GeoSLAM Unveils Predictions for Engineering’s Digital Future
August 21, 2017
The world’s leading name in ‘go-anywhere’ 3D mobile mapping technology is calling on the engineering and construction sector to recognise the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ in a new white paper entitled ‘Digital Engineering: Building Reality’.
The findings include:
- A prediction that digital technology will radically overhaul the way buildings are designed, constructed and managed in the coming years, expanding on the latest developments in Building Information Modelling (BIM).
- An acknowledgement that digital technology has already proved to be a disruptive but lucrative force in sectors like retail, publishing and travel – but is set to open up new business opportunities in construction.
- A clear description of what Digital Engineering is, and how technologies, such as BIM, form part of it.
- An understanding that the power of digital engineering – which partly involves using advanced 3D scanning techniques to rapidly create highly-detailed models of a structure or site – has enormous commercial advantages.
- Benefits such as facilitating better design, and identifying risks earlier on in the construction process thereby avoiding expensive delays and overruns. Delivery teams can expect greater predictability in building performance and more accurate costs and time-scales for project delivery.
The whitepaper comes after latest forecasts reveal that growth in the construction sector will rise by 70 per cent across the world by 2025, with big data analytics, drones, mobile connectivity, sensors and other digital technology playing a significant role in enabling this growth.
Underlining the increased role digital engineering will play in future planning, John Allan, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at GeoSLAM said:
“Compared to other industry sectors, the construction and engineering industry has been slow to embrace digital technology. But this is about to change, as the significant benefits that digital technologies bring to the way we design, construct and maintain our infrastructure are revealed. In this competitive market, now is the time to embrace digital engineering; those who do will not only survive, but thrive.
“It’s fair to say that advances in technology now allow construction firms to undertake surveys that would not have been possible even a decade ago, such as a recent school renovation project which used 3D mobile mapping technology to create a ‘real-time digital twin’ of a 100-year-old building.
“In this instance, planning permission was subject to detailed drawings being submitted, but there were a number of hazards including asbestos and unstable floors and ceilings. The team used our handheld scanners to scan the building safely, quickly and accurately in just four-and-a-half hours.”
Steven Eglinton, Director at GeoEnable, acknowledges how another key benefit of digital engineering is improved collaboration between stakeholders through the integration of technology.
He said: “Digital engineering is the transformation from analogue to digital for the engineering and construction sector and represents the evolution of BIM. Without digital technology, this would not be possible, but it goes further than this. In fact, the success of building projects depends on a harmonious blend of people, process and technology working together.”
To download your own copy of the whitepaper for FREE, visit our Resources page.
GeoSLAM to feature in upcoming BBC Show Countryfile
August 8, 2017
GeoSLAM’s ZEB-REVO is to be featured in an upcoming episode of the popular Sunday evening BBC show, Countryfile.
The appearance follows the hugely successful Countryfile Live event, which took place over the weekend of 4-7th August, and attracted over 100,000 visitors to the venue, the beautiful and historic Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.
UK GeoSLAM customer MK Surveys will be featured in the show, laser scanning one of the estate’s historic bridges utilising the handheld ZEB-REVO scanner.
The programme will be broadcast on Sunday 20th August, on BBC1, at 6pm (BST).
GeoSLAM signs up Seiler Instrument for Midwest USA Distribution
July 17, 2017
GeoSLAM, the experts in “go-anywhere” 3D mobile mapping, has continued to grow its presence in the USA by signing up Seilier Instrument & Mfg. Co. Inc. as authorised distribution partner for the Midwest United States.
Seiler Instrument is a privately held, multi-divisional company that has been family owned and operated since 1945. The Seiler Geospatial Division team of sales and support professions offer solutions, consulting, sales, training and implementation of services at 7 locations across 6 Midwest States – Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska and 2 locations in Missouri.
“The robust SLAM algorithm from GeoSLAM provides a very efficient and accurate workflow that makes indoor mobile mapping very accessible,” said Travis LeMoine, Seiler’s Director of Emerging Technologies.
“We’re very excited to offer the ZEB-REVO solution to our progressive customer partners initially in the following core industries; Surveying, Engineering, Forestry, Facilities & Asset Management and Mining. GeoSLAM has produced a system that is both powerful and portable.”
Seiler Instrument will offer sales as well as rental of this solution. Check out this video which explains more about the mobile mapping solution from GeoSLAM and Seiler.
The appointment of Seiler Instrument follows the recent appointment of GPServ Inc. in Florida, and brings the current number of distributors in the USA up to 4, across 10 States.
It also recently follows the appointment of Del Stewart as West Coast USA Channel Manager for GeoSLAM. Del joins NAFTA Channel Manager Robby Dudley as the second US-based representative for GeoSLAM, and speaks of the continuing growth and commitment of the UK-based company to this market.
To learn more about Seiler, click here to visit their Geospatial Division website.
To find all GeoSLAM distributor locations in the USA, and worldwide, click this link
Danish Distributor Attends Annual Surveying Congress
Feb 15, 2017
Our Danish distributor Pro-måling attended the annual Danish Surveying Congress at Nyborg Strand Hotel, Denmark, earlier this month.
Over the 2-day event, Pro-måling’s Bjarne Fredheim, together with GeoSLAM’s EMEA Channel Manager Marcel Goyvaerts, were on hand to demonstrate the unique scanning capabilities of the ZEB-REVO, the ZEB-CAM, and the newly released GeoSLAM Desktop V3 software.
