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InterGEO 2017: A Few Videos

These movies should have been intermixed with the pictures, but…I don’t know how to do that. So they are on their own page.

The drone parachute device keeps your UAV from hitting the ground at mach 4:

 

The GeoSlam video comes in two pieces. You basically can take this device and walk around in a building and it will map everything in real-time (well, there is a second registration step that is detailed in the 2nd movie.)

 

Leica was showing off the full IMU based tilt compensation on their new GS18T GNSS receiver. They had a competition where you would take 10 shots, the person with the fastest score won. There was a computer scoreboard in the hall that tabulated the results.

But, there was no tabulation of the point results. In other words, it was a race to press the store button on each of the 10 ground marks, but there was no indication if the points stored were even close to correct.

This video shows one of the contestants completing the course.

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InterGEO 2017: Day 3

Thursday 28 September 2017

I pretty much have seen it all and am just following up with suppliers on Thursday. So there are not a lot of new pictures.

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InterGEO 2017: Day 2

Wednesday 27 September 2017

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Train station at Zoo, waiting to ride 4 stops to Messe

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Same as yesterday

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GeoZone two story booth. Pretty cool!

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???

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Forest IT Design

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This booth is pretty cool. The front has a cabin with a food cart.

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Gexcel has pixel software and wearable lidar

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I don’t know what they make, but it looked cool!

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Velodyne is the leading mobile LIDAR sensor manufacturer.

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So, I blew it.

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By the time I figured out there was a historic instrument museum in Berlin, I had no time to run over and check it out. I won’t make this mistake in 3 years when I return next.

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I wanted to purchase this, but I think the German would be more than I could bite off on.

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“Development of Instrument Building”

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“Surveying History”

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Trimble had the entire back of one hall, with AllTerra on the left, Trimble on the right, Nikon back and Spectra back right.

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I spent 45 minutes playing around with the new Nikon ‘Auto Focus’ manual total stations. There are several modes of operation, but I am pretty sure that I am going to purchase a new TS for myself (like personally). Auto focus is worth having and the new guns are beautiful. Yes, the locks are back!

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I think this company deploys GNSS CORS stations.

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One comment for exhibitors is that I should be able to figure out what you do by looking at your booth. ‘Ahead with Precision’ does not an explanation make.

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I like the orange color and they had a lot of cool UAV’s.

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Gas powered UAV’s look a lot more interesting to me.

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I really want one of these forward looking rotary LIDAR platforms.

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Unfortunately my picture of the front of the cabin did not focus, sorry.

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More cloud / point / pix processing

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???

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Another food cart!

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COWI supplies DEMS and Orthos for Europe.

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Back to the Diamond, ‘Ahead with Precision’ booth

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Nobody actually uses these location stickers on the floor. A waste of time.

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So, I think that this Trimble company provides correction services in Europe. It is a cool looking booth.

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Back to the auto focus total stations. I really-really need_want one. You do too.

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Go Big rotary UAV or GO HOME. It is a big box too.

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It was my real pleasure to meet Huiming Song. He owns HowayGis and is partners with eGPS. Based in Georgia, he also has a company that makes choke ring antennas (Atlanta RFTech). Huiming is a really nice guy.

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More UAV, with Velodyne LIDAR

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Delair has Aerial Intelligence which we can all use more of.

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More RR inspection carts

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Something to do with traffic monitoring and mapping.

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So, this is not a real tool. Basically these guys put every single instrument imaginable on a 4-wheeler just to grab your eye. It works.

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More UAV, this one has blades top and bottom

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I did not understand.

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More UAV

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More UAV

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More UAV

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Fixed Wing UAV

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Ok, gift time.

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I really need one of these

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Panono 360 spherical cameras. I think they are made right in Berlin

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which is great because I am ready to fly back for dinner at the HB again.

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You know that I am serious about purchasing one when I…

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Take pictures of every page….

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in the brochure

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It will hold 600 images internally.

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36 cameras, Single capture for 108 MP image

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UAV Insurance.

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Mejzlik makes REALLY strong propellars

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Look, not even this fat guy can break one!

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I have no idea what this was

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Now, this is neat. It is a small cylindar that you place on your drone. if it decides that your UAV has failed it will jettison the parachute and safely bring your UAV to the ground

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I have a movie that I will put online in a 4th blog post.

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More point cloud pix processing

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More UAVs

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Epson UAV’s

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I personally saw this UAV fly. It is VTOL and it works GREAT. Fully autonomous flight.

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Simple to setup flights, simple to fly because the device makes all of the decisions. I really want one of these.

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More UAV’s with the promise of business intelligence!

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Google glasshole from brother. I guess the world does need this.

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More UAV

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Big UAV, but this is a printed magazine.

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Okay, who could resist

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taking a picture of themselves? Not me obviously! Proof of how hot I really am.

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Sorry, I don’t know….

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More LIDAR

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More LIDAR, with a GIANT VTOL.

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More VTOL

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Go GIANT or go home.

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More LIDAR

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Big rotary with BIG LIDAR

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More rotary UAV

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More fixed wing UAV

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more. more. more.

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So, syrphus is a tricky way of spelling surface

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This pair was videotaping a presentation.

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Lufthansa Aerial Services

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Drone Deploy: more pix, point cloud processing.

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This is not the right VTOL design in my opinion.

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Services…

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UAV flight planning software

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microDrones: more uav

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More UAV

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Sad UAV

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Wow: more GIANT rotary UAV

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IMU modules.

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More UAV

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More fixed wing UAV

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More (you guessed it) UAV

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RotoKonzept: VTOL

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More VTOL

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Short and Fat: more UAV

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There is only one name you need to know when considering rotary UAV and that is…

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dji I believe that dji owns the rotary business. Completely.

