COVID-19

Uncertainty and risk.  Two words most of our customers seek to avoid.  Amidst all the news regarding COVID-19 and Coronavirus, we stand committed to being here for you and keeping our solutions available throughout these difficult times.  We are open for business.

We’ve heard from some customers that they are also implementing work from home strategies and are developing processes to continue working on projects during this crisis.  Our first priority remains the health and safety of our employees, customers, partners and the community.  Another priority is to remain open for business and to continue to provide livelihoods for our employees, partners and customers.  We are in a unique position to have offices in all states and regional areas throughout Australia, allowing our support staff to travel by vehicle to site, rather than rely on air transportation.  This allows flexibility and easy adaptation to your organisations’ needs as we continue to partner together.

Our Customer Service staff are all equipped to work remotely and will be able to answer your calls during our normal working hours of 8:30am – 5:00pm in Christchurch, and 8:00am – 4:30pm in Auckland.

Our Field Support team has been provided with a Job Safety Analysis (JSA) specifically for personal hygiene, social distancing, and the disinfection of plant and tools, should they be required on your site.

We will continue to monitor our work procedures and advice by the Australian Government, but in the meantime know we’re here for you!

Call: 0800 ALLTERRA  (0800 2558 3772)

Rising Expectation

There’s a transformation underway — and it’s giving people a new approach to look at their world. The various ways we use spatial data are quickly moving from flat, static maps to interactive representations in three and even four dimensions. The exciting new approaches are driving a sharp increase in demand for spatial information.

From basic drafting solutions to the augmented reality of Pokémon Go, today’s professional users and consumers alike expect more spatial information; they also require high levels of accuracy and resolution. Much of this demand places a strong emphasis on 3D information. The demand is expected to continue to grow as new tools and devices for visualisation and interaction find their way into the hands of more — and increasingly diverse — users.

Read the full article on the GeoDataPoint blog.

Opportunities and challenges for Surveyors

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is one of the most intriguing opportunities for surveyors to come along in years. This model-based approach combines technologies and processes to support the efficient creation and use of information for building construction and operations. Because of its strong ties to spatial information, BIM offers a familiar landscape and rich possibilities for surveyors and other geospatial professionals, according to Ron Bisio, vice president of Trimble Geospatial.

Read more in this GIM news article.

If you would like to learn more about BIM, or how it could help grow your business get in touch.

Read more about BIM
  Does GIS + BIM = more business for you?

Where’s the money going to be?

Whether your business is booming, or if you are not experiencing growth, you need to know where your future growth is going to be. In 2016 Ron Bisio, Vice President, Surveying & Geospatial at Trimble, spoke to the Geospatial World Forum His talk covers two where the Geospatial professionals will need to move to stay profitable and successful.

Diversifying
Surveying and Mapping professionals are diversifying their offering to include scanning, mobile mapping and airborne data capture.

Domain-specific activities
Surveying and Mapping professionals are increasingly involved in domain-specific activities that require specific workflows and solutions.

Watch the 16 minute video below to find out more.

See it at Transform

Transform is a one-day event designed to showcase new technology in the Building, Civil, Mining and Geospatial Industries.

Come and try out the new HoloLens mixed reality headset and software. And see the new Trimble Next Generation Grade Control platform. As well as hearing how your peers are using the latest technology to get ahead, and the opportunity to speak with Trimble experts.

To make it easier for you to attend Transform UPG, SITECH Construction Systems, and BuildingPoint Australia are offering free tickets to anyone travelling from New Zealand. Simply add the code NZT17 to the coupon code box on the second page of registration.

Find out more on the Transform website, or contact events@upgsolutions.com if you have any questions.

Satellite data monitoring environmental impacts

As we use the Earth’s resources, we inevitably impact it, in particular resources that are acquired from under the surface, like coal seam gas (GCS). Currently limited evidence is available on the environmental impacts of GCS.1

To gain a clearer understanding of the environmental impacts caused by GCS production, a project is now underway in NSW. It began in March 2016 and will be run for four years to monitor movements of the Earth’s surface. It is being conducted by Geoscience Australia and the NSW Department of Industry’s Division of Resources in the town of Camden.

The project will use a combination of new and historic satellite imagery and GNSS data to measure any ground subsidence. It will also use a network of 20 geodetic monitoring stations to check for indications of increased seismic activity.

These monitoring stations consist of a mounted GNSS receiver and a pair of radar reflectors, which will provide easily detectable reference points in the satellite imagery. The GNSS data will be transmitted in real time and measured monthly to provide an independent dataset of ground movements.

Research results from the Camden environmental monitoring project will be published on the NSW Department of Industry Resources & Energy website.

Read more about the Camden project on the Spacial Source blog, or find out more about the monitoring solutions Trimble offers on our website.

1 The coal seam gas debate, Dr Alex St John, Science, Technology, Environment and Resources

Working together for better positioning

The New Zealand and Australian governments are working together to develop more precise satellite positioning throughout the Australasian region.

The New Zealand government recently confirmed that they will be contributing more than an additional NZ$2 million dollars to the Australian Government’s investment of over NZ$13m in the two-year cause of developing precise satellite positioning technology.

The project is predicted to be highly valuable for both countries, benefiting not only the daily lives of map app users, but also different industries/sectors such as transport, agriculture, construction and mining.

To read the full article by Spatial Source, click here. 

 

Why it’s important to keep up to date

It might seem like a big, time consuming pain, but keeping your software and firmware up to date is actually quite important. Using the latest versions can save you time and keep you at the top of the game.

Avoid known issues

As more users start using a new piece of software or firmware in different situations bugs and glitches can appear. The software or firmware is the continually improved with version upgrades. If you do not upgrade your version you leave yourself open to know bugs or glitches, costing you time.

Missing out on advancements

Software and firmware is continually being improved by the developer and shared through version upgrades. If you don’t have the latest software or firmware you will be missing out on the latest features and advances. This could mean you can’t provide the same services as someone on the latest version.

 

Trimble provide plans that make it easy for you to keep your software and firmware up to date. Trimble Protected plans that can cover your hardware as well.

You can find links to the latest Trimble software and firmware on our website, and we regularly post articles detailing the latest upgrades.

If you would like further information on any of these version upgrades, please contact your local AllTerra office.

Find out about Point Clouds in Trimble Connect

A point cloud is a set of data points in a coordinate system. They can be the result of a laser scan and show the external surface of the scanned object. Point clouds can be stored and shared using Trimble Connect, the collaboration environment from Trimble.

To find out more, see the Point Clouds article on the forums in the Trimble Community.

The community is a great place to learn about point clouds, as well as many other things. You can also ask questions or talk to your peers.

Read the Point Clouds article.

Deliver more productivity and flexibility

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Geospatial professionals can use scanning and imagery to deliver significant gains in productivity and flexibility for their clients.

3D laser scanners are capturing more points with greater precision. Software is managing this data with less human input using automated registration and classification, and automated modelling.

See how these evolutions can reduce the time you need to spend on scanning in this POB blog post.

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