The interest from attending surveyors was enthusiastic, and many demonstration scans were carried out to showcase the outstanding performance and speed of the ZEB-REVO.
GeoSLAM’s Marcel Goyvaerts and Pro-måling’s Bjarne Fredheim at the Survey Congress
With almost 600 surveyors in attendance, the annual congress was the perfect platform to present Pro-måling, GeoSLAM and our market-leading products to the Danish market.
The spinoff was likewise impressive, with many contacts being established and some orders was confirmed.
Great forum – great support – great result – great scanners!
Rapid Mobile Scanning for As Built Building Surveys
Dec 9, 2016
Client: Royal London
Architect: Scott Brownrigg
Structural Engineers: Heyne Tillett Steel (HTS)
Contractor: BAM Plant
BAM Plant were commissioned to install the steelwork and concrete slabs to a 5-storey commercial redevelopment in Egham, Surrey (UK). The structure of the building is a composite steel frame with in-situ concrete slabs on a 7.5m x 9m grid.
Part of BAM’s brief was to laser scan the new building elements to check the measurements of the floor slabs. After considering various options, BAM decided that a mobile scanning solution was preferred. They used a GeoSLAM ZEB-REVO surveying system from Opti-cal, GeoSLAM’s UK distributor.
3D point cloud of the completed building structure
3D point cloud of the completed building structure
Andy Ewen, BAM’s Manager of Survey and Power tools, explains the choice;
“This was the first time we used this type of scanner and we were able to complete the whole structure in approximately one hour. After completing the scan we were able to segment the point cloud survey to obtain the individual floor areas as required.”
To find out more about the rapid mobile surveying technology that is the ZEB-REVO, you can visit the Opti-cal website and find your nearest office location, or for enquiries outside of the UK, you can email GeoSLAM at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Future of Hazardous Unmanned Mobile Mapping
Nov 30, 2016
Last month GeoSLAM Ltd and Blackdog Robotics announced their partnership to provide unmanned mobile indoor & outdoor mapping solutions. Now, we explain what this new partnership means, what it can offer to a wide range of market sectors, and how unmanned mobile mapping is at the forefront of the surveying market.
A Trans-Atlantic Partnership
UK-based GeoSLAM is a market-leader in the design and manufacture of handheld indoor mapping systems. Using advanced Geospatial Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) software, the firm’s technology enables 3D documentation of indoor or ‘enclosed’ environments without the need for GPS, used in a variety of ways including the construction, mining, forestry, security, and marine sectors.
The firm was founded in 2012 as a joint venture between CSIRO (Australia’s National Science Agency and the inventors of Wi-Fi) and 3D Laser Mapping (a leading global provider of 3D LIDAR solutions).
Renowned for its ZEB1 and ZEB-REVO handheld mobile indoor mapping systems, GeoSLAM has a rapidly expanding global network of over 40 distributors across 6 continents.
US-based BlackDog Robotics is a division of NPC Robotics, which was founded in 1983 in Mound, Minnesota. The new division came into being in the early 2000s through the chance meeting of NPC founder and president Norm Domholt and BlackDog’s chief technology officer Michael Garrod on the set of television shows such as TLC’s Robotica and the BBC’s Robot Wars.
NPC had been building a reputation in the ‘robot-war’ world for some time due to their strong design pedigree and use of light and inexpensive parts. The two men saw the potential for the creation of a resilient and dependable modular robot to assist in the areas of law enforcement, first responders and surveillance. Thus, BlackDog Robotics was born.
Flash forward to the fall of 2016; with GeoSLAM’s expanding presence into the US market, it was only a matter of time before these two young, innovative companies crossed paths. It was immediately clear that the two products offered solutions with a large amount of overlap – whether it concerns mobility, ease-of-use, adaptability to varying environments, modularity – both GeoSLAM and BlackDog have them all.
The first public outing for the new partnership was at this year’s Intergeo Trade Fair in Germany, when BlackDog’s robot (affectionally named Ricky after a much-loved childhood black Labrador) made the journey across the Atlantic to make a guest appearance on GeoSLAM’s booth. With a rotating ZEB-REVO mounted onto the top, it was safe to say that Ricky attracted a huge amount of attention, and threatened to steal the show! But beyond the bright lights of trade shows, what does this new partnership have to offer?
Since the launch of GeoSLAM’s ZEB-REVO (in the spring of 2016), customers both existing and new have been delighted by the advances made on 2013’s ZEB1. Where the ZEB1 is solely handheld, the REVO’s in-built motor allows for autonomous rotation of the scanner head, releasing the unit from the grasp of the user and allowing remote operation for the first time. The existing mobility enjoyed by users of the ZEB1 (up and down stairs, inside caves, etc.) has been increased, allowing for mounting onto poles, backpacks, drones, surfaces, and even vehicles.
Vehicles, such as the BlackDog modular robotic platform. Developed with input from law enforcement personnel, the goal was to produce a reliable tool to gather data in hazardous environments, deploying a robot in place of a human. The data collected via the robot can be used to inform and support decision making in tactical incident management, reducing risk and improving outcomes. With a standard top speed of 3.8mph, the highly mobile robot can traverse a multitude of landscapes and environments, including sand, mud, debris, water and snow, and can operate in temperatures ranging from -40C to +65C. With the REVO’s datalogger (containing the unit’s battery & data storage) safely stowed inside the water and dust resistant casing of the robot, the two technologies operate in perfect tandem, often in very challenging conditions.
