Trimble delivers SketchUp 2013, new version of 3D Modeling Platform

By Ivan Leonardi | 17h59, 23 de May de 2013

Trimble delivers SketchUp 2013 new version of 3D Modeling Platform Trimble delivers SketchUp 2013, new version of 3D Modeling PlatformTrimble introduced SketchUp 2013, the latest version of the popular 3D modeling platform used by millions around the world, including architects, engineers, building and design professionals and members of the fast-growing maker community. Featuring new capabilities for professional users, an Extension Warehouse for add-on tools and a rebranding of the software’s free version as SketchUp Make, the new release marks the first major update since Trimble’s acquisition of SketchUp from Google in April 2012. The enhancements underscore SketchUp’s strategic value as part of Trimble Buildings, a group formed in 2012 to offer hardware, software and service offerings for streamlined communication throughout the Design-Build-Operate (DBO) lifecycle of construction.

“Trimble has always recognized that one of the biggest challenges facing the construction industry today is ensuring effective, clear and consistent collaboration between professionals involved in all phases of a construction project,” said Chris Keating, director of Trimble Buildings’ Architecture Division. “SketchUp is an important tool to address this industry need. That’s why Trimble has already implemented several SketchUp integrations with Trimble’s data modeling and project management tools. SketchUp 2013 marks the first step in a continuous technology investment that will benefit SketchUp’s existing user community and other Trimble customers across the construction industry.”

3D for Professionals and Hobbyists

SketchUp Pro 2013 provides professional users with more powerful tools to easily explore, modify and share design ideas in 3D. As in previous versions, users can quickly design and visualize in 3D, import CAD plans, photos, aerial imagery, and then use SketchUp Pro’s documentation tools to develop communication and planning deliverables. For example, architects can quickly evolve design ideas and document modeling work to reflect changing project requirements. SketchUp Pro also enables engineers, general contractors and building owners to drive design discussions and generate commercial deliverables such as conceptual estimates, construction drawings, RFI’s and full-screen digital presentations.

The new release includes several improvements to SketchUp Pro’s 2D documentation capabilities, including enhanced vector drawing tools, faster rendering and zooming, and customizable hatching styles. These updates make SketchUp Pro more powerful, precise and customizable for detailing, dimensioning and organizing models in professional documents.

In addition to serving the commercial market with SketchUp Pro, Trimble will continue to provide a free, entry-level, 3D drawing tool—now named SketchUp Make—enabling makers and hobbyists of all kinds to bring their ideas to life.

New Extension Warehouse Provides Easy Access to Customized SketchUp Tools

Since 2004, third-party developers have been using SketchUp’s open and free API to build custom tools for SketchUp users. This plugin ecosystem grew throughout SketchUp’s years at Google and now—in Trimble’s first update—dedicated developers and their valuable modeling tools finally have a home within SketchUp. The Extension Warehouse makes it easier than ever for users to search, find and install SketchUp extensions. As developers begin using the Extension Warehouse to manage, market and support their extensions, SketchUp users can expect to have easy access to more and more task-specific tools.

“We may have changed companies, but our commitment to delivering smart and efficient design tools is stronger than ever,” said John Bacus, director of SketchUp product management at Trimble. “We noticed that a big percentage of our professional users were using plugins, so part of making SketchUp more efficient is making it easier for them to find the tools they need, when they need them. We often say that SketchUp is better off because of the work done by our developer community—now, SketchUp users are better off too.”

SketchUp Pro and SketchUp Make are available now. Additional information and downloads are available here.

Brazil’s Engemap a reseller for ImStrat Corporation’s ISR training programs

By Ivan Leonardi | 15h14, 23 de May de 2013

Parceria trimble Brazil’s Engemap a reseller for ImStrat Corporation’s ISR training programsImStrat Corporation is pleased to announce the expansion of its Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance training services into the South America market. The company has concluded an agreement with Engemap in Brazil. Engemap will be the exclusive authorized Brazilian business partner for ImStrat Corporation’s (ISR) training programs and intelligence courses.

“We are extremely pleased to have Engemap as a reseller of our specialized courses and integrated training programs.” With Engemap’s complementary services and capabilities, and their very considerable networks, we foresee a highly successful business relationship in this market, building on a strong foundation.” says founder and President Tom Last.

“Engemap is very excited to be able to serve the South America market with the experience and technology of the renowned ImStrat. We see a good momentum of opportunities” says Engemap CEO César Antonio Francisco.

ImStrat Corporation is a privately held Canadian defence company that has been providing Intelligence and Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Analysis training to both Canadian and international military personnel since 1997. ImStrat’s personnel come from Canadian and European NATO military backgrounds. Our programs and training courses follow Canadian military and NATO standards.

We continue to meet our demanding ongoing annual and multi- year training commitments to our clients with the highest professional standards. Whether your organization requires the development of a GEOINT capability or annual customized courses such as UAV imagery analysis, we can accommodate your specific training requirements.

Mobile GIS helps improve drinking water and sanitation services in France

By Ivan Leonardi | 14h52, 23 de May de 2013

Geografia A ciencia da Terra Mobile GIS helps improve drinking water and sanitation services in FranceSupergeo Technologies, announced that SuperSurv 3.1, the mobile GIS software for Android devices, has chosen by Regie Dignoise des Eaux to carry out efficient field data collection and surveying for local water and sanitation service improvements and to ensure safe drinking water in Digne-les-Bains, France.

