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Geo Week Round-up: Bentley OpenGround Cloud | The Airborne Hybrid Era | Esri Acquires nFrames

Welcome to the Geo Week News weekly update! The articles below have been hand picked from recent geospatial news. A new update is posted each Monday.

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Bentley Systems Announces Availability of OpenGround Cloud to Increase the Value of Geotechnical Data

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twins services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, today announced the availability of OpenGround Cloud, a new cloud service that enables geotechnical professionals to access reliable geotechnical data for better engineering decision support and to improve collaboration across the entire supply chain. OpenGround Cloud offers a complete solution for planning, data entry, borehole log production, lab data management, reporting, visualization, and more. The cloud service improves collaboration across multidisciplinary project teams and significantly increases the value of geotechnical data by making it easily accessible to key project stakeholders.

Read more: LIDAR Magazine 

When Photogrammetry Meets Lidar: Towards the Airborne Hybrid Era

The airborne market for area-wide 3D data acquisition is experiencing a noticeable trend towards a hybrid mapping concept. In the near future, most airborne data collection will increasingly be performed by a combination of active and passive sensors. There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, collecting all relevant data while flying is an efficient and cost-effective solution, even when the flying restrictions and regulations are factored in. Secondly, exploiting the advantages of both light detection and ranging (Lidar) and dense image matching (DIM) point clouds will improve the quality of the final geospatial products. This article reports on the latest developments in the field of airborne hybrid systems, including both data acquisition and processing.

Read more: GIM International

Esri Acquires nFrames, opening the door to powerful 3D surface imaging in ArcGIS

Esri, the leading location intelligence platform and makers of ArcGIS, have made an acquisition announced today that has turned more than a few heads. Esri has picked up nFrames, a photogrammetry software company that has made leaps in the ability to create 3D information from imagery and lidar. nFrame’s primary software, SURE, offers a production engine that transforms imagery and lidar data into point clouds, photo textured 3D meshes, and true orthophotos. This data can then be leveraged as reality capture for large construction sites, cityscapes, and entire regions, were users can process large extents and high volumes of images in a straightforward workflow.

Read more: SPAR 3D


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