To cope with these challenges, both technologies need to be rugged. The BlackDog robot has been designed from the ground-up, for maximum modularity and ease of operation. It is capable of being disassembled and re-assembled using just 1 single hex key. Similarly, the REVO’s battery pack is easily replaced, again with the use of a hex key. Not that battery life is likely to be an issue – the REVO has a battery life of around 4 hours (continuous use), whereas the robot can operate for around 3 – plenty of time for even large areas of interest to be scanned.
Speaking of scanning, this is another area that GeoSLAM has improved upon. While the ZEB1 features a 40Hz speed scanner, the ZEB-REVO boasts an impressive 100Hz scanner, 2.5 times faster. Why is this important? With both units collecting 43,000 data point a second, the faster scan speed of the REVO allows for these data points to be spread more evenly across each scan line. The result? Coupled with the fixed rotation speed of the scanner head, the outcome is a more evenly-distributed cloud of points.
Not only is the data more even, but it is also more useful. With a more even spread of points, GeoSLAM’s world-leading SLAM algorithm can use more of the collected data in order to build up the resulting point cloud. There is a pleasing circularity in all of this – that a SLAM algorithm originally developed for the robotics industry is now being used in a mobile scanner mounted upon a robotic platform!
So, what is the potential for this collaboration? The adaptability of the REVO and the multi-mission configuration of the robot allow for a wide range of applications, including; terrorist/security incidents, law enforcement, and rescue/hostage situations.
All of this is made possible by the robot’s rugged hand held control unit, which features a line-of-sight (LOS) range greater than 500ft (150m), allowing the robot to be started, stopped and controlled from a safe distance. Such a distance is vital when scanning in hazardous environmental or risky situations, and removes the need for personnel to be put at risk.
With a bespoke modification for this robotic system, the REVO can also be initialised remotely. This allows for the robotic unit to be manoeuvred to the area of interest at top speed, in time-critical situations where speed is of the essence. The ZEB-REVO can then be initialised at a safe distance using the handheld controller. Initialisation is complete in under 1 minute, and scanning commences immediately. With a 360o vertical field of view, the scanner is able to collect a huge amount of environmental geospatial data in just a few short minutes, all whilst the robot is moving through the survey area. Once the survey is complete, the REVO scanner is stopped and the robot moved back to a safe distance.
Once returned, data is downloaded from the unit’s data logger and is processed on-site using GeoSLAM Desktop software, which requires no internet connection. Processing out in the field prevents time-loss and allows for almost immediate results – a 5 minute scan would take 5 minutes to process, for example.
The resulting data is a fully complete, registered point-cloud of the area of interest, allowing for specific and exact measurements of the area or feature of interest.
The Blackdog & GeoSLAM solution is suitable for both accident and crime scene investigations
The Blackdog & GeoSLAM solution is suitable for both accident and crime scene investigations
The Future of Unmanned Mobile Mapping?
In today’s uncertain world, where the threat of terrorist attack is becoming an almost everyday reality, security & police forces are increasingly demanding solutions which can react rapidly, intelligently and reliably, whilst simultaneously not putting their people at risk. With a trans-Atlantic partnership formed through mutual admiration and respect of design and technology, GeoSLAM and BlackDog Robotics believe that their partnership offers real-world solutions to these new and constantly-evolving threats. We look forward to working together in 2017 and beyond, facing whatever challenges the future holds.
The author of this article is Stuart Cadge, Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator at GeoSLAM. This article references the work of BlackDog robotics (http://www.blackdogrobotics.com/) and refers to an article by GeoSLAM’s Chief Operating Officer Mark Reid (What is Geospatial SLAM?). The author takes responsibility for any errors or omissions contained within this piece.
GeoSLAM Global Network Expands Both East and West
August 10, 2017
GeoSLAM is delighted to announce the signing of 2 new distributors – Frontier Precision Inc. in the USA and Beijing SCR Instruments in China. The new signings represent the 6th and 4th distributors in those territories respectively.
Frontier Precision Inc. was founded in 1988 and serves the surveying, mapping, engineering, construction, GIS and forestry sectors – and as such, is a perfect fit with GeoSLAM’s core industries. Headquartered in Bismarck, North Dakota, the company serves 10 states across the Northern USA, including Washington, Colorado, Montana, Utah and Alaska. For more on the company, visit their website, here.
Beijing SCR Instruments are a wholly foreign-owned subsidiary of US-company Durham Geo Slope Indicator – industry experts in geotechnical and structural monitoring equipment since 1957. Beijing SCR provide monitoring and surveying equipment to a wide range of industry sectors including infrastructure, underground, mining and dam engineering. The company has assisted in prestigious projects such as the Three Gorges hydropower dam, as well as dozens of national railway, highway, bridge and tunnel construction projects. Visit their website for more, here.
GeoSLAM now has over 54 distributors serving 43 countries across the world – check out the distributor map on our Contact page to find your nearest.
ZEB-REVO Shortlisted for London Construction Awards
July 21, 2017
GeoSLAM’s handheld mobile scanning device, the ZEB-REVO, has been shortlisted for this year’s London Construction Awards – the leading and most prestigious construction awards for London.
The ZEB-REVO is shortlisted in the category of ‘Technological Innovation of the Year’, and joins 7 other nominees on the shortlist.