Established by the city council of Digne-les-Bains, Regie Dignoise des Eaux focuses on conducting the operation of local drinking water and sanitation services. GIS technology allows the municipality to fully integrate the hydrological and environment data to continually monitor groundwater quality in the adjacent areas for sustainable development of water resources.

With SuperSurv 3.1, the Regie Dignoise des Eaux personnel are able to adjust the policies using the up-to-date spatial data, as well as further promoting the operational efficiency in long-term water pipeline monitoring and water quality management. As a result, the residents could live healthier with the adequate access to safe water and sanitation facilities.

Géo.RM is the professional GIS consulting company which specializes in offering GPS and GIS mapping solutions to fulfill a variety of industry applications. Through collaborating with Géo.RM, it enables Supergeo to satisfy the French-speaking clients’ needs with the innovative SuperGIS software and services.

Download Free Trial of SuperSurv 3.1: http://www.supergeotek.com/download_6_mobile.aspx

SimActive software used for Forestry in Southeast Asia

By Ivan Leonardi | 14h38, 23 de May de 2013

Forestry Management SimActive software used for Forestry in Southeast AsiaSimActive Inc., is pleased to announce that Correlator3D™ is being used for forestry projects in Southeast Asia by PT Credent Teknologi. SimActive’s software is employed to perform aerial triangulation for seamless orthomosaic production using medium format digital cameras.

“The processing speed of Correlator3D™ is exceptional and the results are above client expectations”, said Lee Hon Chuan, representative of PT Credent Teknologi.

“These kinds of results are especially impressive considering the typical tropical forest cover and collection from a medium format digital camera.”

“SimActive’s use of the GPU for accelerating aerial triangulation is yet another first, making it the fastest in the industry,” said Louis Simard, Chief Technology Officer of SimActive. “Our software is perfectly suited for forestry projects. This is only one of many potential applications of Correlator3D™ for non-metric cameras.”

Carrefour strengthens Business Analytics with the addition of Location Intelligence

By Ivan Leonardi | 14h23, 23 de May de 2013

Rede Carrefour adota solução de geomarketing da Esri Carrefour strengthens Business Analytics with the addition of Location IntelligenceEsri announces that Carrefour Group, the second-largest retailer in the world with nearly 10,000 stores around the globe, has implemented an enterprise-wide marketing solution from Esri partner Galigeo. The solution, Geodashboard, incorporates ArcGIS and enhances existing enterprise business intelligence (BI) software to improve decision making. Carrefour staff around the world are guided through different operational workflows including retail site selection and competition analysis.

The solution improves their expansion and development strategy, optimizes direct marketing activities, and enhances store performance through a better understanding of sales territories and customer needs.
“Carrefour Group selected Galigeo, an Esri partner, because of its ease of implementation and its ability to meet technical requirements of Carrefour’s data centers,” says Francis Rivière, geomarketing manager at Carrefour Group.

Galigeo’s Geodashboard uses the Esri ArcGIS platform to view and analyze spatial data to support:

• Traditional retail analysis such as trade areas, mailing areas, competition, customer locations, and targeted advertising
• Geographic data including Bing Maps, Nokia data, and aerial and satellite images
• Information that can be geocoded on the fly

By representing and displaying data on interactive maps, Galigeo’s geomarketing application identifies hidden trends that are not discernible in tables, charts, or other dashboard widgets traditionally used in business intelligence solutions.

“We’re excited to support Carrefour with a very innovative location intelligence solution focused to help Carrefour meet its strategic challenges and help the company achieve its growth agenda,” says Christian Tapia, Galigeo CEO.

“Galigeo is transforming the way companies implement marketing and sales performance applications within BI and other enterprise systems,” says Simon Thompson, Esri director of commercial solutions. “Location analytics is enabling a more refined and deeper understanding of how to improve marketing and other store-level operations. It enriches data for a more intimate understanding of customer relationships, behavior, and needs.”

Fourth Boeing GPS IIF satellite joins constellation in orbit

By Ivan Leonardi | 11h15, 23 de May de 2013

Fourth Boeing GPS IIF satellite joins constellation in orbit Fourth Boeing GPS IIF satellite joins constellation in orbitWith the launch of the fourth GPS IIF satellite, Boeing and the U.S. Air Force continue modernizing the Global Positioning System that millions of people worldwide rely on as a navigation and timing resource.

The IIF offers improved navigational accuracy and anti-jamming resistance, along with a stronger military signal and longer design life. Boeing has been a prime GPS contractor since the first satellite launched in 1978, and has made 41 of the 63 GPS satellites sent into orbit to date.

Aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, occurred at 5:38 p.m. Eastern time from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Approximately three hours and 25 minutes later, Boeing personnel in El Segundo confirmed that the satellite was performing as expected.

This was the first GPS IIF launch on an Atlas V and the first under the Launch and On-Orbit Support contract that Boeing received from the Air Force in late 2012. The Air Force will declare the satellite operational after checkout is completed.

Boeing is on contract for 12 IIF satellites. The first three, launched in 2010, 2011 and 2012, are performing well. Of the remaining eight, Boeing will complete three this year, while five others are ready for call-up and launch as needed.

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