GIS Tech News (#31)20 Feb, 2007 By: Kenneth Wong
|Trimble introduces the Trimble VX Spatial Station for spatial imaging
On February 9 in snow-sprinkled Colorado, Trimble, one of the largest survey equipment manufacturers, shuttled a group of reporters and editors from the Westin Hotel in Westminster to the AMC Theater nearby. The journalists were then ushered into a special screening room where Trimble executives had assembled. The premiere event, commemorated with mockup posters inspired by The Matrix and the Indiana Jones franchises, marked the launch of the Trimble VX Spatial Station, an advanced positioning system.
The Star of the Show
Taking full advantage of the cinematic venue, the company's IS (integrated surveying) portfolio manager Erik Schuetz and SI (spatial imaging) portfolio manager Omar-Pierre Soubra engaged the audience through an act of dramatized dialogue, designed to illustrate the tension between the traditional 2D survey workflow and the emerging 3D technology. But the real star of the show was the Trimble VX Spatial Station, an 11.5LB robotic measuring device mounted on a tripod.
Crossbreeding the Trimble S6 Total Station with DR (direct reflex) from the IS portfolio and the GX 3D Scanner from the SI portfolio, the company produced new equipment that combines the accurate positioning capability of the former and the video-overlaying and point cloud capturing technologies of the latter to produce 2D and 3D data sets. Read More >>
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