The shortlisting of the REVO in these industry awards comes as little surprise, given how it has proved itself over the last year. Architects, engineers and contractors alike love the speed, ease-of-use and flexibility of the REVO for a multitude of on-site jobs – ranging from construction verification, as-built drawing data acquisition, scan-to-BIM, volume and area calculations – the list goes on.
The Awards coincide with the London Build expo event – taking place on October 25-26th – at which GeoSLAM will be exhibiting alongside their UK distributor Opti-cal. The London Build expo features industry leaders from the fields of construction, engineering, architecture and local government including household names such as AECOM, Skanska, Barratt Homes, Balfour Beatty, ARUP – and hundreds more.
The winners of the Awards will be announced at a ticket-only dinner held on the evening of 25th October at The Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London.
GeoSLAM Expands Far East Operations with New Distributors
May 16, 2017
GeoSLAM, the global market leader in “go-anywhere” 3D mobile mapping technology, has bolstered its presence in Asia by securing two new distributors in China.
The UK-based firm, which works across a range of industries including surveying, engineering and construction, has announced partnerships with Beijing Onrol Technology Co. Ltd and Beijing MAG Tianhong Science & Technology Development Co. Ltd.
GeoSLAM’s award-winning technology enables the real-time 3D mobile mapping of indoor, underground and hard-to-access places – and now the Beijing distributors are set to take it out to China’s growing markets.
Onrol, headquartered in the Chaoyang District of Beijing, is a 3D scanning technology specialist, operating in sectors such as heritage, public safety and building. It will be focusing its efforts in the North and North East of China.
Located in the Shijingshan District, Beijing MAG also supplies mapping solutions, including 3D laser scanners and BIM systems. Its focus will be eight central Chinese provinces, along with Shanghai.
The latest deals mean that GeoSLAM, best known for its ZEB-REVO handheld mobile mapping devices, now works with 49 distributors in 40 territories around the world.
John Allan, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said:
“China remains one of the world’s fastest growing economies with high investment in infrastructure development and construction. Our cutting-edge handheld 3D laser scanning technology enables companies working in these areas to plan, build and monitor their development projects much more efficiently than before. The GeoSLAM products will significantly expand the offerings that Beijing MAG and Beijing Onrol already supply into these markets.”
GeoSLAM was established in 2012 as a joint venture between CSIRO (Australia’s National Science Agency and the inventors of Wi-Fi) and UK investors. As well as China, its Asian distribution network includes Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
GeoSLAM Announces Real-Time Upgrade For ZEB-REVO
Apr 3, 2017
GeoSLAM Ltd announces a real-time upgrade option for the ZEB-REVO – its market leading handheld mobile mapping system. Shown for the first time at SPAR 3D 2017 the optional upgrade consists of a revised datalogger capable of undertaking SLAM registration in real-time. With its own integrated Wi-Fi, the results can be displayed live, as they are captured, on any web browser enabled device including smart phones and tablets.
Mark Reid, VP of Product Management said; “The datalogger is compatible with all existing standard REVOs. The continuous, fast pace of development at GeoSLAM meant that it was important to continue our modular approach to ensure our customers have an easy upgrade path and can quickly access the latest developments.”
Richard Betts, CEO, added, “Real-time feedback enables users to see exactly what they have and haven’t captured before the survey has even finished so nothing is missed. Furthermore, as registration is happening in real time the results are available almost immediately on completion of the survey. Possibly the fastest way to undertake indoor mobile mapping has just got even faster!”
The real-time upgrade for ZEB-REVO is expected to be available to order Summer 2017.
For further information please contact GeoSLAM or your nearest authorised distributor.
GeoSLAM Growth Continues With Two Senior Appointments
Feb 23, 2017
GeoSLAM is delighted to announce the appointment of two senior members of staff to their growing team.
The company welcomes Richard Betts as its new CEO and John Allan, as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Richard has previously worked as President of Mettoni Inc, a provider of unified communication software solutions with operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific, and held the position of Executive Vice President of sales and marketing for Enghouse Interactive in the Americas.
On his appointment, Richard said:
“What GeoSLAM has achieved in just four years is impressive – the company is renowned for its ZEB1 and ZEB-REVO handheld mobile mapping devices and boasts a global network of over 45 distributors across 35 territories.
“The next four years will be about establishing GeoSLAM as the global leader in its field and beyond, by continuing to develop its own cutting-edge technologies and providing an invaluable service to many sectors.
“I can’t wait to get to work with such an exciting and promising company.”
John, whose previous roles include senior marketing and sales positions with ERDAS, BAE Systems and exactEarth Ltd, brings with him extensive global experience in geospatial, remote sensing/photogrammetry and maritime monitoring industries.
“I’m really looking forward to building up GeoSLAM’s commercial infrastructure and strengthening its offering. It’s a young business with a lot of talent that is sure to grow rapidly.”
The GeoSLAM team are excited to have both Richard and John onboard, and are looking forward to the continuing growth and success of the company.
GeoSLAM Launches Desktop v3
Jan 31, 2017
GeoSLAM is delighted to announce the launch of Desktop V3, the latest release of their industry leading SLAM registration software.
GeoSLAM Desktop V3 builds on the success of the popular local desktop version of their SLAM processing software that was released at the start of 2016. Whilst maintaining the simplicity and ease of use of the initial software, V3 now provides users with increased functionality to view, edit, and define results.
