SOURCE: Surveylab

Mobile GIS

January 31, 2011 09:03 ET

ikeGPS Mobile GIS Toolkit Enables Instant 3D Modeling in Google SketchUp for Google Earth and Other GIS Applications

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - January 31, 2011) - Surveylab, a mobile GIS systems provider, announces a new 3D modeling capability for its ikeGPS system. ikeGPS not only enables you to geo-tag an image of any distant object up to 1,000 meters distant, but now it also lets you create 3D models of multiple objects with just a few clicks on this mobile GIS device. TrueSize Photos captured by ikeGPS can now instantly produce highly accurate 3D models in tools such as Google SketchUp that can be fed into GIS applications such as Google Earth and ESRI. These unique features enable field crews across diverse industries to locate, identify and calculate the dimensions, area and volume of nearly any object, and document it with highly accurate real world measurements. 

ikeGPS is the only mobile GIS device with this 3D data capture and complex data measurement capability, technically referred to as 3D photogrammetry. This is enabled by the integration of a laser rangefinder, high resolution camera, accurate 3D compass, PDA, and the ikeGPS measurement and integration software engine. Add the integrated GPS, and you have a handheld device that does it all, GIS mapping of objects from a standoff position, verification photography and 3D modeling and measurement.

What does this mean for users and field teams acquiring mobile GIS data?

  • Customers are seeing productivity improvements greater than 100%, as tasks that used to require two or more people and manual processes can now be completed rapidly by one person.
  • Any ikeGPS user can quickly capture and recreate their world in 3D. Until now this was a time consuming and often expensive exercise.

The potential applications of 3D photogrammetry from a handheld mobile GIS device are limitless. Early applications for TrueSize Photos captured by ikeGPS have included Pole Burden Surveys in the Utility Industry and Bill Board and Sign Assessment and Measurement by Councils and Government.

The industry leading ikeGIS system has taken the next leap in mobile GIS technology with its new 3D modeling capability.

Since 2003 Surveylab has quickly become a global leader in mobile GIS data collection systems through the innovative ikeGPS product family -- the first GPS-laser device to integrate a digital camera with verifiable, standoff position capture. Surveylab technology is used by defense forces, energy companies, city councils, police, federal authorities, and utility companies around the world.

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