2.5D orthophotos in PointCab Origins and transfer point cloud data directly from Origins to AutoCAD.
Designed to alleviate the issues of using point clouds in typical Revit layouts, the freeware PointFuse for Autodesk® Revit® empowers users to unlock the full potential of their point cloud data. Using PointFuse Standard or Pro, a point cloud is automatically converted into a segmented mesh model, which can be classified. Once ready, this mesh is published to a PointFuse Revit (.prf) file format using the “Publish to Revit” command, ready to be linked to any existing Revit project, on any user computer, whether or not it has a PointFuse license. .
Another Pitch the Press winner, point man is a unique precision mapping solution. Users can record and view the precise location (x, y, z) of critical surface and subsurface resources. Additionally, PointMan’s mobile app allows users to connect their mobile device to leading manufacturers of GPS/GNSS location equipment, cables and pipes to capture critical infrastructure data.
the Sanborn Geo-Data Explorer™ gives users the ability to quickly organize and manage their own workflows. The application includes four main functions: explore, select, preview and download. It dramatically improves time management and communication efficiency by allowing end users to quickly and easily view, select and download multiple types of datasets themselves.
To learn more about the Geo Week 2022 Pitch the Press winners, click here.