Desktop V3 now incorporates a 2D and 3D viewer such that registered point clouds can be immediately viewed without moving to third-party software. Furthermore, if the ZEB-CAM camera accessory is used, it is possible to visualise the synchronised imagery alongside the point cloud within the viewer. This additional contextual information proves incredibly valuable for feature identification within the point cloud.
For the first time, it is now possible for users to modify and improve SLAM registration results. Following the implementation of user definable SLAM parameters, the user can now optimise processing to suit the environment in which data was collected. Users can choose from a range of parameters including bounding box size, place recognition, loop closure, and the ability to end processing early. Such advancements now put the power of data processing directly into the hands of the user.
Once point cloud registration has been optimised, Desktop V3 allows users to select from a large range of output options including format, point & spatial decimation, normal, time-stamping and point rendering. This wide array of user-defined outputs allows for ever-greater integration with third-party point cloud post processing packages.
Mark Reid, VP of Product Management at GeoSLAM, says “Our customers love the simplicity and ease of GeoSLAM Desktop, but they want more than just a SLAM processing engine. Version 3 builds upon the success of previous versions, but adds so much more functionality. For the first time, users can view, modify, and export point clouds from within the same software. We think V3 is going to be hugely popular, with existing and new customers alike.”
For more information about the new release and to download a brochure, visit the Desktop V3 page here or email email@example.com
INSTOP Appointed as new GeoSLAM Dealer in Spain
Dec 05, 2016
We are delighted to announce that INSTOP S.L.U. are now GeoSLAM’s first distributor in Spain. With office locations in Barcelona and Valencia, INSTOP will be fundamental in growing the GeoSLAM brand in the Spanish market.
INSTOP is a company oriented to the field of surveying and measuring the field in general, in order to provide the latest professional measuring tools to the Spanish market.
Marcel Goyvaerts, GeoSLAM’s European Channel Manager says; “At GeoSLAM we are really delighted to come to a distribution agreement with such a strong and dedicated partner as INSTOP for the eastern region of Spain.
Their professional team, their excellent knowledge of the market, and their great facilities will definitely help to put GeoSLAM on the map in this region”
Carlos Alonso of INSTOP; “Instop is determined to expand its activities into the new 3D technologies that come to the market now. We expect that we can really hit several different markets such as indoor-mapping (and related BIM), the mining (stockpiles) market, and the security market, with the easy-to-use, affordable GeoSLAM scan solutions.
It is simply amazing to see first reactions of our customers”
To discover more about INSTOP please visit their website, here
GeoSLAM Launches ZEB-CAM for ZEB-REVO
Oct 10, 2016
GeoSLAM unveils ZEB-CAM, a new add-on option for the ZEB-REVO mobile indoor mapping system. ZEB-CAM integrates seamlessly with the existing ZEB-REVO and allows imagery to be captured simultaneously alongside scan data. With an integrated inertial sensor ZEB-CAM utilises optical flow technology to accurately synchronise the acquired imagery to the point cloud data.
Mark Reid GeoSLAM’s COO said “At GeoSLAM we listen to our customers; whilst many users around the world have been benefiting from the unparalleled speed, simplicity and performance of the ZEB-REVO, several have asked for further contextual information to best utilise the resulting point cloud. ZEB-CAM therefore makes interrogation and feature extraction from ZEB-REVO data simpler than ever.
Ric Durrant, GeoSLAM CTO said, “We did not want to overcomplicate the ZEB-CAM and needed to keep the overall system compact, light and simple to operate. The modular approach that has been adopted with ZEB-CAM means that it can be quickly attached or detached depending on the application and deployment method being used. Keeping things simple is harder than it looks but the results speak for themselves.”
Using GeoSLAM Desktop 2017, imagery can be viewed alongside the point cloud data. Click on a point of interest in the scan and all corresponding images of that location are automatically displayed. Alternatively find a feature in the imagery and then use the software to locate that position in the scan.
ZEB-CAM is available to order from GeoSLAM or through our global partner network.
GeoSLAM and Blackdog Robotics sign partnership agreement to supply unmanned mobile indoor mapping solutions
Oct 04, 2016
GeoSLAM Ltd, the UK based pioneers of SLAM based mobile indoor mapping systems, and Blackdog Robotics, a leading US manufacturer of modular robots, have joined forces to offer law enforcement and first responders a unique rapid indoor mapping solution.
Mark Reid, COO at GeoSLAM “Since the launch of the ZEB-REVO system in March 2016 with its auto rotating sensor, the REVO has facilitated autonomous operation and deployment on multiple platforms. We are therefore excited to be working with Blackdog to take this one step further and mount the system on an unmanned platform that can be operated remotely. The amalgamation of these two robust, innovative, and compact technologies provides a very powerful solution that can be used for a myriad of applications”
Through a combination of the Blackdog mobile platform (which can be remotely operated at distances of more than 500m without line of sight) and the GeoSLAM ZEB-REVO mobile indoor mapping system it is now possible to quickly map in 3D a hazardous or dangerous environment without putting personnel at risk.
Mike Garrod CTO of Blackdog Robotics “Blackdog is a rugged multi-mission configurable robotic platform designed from the ground up for maximum modularity and ease of operation. With interchangeable deck modules the platform can quickly host a number of different cameras and sensors depending on the mission. The size and simplicity of the ZEB-REVO combined with the ability for remote operation makes it the perfect 3D mapping sensor for Blackdog”
The ability to quickly and remotely document a scene is critical to law enforcement and security personnel for risk management and tactical planning. When the ZEB-REVO is combined with on-board video, through which the system is navigated, the solution can provide mapping during high risk response and rescue operations. In addition, the system is ideal for mapping difficult to access or remote locations for engineering or inspection applications.