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Spectral Imaging is pretty cool.

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dji UAV

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more dji

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more big dji

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dji

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dji

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fixed wing, not vtol, rail launch

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Cameras

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multirotor: lots more rotary UAV

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GermanDrones: UAV

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more UAV

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I think these guys use Terus for PPK on drones

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more UAV

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more UAV

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more UAV

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data radios for UAV

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GIS software for tablet data collection

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I think this is more VTOL

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DroneX: more rotary UAV

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Later we will see an actual drone port

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Shandong is a big Chinese manufacturer who makes UAV’s

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This is a really big UAV

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3-blades!

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8-motors

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Flydeo: folding arm rotary UAV

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Italdron: more rotary UAV

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on the way to the drone demo area

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The drone port

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do not touch, do not open.

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This is a Volkswagen pickup. Do they sell these in the USA?

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Now for the important stuff: CURRYWURST. Hard to believe that this is not available in Salt Lake.

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Lunch. Excellent.

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Septentrio / Altus

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The GIS receiver

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It is always a GREAT day when you meet Sarah Winters! She showed me a lot of new features coming in the V6 of SurvCE

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Carlson’s new mine scanner.

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So, you drill a hole from the surface into a cavern. Then you push this into the hole, then the motorized head scans the cavity. It is like IP99

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I will have a separate video section. This is the GEOSLAM booth which was pretty cool.

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Hard to resist photobombing Gavin

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In the GINTEC booth I found this Geoelectron radio. Supposedly it has FCC certification. It is a nice package

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GINTEC is a subbrand of Unistrong.

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They sell the same receiver as Carlson, but with a BD970 engine.

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Has bluetooth!

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specs

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Javad is looking great!

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These are two new full-featured CORS stations from CHC, (back)

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(front)

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I love the Haufbrau Berlin, I love Germany too

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Spetzel: wonderful

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The combo plate

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InterGEO 2017: Day 1

Tuesday 26 September 2017:

Disclosure, I have removed some photos to keep from upsetting some individuals. I don’t think that the general feeling is changed.

You can click on the pictures to get full sized images.

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InterGEO 2017: Day 0

This year, InterGEO 2017 was in Berlin. I had a fantastic time. I luckily had plenty of time for sightseeing and some great meals. Not to spoil the rest of the pictures, but here is a picture of me at Hoffbrau Berlin:

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That is a 1-liter beer, it was perhaps the best beer I have ever drank and the food was even better. I can not wait to return.

For about $40 you can purchase a Bus/Subway pass that allows unlimited travel in Berlin for 1-week. So, I took the X9 (express bus) from the airport to the Zoo. It took about 13 minutes and dropped me off 200 meters from my hotel:

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Walking around the hotel, I found this amazing vehicle. I think it might make a fantastic survey chariot:

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Did a bunch of sightseeing Sunday and Monday, plus some business meetings.

I am going to add most all of the pictures that I took in three additional postings, one posting for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Unlike last year, I am going to try to add some meaningful comments to most of the pictures. I took a lot of pictures that were just overall booth shots, those won’t be detailed. But the booths that I found interesting will be commented.

These are my important take-aways:

  • Every surveyor should go to InterGEO once to see all the cool accessories and the overall size of the business. Europe is different, but until you see the size and complexity of the Leica, Trimble, UniStrong, ESRI, and other BigGuy booths; I don’t think you can have  a good picture of the size of this bussiness.
  • If you think you have a good idea for the ‘UAV’ market, you need to temper your enthusiasm with the reality of how many REALLY BIG and small companies are already full in. If your name is not DJI, you probably are not going to be successful in the rotary business.
  • It is not that difficult to go to a show in Germany. My trip cost less than $1800 and I stayed in a very nice hotel, did a lot of expensive entertaining and sightseeing. I think I could have reined in my spending and kept the entire trip under $1200 which is less than I would spend on the Carlson convention in Maysville probably.

It may take me a few more days to post my pictures, stay tuned!

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UAV Accuracy, Repeatability: Is it Real?

I get to talk to a lot of UAV folks. Typically they are new practitioners who are looking for a fast and inexpensive method of doing Ground Control (GC) and Ground Check Points (GCP) for jobs that are going to be flown using fixed or rotary wing aircraft. We get involved because of the affordability of the iG3s static solution and our great RTK offerings.

One of the scary things that I am figuring out is that the people who are flying these jobs don’t have much of a survey background.

I am just going to throw this thought out: If you are selling UAV services in the USA and don’t have a good handle on these four items:

  • US Survey Feet vs. International Feet
  • IGS08 vs. NAD83 2011 2010.0 (What is a realization, what is an epoch? If you don’t know then you don’t know.)
  • Orthometric vs. Ellipsoid (+ GPS Derived Heights, i.e. GEOID Separation)
  • Accuracy vs. Repeatability

Then I think that you are precluded from making any accuracy claims!

In other words, if you don’t explicitly know the difference between IGS08 and NAD83; then you CAN NOT possibly claim on your website that you are delivering sub-centimeter results. I mean, you just can’t.

I happened on a great white paper last Friday [ Strix ] [ PDF Link ] that does a great job of actually empirically looking at 225 flights over the same test bed. It delves into the differences in lighting, flight patterns, control spacing and more.

Basically I think that this stuff might actually be rocket science. At least lets be clear that it is not simple.

🙂 M

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SurvCE: Send NMEA out the Data Collector Serial Port

SurvCE allows you to send NMEA sentences out the data collector serial port.

Here are some tricks and hints on getting it work:

[ Setup SurvCE to Send NMEA Messages out Data Collector COM Port ]

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