Tech day highlights changing survey workflows

November 9th, 2015, Published in Articles: PositionIT


Afgen, an open solutions provider of positioning, surveying and mining laser systems, hosted a workshop and technical day on 6 November 2015. The day afforded attendees a chance to see and test its latest survey technologies and instrumentation offerings, and attend workshop on these systems. The influence of mobile technologies and GIS in changing survey workflows underpinned the day. Various hardware and software solutions were on show, including Geomax’s new point cloud processing software, GIS software Global Mapper, Septentrio’s RTK solutions, as well as a RPAS demonstration by Group Five of the under-construction Kyalami Race Track. Reef Business Systems’ large format printers were also on display. Representatives from each company presented the product and were also on hand to answer questions.

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Renzo Chiostri, Dirk Pretorius, Afgen’s Derek Gouws, and Laurent Le Thuaut.

Geomax’s Renzo Chiostri introduced attendees to MPS Office and Android software for point cloud registration, managing and colourising point cloud data, as well as for functions such as topographic survey and GPS calculations. Another software application, highlighted by Dirk Pretorius, was Global Mapper. This application connects to other online data sets such as Bing, Google and TomTom data, and can be used for among other things, functions such as elevation modelling, 3D viewing and fly-through. For hardware solutions, Septentrio’s Laurent Le Thuaut focused on the Altus NR2 network rover and AsterRx-U receiver on which the company’s RKT engine runs. Later that afternoon Afgen’s Ben Honiball demonstrated how this RTK system maintains an accurate fix under tree cover. Other workshops focused on total stations, laser scanning, and software.

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