To find out more visit the GeoSLAM booth at Intergeo in Hall A3, Stand E3.002 or Blackdog Robotics at www.blackdogrobotics.com
GeoSLAM ZEB-REVO Shortlisted for Wichmann Awards
Sep 21, 2016
Exciting news! GeoSLAM’s latest mobile mapping device, the ZEB-REVO, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Wichmann Innovation Awards.
The Awards, now in their 5th year, celebrate and reward progress in technology based on 3 criteria; innovation, user-friendliness and practicality. For the first time this year, there are 2 categories, Hardware and Software.
Our ZEB-REVO mobile, handheld scanner has been shortlisted in the Hardware category. We feel that the ZEB-REVO perfectly fits the brief for the 3 criteria; as the world’s ONLY handheld mobile mapping system, it is certainly innovative. Ask any existing user how easy it is to use (just the push of a button) and you will see how simple it really is. In terms of practicality, the REVO has so many practical applications, from building surveys, forest scans, stockpile assessments, cave & mine mapping, crime scene evaluation…the list is almost endless!
In order to win, we need YOUR help. Voting is open to the public, with each voter entered into a prize draw to win a Garmin vivosmart HR+ smartwatch.
To cast your vote NOW, please click on the link HERE and enter your details.
Voting ends at 8pm on the 12th October, and the winner is announced the following day at Intergeo 2016, in Hamburg.
If You Go Down to the Woods Today…
Sep 19, 2016
…You may come across a ZEB-REVO in action!
This week not 1 but 2 REVOs are out and about scanning in forests across the world.
Firstly, the guys at UCL’s Department of Geography are in Gabon, West Africa, scanning previously surveyed plots to measure changes over time. They are testing out the ZEB-REVO to measure tree height and diameter, and so far the unit is performing well. The team found themselves “surprised at the level of detail and how well the tree trunks were captured”. Read more about their experience so far and check out a selection of photos and data images collected by Mathias Disney and the team:
You can also follow Mathias Disney on Twitter: @mathiasdisney
A bit closer to home, Tom Potter, a PhD student at the University of Leicester is also putting the REVO through its paces at a number of forestry locations in the UK. Tom is interested in studying areas of mixed tree species, and seeing how well the ZEB data can identify each species (by comparing tree heights, trunk diameter, etc.). He will be assessing how the range of the unit is affected by different lighting conditions, as well as walking a number of transects across survey areas, to see how the length of loops affects SLAM registration. All of the above will be collated in order to establish a protocol for the ‘optimum condition’ in which to undertake surveys in forests. Tom is already “very very impressed” with the results he is getting, and we look forward to learning more about his experiences with the REVO over the course of the week.
You can keep up to date on Tom’s progress by following him on Twitter: @nearIR
Apr 11, 2016
Basis Software Inc. and GeoSLAM Ltd are pleased to announce the launch of SurphSLAM at the SPAR3D exhibition, Woodlands, Texas. SurphSLAM is a trolley based mobile mapping system that combines the new Surphaser 10 laser scanner and GeoSLAM’s new RealTime SLAM registration software. Driven by user demand for a high precision real time mobile scanning system SurphSLAM can be used for extremely accurate high resolution 3D mobile mapping without the need for GPS. This unique integration of technologies also allows for the resulting point cloud to be registered and displayed in real time facilitating unparalleled performance and speed of survey.
Peter Petrov, President of Basis Software: “Surphaser scanners are well known for producing high accuracy data sets with ultra-low noise levels. This continues in the new Surphaser model 10, the combination of scanner’s speed, low range noise, sub-millimeter accuracy and reduced size making it a perfect candidate for a versatile mobile mapping system such as SurphSLAM. When joined with the custom designed lightweight and collapsible trolley and GeoSLAM’s industry leading SLAM software, SurphSLAM fulfils a new market niche.”
Mark Reid, COO at GeoSLAM: “SurphSLAM is an exciting new development and represents two firsts for GeoSLAM; it is the first introduction of our new GeoSLAM RealTime software which builds on the success of our existing SLAM solutions and utilises our award winning 3D SLAM algorithm, secondly this is the first time we have opened up our software to be used by a third party hardware vendor. The results from SurphSLAM are phenomenal and we look forward to continuing to lead the way in SLAM based mobile mapping systems.”
SurphSLAM is exclusively available from Surphaser and Surphaser authorised distributors. To find out more visit the Surphaser booth #11 at 2016 SPAR 3D Expo and Conference, 11th to 14th April, 2016.
About Basis Software Inc.
“Basis Software, Inc. manufactures and markets its own line of light-weight and compact Surphaser 3D laser scanners and also supplies OEM products for laser scanner manufacturers. Known for its unsurpassed accuracy, scan quality, and speed Surphaser line provides sub-millimeter accuracy in both short-range and medium-range models. Ideal for use in reverse engineering, dimensional control, computer gaming, historical preservation, architecture, and forensics. Basis products are deployed worldwide, delivering unparalleled precision and value in 3D scanning.
Or visit: www.surphaser.com
OPTRON Appointed as GeoSLAM Dealer for Sub Saharan Africa
Jul 06, 2016
GeoSLAM is delighted to announce OPTRON as our new distributor for sub-Saharan Africa. Headquartered in Centurion South Africa, OPTRON operates across 6 regional offices in Cape Town, Durban, Somerset West, Nairobi and Zambia.
OPTRON is a distributor of leading technology brands in the geospatial, mining, construction and precision agriculture industries. The company was established in 1986 and has provided technology solutions to the sub-Saharan Africa markets for over 30 years. The OPTRON Group has a proven track record with both customers and international technology suppliers, and was therefore considered as a natural choice to represent GeoSLAM’s market leading mobile indoor mapping solutions.
Mark Reid, Chief Operating Officer of GeoSLAM: “The appointment of OPTRON is part of our ongoing strategy to strengthen and expand our global network of distribution. Widely recognised as the leading survey instrument supplier across sub-Saharan Africa, OPTRON was our first choice partner. Uniquely positioned to offer our customers the highest level of service, OPTRON combine survey and mapping expertise along with in depth application knowledge and dedicated customer support. We are looking forward to working with OPTRON in this exciting and rapidly developing market.”
Trevor Venter, CEO Optron Group said, “We are excited to add GeoSLAM to our offering of technology solutions. Combining GeoSLAM technology with Trimble software, our clients have a very cost effective field-to-model solution for the mapping of enclosed environments.”
To contact OPTRON, please visit the Contact page of our website and click their location on the map
Or visit www.optron.com
GeoSLAM Announces Global Distribution Agreement for 3D Reshaper & PointCab
Mar 15, 2016
After numerous requests from customers, GeoSLAM are happy to announce the addition of Technodigit’s 3D Reshaper and PointCab to their product range, after signing distribution agreements with both companies. This important step now enables us to offer complete end-to-end solutions for your project.
3D Reshaper allows post-processing of your registered pointcloud, including;
Clever reduction – keeping only the best points to reduce file sizes
Automatic noise measurement reduction
3D comparison with a mesh or a CAD model
Best geometric shape extraction
And many more
3D Reshaper is suitable for a vast range of applications, including the production of digital terrain models (DTMs), architecture/BIM modelling, mine and quarry volume calculations, and civil engineering projects.
For more information on 3D Reshaper visit their website: www.3dreshaper.com
Needing to rapidly produce 2D layouts from 3D data? Then PointCab may be the solution for you. The PointCab Suite is fully compatible with GeoSLAM’s data, enabling entire project scans to be opened within seconds. From here, it’s a simple case of choosing section and plan lines to instantly create layouts, sections and elevations. 2D functions included within the Suite include:
PhotoMatch – match high-resolution images onto sections and layouts
Sketch – create measurements of angles, distances and surfaces
Vectorizer – vectorize plans from the point cloud data
Profiler – create profile lines in an elevation model of the point cloud
However there is more to PointCab than simple layouts. Analysis of accident/crime scenes, monument protection, landscape planning, civil engineering, road construction are all possible with this versatile software.
For more information on PointCab, visit their website: www.pointcab-software.com
About 3D Reshaper
3D Reshaper is developed by Technodigit, a French company which has been a part of the Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence group since 2009. Technodigit specialises in digitization and 3D modelling, reverse engineering, surface reconstruction and control.
PointCab is a German company, which was formed in 2010, with the objective of optimizing the workflow of terrestrial laser scan data into registered point clouds. After the release of the first version in summer 2010, the software is now on its 3rd version, with additions such as surface meshing, volume calculation, ‘ortho photo’ views and the growing market of drone and handheld scanner data.
Mar 11, 2016
ZEB-REVO – A Revolution in Mobile Indoor Mapping
GeoSLAM are delighted to announce the launch of the ZEB-REVO – the next generation in our range of mobile, handheld 3D laser scanners. The ZEB-REVO builds upon the success of its predecessor, the award winning ZEB1, with a faster scanner, even simpler operation and greater versatility. At its core is GeoSLAM’s industry leading Simultaneous Localisation And Mapping (SLAM) algorithm, which facilitates rapid mobile mapping of enclosed environments without the need for GPS.
This versatility renders the ZEB-REVO suitable for a large variety of applications that would otherwise prove difficult or time consuming using traditional survey techniques;
• Scan-to-BIM and measured building surveys
• Underground mine and cave mapping
• Forestry scanning and biomass calculations
• Marine vessel surveys and modelling
• Stockpile volume surveys
• Crime scene reconstructions
Similar to the ZEB1, the ZEB REVO captures 43,200 points per second. However, the sensor line speed has been increased to 100Hz, producing 2.5 times the number of scan lines. When combined with the auto-rotation of the sensor head, a marked improvement in the resolution, cleanliness, and structure of the resulting point cloud is achieved. In addition to facilitating the identification of smaller features, the improved resolution also assists in producing better-quality SLAM registration results.
As the ZEB REVO automatically revolves at the press of a button, it no longer has to be manually nodded, making the scanner much more discrete and incredibly adaptable for use in different environments.
“The ZEB-REVO has been designed with versatility in mind” says Chief Technical Engineer Ric Durrant. “The autonomous head rotation allows for the REVO sensor to be handheld but also backpack or pole mounted, trolley or vehicle based, or even attached to a UAV. Such versatility opens the doors to a wide variety of applications. “
Weighing in at only 3.5Kg, the mobility, simplicity, and versatility of the ZEB REVO coupled with an IP64 rating means the system can be deployed in multi-level, harsh environments such as mines and caves that would simply not be possible with other trolley based indoor mapping systems.
Comprising just 2 elements (scanner head and data-logger/battery) and 2 cables, the kit is assembled in seconds. Within 1 minute and 2 button pushes the scanner head is rotating and ready to survey. After initialisation (and with the data-logger stored in the handy backpack), the scanner is ready to be picked up and 3D data capture commenced. Data is collected at walking speed meaning that a typical residential or commercial property can be surveyed up to 10 times faster than when compared to traditional survey techniques.
Mark Reid, Chief Operating Officer of GeoSLAM said “the speed of survey and simplicity of use achievable with the ZEB-REVO is set to disrupt the market, blurring the lines between the role of the surveyor and the technology-savvy end user.
The ZEB-REVO has a scan range of up to 30m indoors, 15-20m in outdoor environments. However, densely covered, ‘feature-rich’ environments such as forests are ideal and are practically considered to be ‘indoor’ to the scanner. The unit features a 55GB data logger, onto which all scanned data is stored. File size is however minimal compared to other terrestrial scanning solutions meaning that up to a month’s worth of data can be stored without clearing the data logger. Once acquisition is complete the compressed data is downloaded to a USB stick ready for registration.
Automatic SLAM registration is achieved by either uploading to the GeoSLAM Cloud (via an internet connection) or processed locally using the new GeoSLAM Desktop. The GeoSLAM cloud offers a pay as you go model using pre-purchased credits. This provides users flexibility and minimises upfront capital expenditure thus helping to make the technology accessible to all. For high usage users, the security conscious, or those customers that wish to view the registered data whilst in the field, GeoSLAM Desktop offers the perfect solution. With unlimited processing and drag ‘n’ drop automatic registration, GeoSLAM Desktop can be run on a laptop or tablet. Once registered the resulting LAS file can be post processed directly in most industry standard point cloud and CAD packages.
Graham Hunter, Managing Director of GeoSLAM said “The ZEB-REVO fulfils a new niche in the market for ultra-mobile indoor mapping solutions. Our early adopters have been thoroughly impressed with the ease of operation, vastly reduced scan time and accuracy of the resultant point cloud, all from surveying just 1 closed loop. It won’t be long until the ZEB-REVO is a ‘go-to’ standard in the surveyor’s toolkit”
For more information, to request a demonstration or to view a dataset, email firstname.lastname@example.org
New Year, New Starts for GeoSLAM!
Jan 04, 2016
Firstly may we wish you a very happy new year – we hope 2016 will be a prosperous and successful new year for us all.
The run-up to Christmas was a busy time for us here at GeoSLAM, sending out ZEB1 units to our new distributors in Turkey (Arcasoy Consulting), Russia (ArtGeo) and Colombia (Sigla).
We are also delighted to welcome Mark Reid to the team. Mark replaces Neil Pollock as our Chief Operating Officer, and joins us from his previous posting as UK and ROW Business Manager at Renishaw plc – Spatial Measurement Division.
A geomatics professional, Mark has over 15 years’ experience in the geospatial industry, with specific expertise in airborne, mobile, and terrestrial LIDAR systems. Having worked as a land surveyor in the UK for SIS, Mark moved to the Middle East for 6 years to manage and implement some of the world’s largest laser scanning and as-built 3D modelling projects for Qatar Petroleum. For the last 4 years Mark has led the UK and international business development for Renishaw SMD across Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India, providing scanning solutions to the Mining, Marine, Defence, and geospatial sectors.
We welcome Mark to the team and look forward to working with him, in what is set to be a very exciting year for GeoSLAM.
Loy Surveys get trained up on the ZEB1
Dec 08, 2015
In December we visited Loy Surveys in Glasgow to carry out additional training for the team. We met up with 3 members of the survey team at their Glasgow HQ to bring them up to speed with using the ZEB1, uploading data and viewing their results.
Loy Surveys makes up part of the larger Ogilvie Group, and operates both in the UK and overseas, undertaking surveys for a range of customers including contractors, architects, engineers, local authorities, estate developers, oil companies, utilities and central government agencies.
Such a diverse range of applications demands a survey solution that is quick, versatile, simple to operate by multiple team members, often in challenging environments. The survey team were impressed with the speed and ease of use of the ZEB1. We wish them much success with their use of the ZEB1 in their future surveying work.
GeoSLAM Attends AU2015 in Las Vegas
Dec 01, 2015
Our Chief Engineer Ric Durrant was lucky enough to attend Autodesk University 2015 in fabulous Las Vegas. Ric joined over 10,000 other delegates and 200 exhibitors at the world’s largest gathering of Autodesk users in the world.
GeoSLAM exhibited on the ReCap™ stand, with Ric demonstrating the ease and speed of mobile scanning with the ZEB1 handheld laser scanner. Ric also showcased our latest product, the ZEB-REVO, which will have its official launch in early Spring 2016.
ReCap™ allows for laser scanned data to be imported, processed and registered in a matter of minutes. Using a standard data format allows both ZEB1 and ZEB-REVO data to be used in Recap™ software. This high level of integration will allow ZEB users to quickly and accurately create point clouds, from which 3D models can be constructed and analysed.
Accurate measurements can be read from these constructions, rendering the software particularly suitable for accurate indoor surveying work.